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Postby zrusere » May 3rd, 2017, 6:28 pm

I have been having trouble with getting more fans for my comic Were Hunter I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice about getting more fans?
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Re: More fans

Postby eishiya » May 3rd, 2017, 7:23 pm

Please don't advertise your comic outside of the Self-Promotion forum. Even if you didn't intend to self-promote, linking to your comic in your post without being asked to comes off as self-promotion. Just mention it by name instead. You can always include a link in your signature, for those who are curious.

Are you promoting your comic outside of Smackjeeves? Do you have much of a presence on other sites? Often, factors like these are more important than the quality of the comic itself.

Your comic's summary could use a little polish. It takes a few sentences to get to the important information, by which point many would-be readers have likely already become bored. Keep your description short and let the comic fill in the details! Here's an example rewording of your description:
"Falsely accused of murder, a werecat flees to London to start a new life. There, he discovers that he is the only one capable of stopping the city, and perhaps the world, from being torn apart by other were-creatures."

You could add more details after these two sentences to help set the tone.

I think your art might be turning some readers off before they can get attached to the story and characters. For example, I think your colouring has a recurring issue with drawing the readers' attention to the wrong parts of the page, which can turn reading a good story into a slog because it's not clear at a glance what's going on, even if you've drawn everything out clearly. Reserve your bright colours for objects and characters that you want the reader to focus on, and use more subdued colours for backgrounds and unimportant elements. Your shadows don't help communicate the light sources and volume of the characters/objects, and they don't help set the mood. Your art might actually feel more polished without the shadows. With comics, it often pays to keep things simple, and to only do what you need to communicate your story.

Your dialogue is confusing to read in places because of missing or incorrect punctuation. If you have trouble catching errors like that yourself, try to find a proofreader. It seems like a small thing, but it can easily put a reader of your comic.

Lastly, a tiny thing: Make your comic pages link to the next page. You should be able to do this in your comic's profile settings, no coding required. Having to reach for that tiny "Next" button is annoying compared to clicking the big comic image. If navigating your comic is a chore, readers will be more likely to give up reading it if they're not in love with it from page 1.
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Re: More fans

Postby zrusere » May 10th, 2017, 5:09 pm

thank you for the advice I really appreciate it.
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Re: More fans

Postby kzuich » July 29th, 2017, 12:03 am

So in lieu of starting another thread on this exact subject, I have a kind of odd problem.

I don't appear to be having difficulty attracting readers to my work. I average over 100 unique visitors a day, and right now my readers count is hovering around 400. (according to SJ)
Using Google Analytics, I know that I have a decent number of regular readers that keep coming back, so I know that the count on SJ's part is probably not inaccurate.

What is really odd, though, is that I have a miniscule amount of fans for the amount of people reading my comic. I have 11 fans, but ~400 regular readers.
Now, of course, that readers number fluctuates from month to month, but is consistently over 300 people.

Most of my advertisement is off-site, but I primarily target webcomic readers, and even on SJ itself.
I guess my question is- is this a trend? It this all that unusual to have a lot of readers and not a lot of fans?
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Re: More fans

Postby eishiya » July 29th, 2017, 7:52 am

kzuich wrote:So in lieu of starting another thread on this exact subject, I have a kind of odd problem.

I don't appear to be having difficulty attracting readers to my work. I average over 100 unique visitors a day, and right now my readers count is hovering around 400. (according to SJ)
Using Google Analytics, I know that I have a decent number of regular readers that keep coming back, so I know that the count on SJ's part is probably not inaccurate.

What is really odd, though, is that I have a miniscule amount of fans for the amount of people reading my comic. I have 11 fans, but ~400 regular readers.
Now, of course, that readers number fluctuates from month to month, but is consistently over 300 people.

Most of my advertisement is off-site, but I primarily target webcomic readers, and even on SJ itself.
I guess my question is- is this a trend? It this all that unusual to have a lot of readers and not a lot of fans?

If most of your advertising is off-site, then most of your readers will be off-site and will not register just to fav your comic. That's normal and to be expected.
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Re: More fans

Postby Jpolte » July 29th, 2017, 1:47 pm

eishiya wrote:
kzuich wrote:So in lieu of starting another thread on this exact subject, I have a kind of odd problem.

I don't appear to be having difficulty attracting readers to my work. I average over 100 unique visitors a day, and right now my readers count is hovering around 400. (according to SJ)
Using Google Analytics, I know that I have a decent number of regular readers that keep coming back, so I know that the count on SJ's part is probably not inaccurate.

What is really odd, though, is that I have a miniscule amount of fans for the amount of people reading my comic. I have 11 fans, but ~400 regular readers.
Now, of course, that readers number fluctuates from month to month, but is consistently over 300 people.

Most of my advertisement is off-site, but I primarily target webcomic readers, and even on SJ itself.
I guess my question is- is this a trend? It this all that unusual to have a lot of readers and not a lot of fans?

If most of your advertising is off-site, then most of your readers will be off-site and will not register just to fav your comic. That's normal and to be expected.


That good to know, I glad I have returning readers for my comic. All we have to do is keep sharing our work to the viewers and they'll surly show it to more of their friends and so on.
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Re: More fans

Postby kzuich » July 29th, 2017, 2:27 pm

eishiya wrote:
kzuich wrote:So in lieu of starting another thread on this exact subject, I have a kind of odd problem.

I don't appear to be having difficulty attracting readers to my work. I average over 100 unique visitors a day, and right now my readers count is hovering around 400. (according to SJ)
Using Google Analytics, I know that I have a decent number of regular readers that keep coming back, so I know that the count on SJ's part is probably not inaccurate.

What is really odd, though, is that I have a miniscule amount of fans for the amount of people reading my comic. I have 11 fans, but ~400 regular readers.
Now, of course, that readers number fluctuates from month to month, but is consistently over 300 people.

Most of my advertisement is off-site, but I primarily target webcomic readers, and even on SJ itself.
I guess my question is- is this a trend? It this all that unusual to have a lot of readers and not a lot of fans?

If most of your advertising is off-site, then most of your readers will be off-site and will not register just to fav your comic. That's normal and to be expected.


That makes a lot of sense. :D
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