Quite a long time, eh? Well let me begin by telling you that I am not very much able to keep this blog (or any other blog for that matter) updated anymore since I moved on to other money making sources and my passion for gaming is slowly reaching its saturation point where little to no games can actually give me that feeling that I first had when playing WoW or GTA as a kid many years ago. As such writing about games is becoming a sort of a semi-obligation given that I still have this blog paid for until next year and as most of you I don’t like doing things I’m forced to do any more than I would like to do hard labor for free at gun point (you get the point, right?). As a result the updates have been fewer and fewer and obviously at some point next year they will stop entirely and this blog will be nothing else, but a memory in the annals of the internet alongside the host of websites that are no longer working and that still have some working links pointing to them. But until then I will be as frank as possible and I will point out in this post whatever was going on with this blog in the years that have passed. It would be like a little introspection that I believe might serve some of you well. So here goes nothing.
Back in 2011 I learned about affiliate marketing and after a few failed experiments here and there with a couple random websites I decided to make my then passion for gaming into a minimal source of income and so I did by creating a blog on which I was supposed to promote offers which (if bought) would give me a hefty 75% commision. Obviously it took a ton of work to get things rolling from scratch, but eventually I managed to get a steady flow of visitors and some of them actually turned into buyers and made me some money every once in a blue moon. Sure things aren’t as easy as they seem and it was not long until I was stuck doing SEO and building links and also bothering myself with keeping the site updated with new content, most of which if you will check out the first posts through the archive section were very badly written sales letter to the various products I was promoting at the time. As time passed my traffic increased and I made a little more money, however I never did manage to break the 500 visitors mark on a daily basis, even though I did see some days with huge spikes of over 2000 visitors on various launch days and other important events in gaming, but it never became a regual website over in the search engines simply because it was condemned to mediocrity since its beginnings.
Then I did what any right minded blogger would do and I began working harder to pass that psychological barrier and I went so far that I actually ended up buying gigs on Fiverr (which were much more useless than you might think of) , but obviously to no avail. I resigned myself to the numbers I had and worked to help and maintain my steady flow of visitors and at this point my writing actually started to improve and I began writing posts on other gaming related topics and not just game guides (AKA commision products) while also dedicating a little more time to editing and proofreading my posts. As the job got harder I obviously started working more and dedicating more time to trying to make this work better, but clearly it was of no use as I would later realize that I basically did most of the things wrong … Like really wrong! So after 3 years of working on doing my best to enjoy what I was doing I had given up the “work” that was supposed to help the blog grow and I just went with the tide by simply posting various things I found interesting and from time to time keeping up with the news and various launches (mostly Blizzard related).
Things went on like this for a few months and just after Blizz had introduced the token service I actually managed to get myself to acknoledge the fact that it was all over since more than 80% of my income came from Dynasty’s Tycoon Addon for which sales were decent during the entire process and spiked around launches or patch updates. But as the company that made the game had finally found a way to stop the gold farming and guide scamming and also make a nice profit for themselves of the whole process so did the number of sales of the guide. After that there were a few sales now, but those could bearly cover my hosting cost, not to even mention getting me some pocket money for a change. After that moment my posting frequency started to drop as well and I did not post anymore once or twice a week, but once every other week or even rarer (as you can see if you take a look at the dates of my latest posts).
The primary thing that made me create and manage the blog was money and as the source of money got smaller and smaller up until the point where it will be eventually depleted entirely so did the interest in keeping the website online and updated. Now I would like to stress the fact that nothing or almost nothing for that matter in this world is done without money being involved in one way or another so the next time someone wants to sell you something for free (be it ideas, philosophies, politics, religions, economy or whatever else …) you should always ask: ”but what is the REAL cost of this FREE item that you sell me, eh?” And while we are at it, I might still post once a month some cool things I find on the interweb while this is still working, but you won’t see any other posts related to products and / or seller tickets on this one, because the time of these sales has almost passed and I don’t want to be the guy that flogs the dead horse in order to finish the race. In other words I followed the money and as time passes it will tell if my assumption is correct or not, but either way of what I am certain is the fact that this source is done for and the gaming guides as useful or useless as they might be have almost certainly went out of fashion long ago.
So thank you for reading and please take time to learn from this and remember that money, although necessary for a decent life mustn’t become the primary driving force in life, because depending on the context and choices you will either end up having a lot or having very little … But that should never define who or what you are. Now if you like to play games, then play them, if you enjoy reading, please devours all the books you can get your hands on and if you like anything please enjoy doing it, but keep in mind that all things are to be enjoyed in moderation and a truly powerful and meaningful life is one that is filled with diversity!