Best of Webcomics.com — Oct. 2015
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Here’s a wrap-up that highlights some of the best posts from last month.
Best of the site
Decreased ad revenue may change webcomics business model: The rise of ad blockers has had a pronounced effect on the bottom lines of many webcartoonists. Our business model is going to have to adapt — or fade away. We provided some suggestions on what those changes might look like.
Replacing blocked ads with house ads: After weeks of development, we release a simple code that will sense when ad blockers are active on your site and then replace the blocked ads with house ads you can use to promote your own projects and merchandise.
Social Media: “I don’t know what to say”: What to say on social media when you have nothing to say.
Greeting Card Hot Seat: We launched a new critique series for folks getting their holiday-card merchandise prepped for the season.
Webcomics.com Poll — Buffers: We found out that carrying a large buffer is somewhat rare among our members. Is this necessarily a bad thing, though?
Potential WordPress login exploit: We made you aware of one way that hackers were using to break into WordPress sites — and told you how to avoid it.
Square files for IPO: We alerted you that credit-card-transaction-provider Square had filed for an IPO… and explained why the notion should fill you with dread.
TransPacific Partnership: After a round of panic in the webcomics community, we took a closer look at the working of the TPP to find out if that panic was warranted.
Getting listed on Apple’s new News app: Apple has a new News app — an aggregator for iPhones. Here’s you to get your webcomic listed.
Patreon’s new apps: We alerted you to Patreon’s new apps — for iOS and Android — the moment they were available for download.
Setting Patreon links to expire: Many of us link to exclusive Patreon content on Dropbox (for the convenience of our users). Of course that opens the door to pirating. This simple method will help mitigate that risk. These links expire after thirty days.
Holiday shipping and merchandise primer: Getting ready for the holiday-shopping season.
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