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[METHOD] N00b Friendly Method for Making Money With Free Games

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by CandyLand, May 15, 2013.

  1. CandyLand

    CandyLand Regular Member

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    Recently on this forum we saw a guy complaining about the .host file on his computer being altered. He had downloaded some sort of toolbar or malicious program that made him fill out a survey every time he tried to go to sites like facebook or youtube. An interesting discussion about downloads followed, and I made a post in the thread about how I had heard about a guy making big money through the (now defunct) Bing toolbar affiliate program. Several people seemed to find it interesting, so I thought I'd further flesh out the idea.

    The guy I mentioned had a website with a game where you could dress up babies. It was a little bit like Mr. Potato Head. There was a cartoon baby in the middle of the screen, and about 15 different clothing and accessory items on the side. You could drag them and put them on the baby. It was very simple, but as soon as you clicked on one of the items, you got a message saying that you had to download the Bing toolbar. Judging by the amount of ads this guy was buying, he was very successful.

    There are some ways to twist this for the modern day and age in which most of the toolbar programs have dried up and died. While developing your own game is great, it's not necessary or easy to scale up. What we will be doing is iframing/embedding the games onto our site. There are lots of websites where you can find free games. One of the first good ones I found was kongregate dot com. Another is fupa dot com. Just in passing, I think that 'dress up games' do really well, as mentioned above, as well as anything like "see yourself with this haircut" or "what will your children look like," stuff like that. I wouldn't target this at serious gamers.

    You can do this with blogspot or wordpress, depending on where you plan to get your traffic from. If it's from social media, I think it works fine, but otherwise, you need a domain name. I personally would pick a domain like 'safegamesforkids' but it's up to you. Install wordpress on the site and put a free template on there. I would use a dark theme for this, since many gaming sites go that route and we want this to look somewhat real. Also take care to note that our games are fairly wide so we will want to use a full-page width template and not one with a sidebar. The homepage should be a static post.

    In this post, dump the embed or iframe code (or codes, if you're posting more than one). Also write a little bit of text on top of each one. It should have the name of the game and a nice 1-2 sentence description. Below this you can add even more content, like screencaps of other games, 'testimonials,' 'highest scores,' whatever. Make sure to edit the top menu to make it look a bit more legitimate too. For example, one of the links can be 'Games A-Z,' 'Community' (hidden to the public, of course), and all that jazz. You can easily build a site like this in an hour or two.

    Now for monetizing this. I think that the guy doing the Bing toolbar was successful because it didn't require people to spend any money and it was a product that most people already recognized, downloaded from the official website. Since we can't do toolbars, my idea is to use browser affiliate programs. Both Opera and Firefox have them, though I'd probably go with Opera since far fewer people will already have that installed. You can say pretty much anything here. Tell people that the 'unlocked' version is only available in the newest version of Opera/Firefox due to browser compatibility Say that if they run it from Opera, they can unlock new characters, get 24 more hours of exciting game play, and other fantastically amazing things. Say that to prove that they aren't a spammer they need to download Opera since Opera blocks spammers. The sky is the limit.

    As for driving people to the site, the guy who had the original site was getting his traffic through facebook ads, which I think would be fantastic for something like this, but it does take a bit more money at first. You can also drive traffic through Pinterest, Twitter, Youtube, whatever.

    I know this isn't groundbreaking, but I think with the right twists it's possible to make money this way.

    Cheers
     
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  2. penah

    penah Newbie

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    Thanks for the share.
    But aren't browser affiliate programs only paying points/ t-shirts instead of cash?
     
  3. CandyLand

    CandyLand Regular Member

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    I just looked it up, you are right that they don't actually pay out money. I didn't realize that. There are other things you can do though. Many of the sites allow you to download the actual game. You can upload it to a PPD site and call it the extended version. You can also use a different affiliate program. I know that Yahoo Games has an affiliate program, although they only pay if the user buys one of their games. Something like that might do well.

    Something tells me there's also probably a way to tie this method to online casinos and make money...