Are There Still Authors With Their Own Sites?

paradigmfriday

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Remember when WordPress and google blog...(okay maybe not google blog, I vaguely remember that being hot poopie back in the day, and hating having to go to the poorly laid out tables of contents to follow/find the chapters I was looking for.) But WordPress was certainly big and a lot of stories were on their own site. Like I remember reading worm and a couple of other stories on their own blogs. Heck, I even remember having my own short-lived stories there back in the day. Is that still a thing? And how viable is it for getting a decent reader base in today's environment?
 

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Dude, that shit cost money every month and unless I as a writer:
1. Have decent reader base (>1000 every month)
2. Have money to waste
3. Am making it into a book that may or may not make me more money.
4. Want to have the freedom of posting.

So that is not viable IMHO when you have Royalroad and ScribbleHub for free platform. Of course the issue with such free platforms are their rules and them able to ban your work if they deem too risque. So unless you write porn, you should go to AO3, Literotica and Storiesonline.
 

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They're still a thing, just a very small thing unless the site also bundles novel translations or the novel itself is a consistently big enough hit to make maintaining a separate site a worthwhile endeavor.
 
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I've got one, but it's necessary as my main income is Amazon and my story on SH is meant as free content for my fans and a way to push new fans toward my kindle books.
 

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A couple of stories in topwebfiction.com is presented in author's own website. Like moodylit.com and few others (I forgot those others).
 

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Interesting. So it's mostly only useful as cross-promotion, or if your story is super big. Makes sense. For those who have their own separate site, is there any ad revenue worth talking about, or is it mostly whatever?
 

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A lot of professional traditionally published authors have their own websites still. But also quite a few web novel authors do as well, usually a free WordPress site or something similar. Having your own site that you can do whatever you want on is nice, also it's a good way to back up your work in case the other sites they post on go down.

Again it's entirely free to make your own website, you only really have to pay for it if you want to change the domain name
 

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Interesting. So it's mostly only useful as cross-promotion, or if your story is super big. Makes sense. For those who have their own separate site, is there any ad revenue worth talking about, or is it mostly whatever?
Maybe, or the author might be intersted in programming too. Like, if I happen to write a story, I'd post it in my own website (in an ad-free environment, a linux-enthusiast btw).
The income, the author I mentioned has is from buying his merchandise, patreon and also his book in hardcopy.
But ad-revenue too is very possible, but only in cases where the traffic to that particular site is high, which isn't up to the mark for a single webfiction in general (that's why scribblehub and other sites exist, there is mass traffic for a great number of fics. oops, I might've spilled some marketing tactics, which is obvious). If you are talented inhuman enough to release a good amount of different fics regularly on your own, you might have ad-revenue. Also blogging in that same site might reduce such effort in thinking up new ideas for your fic, but you have to write the same amount in your blog too, for consistent traffic and also your content must keep up with the current internet trend.
 

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Remember when WordPress and google blog...(okay maybe not google blog, I vaguely remember that being hot poopie back in the day, and hating having to go to the poorly laid out tables of contents to follow/find the chapters I was looking for.) But WordPress was certainly big and a lot of stories were on their own site. Like I remember reading worm and a couple of other stories on their own blogs. Heck, I even remember having my own short-lived stories there back in the day. Is that still a thing? And how viable is it for getting a decent reader base in today's environment?
The person who made Katelepsis and the person who made the Wandering Inn both have sites, that’s all I can think of tho
 

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I have a site.

It's a shitty hell that I treat as an after thought and just proof that I created the story I'm writing, but I have one.
 

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I have my own site. It's where I publish primarily and where most of my readers are; I crosspost to places like scribblehub to reach new audiences, but most people read on my site.
 

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I have my own website. This way I don't have to fight to get my stories on the front page! I don't have to worry about haram iskais bumping my stories into oblivion. But I also have a loyal following and my own discord, so i don't need to rely on the visibility (or lack there of) of the free posting platforms.

Of couse, as one commented above noted. I'm also a website developer for my day job. That certainly helps.
 

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I have one too. But I treat it like a cross-promotion. Just simply put the link from the platform I use there. In addition, as a portfolio for my art, such as original characters and so on. But unfortunately it's still deserted because I haven't made it lively yet, XD
 
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