We’ve put together some more numbers and graphs illustrating the monthly queue trends for 2016. We have mapped out the overall total monthly submissions, as well as the approximate number of keywords that dropped on the first and 25th of each month (The numbers may include a few stragglers from previous days that had expired and were resubmitted on those drop days, which is why they are labeled as approximate totals).
As you’ll notice, there is variation in volume from month to month, but overall the variation falls within the range we typically expect to see on queue volume. This year, the biggest dip we saw in the overall queue was from March to April. Since then, the total volume has been on par with numbers we saw back in January and February, with most of the summer numbers above the average and mean for the year.
We have also included the daily drop totals from June through August. The daily distribution* varies from month to month, but typically ranges from 200-500 keywords a day (excluding the 1st and 25th drops).
*On the Daily Drop Distribution graphs, you can hover over the day to see the exact number of keywords that were submitted on that date.
Note: Keep in mind that these trends are not reflective of the overall health of the products, WritersDomain, or our parent company. Exact drop numbers vary based on billing cycles, client onboarding and turnover, partner changes, and reallocation of client orders.
Many of our writers have noted that the drop times seem to drift. This is not unusual. Drop times are typically consistent within an hour, but there are variations in times depending on how many requests are put through the system. The first of the month is particularly busy, which slows the system operations down and can delay the drop times.
Unfortunately, we can’t give you exact times for the drops because they do vary somewhat unpredictably—work is sent out automatically by the system, so it’s much like waiting for a program to load—you can usually estimate pretty closely when the download will complete, but at the end of the day, you can’t control exactly how long it will take to process everything.
The approximate drop times keyed in the system should land around the following hours:
March – November (Daylight Savings Time)
3–4 AM MST
5–6 PM MST
2–3 AM MST
4–5 PM MST
The system is set on UTC/GMT. The times listed above are adjusted for our local business time zone. Depending on your location, drop times could vary from these ranges.
Why are drop times set at such odd hours?
The drop times were set to accommodate monthly and daily ordering cycles on our local business time. While we recognize that early morning drops are a hassle for many of our writers, changing the hours ultimately will serve only a portion of our total pool of contributors. With writers submitting work from all over the world, there isn’t one time that will accommodate everyone.
Additionally, the main reason drop times are a concern is because of the competition for work on the platform. Until the work-writer ratio balances out, scarcity will motivate the community to grab work at its first availability.
We will continue to update you with more statistics and numbers as we’re able. If you have questions about this data, share in the comments below or reach out to us at [email protected]
The WritersDomain Team