Methods of Getting Traffic

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  1. Isa (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    In some ways I'm coming at this from a completely different angle, so I'm learning a lot here about the way other authors promote their work. I have mixed opinions about Stumble Upon advertising, it brings the numbers but is extremely expensive and has a high bounce rate : / an absurdly high bounce rate if they miscategorize you even.

    The most effective stuff I've found by far though has been to simply hang out in communities where my potential readers are with a provocative tag line and a link in my sig.

    fluffy-seme: Serial Fiction; cute Russian hockey players, hipsters, traveling-binge drinking English teachers, vampires ... just not necessarily in that order.
  2. nomesque (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Twitter's been my best promotional tool so far.

  3. Kess (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Getting yourself into the right circles is really important. WFG is wonderful, and there are other directories for web fiction out there.

    I've tried Entrecard, and that's interesting. Lot of traffic, but not many readers. If all you're looking for is pageviews and visits, it's a great resource for that. If you're looking for readers, not so much.

    If you're looking at Livejournal, there are a number (a very big number) of fiction- and writing-related communities. I spread the word through a few of those and got some good-quality traffic. I also syndicate my RSS feed onto LJ, so it automatically updates there, and I have a few readers who read my blogfic that way.

    Twitter is also good! I don't tweet every update, mostly because I update my blogfic every day and I have no wish to spam my followers. My twitting is random at best.

    I get the odd link through from Technorati and Stumble-Upon too, but I haven't done anything more than register on those sites.

  4. Isa (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    Kess I've been considering opening up a syndication (RSS) community on LJ but I'm concerned that it will lead to users who follow the community but do not visit the site itself. Care to share your experiences here? Do you get a lot of follow through?

    fluffy-seme: Serial Fiction; cute Russian hockey players, hipsters, traveling-binge drinking English teachers, vampires ... just not necessarily in that order.
  5. Kess (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    To be honest, I don't mind if people don't visit the site directly (and LJ is basically acting as an RSS reader in this case, so it's no different to offering an RSS feed). I (stupidly) turned off comments on the blogfic, so there's no discussion on the actual site anyway. Plus, I don't have any advertising or revenue-generators on the site, so I'm not losing money if people read it that way.

    If you're looking to drive traffic to the site for revenue or community purposes, I'd suggest not using LJ and encouraging people to come directly to the site. Otherwise, I don't really see the harm. It's another avenue to your work, exposure to new audiences and a way for your readers to keep up with you.

    I don't get a lot of follow-through from LJ (though I get a little - I got a lot more when I first started), but my webstats do tell me roughly how many watch the LJ feed on their friendslists.

    It would probably help if I was more active on LJ, but I'm severely lacking in time atm. The more you put in, the more you'll get out, definitely. :)

    Hope that helps!

  6. Leem (Member)

    Posted 10 years ago

    I've also tried leaderboard advertising on Tales of Mu and Intimate History, and it's been quite illuminating to watch all the High Bid and Outbid e-mails come flooding in, sometimes two or three times an hour. The question is, are my ads staying online long enough and at the right times to generate traffic? I certainly haven't had any e-mails from potential readers yet, but it's very early days. The one thing I don't want to do is get into a bidding war, because I could end up spending a lot of money for no result. And yes, I could carry ads on my site, except that if nobody's visiting yet there'd be no point.

    A feral youth. Wolflike telepaths. An evil sorcerer. Adventure. Danger. Sex. Ketrin - it's a jungle out there.


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