This is the second installment of the Hitch It / Ditch It Hot Seat -- one of the most popular critique sessions we've had here. The concept is simple. I look at your webcomic and point out one thing that I think you're doing very well. And then I point out something I think needs improvement. As always, the discussion is then opened up to the members at large.
Don't let anybody misinform you: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) matters, and it matters a lot.
Although it should go without explanation, here's why: Google is the Number One Web site in the world (with an estimated 900 million unique visitors a month). Yahoo is Number 3, and Bing is Number 10.
And most of those people are on those sites for one reason and one reason alone: They're looking for content. It boggles my mind that the same people who are yearning to extend the reach of their comic beyond the "webcomics community" can't see the value of SEO. It is -- absolutely -- your ability to reach new readers. And that's what we're all trying to do, right?
So, SEO... if you underestimate it, you're making a grave mistake.
To that end, I wanted to share ten tips I've collected to help you move towards optimizing your site's SEO potential.
This is the return of the Hitch It / Ditch It Hot seat. It's the same format as before. I'll talk about each participating comic and I'll discuss one thing I think is working great and one thing that I think needs some work. Then the discussion is opened up to the group. Links to the comics being discussed are in the headers.
Today's dive into the deeper archive of Webcomics.com brings us to an important legal term: Work for Hire.
In the course of your work as a cartoonist, the chances are overwhelming that, sooner or later, you're going to hear "Work For Hire." It's a very good idea to understand it....
Today's Archive Dive is from June 7, 2012, when we talked about giving it a rest for a while.
Q.: I have to juggle my Monday - Friday comic and high school. As you might know, it's easy to get burnt out when you stay up until 3am every night drawing. How frequently should a webcartoonist of my level take breaks? And what's the best way to tell your readers?
I read Dave Kellett's "You Deserve a Break" in the Webcomics.com archives, so at least I don't feel guilty about taking a break!
A.: Sure, you don't feel guilty, but now I do... kinda.