Summer update on Shade Map
It’s already mid October, so the summer update is bleeding into fall. Here’s a traffic update and three things I managed to accomplish over the summer months.
shademap.app had just under 9,000 visitors over the summer months versus 2,000 visitors during spring. The spikes in the chart are an occasional mention on Hacker News or Reddit.
My biggest stress in the spring was paying the bill for map tiles, but everything turned out okay when I switched from using PNG image tiles to vector based tiles. Where before I was paying close to $100 a month, I can now serve up to 50,000 visitors per month using Mapbox’s free-tier. Along the way I released react-leaflet-vector-tile-layer for rendering vector tiles since I couldn’t find an existing solution.
Google traffic has also been increasing nicely. I am number one for
shade map keywords and in the top 5 results for...
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