Hello everyone, this question is mostly related to gag-a-day comics, but I'm sure people with serial comics will have some opinions on this.
I'm curious about how other comic creators take advantage of aggregate sites to promote their content. Ads can be great for raising the visibility of your comic, but some of these aggregate sites can provide more traffic and in some cases "better" traffic (lots of pages/viewer, low bounce rate, return viewings) than ads. Also, submitting to an aggregate site is free (and takes about ten seconds).
For instance, the comics that we have submitted to Cheezburger's "Webcomics" page have provided a fair bump in traffic (in addition to people sharing the page). The quality of the traffic is also better than most other sources (I think people basically start blowing through the entire archive). Part of this, of course, is that people visiting that site are looking for webcomics to read.
Of course, there is a disadvantage with these aggregate sites; they usually insist on hosting your image on their site. There is always a link back to your own site, and this is where you see traffic from, but you are giving away views to another website (by providing them with your content, free of charge).
So here are my questions for you guys:
1.) Do you use aggregate sites to promote your comic? If so, what sites do you find yield "good" traffic?
2.) Have you had any major negative experiences with aggregate sites? Anything to look out for down the road?
Thanks, I look forward to hearing from all of you.