A gaming blog can be a fun hobby and an effective way to share your interests with likeminded folk, but running a successful gaming blog can also be a viable side hustle. By attracting users and increasing your subscribers, you might be surprised at how much income your gaming blog can generate. To optimize your success, take a look at these four tips for starting a successful gaming blog now:
Choose Your Niche
There are nearly 3 billion active gamers in the world, so there’s no doubt a gaming blog can acquire a large audience. However, trying to appeal to such a large audience can be tricky, particularly as there are so many different aspects of gaming. By focusing on a particular niche, a game category, you can publish content that’s most relevant to your audience and provide blog visitors with a meaningful experience.
Whether you focus on specific consoles or platforms, such as the Xbox, PS or PC, or select a genre, like RPG or FPS, narrowing your audience also gives you the opportunity to create content about the aspects of gaming you enjoy the most.
See my full guide on How to Select a Profitable Niche? for more detail on how to choose a perfect niche for your blog.
Feature Affiliate Links
There are numerous innovations that have been brought to life by the internet and online shopping is just one of them. With billions being spent via the internet, featuring affiliate links on your blog can be a savvy way to show users great products and monetize your blog. Generally, when a user clicks an affiliate link and makes a purchase, you’ll receive a commission or a pre-agreed fee. In some cases, you can even generate revenue when a user simply clicks a link on your blog. This is called affiliate marketing in experts’ language.
If you want to run your blog as a side hustle and supplement your income with your hobby, featuring affiliate links on your blog can be a great way to do it. See Amazon Affiliate Plugins that can help you do so on WordPress.
Publish High Quality Content
Whatever niche you’re focusing on, it’s vital to deliver engaging and informative content to your audience. After all, there are millions of blogs out there, so you’ll need to offer something innovative if you want to capture and retain your audience.
Creating a content calendar can be a good way to strategize and come up with fresh, new ideas. As well as helping to structure content releases, a calendar will make it easy to see whether you’re covering some topics too frequently.
Optimize Your Blog
When you’re running a blog, you might choose to use a free hosting service, or you might prefer to launch your own website. Whichever hosting package you decide to use, make sure your blog is optimized to deliver an outstanding user experience (UX). From reducing page loading times to implementing a mobile-first approach to structure and design, there are many ways to enhance your blog and attract more viewers.
Launching Your Gaming Blog
In many ways, blogging can be most difficult when you’re first starting out. As time goes on, however, you’ll gain more experience and become more adept at engaging your audience. Additionally, you’ll be able to use the data your blog generates to learn more about user behavior and can optimize your blog, structure and content based on the insights you’ve gained.