As an online marketer, I get asked this question pretty often. If you are a regular visitor to my site then you know that video games are something that I’m extremely passionate about and I happen to be a pretty big gamer. Whenever I’m not blogging or working on my websites you’ll find me gaming it up on my PS4.
If you have the slightest interest in video games or you are interested in learning how to make money from them you’re going to want to stick around and continue reading this article. There are many, many ways that you can make money in this niche and I’m going to break all of the information down for you within this article.
I’ll also be showing you how you can get started doing this and direct you to the place that has taught me everything that I’m about to share with you guys today.
Why 2016 Is The Best Year To Get Involved In The Video Game Niche
Statistics show that video games are a multi-billion dollar industry and they are expected to grow to over 100 billion dollars by the year 2018. Wouldn’t you like to get your share of this money? With the E3 conference being just last week, there were many new games announced this year along with many anticipated peripherals as well.
This opens the door for lots of new opportunities to make money online with this niche and I’ll go into complete detail about this here in a few minutes. You couldn’t ask for a better time to get started building a video game website then 2016!
Breaking This Niche Down Into Bite Size Pieces
Most people who pick video games as their niche usually tend to fail because they think they can take on this entire niche on their own. This is nearly impossible due to the fact that there are thousands of sub-niches with this niche alone that you could earn a full time income from.
Let’s Break This Niche Down Into 4 Categories & Show You Some Of The Many Directions You Could Go Within This Niche.
- PS4 gaming headsets
- Xbox One headsets
- RPG games
- Action & adventure games
- Horror games
- Gaming peripherals
- Gaming laptops
- Gaming hardware
- Gaming software
- Creating your own digital gaming strategy guide
- Starting your own video game youtube channel
- Creating gaming enhancements ie: special save files or codes to enhance your gaming experience.
- Mobile games- Mobile gaming is constantly on the rise and it’s poised to beat console and PC game sales by a huge margin for the first time in 2016.
You could take any one of these sub-niches and build it out to the point where you’re making a full time living from it.
Determining What Direction To Go In
To give you guys an idea of how to break this niche down even further so you can find your targeted audience, I’m going to go with the console gaming category. From there I would go with PS4 headsets since I’m more of a Sony guy.
I have done some research on the PS4 gaming headset niche and it’s constantly on the rise primarily around Christmas time.
If you take a closer look at the chart above you will see that these headsets are slowly trending and have been on the rise for the last 3 years now. Since we now know that people are showing a particular interest in PS4 headsets, we need to find out what they are typing in the search engines to find this information.
Ask Google What People Are Typing In
To do this I’ll be utilizing a technique that you may or may not have heard of called Google Instant (The words that drop down while you’re typing)Sound familiar?
As you search for keywords in Google you’ll be presented with popular searches that other people are typing in that is relevant to your search. As I started searching for information on these headsets I was presented with additional keywords that other people have been typing in as well.
This is Google’s way of telling you what other people are searching for and a great way for you to get some insight into some hot topics in your niche.
Now that I have some insight into what people are searching for in this niche, it’s time to find out how many people are searching for this information and what kind of competition that I’m up against. To do that, I like to use my favorite keyword tool Jaaxy to obtain this data so I can find out precisely what people are searching for.
As you see above there are 284 people who are in search of the best gaming headset for their PS4. You will also see that the competition (QSR) is only 10 which is awesome.
How To Reach Out & Help Your Fellow Gamers
Now that we have some statistics on a few keywords that your fellow gamers are typing into Google it’s time to reach out to these gamers by showing them some of the hottest PS4 headsets that are available on the market today and show them the best place to purchase theirs at the lowest price.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of gamers across the globe that are extremely passionate about gaming and they have questions and need your help. This is where you can step in and help them out and point them in the right direction.
This can be done with your very own website and this will be the primary communication tool that you’ll be using to connect with other fellow gamers like yourself. Did you happen to see anything that you liked in the list of possible niches I listed above?
Maybe you have a few ideas of your own floating around in your head and you would like to turn these ideas into a website. Simply type these into the search box below to see if this is available.
Top 4 Ways To Make Money With A Gaming Website
Affiliate Marketing- This is where you’ll basically advertise products from places like Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart and get paid a commission whenever you make a sale. This is one of the most lucrative business models and 2016 marks it’s 20th anniversary.
You’ll need to apply to be an affiliate for these companies and place their links on your site. Whenever someone clicks on your links and makes a purchase you get paid. It’s free to join and you’ll be provided with all the tools you need to get started.
This happens to be my #1 way that I make money from my gaming headset site and the one that I have the most experience with.
Trending Topics- Although this would still be considered the same approach as affiliate marketing, I like to think of this as thinking outside the box.
A while back I wrote a post on how to make money from trending topics and this holds especially true for the gaming niche. If you happened to catch this year’s E3 conference then you know that virtual reality was introduced this year and Sony will be launching the PlayStation VR this October.
Prior to writing this article, I did some research on this. Over the past couple years, this particular topic has been trending upwards.
VR Gaming has also been on the rise as well
There’s a great chance for you to cash in on this market early and be a step ahead of your competition by utilizing trending topics within your niche.
Display Ads- Probably one of the easiest ways to make money from your gaming website. You’ll need to apply to Google Adsense and get approved before you can place these ads on your site. This also requires that you have a good amount of traffic to your site before you make any substantial amount of money from this.
Selling Advertising Space On Your Website- Once your website gets established and you start getting ranked for your content other people are going to start noticing you. This opens the door for a whole new income stream and the potential to make some easy money.
You can rent out space on your website and charge people to run an ad on your site. You can set this up and bill them monthly or you can charge them a 1-time fee.
As you can see, the video game niche is bursting with potential and there are literally thousands of directions you could go in when pursuing this niche. Each year there are thousands of sub niches created which opens up, even more, opportunity to make money in the video game niche.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could work from home building your very own video game website and get paid to review everything from gaming headsets to the latest virtual reality technology? This is the reality of what you’ll be doing when you get involved in the video game niche and start building your site out.
Earning money with a video game website isn’t easy though and this is probably one of the toughest and one of the most competitive niches to get involved with. However, your passion will drive you to succeed and help you overcome your competitors if you’re willing to work hard at this and make a long term commitment to your success.
Remember at the beginning of this article, I told you I would be sharing the place with you guys that helped me learn everything I know today? That place would be Wealthy Affiliate.
I like to think of WA as more of an online training center than anything else. They have shown me how to build a successful website doing something I was passionate about and I have been earning a full time living doing so for the last 3 years.
If you would like to learn how to build a gaming website that generates a full time income from the comfort of your home then WA can definitely help you achieve this, but it’s going to take lots of hard work, dedication, and effort on your part to make it happen.
This Is What You’ll Receive Once You Join
- 2 Free Websites
- 10 Task based step by step lessons that walk you through how to setup your website
- Community help and support including access to the owners
- The opportunity to bounce ideas off my head and get my valuable feedback on them
- Some of the highest quality tools in the online marketing industry to get you up and running
You’ll also gain personal 1 on 1 access to me. I have built several websites that now generates me a full time income and I will be there to help answer any questions you may have and help you out in any way I can.
Did you pick video games as your starting niche and fail to narrow this down to find your targeted audience? Perhaps you are currently involved in the video game niche right now but have some questions that I failed to cover in the above article.
I would love to hear from you guys and answer and questions or comments you may have on this in the comments below.
Until next time