Traffic levels on FurAffinity vs Weasyl, 2019 edition by Eupeptic

Recently, I was out of town for about a week, and didn't check either Weasyl or FA for a little over 8 days. When I got back, I decided to run the math on the number of new submissions on each site.

tl;dr: FA gets about 2.6 times the number of submissions that Weasyl gets, at least for the set of critters I watch.

Data:

On FA, there were 176 new submissions. Of those, 10 were "ads" of some kind (YCH, commissions open, now streaming, etc). Taking those out, there were a total of 166 new submissions.

I am currently watching 152 critters on FA.

On Weasyl, there were 66 new submissions. One was a YCH ad, so taking that out, there were a total of 65 new submissions.

I am currently watching 118 critters on Weasyl.

I am watching some of the same critters on both Weasyl and FA. I haven't counted exactly, but I think it's at least a dozen critters. 11 of the new submissions were the same on both sites.

Conclusions:

After taking out ads, FA had 2.55 times as many submissions as Weasyl.

Based on the number of critters I am watching at each place, and assuming that everyone posts everywhere at the same rate, I would expect to find about 1.3 times as many submissions on FA as on Weasyl. I found more than that, so I still think FA gets more traffic, but it's not as big a difference as I thought.

After I did it, I realized I should have noted how many views each new submission had, and compared them... but I didn't. :D Maybe next time.

I did this same experiment just about exactly 2 years ago, and at that time, FA had 2.3 times as many submissions as Weasyl.

Disclaimers:

I don't have data on any other furry art sites, or "general" art sites like DeviantArt, because I pretty much don't use them. These numbers are based on my experience alone - who I am watching and what I like - and may not reflect everyone's experience.

I mostly don't upload artwork; I just favorite and comment.

I am not associated with FA, Weasyl, or any other furry art site, as a staff member, moderator, programmer, or anything else.

Thanks!

Traffic levels on FurAffinity vs Weasyl, 2019 edition

Eupeptic

10 June 2019 at 20:52:39 MDT

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