In 2011 bilderundworte set out for a new online era.
By launching our new website and starting a facebook fan page we were determined to give comic books a new and worthy virtual home.
But, just like everything else in life, we soon realized:THIS IS GOING TO BE F****** HARD. Despite the fact that we had been comic book mercenaries since the mid 1990s. Times had definitely changed since then. The world seemed to be spinning a good deal faster, and, let's face it: people would forget about you just as fast. So in 2011 our website visits were kind of depressing.
The harder your start seems – the prettier you will find the sight of success on the horizon
Well, yes. The great thing about starting out small is obvious: When you look at a positive development, it appears titanic. From that perspective, our visits sky rocketed 400% in 2012 – from 5,000 to over 23,000. A major part of that we owed to Germany's free comic book day of 2012.
But there was another, quite time-consuming online sector that brought along new "surfers" - not all of them silver: In march our bilderundworte online magazine launched. It frequently draws in new visitor, with attractive accounts and posts.
Quite nice: plus 50,000 visitors in 2013
Our latest annual report for 2013 reads rather nice. Visits again went up 119 %. We were able to register more than 50K visits for this year – bringing along longer visiting times and much more page views, amounting up to nearly 137,000. Our readers stayed on for an average time of over two-and-a-half minutes .
Next to Germany, almost half of our visitors are European or international visitors – a fact we owe to the painstaking work connected with a bilingual website. We admit, it is a real pain, translating all our magazine posts – every single time. But acceptance is high and that makes it worthwhile.
On the whole we perceived a trend towards manga and anime. But there are always a few classics like Hägar or the Peanuts standing out. Next to the Lost Girls, the Artbook of Erotic Fantasy is always a winner. The Walking Dead – especially the Board Game – have infected us as well, and are constantly on request. Shinji Ikari acually never dropped below a top-5 position.
Our aims for 2014? Stay just as good, or maybe get a little better. Keep featuring all the crazy stuff we prefer, and check out fascinating developments that take the edge of life's more boring side. Plus: more manga.
Download our overview for 2013 here.