Thus ends Rob’s big day of research into Webfiction. For those who have followed this little journey- congrats! I won’t do this every day, but when I’m doing research I will sometimes use this blog as my “note pad” so that others can see what I’ve found and benefit from my research if they wish. It’s part of my new approach to blogging and using this space in a more interactive way.
I spent the afternoon catching up on the Webfiction World podcast, and while it had many interesting bits, a few tips from Episode 2- Hows, Whys, Dos and Don’ts stood out for me. One of the hosts MCM did some research (although he doesn’t mention where) and found that Webfiction “postings” should optimally be 1000 words or less in length. (More is offputting to some of the more casual readers.) They should also be posted on the same day(s) each week to promote habit-forming and so the readers know when to check back, and optimally one day a week so as not to burn out the writer. (If the writer wants to do it twice a week, fine, but the more days they do it, the higher chance of burning out or missing days.)
He also suggests that if writers miss their appointed day, they post a “sorry” notation and don’t post again until the following week. (In other words, don’t break the rhythm.)
Good advice, I think.
Making Money From Online Fiction – I’ve Done It, So Can You – Novelr has some great advice from someone whose done it and made a profit essentially giving away a free product. He has some really great notes on the effectiveness of Paypal buttons as well, very scientifically mapped out-
I’ve tried PayPal buttons in various places around my sites, and this is what I know: a link in the right sidebar gets clicked 0.21% of the time. The same button in the left sidebar gets clicked 0.01% of the time. The link can be “below the fold” (not visible when the page first loads), but too far down and your click rate drops to zero. Putting the link inline almost never works (0.002%), and at the start of the text, it’s utterly useless (0%). Placing a link at the bottom of a chapter or page often works, but you need to be careful that the reader feels a sense of closure when they see that link. Cliffhangers and wrap-ups work nicely (1.1%), but if you’re just arbitrarily cutting the text mid-stream, those links never get clicked. And sometimes you get hate mail.
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