There’s something more than a little wrong, when despite having quite a few regular readers, you write posts intended for none of them, but instead intended for a machine.
The machine I refer to is named googlebot. Just by talking about it I may destroy the entire purpose of this post, but I feel myself needing to pander to our ‘flesh and blood’ readers.
Basically, the way that search engines work is that they send programs ‘crawling’ around the internet like insects, digesting content of websites and listing and ordering them for their users to find.
So, when you start a new website, the most important thing you can do is get your site listed on a page that will be crawled by one of these programs. If the program sees the link, it may follow it, and your site may get indexed, which means people will start to find your site (in a simple world).
I’m fortunate to have this blog crawled almost daily by these programs, so by talking about my new sites, it increases the likelihood that they’ll be indexed and that people actually interested in their content (i.e. probably not you) will find them.
Every now and again I feel the need to start a new website. Sometimes they get built, sometimes domain names get purchased and sometimes the idea fizzles before even getting out of my mind. Two of these ideas have made the significant step of making it live, now time will tell whether they stand the test of time.
Game Match is the result of a longheld idea of mine that people should be able to trade their video games with each other without paying fees to ebay or other sites and without trading their games in under ridiculous schemes such as those found at EB Games.
I have grand plans of a technically complex site which looks at your collection, your desires and suggests trades, but until then, this site will be based around a forum and people manually communicating with each other.
There are a few pitfalls involved in an idea like this, but I believe that the positives outweigh them, and if I can build a community, then the opportunity is certainly there for further development.
With thousands of gaming oriented blogs out on the web (including this one in the past), you have to have a niche if you want an audience.
Ever since I got into writing about games I’ve wanted to separate them from this blog. Then the idea came to me that I could combine my interest in Hewlett-Packard (my employer and recent entrant into the gaming industry by buying VoodooPC) with my interest in gaming by writing the HP Gaming Blog.
The blog will focus on general gaming news and reviews and new products and services from HP. Where possible I’ll be trying to get comments from those actually involved, which has begun already after Rahul Sood (ex CEO of VoodooPC now CTO of HP Gaming) responded to a question I asked him.
Whether or not this is actually a niche anyone is interested in will become clear, but for the meantime, I’m pretty excited about giving it a go.