Packing for the Trip drawn February 2010
You create a comic, you upload it to your blog, you publish it and then… you wait. You hope people will look at it, enjoy it, and return again the next post.
Here are some ways I’m getting folks to visit my comics:
1. Reference chocolate. I love chocolate and it turns out, I’m not alone. I’ve met quite a few folks through the referencing of chocolate. (Just be sure to tag it too.)
2. Get business cards. I ordered a thousand of them. I should have business cards for, oh, the next twenty years.
Front of business card.
Back of business card.
Seriously, business cards are cheap. Even with the double sided card, I’ve only got about 3 cents in each card. I used Vistaprint because it was cheap and easy. Be sure to wait for a coupon if you decide to order. Vistaprint offers coupons galore.
Since I’ve been putting out business cards in my store and in public places, my views are increasing.
3. Use an established blogging platform. Some of you may remember last February when I switched from my self hosted site to the WordPress.com platform. (I wrote about that HERE.) Most folks go from WordPress to self hosted so it was a bit weird. However, I’m really glad I did it because it has increased my readers. It’s just easier now for other WordPress users to find me. You can read more about WordPress stats HERE. You can see on this chart HERE that WordPress is the most widely used blogging platform. (If you don’t want to switch your self hosted site to hosting on WordPress.com, at least hook up the JetPack plugin. That feature will put your site into the WordPress tagging system.)
As an aside, if you are using one of the comic themes for your WordPress site, be aware that anyone signed up for your email updates won’t get one unless you write actual words on a blog page. There might be a plugin that fixes that but I personally find the comic themes to be harder to work with than just a straight blog theme.
4. Hook up with other people who do what you do. I also post Pamo’s World over at Comx Box HERE. I love Comx Box! The artists there are talented, funny and very supportive. I’m so glad to be there. It’s like having a comics support group. I’m constantly blown away by the talent at Comx Box. (Check out the submissions page HERE to see if your work is a good fit for Comx Box.)
5. Use other free comics services. I post Pamo’s World at Tapastic HERE. Tapastic is free for any webcomic creator to post their stuff. Tapastic isn’t a blogging platform- it is strictly comics. It’s a younger crowd there but I hold out hope that someone might look at my comic and say, “Grandma! Here’s a comic you might like!”
6. Pay for a comics service. Recently, I signed up for Sherpa Comics HERE. Sherpa is a service you have to pay for. The payoff is it gets your work out in front of a lot of eyes. I figured I’d try it out for awhile and see if it’s worth the price. The other creators over at Sherpa are supportive and very talented. In checking the stats for just three comics, I’ve had 150 views. That doesn’t sound like much but I expect the views to increase as my time on that site increases.
7. Use social media. I promote Pamo’s World through my Facebook page HERE. Facebook is an active source of new fans. I post my comics on my Pamo’s World page and also on my personal page. Sometimes I post it on my Biker Rags page. Facebook always increases views on my blog. I recommend Facebook as an easy way to promote your work.
I also post to Google Plus, Twitter, and Tumblr through the Publicize feature on WordPress. I’ll admit, I’m not good at keeping up with social media but I have met some great folks through Google Plus and Twitter. I’ve never met one person through Tumblr that I’m aware of.
8. My last tip is to post a picture of yourself when you were a kid.
Me, Pamo, at age 5.
Then, include a photo of another family member who looks just like you….
My Grandma age 5.
Okay then. You got any tips for me? I’d love to hear ‘em!
Until next toon,