A Creative Writer's Guide To The Internet, Part 1
on 3/2/2006 (45)
Do you have your own web page and love to write, but can't find anyone to read your writing? Maybe we can help. In this mini-series, Smooth Op offers some quick tips for instant big hits!
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Part 1 deals with the so called "hot links" pages so popular on the web nowadays. What is a hot links page? A hot links page allows registered users to submit links to stories they find appealing, that are subsequently reviewed by site moderators, and if you are good enough, or lucky enough to get posted, or "green lighted", your material will be displayed on a rolling blog on the site's main page.
Here are some of the best and brightest hot links pages on the web that we have discovered, and have found very successful in promoting our material. When you write a story, register on the the hot links page, and submit it. You can check to see if it gets green lighted in a few hours, typically, and if you do get on, watch the big hits roll in! Hoot!
http://www.fark.com King Fark rules the web. The brainchild of Drew Curtis, Fark is the absolute toughest to get green lighted on with original material, as the Fark community, known as "Farkers" are demanding and demeaning at their very best, although they do seem to appreciate a really, really well written piece. If you are fortunate to get the green light, watch the hits roll in! From 8,000-60,000, depending on the subject.
Big Rule: Title is everything. Create a snappy, compelling, concise title for your submissions, and you greatly improve your chances. Write stories that appeal to everyone at a cerebral level for Fark. Farkers fancy themselves the cream of the hot links community. One big tip: Do NOT submit your entries as "Satire" under the submission tags. Farkers have utter disdain for satire for some reason. Use "Cool" or "Amusing". It increases your green light chances dramatically. Bad kitty!
http://www.wellplayed.net A newcomer to hot links land, Wellplayed shows all the signs of running with the big boys, due to an eclectic mix of tasteful material and outstanding web design and page layout. If any hot links page shows signs of dealing donuts with Drew Curtis' Fark, Kris Steele's Wellplayed is as good a bet as any. The yield? 1000-4000 hits.
http://www.alldumb.com Another hot links powerhouse, Alldumb has a finely tuned main page and graphics layout to make any web master green with envy. Strongly erotic in flavor at times, Alldumb accepts video clips, stories and pics, and sound files. If you are lucky enough to get on Alldumb, expect 5000-15,000 hits. Nice.
http://www.attu.blogspot.com An exotic, highly erotic adult blog with a tasteful soft porn theme, Attu is sheer beauty in its simplicity and creative originality. If you have an erotic bent in writing, Attu has interest, and they also appreciate well scripted stories of general interest too. One complaint: It's hard to find the submission link. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject "link tip". The hit count? Expect 1000-3000 hits.
http://www.b2.is Iceland? Yes, Iceland! For some odd reason, B2 has been very kind to our more whimsical material, and the page is scripted in Icelandic, not English. I would guess there are plenty of bilingual people up there, based on our
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