Well now that I've hit nearly 100 posts, I'm thinking maybe it's time I try to spread the word more. I mean, it seems like I might actually be pretty committed to this stuff lol. But the thing is, I'm not very good at the whole spreading the word thing, which is mostly why I ask other people to do it, but no, I won't be doing that today (though please feel free to do so if you wish >_>). Instead I'll be talking about the various ways other people spread the word, and why I don't do them. Or do I suppose, maybe we'll hit one that I do.
A common way people spread the word is to go on sites like omegle, and simply spam their link. I won't really allow myself to do that lol. I mean, I only go on Omegle to mess with people anyway, but really, why would I give them an outlet to mess with me? It's called being on the internet. I'll annoy you from in front of a monitor, but please, I don't want to mess with you if I'm giving you an outlet to get at me back lol.
Another way is if you are a member of a good online community, such as a forum. I'm a member of two forums, but they have very few members, so even though I posted my link on there, it's getting none-to-little traffic. Plus I'm not very active there myself which means people probably wouldn't listen to me too much anyway lol. Which is the problem on another part of that. Some would join forums just to spread their link, but I don't think people are likely to be nice with it, or even follow it, unless I was already an established member.
There is also of course genuine advertising, but I have three problems with this 1) I don't know how to do it, I know some places let you buy advertising space, but not all of them do. 2) I have no idea what to make the advert. If you have a webcomic, you can draw your own advert, or just use a comic AS an advert. Typically if you have a blog, I would assume you aim your advert to a particular group, IE "Gaming news brought to you by I<3GAMES. All day, every day". But I have no centric group to focus on. I don't really focus on one thing myself. 3)I'm poor so should probably avoid this anyway. Although Google DID send me free advertising money, but that still gives the problem of just what to make the advert. It works by your site coming up in searches on terms, but I don't know just what terms I should use. I don't want to use too many and see my money disappear without reappearing through the magic of advertising.
Next up is social media. Such as Facebook, or Twitter, or Reddit, or whatever. I have very few Facebook friends, and even fewer actual people on there who read what I post. I sometimes put my posts up on there, but no one really comes from there. So I kinda stopped. I viewed it as a wasted effort. I also don't have a Twitter account, and I seem unlikely to get one anytime soon. I'm on Reddit but now they won't let me submit links anymore, plus the people there don't seem to like me much anyway lol. I'm on SU, but that's just random traffic, if people come from there they typically hit stumble straight away again. If SU sent you here, I hereby challenge you to leave a comment, do it anonymously if you want, but prove that you read this. If you can read this challenge then yes, you probably did read this post. And if you can read this sentence it means you crashed into me. Well done.
I have a Youtube account, and I have toyed with the idea of doing a vlog every so often, as well as a blog post, and I would get some traffic from that I guess. But like I said, it's something I'm toying with, and yet to put into action. I don't even know if I'm ever going to put it into action.
So yes, I've talked about some ways to spread the word of me and my work, but I also went into why I won't use them, or why they are ineffective. Here's the ultimate point of this post. Any suggestions? Any suggestions on just what terms to use for my advert are massively appreciated.