If you’re passionate about gaming, starting a gaming blog has probably crossed your mind at one time or another. A gaming blog could be the perfect place for you to share your passion for gaming, as well as various tips, tricks, hacks, and the gaming industry from your perspective. However, before you dive headfirst into a venture like this, there are a few things you should be aware of. Read on for what you should know before starting a gaming blog in 2020:
1. You Should Plan Your Blog
Planning your blog before you build it will give you a clear sense of direction and purpose. Which games do you want to talk about? Which consoles do you want to cover? How do you want your site to look? Will you have your own brand? What is your site’s purpose? Is it news, guides, reviews, or something else?
Take your time coming up with the answers that best resonate with you to ensure you build a blog you’re truly happy with.
2. Think About Your Audience
Thinking about your audience will help you figure out which games and consoles to cover, amongst other things. When you figure out your target audience, you can then begin making decisions based on everything about them to attract them to your website. See if you can create ‘consumer profiles’ that you can use to write copy that attracts them, design a brand that appeals to them, and more.
3. Hosting Options
If you want your site to get anywhere, then you’re going to need to look into good hosting options. If you don’t, your site will stay with the small fish in the small pond. If you want to channel this hobby of yours into making money, then you’ll need to make sure your site looks the part! Even a cheap vps can work providing it’s reliable.
Banner ads are a decent source of income on most websites. However, Google Adsense can provide an ad at the top of the page, but you should use banner ads sparingly as they can become obnoxious and put people off your site if you’re not careful.
There’s also affiliate marketing, where you will get a small commission when people click the links to products that you’ve shared. There are many affiliates out there, and providing you only promote products that you truly believe in, people should begin to trust your opinion and see you as a valuable source of knowledge.
5. Your Writing Should Stand Out
There are hundreds, thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of blogs out there that could potentially compete with what you want to do. How will you make your writing stand out? Stiff writing isn’t going to make anybody want to come back for more! Make sure you write how you talk and keep it interesting and fun. Show off your personality, too. If you don’t have a knack for writing, consider outsourcing it, but do make sure you check it for errors. Posting low-quality content on your blog won’t get you very far!