Get Paid to...
Submitted by Compugasm on April 27, 2006 - 03:38
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.
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.