2019 PHB Readers’ Survey Results

Hello, everyone! I know it’s been about a month since our readers’ survey closed but no need to fear, the results are here! We received a total of 97 responses – a slight decrease from last year – from Poptropicans all around the world! We hope it’s enough people to accurately get an understanding of our more active readers.

Down below are various charts displaying the amount of people who answered for each question and how many people picked each answer. Let’s take a look-see!

Which of our past surveys did you participate in?

The PHB has held 5 surveys so far. The first was held 5 years ago in 2014, in 2015 there was no survey, and since 2016 we’ve done one every year. As usual, we were curious to see how many people that took our previous surveys had stuck around to participate in this year’s. (Note that the percentage total goes over 100% because of the ability to select multiple answers.)

As you can see here the number of participants who also took part in the 2014 survey has decreased from last year’s result of 11.6%, which is to be expected as the years go on. Most people who took this year’s survey also took part in our more recent years with 24% in 2016, 35.4% in2017, and 46.9% in 2018. More than half of you guys marked this down as your first time taking the survey which could mean we have some new readers amongst us. Welcome! You should stick around! 😉

What is your gender?

Next question was: “What is your gender?” Once again the amount of female readers is significantly larger than the amount of male readers. The gap between the two is even greater this year with a 43.3% difference as compared to last year which had only a 15.3% difference.

What is your age?

The amount of older kids and teens dominates the graph as usual but the amount of 12-14 year olds specifically has decreased while the amount of 15-18 year olds has increased.

For the second year in a row, the “22 or older” section of the graph has gotten larger and the “6-11” section has gotten smaller. This may have something to do with Poptropica not getting many new players these days. Most of us that have stuck around with the game since childhood are now adults.

What country do you live in?

Next, we wanted to know where you live in the world. The darker the shade of blue—the more people from that country that took the survey; the lighter the shade—the fewer survey takers there are from that country. If a country appears gray, that means there were no participants from that country.

Like previous years, the United States overwhelmingly has the most survey takers with over ¾ of the total number of participants. Something, I’ve noticed is that our reader base in Europe has almost completely diminished. Every other country shown on the map had less than 10 participants. Regardless, it’s amazing to know we have viewers from around the globe. 🙂

If you live in the US, which state or territory do you live in?

Taking a look at the U.S. alone now, the two states with the highest percentages are California (11.9%) and Florida (10.4%) followed by Pennsylvania (7.5%), North Carolina (6%), Illinois (6%), and Virginia (6%), which is not too different from what we’ve seen in the last couple of years.

Now onto actual game related questions!

When did you discover Poptropica?

Starting with “When did you discover Poptropica?”. Most of our readers found Poptropica in its early days. Poptropica is getting fewer and fewer new players as the years progress, probably due to lack of new content. For the first time in a few years, 2010 is no longer the most popular year for new players. That title now belongs to 2007 – the year Poptropica was first introduced.

How often do you play Poptropica?

As shown here, 24.7% of players play Poptropica a few times a week, which seems to always be one of the most popular choices. 5.2% of players make it a routine of playing at least once a day. Like always though, the graph is pretty split between all the options on this one.

Are you a member on Poptropica?

Wow, take a look at this! Non-members (including those who have never been a member previously) dominate the chart with well over 50% of the tally. Maybe in order to increase this number Poptropica will have to give more perks for being a member and give us something to really look forward to. The amount of members has decreased with each passing year but that could just be because of a smaller amount of participants in the survey this year.

And now to finish it off with the PHB-related questions! 😀

When did you first find the PHB?

Once again, 2016 leads the way with 21.1% of readers discovering us that year. Not too far behind is 2017 and behind that comes 2018. Around 10% of people who answered discovered the PHB in the first three years and are still here today. Crazy! Not too many viewers from 2019 but we’re not even halfway through the year yet, anything can happen. I guess we’ll find out how many people found the PHB in 2019 next year.

How did you find us?

Now moving on to the “How did you find us?” question. Expectedly, most people found the PHB by searching the web, which was also how I found it. Only 31.9% selected an answer other than “searching the web”. (Chart not shown because of too many “other” answers) It’s pretty cool that we’re reaching people through social media now too.

How often do you visit the PHB?

We then asked “How often do you visit the PHB?”. I was delighted to see better results than last year. Last year’s most selected answer was tied between “several times a week” and “a few times a week” with “once every couple of weeks” as the second most selected answer. The number one answer remained the same. However, this year, the second most popular choice is “once a day” followed by “a few times a day” coming in 3rd.

Which types of PHB posts do you enjoy?

The next question was “What type of PHB posts do you enjoy?” For this question respondents were able to mark as many options as they wished. The majority of you said news posts were your favorite – a whopping 78.4% of you to be exact! A lot of you also really enjoy Pop 5 and Community Creations posts which I had a feeling would be really popular among the viewers. Pop Fan Artist Spotlights, MPIPs, reviews, blog updates, and contests are also being received well by you guys. We’ll try to keep more cool posts coming for you all. You can guys also feel free to write up a guess post and send it to [email protected]!

Besides the PHB, what portions of the Poptropica Help Network (PHN) do you regularly browse?

Like last year, the Poptropica Wiki has the highest percentage with almost half of the total tally. Unlike last year though, the Poptropica Help Youtube channel is the second most browsed site of the PHN! The amount of readers active on the PHC has definitely dropped and it’s pretty apparent, so if you want to chat with other Poptropica players join us on Discord! 😀

What other Poptropica blogs/fansites do you frequently visit?

Lastly, we wanted to know what other active fan blogs in the community you frequently visit. There aren’t too many these days but there were definitely a select few who really stood out in the responses. Those blogs were Lucky Wing’s Blog O’ Fun, Red Tomato’s Poptropica Blog, Magic Heart’s Poptropica Blog, and a newer blog Quick Fang’s Pop Blog! Keep up the good work guys. You’re popular! 😎

Well, that about wraps up the 2019 survey results and analysis! I hope you all enjoyed this special look on our reader demographic!

What did you think of the results? Did any of them surprise you? Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

See you next year with the 2020 readers’ survey! Pop on!

– Lucky Joker🍀


It’s time for the 2019 PHB Readers’ Survey!

How’s it going, Poptropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here, and this year, we’ll be continuing the tradition of connecting with our readers with our annual PHB Readers’ Survey!

This year’s survey will contain questions similar to those from previous years to help us see the changes that have transpired in our reader base over the year.

There are 14 questions in this year’s survey, all pertaining to your experience with Poptropica and its online community. Your identity is kept anonymous, unless you choose to share it in the comment box at the end.

The survey is up now and will remain open for three whole weeks (till Saturday, April 6) so be sure to fill out before then! We’d really appreciate it. We want to better serve YOU!

The results will be posted here on the blog probably sometime in April as well (no exact date is definite yet), so stay tuned for that! Now go take that survey! You can click the button banner at the top of this post to get started. 😉

– Lucky Joker 🍀


2018 PHB Readers’ Survey Results

phb survey 2018 analysis

Hello, Poptropicans! It’s Lucky Joker here with the 2018 PHB Readers’ Survey results and analysis!

In February, we held a survey nearly throughout the entire month to help us better understand our reader demographic. Over the course of the three weeks the survey was left open, we received 147 individual responses from people across the globe.

Down below are various interactive charts, made with Google Sheets, that you can hover over to view more details about each question—like how many people chose a certain option, for example. Let’s get into it!

As you might know, the PHB has conducted a few readers’ surveys like this in the past years (2014, 2016, and 2017). We were curious to see how many people took those surveys and were back to take this one.

Only 11.6% of this year’s participants also participated in 2014’s survey, which is a decrease from last year’s result. That percentage almost doubles for 2016, with 20.6% of this year’s participants also taking that survey. A higher 32.2% of people partook in last year’s survey, and a whopping 35.7% of respondents chose 2018 as their first year participating in our readers’ survey. To me, this was quite surprising. There must be a good amount of new readers since last year.

Next, we asked a pretty straightforward question: What is your gender? The result seems to be about the same every year with the majority of our readers being female. However, there was an increase in the percentage of males taking the survey this year with 39.9%.

Also, there are a select few that don’t identify as male nor female, as seen in the graph.

Poptropica’s targeted age range (ages 6-15) continues to be the largest group of respondents, totaling at about 55%, which makes sense.

An interesting thing to note, though, is that the older age sections have grown, and the younger age sections have shrunken over the last year—and this seems to be an ongoing trend. There are more adults in the community than in previous years. This is most likely because those of us who began playing as younger kids have stuck around to grow older with the community.

What country do you live in?

The next question we asked was what country you live in, and this geographical chart shows just that. You can hover over any country to see how many people took the survey from that particular place.

The darker the shade of blue—the more people from that country that took the survey; the lighter the shade—the fewer survey takers there are from that country.

If a country appears gray, that means there were no participants from that country.

The United States is, once again, the leading country of survey participants with an overwhelming 73.9%. Here’s a pie chart that also displays this data:

For the sake of comparison among the other countries, I’ve also created this pie chart without the US responses.

Besides the US, the two countries with the most readers is Canada (with 8.7% overall, 33.3% excluding the US) and India (with 3.6% overall, 13.9% excluding the US). As for the rest of the countries, it’s pretty much even. This includes Australia, which was once one of the countries with the highest reader population of the PHB. Sad to see you go, Aussies.

If you live in the US, which state or territory do you live in?

With another question about location comes another geographical chart. It works the same as before: just hover over any state to see how many people from that particular state took the survey.

Presumably, the states with a general high population will have the most readers and that seems to be the case here, as the top 5 states with the most survey participants are California (15.4%), New York (8.7%), Florida (7.7%), Ohio (7.7%), and Texas (5.8%)—all of which are in the top 10 most populous states of the US.

Now let’s move on to the Poptropica-related questions.

Here we ask which year you started playing Poptropica.

As you can see from the charts, 2010 still remains to be the most popular year our readers began playing Poptropica. Overall, the earlier years seem to be the time when most people joined Poptropica—which is pretty much an identical result to last year. You can tell if you compare the first six years to the last six years in the pie chart.

The results for this question are fairly interesting. Once again, the respondents are pretty split between all of the options.

However, it’s worthy to note that it appears people are playing Poptropica less often than before. The leading category this year is once every couple of weeks, whereas before the most populous category for the past three surveys was a few times a week. Quite the difference there. This is most likely due to Poptropica putting out new content less frequently as they once were.

As for membership, just like last year, the results are not so split.

The participants that do have (or are expecting) membership remain the minority (19.3%) and the participants that don’t have membership remain the majority (80.7%). A large portion of those who don’t have membership are players who have never had a membership before—56.6% to be exact—which is an increase from last year.

And now to the PHB-related questions!

Here we start off with the question asking of when you found the PHB.

As to be expected, more of the recent years got the most votes. However, there are still a few oldtimers reading the PHB today (or at least that came back to take the survey).

Visibly, the leading year is 2016, consuming almost a quarter of the pie chart alone. Not too far behind are the years 2015 and 2017 with about 15%, and after that, 2014, with 12.1%.

With no surprise, searching the web dominates all of the other options with an immense 81%, just like all of our past surveys—probably to get help on an island (but we’ll get more into that later). 8.2% say they found the PHB from another website, and 4.1% say they found the PHB through social media. These are both significant increases from last year. On the flipside, the from a friend option percentage underwent a decrease from last year. The remaining one respondent says they found the PHB through a teacher. It’s great to see we’re reaching people in new ways!

We covered the when and the how, but now it’s time to see how often. For this next question we asked how frequently you visit the PHB.

Unfortunately, it looks like people are checking up on the PHB less often. Last year, the most popular choice was once a day, and before that—several times a day. Now, most people are on the PHB several times a week, a few times a week, and once every couple of months. Still, not too shabby.

I’m assuming this also has to do with the lack of content we’ve been getting from Poptropica, so there isn’t much news to post about.

Poptropica News continues to be the reigning most enjoyed post category with over 100 votes. Many of you also said you enjoyed Blog Updates, Reviews, Contests, Pop 5s, My Place in Poptropica stories, and Spotted Dragon’s Community Creations series—each with 50-70 votes.

A few of you used the other option to type in what you enjoyed that wasn’t on our list in the survey including our Island Guide pages and Popspiracies posts. Three people even typed all of them. Thanks, guys!

We also wanted to know what other facets of the Poptropica Help Network you typically browsed, and it looks like all of them get a decent viewing.

Poptropica Wiki has gained quite the amount of popularity with almost double the percentage of last year’s result. Everything else has stayed very much the same, however.

Outside of the Poptropica Help Network are dozens of other Poptropica sites, with writers who work diligently to provide the best of Poptropica news and other great stuff—and we were wondering which ones you frequently visit.

This year is the first year where most of our participants say they only view the PHB and no other fansites.

Other than the PHB, though, the three most popular choices were Lucky Wing’s Blog O’ Fun (with 11 votes), the Poptropica Creators’ Blog (with 10 votes), and Clawtropica (with 7 votes).

Although some of the other sites didn’t receive as many votes, they are still great sites nonetheless and we encourage you to check them out! Many of them are affiliated with the Poptropica Blogger’s Network.

Well, that concludes the 2018 survey analysis! I hope you enjoyed this insight on our reader demographic — I sure did!

What did you think of the results? Were there any that surprised you? Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Hope you can join us next year for the 2019 survey!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

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Calling all Poptropicans for… the 2018 PHB Readers’ Survey!

Hello, Poptropicans — it’s Lucky Joker here to announce the 2018 PHB Readers’ Survey!

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Our PHB readers’ surveys have become something of an annual tradition here at the Poptropica Help Blog, and we’d like to continue that this year: but we need you, the Poptropica community, to make your mark.

This survey contains similar questions from last year to help us see what changes have occurred in the community. There are 14 questions for this year’s survey, all about you, your experience with the PHB, and the Poptropica community. Your identity is kept anonymous, unless you choose to share it in the comment box at the end.

The survey is now up and will remain so until Monday, February 26, so fill it out while you can, to help us all understand our community better!

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We want your input so that we can understand our reader demographics more, and therefore be able to better serve you guys—so let us know what you want to see on the PHB! Your thoughts matter to us.

The results will be posted here in March, so be on the lookout for that. Now what are you waiting for? Fill out the survey now! Did I mention that you should fill out the survey? 😉

That’s it for now! Thanks for being awesome. Talk to you in the next one.

– Lucky Joker 🍀


Surveys, Web Development

2017 PHB Readers’ Survey Analysis

Heyyo Poptropicans, it’s Ultimate iPad Expert here with the 2017 PHB Readers’ Survey results and analysis!


It’s been a little while of a wait since the initial survey, but the results are all here and ready for your viewing. Over the week of the survey, we received 157 survey responses which helped to tally up what we think is a fairly accurate representation of our more active PHB readers.

Once everything got tallied up, I went in and created charts using Google Sheets, which allows them to be interactive. You can hover over different sections to see more details about a specific group in the charts, like to see how many people chose that option and what the percentage is.

There are also a couple of maps that show the global and domestic spread of the PHB’s reach. Note: If the maps don’t load for some reason, try refreshing the page.

Anyway, let’s get into the results!

Did you participate in the 2014 Survey?

Looking back three years now, the PHB held a survey in 2014 even before I joined the PHB. A fairly straightforward question we asked this time was: How many people took both this survey and the one in 2014?

We can see here from this chart that only about 15% of this year’s survey takers also took the 2014 survey. This is only slightly different from last year’s result, where only 18.5% had taken the 2014 survey.

Did you participate in the 2016 Survey?

Moving on to a similar question as the last. Here we were curious to find out how many people who took last year’s survey were back again to take this one.

About 38% of of this year’s respondents are return survey-takers, as you can see. Quite an increase from the 2014 question, but a large majority of this year’s survey-takers didn’t even take last year’s, which I find to be somewhat surprising. It seems quite a few newer readers have become more involved this year.

What is your gender?

Another simple question: we asked survey-takers to tell us their gender.

As wee can see from this gender makeup, the male to female ratio is about 1:2, although there is a larger percentage of boys this year than last year’s survey-takers. This difference is only about 3%, but still an interesting trend to note.

What is your age?

The age of those surveyed seems to easily be dominated by the 9-17 range, which (adding the three groups it consists of) gives it a whopping 87.1% majority. This, of course, makes sense, considering Poptropica’s general age range.

Something interesting to note is that both the 9 to 11 and 12 to 14 ranges have shrunk since last year’s survey, while the 15 to 17 and 18 to 21 ranges have definitely grown. Perhaps some of us who began playing when we were younger have stuck around to grow older with the community.

What country do you live in?

Here we have what is in my opinion one of the more fascinating questions of the survey: the international makeup of the PHB reader base.

Let’s take a look at the map. The more survey participants in that country, the darker the shade of red it appears on this map. Similarly, the lighter the red, the fewer survey participants from that country. And if the country shows as gray, then no survey participants were from that country.

What we can see clearly is that the US dominates here, which is not entirely surprising considering the blog is written in English, and the US has the largest English-speaking population in the world. Below is a chart which excludes the US, for the sake of comparison:

Here also are two pie charts to show the country makeup:

Exactly in line with last year’s result, a whopping 71.5% of responders are from the United States.

After the US, this year’s runner-ups are Australia (with 5.7% overall, 20% excluding Americans), Canada (with 4.4% overall, 15.6% excluding Americans), and Singapore (with the same 4.4% overall, 15.6% excluding Americans).

This is followed by the UK, India, the Philippines, Oman, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, all with just two survey-takers from each. Still, this represents quite a widespread group of readers from all different corners of the globe.

If you live in the US, which state or territory do you live in?

This one is similar to the last question, but here we’re looking at which territories that 71.5% of Americans is spread out to be in.

Just like last year, the more populous states have higher percentages. The top 5 are California (15%), Florida (8.4%), Texas (6.5%), Illinois (5.6%), and North Carolina (5.6%), all of which are in the top 10 most populous states of the US.

When did you first find Poptropica?

Now we’ll take a look at the questions relating to the game itself. Here we ask which year you guys started playing Poptropica.

Just like last year, the most pop-ular year is 2010. Overall, however, it seems that most people joined Poptropica in the earlier years, which is much less split than it was in last year’s survey results. Quite different from last year is the result for 2011 (which was the year I joined).

How often do you play Poptropica?

As we see from this question, it seems that most people play Poptropica more in the center categories. The most populous category is that of a few times a week with 19.1% of responders, the same category had 18.8% last year, so quite similar.

Fairly split otherwise, however, over the different time frames, but definitely seems that the results are congragating somewhere in the center.

Are you a member on Poptropica?

When it comes to membership, it seems that the results are not so split. Only 20.4% of participants have memberships currently. On the flip side, 79.6% are not currently members, with 51% of that group not having ever had a membership.

Things are slightly on the up from last year, however. A higher percentage has membership this year, although it’s only by a little bit.

When did you first find the PHB?

And now for the PHB-related questions. Here, we ask when you guys first found the PHB.

The bar graph for this one is quite interesting to me. It almost looks like a checkmark shape. What we see here is a fairly decent number to start, then a decline towards 2010, and then a rise each year beyond that (except for 2017, which is still at its beginning).

The years 2015 (23.6%) and 2016 (27.4%) make up over 50% of the overall tally, which is really quite interesting to me. Looks like growth for the PHB viewership, and perhaps even more older players starting to move on to other things.

How did you find the PHB?

Next we asked how you guys found the PHB.

Just like last year, an overwhelming percentage found the PHB via web searching, although this percentage is down 9.5% from last year’s results (82.1% to 72.6%). A larger number of you guys have also found us through new avenues, with the second-most popular answer being referred to us by a friend, sibling, or someone in your life.

How often do you visit the PHB?

For this next question, we wanted to know about how frequently you visit the PHB.

There is change from last year’s results, and it seems readers are less commonly reading up on the PHB. The most popular of the categories is not the most frequent choice, “several times a day,” as it was last year. This year, the most popular is once a day, at 19.1%.

This year, it looks like the differences between each category are quite gradual. Overall, it seems people aren’t on the PHB as frequently, and my guess is this could be because of the lower amount of news from the Poptropica Creators.

What types of PHB blog posts do you read frequently?

Here we have a little insight as to what you, the readers, spend your time reading up on.

Similar to last year, the two top categories of posts are News with 105 responders and Blog Updates with 90 responders. Definitely makes sense that you would mostly be coming here to get the latest Pop news, since that’s the main focus of our blog posts!

I also very much appreciated that many of you chose PMFM as one of your choices and am glad my hours of editing meme faces paid off to you all in the end. 😀

How likely is it that you would recommend the PHB to a friend or a colleague?

Now we ask you to rate the PHB out of 10 for how much you’d recommend us. Over half of you guys suggested an 8, 9, or 10 as your choice, showing that you guys consider the blog pretty highly. It means a lot!

10 is the most chosen response, being more than double of the next largest, 7.

What portions of the PHB/PHN do you regularly browse?

Unlike last year’s survey, the top two choices actually switched around for this year. News and sneak peeks became the most popular category, winning over Island Walkthroughs, which was #1 last year.

Other than that change, not a whole lot difference is in the comparison between categories, aside from the fact that our chat hangout, the Poptropica Help Chat (PHC), appears to have gained more activity since last year.

What other Poptropica blogs or Poptropica-related sties do you frequently visit?

And now onto our final quantifiable question… we asked you guys about your favorite Poptropica sites outside of the PHB that you visit frequently.

Similar to last year, the most popular choice was the Creators’ Blog which received a whopping 101 participants’ choosing. The next three choices were Thinknoodles (with 65), Tall Cactus’s Poptropica Blog (with 43), and our very own Perfect Sky’s YouTube channel (with 39).

All the other choices had quite a differing range, but all got their fair share of around 20 or so votes. Many of them are also part of the Poptropica Bloggers’ Network.

Well, this concludes this year’s survey analysis! Nice job on making your way through this long post, and I hope you enjoyed it.

Last year, I made a “Part 2,” where I went over questions and comments from the survey. If you guys want it, I’ll do it again for this year.

Be sure to comment your thoughts below. And I hope you’ll join us next year for the 2018 survey!

Meme King out. 

• Ultimate iPad Expert •