Getting a successful gamer blog going is kind of like trying to get your first job. You’re not going to get a good job without experience, but you’re not going to get experience without getting a good job. In the same way you’re not going to get what you need to have a great gamer blog (such as prerelease copies of games directly from the manufacturer) until you already have a pretty great gamer blog. Fortunately there are some things that you can do to up your gamer cred while you get your blog off the ground.
Review Indie Games
The first thing that you should do is buy into some indie games. They have the perk of usually being much cheaper than a traditionally released game (often much, much cheaper) and they show that you’re thinking outside the box. There’s going to be ten thousand reviews of the next Assassin’s Creed game, but how many people are going to shine a spotlight on a little known indie treasure that would put Assassin’s Creed to shame? Showing that you know video games, not just that you follow certain companies, will boost your reputation in the gaming community.
Reach out to Established Blogs
It’s never too soon to start showing the blogging community that you have something to offer. Reach out to established blogs early and often. Don’t just ask for a shout out to send a little traffic their way; write responses to their posts and let them know that if they want another opinion, they can check out of your blog. Even if they don’t respond, people who read the comments on their works do. This could bring in a lot of people looking to see what you have to say about their favorite thing. A good review (and this means a well written review, not a positive one) can really open their eyes to how much they should be following your blog.
Keep up with the Upcoming Games
New games fall like rain, but every few months there’s a game released that’s going to be all anyone is going to talk about for the next few months until another new game is released and the cycle repeats itself. You want to show that there’s more to you than big release games, but you can’t go all indie all the time without being labeled an indie game blogger. If that’s not the direction you want to go then you have to keep up to date with the latest in big company, upcoming games news.
Show Your Hours Logged
Sometimes you just have to put in the sweat and the tears. If possible, have saves for big games that you could do “let’s play” videos of, or that you’re doing a walk through guide for. Only play those games while you’re streaming. That way, all everyone has to see is the number of hours that you’ve logged on those games to see that you’re a serious gamer who’s dedicated to getting his blog off the ground.