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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meggyc wrote:
I just can't help but to think that it may attract the wrong crowd, at least for a site like mine. But I can see how such a high traffic site could send in some page views.


This is why I haven't tried it. Craigslist is WEIRD. My comics are WEIRD, too, but in a different way.

It'd be kind of like throwing my link to wolverines.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A primer on Craigslist...

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Cool Way to Promote Reply with quote

TRALLT wrote:
Ive recently discovered a free, easy, and hit-gaining way of getting more readers...Craigslist! On Craigslist, there is a "forum" area where you can post pretty much any arts related stuff in the "arts" section. Ive been getting some hits this way. The forum goes across all states, too (unlike the region-specific arts posting area). Make sure you post in the arts category in the FORUM otherwise youll just be targeting a certain town. (Though the region-spefic arts posting area may work to your advantage if your comic is set in a real location, i.e. New York City.)

The only downfall is for the FORUM it takes seven days before you can post, due to spam security.
Let me know if you gain an readers (or creepy Craigslist stalkers/molesters) this way.


I see one webcomic posted there already: Tweetics.

Since you brought it up, how has Craigslist worked out for you hits wise? Inquiring minds want to know. LOL!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, Craigslist is huge.

As any other community of its size, particularly one that has a section for personal ads, it has its share of "creepiness" and Spam (regretably not the canned variety, because I'd love some fried Spam right now Wink ).

Don't forget, though, that as a major site, in addition to have its share of creepiness, it will also have lots of "uncreepiness" (let's say, mainstream content)

Now, I don't know how effective it may be as a means to advertise a comic strip, but I would not let the creepiness factor scare me. As webcommickers, we are all in the public view anyway, so I must assume that you have some , uh, resiliency when it comes to the nature of people that visit your site and have ways of blocking undesirables.

For those who are doing that, I'd be interested in knowing what type of results you are getting.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LukeSurl wrote:
Just be careful, OK?


Pffffaahahahahaha XD
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tweetics wrote:
I just submitted my liks in this morning, so I am going to be interested to see where it goes as far as return.


Ah, so that was your post I saw there. Good luck with that. I'll be trying it on for size myself...in 7 days. LOL! Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How is attracting potential new readers gonna change your site from still being kid friendly in any way? Only you have the power to do that. Folks who come are either gonna like it and stay or not like it and go elsewhere.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah. I guess I see your point.

But honestly, you take that chance with folks coming onto a forum from anywhere. Jerks are jerks no matter their point of origin.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although I'm sure there must be an easier way, here's how I find it. First, I log into my account, then I click on the help/forum link at the top of the page which takes me to the help forum, then i click on discussion forums link at the top of that page which takes me to the listing of all the discussion forums and the artists forum is right there.

Like I said, I'm sure there's a faster way. But that's how I do it.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was finally able to post on Craigslist today. Not bad to start. I got about 10 visits in the first few hours.

I'll let you know how it goes.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All in all I got like 20 visits before my post fell off the radar.

As a promotional tool? I'd say it was not bad. Though you'd have to make sure your subject title was eye catching and find a happy medium as far as reposting goes due to heavy posting by others there to keep from getting flagged as spam.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craigslist. 2nd post. Much better results. First time I got 20 or so hits in a couple days. This time I got 20 or more hits in a few hours and over 500 views.

I'm thinking the difference was in the post title. I made it sound more fun to attract greater attention.

Anybody else having luck with this?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay for GAAK the first time around I justused the comics name "G.A.A.K: Groovy Ass Alien Kreatures" and like I said we got around 20 hits in a few days. A simple change the 2nd time around to "Kooky alien invasion adventure webcomic" seemed to do the trick. We got 20 or more hits in a few hours.

I even posted for my upcoming comic The Continentals on the literary/writers forum and the Transgender forum (because it has a cross dressing element) with "The Continentals: Mystery, adventure--and muder!" and "The Continentals:Mystery, adventure--And cross dressing!" and each post in each forum brought in us under 20 hits in a day. Plus the post were rated highly and got commented on. One guy said he's going to be a devoted fan of The Continentals once it launches.

So I guess the lesson is pick a good title for your posts.

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