Mar 2nd, 2014
- OKAY. THE LIST OF DO'S AND DON'TS WHEN IT COMES TO PUTTING YOUR WEBCOMIC ONLINE:
- Keep an active line of communication, twitter and tumblr are ideal.
- Maximize exposure. Put your art everywhere and everywhere. Note that I said art, not your comic.
- Post your doodles, your WIP's, your sketches, everything. Generally you just want to be active.
- Draw fanart of more popular artist's characters and then send it to them over social media. You might get retweeted/reblogged.This means that they do it, and you do it. You should be retweeting and reblogging too.
- Draw art for people who ask from time to time, it will get you doing other things and builds goodwill.
- Always remember that the internet is a mob, the mob can turn on you just as fast as work for you. So be nice.
- Now onto the more technical aspect of things.
- Before you buy a domain for your website and so on, you are first going to want to make a gmail account. Gmail has the simplest and toughest two-step protection system around.
- What is two-step protection?
- Simply put, before someone can access your account: even if they have your password, they will need to get a verification code. Which they can only get if they have access to the secondary system. This effectively makes gaining control of your account many times harder.
- Google's two-step protection system works via phones, thus it is nearly impossible for your run of the mill hacker to penetrate.
- There are two options here:
- One. If you have a cellphone, you can give the system the option to merely text you a verification code.
- Two. Google can call your designated phone number with the verification code. This means regular landlines work just as fine.
- If you ever receive a text or phone call with a verification code that you didn't ask for, it is time to scan all the devices you've used that account from for viruses (using MSE, Nod32, Malwarebytes, etc.), and it is also time to change your password.
- The best passwords are long and random. You know that old saying about not writing passwords down? Forget it. Write your passwords down. What is more likely? Some thief who breaks into your apartment to steal your passwords or you picking up a trojan on your laptop? Just memorize the password and keep it somewhere safe.
- You've done all that? All of the information on that account is true, or so help you god? Great, let's move on.
- Now it is time to buy a domain for your webcomic, you can start putting that gmail account you just made to good use.
- These are all good hosts:
- Do not host your images on your domain, instead use S3:
- Next, you're going to need advertisers, this guide has some healthy information on that subject:
- Avoid ads that pop over your site, or block your site. There is nothing that will make people want to run away faster. Stick to side bars and headers and so on for the time being.
- Once you have your domain, you can now switch over to using that personal domain through gmail. Follow this guide:
- Just be sure that you're two-step verified. This is literally the most important thing guys, it will protect your ass from so much.
- Finally you're going to actually need to make your website.
- The easiest, and quickest way to go about doing this to use a website template and do some research. Make sure that whatever template you do use is simple and straightforward. You learned about KISS in art class right? Apply it here. And don't go crazy with the graphics, the most trafficked website in the entire world is just an image on a white backdrop. (http://www.google.com/)
- After you've got your site online and ready to go, be sure to follow these rules:
- >Keep your website as the most reliable way to find your webcomic.
- >If you've previously been posting it elsewhere, continue to do so but be sure to add a watermark directing towards your site
- >If you've previously been posting your webcomic elsewhere, it is time to delay the releases there but release them regularly on your site.
- >If you've been posting the comic directly to tumblr, it is time to stop doing that start directing people to your webcomic via a link. Keep posting WIP's though!
- >The most recent page should be the first thing anyone sees on your website. Front and center.
- >Make sure that people know when you release pages, so make sure you do it regularly. Setting a day for yourself is even better. People like things that they can rely upon.
- >It doesn't matter if the art for the page is done, don't release it. Get working on the next page.
- >Like your poops, it pays to be regular! No one likes artists who disappear for weeks or months, and no one likes being constipated.
- Don't forget to use two-step verification. Don't fucking forget to use two-step verification. DON'T FUCKING FORGET TO USE TWO-STEP VERIFICATION.
- Don't use GoDaddy. In fact I don't even want to think about you thinking about using GoDaddy.
- Don't be an asshole through your public accounts. If you are going to be an asshole, at least be an asshole anonymously.
- Don't post your art solely on a website that you don't control. They are just making money off you.
- Don't forget to post regularly and often to your site, and your social media outlets.
- Don't forget that it pays to change your passwords every few months.
- Don't forget that it pays to regularly scan your computer for viruses.
- Don't forget that it pays to make backups of all your works... on the cloud.
- Don't let anyone control your ad stream or website. Someone has a website for you? No, fuck them. You control the domain, you control the site, you control the ad revenue.
- Don't forget to ask for help if you really need it.
- Don't forget to be nice.
- Don't forget about /co/.
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