IVstudios wrote:How do you go about finding places to advertise? If you use the "search for new places to bid" option, it shouldn't take more than a half hour to do your 200 free bids (unless you're really picky about what sites you put ads on).
IVstudios wrote:Mostly through tags and people re-blogging your stuff. Tumblr isn't especially social, you can't really chat with people or have "friends." It's basically just a blog; you post stuff, people follow you, you follow other people, if you see something cool you reblog it.
It works well for self promotion because people are constantly sharing and reposting other people's stuff, but it all leads back to the original poster (as long as the person re-blogging isn't a dick who removes the history of posts. Which does happen but Tumblr makes it so much easier not to do that it's usually not an issue.)
I guess the best way to describe it would be that each user is in their own little bubble. No one else can come in, but they can all see in and if you do something cool someone can point to your bubble and say "Hey look, that guy is doing something awesome!" and a bunch of other people will turn and look at your bubble.
That's about what I was expecting. I think it's a pretty reasonable method, especially once you do it more often and get faster at it. You can also check out the statistics after the bids expire and see which banners are working the best and what sites are giving the best response.VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:13 now!! Damn!
I'd take Dawn Griffin's advice: "Be a social media whore. Promote, promote, promote." That means doing every method I listed, and possibly more.Montyandwoolley wrote:The problem I have, is having so many avenues - how do you pin down what's worth investing your time in for advertising?
I think you're already doing pretty good by inviting people and having a link to the Facebook page on your comic's home page. If you have extra time for social networking, I expect you'll get better results with Twitter or Tumblr.Montyandwoolley wrote:I'm stuck with who I have added on FB who are invited to my comics page, but then how do i expand from there?
The maximum duration for free bids is two days, so, for my blog, I've been keeping a schedule of placing bids on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. That means I pretty much always have ads going aside from Sunday-Monday. I've also gotten faster at it, and when I timed myself this morning, it took me about seven minutes to set up 200 bids.VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:No, it doesn't take long at all. But then I keep going back and checking to see if any more are available. It's not the duration, it's the frequency.
It's definitely a real thing. It's much more intuitive to say, "lol check out this funny strip" than to say, "hey i like this page but you have to read the last two years' worth of archives to understand what's going on."McDuffies wrote:Now I see why comics where each page is a self-sustained gag are such a big deal now, I tended to think it was because of Cyanide&Happyness' success, but it may be that such comics are most heavily promoted thanks to social media.
I'm glad it's working out so well for you! I'm looking forward to putting my own comic on there eventually, although I probably don't have enough pages yet to really consider it. Also, if you ever wanna promote more aggressively, you could look into doing penny bids to give us freeloaders the middle finger.VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:Wow!! 30 clicks now! Six of those are from today alone. this is quite splendid.
Awesome!VeryCuddlyCornpone wrote:Holy shit. Sorry to keep bumping this thread with my own shit, but I just got 100 clicks from one of my paid bids today. Holy. Shit.
I was almost gonna make a follow-up post about how effective JustUnfollow has been, and then I got my @LCabbages account suspended for using it. I should be able to get my account back, but I'm done messing around with these dopey third-party apps. In my defense, I don't remember being informed by Twitter that using apps like this isn't allowed.LibertyCabbage wrote:A li'l update, I've been messing around with this site http://www.justunfollow.com, and it's pretty sweet, although it isn't fully functional unless you pay for it. It also has an iOS version, and there's another app called Unfollow that's similar.
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