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Xerxes from Comixpedia:

Coverage in the more general press seems to remain hit or miss with a very rare "hey there are comics on the web!" article in a national publication and more frequent "hey there's a local dude putting his comics on the web" in local or college publications. Why isn't there more coverage? There's almost no "machine" for publicity in webcomics.

There isn't a promotional machine, because there isn't much money to be made. Generally speaking, there isn't much to be made in even making the comic. This Living Wage thread on comixpedia encapsulates the industrys gamut. Posts range from those who do make money, to shelling out thousands each year out of pocket, just to have their comic seen. If you've got that kind of money for start up, great. But, lets assume you don't have the money. Or, you'd rather not spend it, without at least a means to break even.

I have another approach. I call it "Reagancomics trickle-down theory of comic promotion". In a few hours, anyone with a paypal account, can make money on the internet, and promote their comic with what they made.

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So, what if your site has no GoogleAds? There are also "Get Paid to..." programs where you complete surveys. There are survey sites that you must pay to become a part of and free ones. More survey sites have been popping up lately, earnsurveymoney, Gozing, and NPD Surveys have been around for awhile, and are the most popular ones. I have a previous post about the math and reality behind such a system.

Rather than waiting for the world to realize there are comics are on the internet, the only solution is to get the ball rolling all on your own. Even $10 goes a long way in comic promotion, especially if you have zero readership. IMO, there is no excuse to not advertise what you're pouring hard work into.

Clarification

I don't disagree with what you said. I think you misunderstood the quote. To clarify, I was implying a comic creator should buy advertising on another site.

A fair point and well

A fair point and well made.
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Re: Get Paid to...

[quote=Compugasm]Even $10 goes a long way in comic promotion, especially if you have zero readership. IMO, there is no excuse to not advertise what you're pouring hard work into.[/quote]

Well ... no excuse, perhaps, except that you might not want to. Many readers are increasingly irritated by ads on sites they visit and - as one of those - I have absolutely no interest in putting ads on mine and irritating others. Especially not if all it's going to generate is USD10!

Even relatively discreet and relevant ads like those on Comixpedia can seriously screw up the look of a site. Those ads on the left of this page, for example, mean that every time someone posts a thread with a wide banner in their signature (you know who you are!) the whole page is shunted down to somewhere below the "contents panels" on the right. Very inconvenient.

What you say is fine if the purpose of the site is mainly to make money or if the running costs are so significant that they simply have to be covered somehow. If, on the other hand, the creator's main motivation is to display his work for the enjoyment of the reader and the costs are so minimal that they can be covered by other means (e.g. sales of print copies and/or merchandise and - of course - the day job!) then I'd say there's a very good reason for not putting ads on a site.
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Broken Voice Comics
Because comics are not just for kids

Sorry for the edit

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But Google is particular about a site running Adsense writes about Adsense.

 

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