Humbug wrote:2: I've never tried Tumblr so I have no idea how it works, I might experiment.
Twitter seems kinda like webcomics forums: You can just pop in once in a while to mention your latest page if you want, or you can put more time into it and make it a fun thing where you interact with people. This and webcomics forums are my favorite of the methods I listed. Also, if you embed it on your site, you can easily post updates to your readers from your smartphone's Twitter app, which is hella awesome.Humbug wrote:1: Haven't really been seeing too much traffic from twitter, then again I only use it as a newsbox and my numbers of followers haven't even reached 3 digits. Perhaps if you had thousands of followers you'd get better traffic, but is it a good way to get actual new readers? Or are most of them just your regular readers anyway?
This is meant primarily as a one-time thing, as the goal's to temporarily get in the "Newly Added" list on the front page. That's why I suggest having a decent-sized archive before doing it.Humbug wrote:5: I have both and I don't really see any big hits, WCL maybe one or two hits every other week or so, absolutely nothing in Belfry. It really depends on how popular you are in either case.
Right. And I've been seeing a lot of people post one panel of their page as a teaser to get people to go to their real site, and I think that's a smart strategy. It's not gonna get you a ton of clicks, but how long does it really take to crop an image and upload it? Tumblr also has a neat feature that lets you schedule posts for a specific time and date, which, as I understand it, DeviantArt doesn't let you do.IVstudios wrote:Humbug wrote:2: I've never tried Tumblr so I have no idea how it works, I might experiment.
I highly recommend it. I was reluctant to get into it at first but it's been a great way to help promote my comics. And it gives you the option to automatically cross post your stuff on twitter and facebook so it makes a nice quick way to do a lot of social media-ing.
Plus it can incorporate the fan-art suggestion as well. Did a doodle or whatever of something you like (cartoon, comic, TV show, etc)? Throw it up on tumblr with the appropriate hashtags and it will show up for other people who are fans of that thing.
LibertyCabbage wrote:Tumblr also has a neat feature that lets you schedule posts for a specific time and date, which, as I understand it, DeviantArt doesn't let you do.
This is pretty awesome. I hadn't heard of it before. I just sent the dude who runs it an e-mail. Thanks for pointing it out!VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:I forget if someone'd mentioned it round these parts before, but justthefirstframe.com is pretty cool.
IVstudios wrote:I highly recommend it.
LibertyCabbage wrote:#7. Project Wonderful
Some sites don't have a minimum bid amount set, which means you can advertise on them for free for up to two days. Once you've made an account and uploaded your banners, do a search in the category "Comics: Webcomics," set "Current bid" and "Minimum bids" both to "0" and "0," and set the dropdown to "in each region." Then, keep bidding $0 for two days of advertising in each region until the site gives you an error message at 200 bids, which is the maximum amount of free bids you can have at one time. It can be difficult to get the American advertisement spots, but the other regions can still provide a noticeable amount of traffic. Finally, once your bids expire in two days, repeat the process. You can also play around with the settings if you like, such as advertising in categories other than Webcomics.
I'd be interested to hear your results when the bids are up. I'm also still trying to figure out what strategies are the most effective.VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:Just went through and gave this a shot. Fingers crossed!
Humbug wrote:Well, for an ad to be perpetually at zero cents that means that the number of unique visitors viewing the ad is very low, or the ad is placed at a very bad location. So yea, any clicks from those is a good achievement.
VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:Up to 9 clicks now! Really not bad at all for free advertising. That's 9 more people looking at my page, and possibly exploring more, than would have done so otherwise.
LibertyCabbage wrote:#4. DeviantArt
Post your pages on DeviantArt, and include a brief description of the page and a link to your webcomic. Look up webcomic groups on DeviantArt and join them. You can also link to your DeviantArt site so that your fans can "Watch" you.
djracodex wrote:VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:Up to 9 clicks now! Really not bad at all for free advertising. That's 9 more people looking at my page, and possibly exploring more, than would have done so otherwise.
That's pretty freakin' good for it being free, I'd say!
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