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ashingtray



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:55 am    Post subject: How do you guys find your audiences? Reply with quote

Hi my name is Chin Yew and I'm from Malaysia.

I've been making comics since I was 12 and recently just started making webcomics at Patreon. I'm currently at day 249.

How do you guys find your audiences? I've tried asking my friends and families and numerous Facebook group, and I only manage to find 71 people to read them.

Mind sharing any tips how to get to a wider audiences?

I'm running out of ideas how to make this webcomics work as a full time job to make a living.

I deeply appreciate any advise given.

Thanks.
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Harrington AW



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most reliable way, although it costs money, is to advertise.

Project Wonderful is a good place where you have the option to advertise fairly cheaply: https://www.projectwonderful.com/welcome.php

Top Webcomics also offers advertising. It's a bit more expensive, but I've had very good results with it: http://topwebcomics.com/advertisinginfo.aspx

Even this site offers ads: http://www.thewebcomiclist.com/featured/getfeatured.php

If you're looking for ways to generate traffic without spending money, You can try posting on comic-related forums like this one about your comic. Most forums will have a "hype your comic" section:
http://www.thewebcomiclist.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=5
http://www.penciljack.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?87-Bulletin-Board
http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=584219df7f2a4cebe5221273972f44c8&f=68
http://forum.webcomicscommunity.com/index.php/board,23.0.html?PHPSESSID=9flt68b5utdfcoo8505gku9fl6

Some have bigger audiences than others. You might find better ones by checking Google.

Also, try adding your comic to some comic ranking lists:
http://topwebcomics.com/
http://webcomicssuper100list.gotop100.com/index.php
http://www.webcomicz.com/
http://piperka.net/

There are plenty of others, some more useful or more competitive than others. You can check google for more.

Also, try doing link exchanges with other comics that you like, or that are similar to yours. Just contact the people than make those comics and ask them if they would like to exchange links. They'll usually say yes.

You can also look at webcomic collectives and see if there are any that accept comics like yours. You can check on Google for them.

Do you have a DeviantArt page? That's a good place to showcase your art and attract fans. http://www.deviantart.com/

There are plenty of other ways, I'm sure. maybe someone else will have some other ideas.
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ashingtray



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much Harrington!

Very informative, I'll definitely take a look at the links you shared.

I've been trying to find webcomics that are similar to my style, was wondering do you know any?



Thanks,

Chin Yew

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Harrington AW



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, not off the top of my head. You might be able to find some by searching around a little on The Webcomic List or some of the other comic ranking lists that I mentioned.

They usually have comics divided into genres, and you can look through the genres like yours.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been having relatively good success getting people to click through to my site lately by posting my comic artwork on Instagram, and tagging it with plenty of appropriate hash tags.
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ashingtray



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I do that too via Instagram, but not sure how many are true followers, most of the Likes are from people who expect to be followed back. They post typical comments like "love you work." "great stuff". I doubt some of them are genuine.

It's easy to just get average bout 20 likes for a post, but damn difficult to generate fans who deeply love your work and willing to pay for them.

That's my current struggle.
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adventurion



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi ashingtray! good to see you here!
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ashingtray



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adventurion wrote:
hi ashingtray! good to see you here!


Thanks for the greeting!

Do check out my daily comic strips updated here:

http://www.thewebcomiclist.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=177109#177109

And if you like my stuff, please do feel free to subscribe at: www.patreon.com/chinyew

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deadpansal



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, put up Google Analytics on your page to keep track of what's working. Some of those webcomic sites are really useful.
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MarcinKamil



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ashingtray wrote:
Yes, I do that too via Instagram, but not sure how many are true followers, most of the Likes are from people who expect to be followed back. They post typical comments like "love you work." "great stuff". I doubt some of them are genuine.


@ashingtray, you are right, but those fake follows are easy to notice by their brief comments and if you go to their profile you will see what's their game. Wink

deadpansal wrote:
Also, put up Google Analytics on your page to keep track of what's working. Some of those webcomic sites are really useful.


And that combined with what @deadpansal says:

I have posted a preview strip on Instagram with not so much sense without part 2 (posted on the website) an got around 20 likes. Then I looked at Google Analytics to find that there were no new visit to the website. Sooo...

ashingtray wrote:
Mind sharing any tips how to get to a wider audiences?


Maybe I don't have a huge audience, but I heard people talking about Project Wonderful, so I decided to give it a try. No big results so far, but I guess my webcomic just sucks. Wink

Also, if you have a Facebook page you follow, you can make a comic related to their content. Maybe they'll like it and share. Wink

Wow, I talk a lot...


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Overlord_Thundersnow



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:30 am    Post subject: Re: How do you guys find your audiences? Reply with quote

ashingtray wrote:
Hi my name is Chin Yew and I'm from Malaysia.
How do you guys find your audiences? I've tried asking my friends and families and numerous Facebook group, and I only manage to find 71 people to read them.

Mind sharing any tips how to get to a wider audiences?

You might want to start by posting your website address in your profile. Very Happy

I wanted to check it out, and you've got nothing up.



Harrington: Thanks a bunch! Those links were great!



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