How to Make Money Playing Video Games
As far fetched as it seems, there are many ways that a person can make money by playing video games. In fact, every single day there are people who are making money by playing video games, and doing it in ways you may never have even thought of. So if you're an avid gamer and you want to make a little extra money each month, there are definitely possibilities out there, though majority of your choices involve freelancing. While there are companies out there that do really pay people to test games out, majority of companies advertising these types of jobs are scammers. But just because it's difficult to find game testing jobs, doesn't mean you can't make money from your hobby.
Make Gaming Videos
If you've ever been on Youtube, which I'm sure you have, then you've probably noticed the thousands of gaming videos on there, such as tutorials, walkthroughs, bloopers, and fan-made trailers. You can find videos on everything from Call of Duty to Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. But you may not have realized how much money is actually being made from these types of videos every single day. For one thing, Youtube has a partner program, where they will pay you for each view your videos get, as long as you have a large following and can continue to upload new videos every once in awhile. But for some, getting into Youtube's partner program is difficult. But you shouldn't feel discouraged, since that's not the only way to make money from gaming videos on there. Another option is Revenue Sharing, which is similar to the Partners program, but you don't need to have lots of followers or lots of videos to be accepted. If you have just one popular video, then you will probably be invited into the Revenue Sharing program. The main difference between this and becoming a Youtube partner, is that the Revenue Sharing program only pays you when people click on ads that display on your videos. It does not pay you for every view like the Partner program does. But even if you don't want to get into either of these programs, or even if you can't, those still aren't the only 2 options. A third option is to just do things on your own and cut Youtube out as the middle-man. You don't even really need them to make a decent income from videos or at least some extra money each month. If you can create a website or a blog, than you can make money from it by sending people from Youtube to that blog or site. Just use your gaming videos to direct people there, and once they are there, there are a number of different ways for you to turn them into customers. For one, you can sell products on your site if you have some type of item that is in demand with gamers. This can be difficult, because then you have to use your own money to stock inventory, and you have to worry about shipping packages out to people and going down to the Post Office or UPS and wasting gas, bus money, or time. So that may not be the best thing for you to do unless you really think you can be a good salesperson and have a really hot product that will actually sell. Another thing you can do instead, is to go through affiliate programs. If you look online, there are many different types of affiliate programs that allow people to make money online. With these types of programs, you basically refer people to someone else's website, and if the people you are referring buy something from that site, you will get paid a commission. This is probably better than selling merchandise yourself, because you don't have to do any shipping or customer service at all. You just post a few links on your site or even in the video description for your video, and try to get people to click on it and buy stuff from the site you send them to. In addition to this, you can also apply for a Google Adsense or an Adbrite account, and put ads on your website and just make it an informational website. You can talk about gaming on there, or provide cheat codes, and send people there. Some people only make like .04 cents for every click they get on their ads, but when 1 out of 10 people click an ad, and when you're sending hundreds or even thousands of people to your site, that money can really add up. Even if you can't get an Adsense or Adbrite account, you can still wait until you have lots of visitors, and then advertise spaces for rent on your site. People with other sites may pay you a weekly or monthly fee to rent those spaces and put their own ads there. You can ask them to pay you through Paypal or even through the mail with postal money orders.
Write and Sell Guides
Another great way to make money by playing video games is to write and sell guides, assuming you know enough about a game to write a lot about it that other people will want to read. You can easily make ebooks in as little as 20 minutes with free programs like Open Office. I explained how you can make some extra money each month by making videos for websites like Youtube and how you can send people to your own website. Well you can also use that method to sell those visitors ebooks and more advanced tutorials after they reach your site. While a $20 guide may not sell too well, you may make some extra money by pricing them cheaper, such as $1-$5. I mean after all, ebooks can be duplicated easily and for free. So try to keep dropping the price to see what prices people are willing to pay for your guides. In addition to using videos, you can also learn Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to get your website ranked well in Google and other search engines. Making videos can be a great way to get lots of traffic to your website, but SEO is sometimes even better. Lots of people use Youtube, but even more people use Google. Imagine if you could get your website on the first page of results for certain keywords people are searching for. Imagine if you could get 1,000 people to your site each day, and some of them buy your guides. Even if only 25 of those 1,000 people buy your guide for $1, that's $25 a day, or $750 per month. You can also sell your guides on websites like Ebay, Craigslist, and Etsy. I see people selling World of Warcraft (WOW) gold lvling guides on there all the time, and many of those people are making decent cash every week.
For some games, there is an incredible demand for high level accounts out there in the gaming world. For example, World of Warcraft is one of the most popular games being played these days, and because it's so difficult and time consuming for some people to level up and progress further in the game, many people are willing to pay money for others to lvl for them. So let's say you're really good at playing WOW (or any popular game for that matter), and you can reach higher levels quickly and faster than most other people out there. In this situation, you could be making a lot of extra money each month by spending a few days getting to these other levels, and then turning around and selling the account to someone else and repeating the process. Some other games that I've seen people buying and selling accounts for include Runescape, EverQuest, Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, Final Fantasy, Eve, Guild Wars, Second Life, and Anarchy. It's not too rare to find people selling these types of accounts on websites like Ebay and Craigslist (especially when it comes to WoW and Runescape, which are definitely the two most popular). In fact, there's entire websites out there that people have built just for trading and selling these types of online commodities. I say commodities because that's exactly what it's like. In the real world, resources and things like silver, gold, and platinum are traded, bought and sold between people on all different types of markets, both online and off. Well the same goes for these types of video game accounts. So if you think you have a knack for gaming and the particular game you're playing takes a lot of time to beat or level up, then you should definitely take a look at some of the websites online to see what the current going prices are for different levels.
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