11 Jun

Weekly Update 105: Your Instant Answer stats

This is a copy of our weekly newsletter for developers which you can subscribe to here.

Hello contributors,

Did you know that you have access to the traffic for your Instant Answers (IAs)? If so, have you checked it recently? You may be pleasantly surprised.

To take a look, log in to duck.co and visit any of your IA metadata pages. Lower down the page you'll see a weekly-updated chart showing how many times that IA was shown over the past 30 days.

Chart showing traffic data for an Instant Answer

If you'd like to increase the traffic, you could consider how to improve the triggers to encompass more search queries, or if it's a cheat sheet, whether to add some aliases. For example, people searching for "raspberry pi" often use the queries "raspi" or "rpi". The challenge is to find the best balance of relevant triggers that don't include unrelated search queries.

As well as improving your own Instant Answers, here are some others we're looking for help with...

5-minute Fixes

Weekend Warriors

IAs for Adoption

The following Instant Answers are looking for a maintainer. If you'd like to step forward, please create an issue on GitHub using the button at the bottom of each IA page.

Quick Tip

This week's tip is simple and you may have seen us tweet about it at @DuckDuckHack. Whether you're learning the basics or trying to polish your skills, there's a wonderful crowd-sourced list of programming books and other resources — hundreds of them, all available for free:


And yes, that's legally free ☺

The list is divided into nearly 200(!) categories and also offers links to online courses and interactive tutorials. On top of that, there are lists of programming resources in 23 non-English languages.

Thanks to Zaahir (moollaza) for sharing this, and I encourage you to send suggestions to that repository if you know of more good free programming resources.

That's all for now — have a great weekend!

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Wonderful !

posted by descartes • 2 years and 9 months ago Link

Nice !

posted by JordanRenoux • 2 years and 9 months ago Link

Good news !

posted by HermaN12 • 2 years and 10 months ago Link

The traffic doesn't show any number or any dates

posted by Alphabet_song.ogg • 2 years and 10 months ago Link

Well spotted. I edited it out of the screenshot above, but in the live Instant Answer pages there are proper labels.

posted by tagawa Staff • 2 years and 10 months ago Link
One image shows the max direct is 12110536 on 23-May-2016. The other shows the max direct is 12657536 on the same date.
posted by Alphabet_song.ogg • 2 years and 10 months ago Link

Yes, we made a slight adjustment to how we calculate the traffic recently. It should be more accurate now.

posted by tagawa Staff • 2 years and 10 months ago Link

Do you mean you mistakenly wrote the number 12657536 for 12110536?

posted by Alphabet_song.ogg • 2 years and 10 months ago Link