How to Create a Game Website for Free
By Carl Hose
The Internet is a useful tool for research and work. It can also be the ultimate playground, with something to entertain you 24 hours a day. One of the most popular pastimes online is game playing, and the Internet has its fair share of websites devoted to nothing but games. A game website can be fun to put together and fun to use, but it can also be a way for you to earn a little Internet advertising revenue while you're at it. Learn how you can create a game website for free that will entertain visitors and possibly put a little extra change in your pocket.
Get a free Web host (see Resources). The Web host is where your game website resides on the Internet. The Web host will have built-in tools you can use to upload files and design and build your website. Many free Web hosts also offer tools to help promote your website.
Design your game website to be fun. Bright colors and easy-to-navigate menus are best. You don't want visitors to leave your website before they get to the fun. Create different game categories to make it easy for visitors to find what they're looking for. You don't want them to have to go through games in every category if all they want are puzzle games. Five or six general categories should do the trick, including card games, shooter games and logic games.
Acquire as many different games for your website as you can find. There are many websites on the Internet that offer free games you can embed with code into your web page (see Resources). If you want to include exclusive games on your website, post an advertisement on your website inviting developers to submit games.
Generate Web income by using a pay-per-click service such as Google AdSense. Google AdSense places content-related advertising on your website, and you can earn money when visitors click through the ads. The more visitors who come to your website the more clicks you're likely to get.
Promote your website by including a link to it whenever you send out emails. Promote the site on social networking pages like MySpace and Facebook. Offer to trade links with other websites to generate more traffic. Keep your site updated. Add new games regularly. This will keep visitors coming back.
Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.