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In this episode we talk about some of the biggest Pens of all time on CodePen. Most of them were not only just popular right on CodePen itself, but went viral and reached far beyond CodePen itself.

Wanna make one of these super-popular Pens yourself? Listen and find out what "Marie's Law" is which seems to play in heavily.

Here's some of the most popular Pens of all time:

By our data-derived estimates, there are about 6 Pens that have ever gotten more than 2,000 hearts, 56 Pens over 1,000, and some 500 over 500.

Are traffic and visibility boosts like this good for business? We think yes, but it's not as simple or obvious as getting a bunch of paid signups as it's happening (it doesn't seem to affect things that directly).

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  • Just popping in to say congrats on 100 episodes! As someone who runs a similarly-structured business in the education space, I really appreciate the *massive* amount of insight I’ve been able to gain (having listened to all 100!) to run my business.

    • chriscoyier

      High five, Marcus!

  • Brian Krogsgard

    Congrats on 100 shows, y’all! I’m a huge fan, even though I’m not in Codepen itself much.

    I was thinking about these “famous” pens. Wouldn’t it be cool, for non-coders that saw these and thought it was awesome, if there was a subtle call to action, like, “Hey! Somebody made this with code! You can learn to code too.” and went off to a landing page where you highlight the value of learning to code… and of course a link or two to some partners of yours where folks can learn?

    Seems like a decent way to slightly monetize pages like that, introduce new folks to code who are in wonderment at how something awesome some code is, and do it in a non-lame manner.

    Just my two cents! Have a good one, and keep it up! 🙂