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How to Earn from a Niche Video Game Blog?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Unkn0wnPlayer, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Unkn0wnPlayer

    Unkn0wnPlayer Newbie

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    A little less than two weeks ago I created a blog for one of my favorite games. I worked out the design, added the plug-ins, and wrote unique content immediately. It offers up plenty of tips, guides, cheats... that sort of thing. Within a few days all of my posts were indexing and the blog was ranked #4 in G for a very sought after phrase. Now, a week later, it's ranking well for other phrases and is really doing well for how new it is.

    To be more specific, the blog is bringing in 1,000 - 2,000 uniques per day, all of which is targeted. I'm trying my best to monetize it while I continue to add content and work on the backlinks. The problem is, everything I've tried in terms of monetization which has worked for me on numerous other sites hasn't worked at all with this particular blog. I'm not sure if gamers are immune to ads or what?

    I've tried Adsense (both on the sidebar and within content) but it only nets a few pennies per day and has the lowest click through rate I've ever seen. I've tried game rental affiliate programs as well as official strategy guides which only result in a few clicks per day with 0 sales. Heck, I've even tried Kontera which I absolutely cannot stand and has brought similar results as Adsense.

    So I guess my big question is, has anyone here been able to successfully turn a niche gaming blog into $$$? And if so, what approach worked the best for you?
     
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  2. Kuranyi

    Kuranyi Junior Member

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    wow, 1-2k is very good for this niche.
    if the games are new use direct2drive or amazon to promote them. Maybe there are books about the games - link to these on amazon. Else make your own ads about new games. Or try to create an own community about these games, then make blogs for more games and then you have a own game forum. :)
     
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    Become a Aff for some of the big game sellers through commission junction, e.g game, game station, zavvi etc (or the alternative for the main country you visitors are from)
     
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    If somebody wanted to be a real dick they could email sharecash about this little line on your website "This guide is free, but you will have to complete a short survey to download it (don?t worry, you can use fake info)." and get you a nice little ban

    :D:D:D:D:D:D
     
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    LMAO! I'm not arsy about things like that but with a post count of 3, and posting in BH with something like that? He's asking for it... :|

     
  7. Atlusphere

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    Gamefly affiliation works well...throw up creatives on there. Adsense isnt too bad...I used to run a huge gaming site (strategyinformer.com) and was getting around 1 mil uniques a month...I know youre not there yet but we used to sell roadblocks/redesigns/etc. for actual game publishers...I still remember my biggest sale...30k from Funcom for a 2.5 week long complete site take over for Age of Conan...ahhh monies in the bank :p
     
  8. utterlyadrift25

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    Dude, I have a Niche Video Game Site/Blog aswell which I started about 2 Months ago but I'm only getting about 100 uniques a day. How in the world did you manage to get 1000 - 2000 uniques a day?

    In regards to your question, I just came up with a couple idea's on how to further monetize my site. Perhaps you can use it too. It's prob not the best idea in the world but if you got that kind of traffic then perhaps it should work and make you couple of dollars.

    There's two things you can do.

    1) Sign up to
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     [URL]http://www.mochimedia.com/publishers/affiliate-program.html[/URL] 
    as a publisher. Add a Free Games/Play Free Games Online section to your website or you can even just add one or two games to your sidebar. Mochi give you a percentage of the money they make from the adverts they place in their free games, or you can put one of their "pay for coin" games and you'll make money through revshare. It's pretty decent. No harm in trying since you got quite a bit of traffic there.

    2) Alternatively, if your niche video game has game guides (which can be downloaded through torrents), movies or anything of this nature you could simply create a new website, sign up to affiliate etc etc put the stuff up and setup a gateway. Create a half-decent banner with blatant text like (WATCH "the niche game" FREE NOW) or something and stick that on your blog. Or simply create a new static section on your blog with this stuff; I prefer to put it on separate website because it can make the site look a little spammy.

    3) In your blogroll, stick in some relevant affiliate products (e.g. game testing jobs, game copying, wow strategy guides - theres tons) and hopefully you'll make something through that too.

    Hope this helps :D
     
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  9. sksugo

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    Everyone always talks about getting more and more traffic. Here this guy is with tons of niche related traffic and still not many sales... It's not like people are going to his site by accident, they are all gamers.
     
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    Put some links/ads to mod-chips. If gamers are looking for cheats, then they probably lick to hack and if they like to hack then they might just like modchips.

    My affiliate links if you are kind enough to use me as a reference:
    ModChipStore
    ConsoleSource


    Non Aff links:
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    http://www.modchipstore.com
    http://www.consolesource.com
    
    I've sent 149 visitors to console source, 75 were unique and 10 sales were made.
     
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  11. Kontera

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    Hi Unkn0wnPlayer,

    This is Jonathan Cohen from Kontera. I'm actually a bit surprised to hear you say that because Kontera actually has a significant presence in the video games. If you're interested, please contact me and I'll happily take a look at your Kontera account to see if there's anything we can do to further optimize it.

    Thanks,

    - Jonathan Cohen
    Kontera Community Manager
     
  12. consciousnesscreates

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    I would like to thank Uterlyadrift25 very much for posting the Mochi link to do with game developing I have been looking for past 3 weeks for something like this.

    Its a bit disappointing that you cant use Blogger for the Mochi free games affiliate as it requires a verification file to be uploaded to the root directory of a site
     
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