January 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm
I’ve been a gamer for as long as I can remember and I’ve enjoyed seeing how video games have gone from an indie environment to the maturity of a few years ago, although not todays gaming because of the over reliance of “safe” developement whereby every game seems to be another run-of-the-mill first person shooter and the endless chirade over DRM (Digital Rights Management) and its implementations that cause gamers grief everytime a new and even more draconian version rears its ugly head!
As my gaming years progressed I started learning programming and did try making a game from scratch. I fondly remember, in my college years, trying to write a text adventure game on Turbo Pascal, just using IF..THEN..ELSE statements until I realised that I was getting nowhere, so it got binned. It wasn’t until a game programming competition on the Retro Remakes forum, many years later, that I actually managed to write a game using GLBasic.
During this time, with access to an open source handheld – the GP2X, I started to get into indie games. My first indie game was Cave Story, a metroid like platformer that was so lovingly polished I couldn’t take my eyes off it for hours! Since then I’ve played quite a few titles including Payback, Cthulhu Saves The World, VVVVVV, Rock of Ages, Portal and Tobe’s Vertical Adventure. There are so many titles I still want to play like Frayed Knights, Crayon Physics, Limbo….just to name a few.
Those of you reading may have seen some of these titles already but some of these indie games you won’t know about, and that’s the problem I’d like to address to the indie gaming community. There are a lot of games out there that people would play if they knew about them. Unfortunately, as Jay Barnson has already written about (see point 6), not all indie developers probably know anything about marketing their product to gain more traffic.
So here’s 5 marketing ideas to help you get just a little more exposure:
December 14, 2011 at 12:13 am
There are a few problems that plague the seo community, one of which is the snake-oil salesmen and the other is the same old regurgitated posts about how “content is king”, “paid links are bad” or even good old “SEO is dead”.
Coupled with Google’s QDF (Query Deserves Freshness) and the seemingly endless Panda updates, many SEO companies have wrongly assumed that in order to rank they must bring out new and unique content frequently. However, they forget that content is only king when they are writing for a niche market or the keywords aren’t as competitive, otherwise you’ll have bring links/traffic to that article in order for it to rank well within the Panda entrenched SERP field.
As an example I once wrote an article on how to get the Windows 98 operating system to run on Qemu, which, at the time, had very little information to help people to get this running. Although the how-to article is a little outdated, it still gets me some traffic to this day.
Think of it in terms of Chess – the King, although the most important piece on the board can only move 1 space in an 8-way directional path (up, down, left, right and diagonals). This king represents your content, whereas your Queen – the most powerful piece on the board with the ability to move any number of spaces in an 8-way directional path – represents your link building efforts. When the board is full of opposition pieces, the king is potentially under threat but if the opposition has less pieces, it weakens the threat imposed on your king.
This also brings forth another point surrounding the issue.
If this content is to be written, who requires it?
A few months ago, this was addressed by Yousaf Sekander when he said that many SME’s (specifically referring to tradesmen like locksmiths and plumbers) were not required to produce good content in order to rank well in the SERPs, however, with Google’s enforcement of these practices, this prospect seems increasingly so.
October 18, 2011 at 10:47 am
Barry Adams is a Senior Internet Marketer for Search at Pierce Communications in Belfast.
In this talk, he was showing how it was possible to optimise for Google News. Although, it is dominated by all the major newpapers, you still can get some useful off-site seo use out of it. The best news is that Google News results do actually have a high Click-Through Rate (CTR), however, unlike Google itself, it doesn’t have a bot to help it update, which means you’ll have to use different strategies to get onto it.
Generally, when you get ranked for Google News, you’ll find that you will be there for a maximum of 3 days.
Some tips for getting Google News ranked are:
Sometimes you can find searches that show Google News on them, SEO Manchester did have a case of this a week or two back with a post from Custard Media and Mindy Gofton found another with the keyword beds and also some real time news results.
Getting there is a simple case of:
The tips for the universal results are as follows:
And remember, concerning Google News – Play nice or get thrown out (i.e. no spammy techniques or not following the guidelines)
Twitter for Barry Adams: @badams