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Arcade Games websites are the flashy sites, on which we all spent a few hours of our day when we were kids.
These games were so popular back in the day and people of all ages were killing time playing some dumb, yet addictive game.
Today gaming is way more advanced, graphics are amazingly real, games are played online with others, computers are powerful, it’s a whole new world.
However, flash (or HTML5) arcade games are still being made and they surely have an audience out there.
Now there are plugins that allow bulk game import so you can have your own flash games portal in few hours. Combined with the cool themes I’m about to show you below, this becomes a fun and hassle-free way to build your own flash website with thousands of pages with engaging content within WordPress.
Let’s jump into the actual plugin…
MyArcadePlugin is by far the most popular WordPress arcade plugin. It’s compatible with all Exells themes (the biggest arcade theme marketplace) and it has tons of features for just $29 for the starter pack.
With MyArcadePlugin you can have a fully automated website, as the plugin can fetch games and publish them.
There are 4 different order packages:
- Pro (most popular)
You can head to myarcadeplugin.com to see and compare the plans for yourself.
- Automated downloading and publishing of games
- Facebook connect & comments
- Bulk Game Publishing from up to 16 game distributors
- Save games and scores (Pro feature only)
- Useful arcade widgets
- Automated Translations (Pro feature only)
Best WordPress MyArcadePlugin Themes Providers:
These are the most popular themes marketplaces to find a premium myarcadeplugin compatible themes.
Driving Traffic to Your New WordPress Arcade Website
Now you have the site up and running, games are there, pages are looking neat, registration is working and you’re waiting for the players to arrive…
But you are still the only player out there.
This is a standard issue not only with arcade games websites but with every new website.
But with arcade website, the scenario is a little different.
You don’t have much of an unique content to rank in the searches with. Yes, you can write an article or two with on-point content, but it will still take a long time to see any results.
This is a very competitive niche and SEO is not your best friend in terms of traffic sources.
Here’s what you can try to do instead.
Step on Your Social Media Game
Learn some social marketing. In terms of technical tools try adding a Facebook comment box and a social locker plugin (locks out content unless someone likes, tweets, share the game) – Check out this Free Plugin.
Spend a few bucks on impression ads on related flash gaming sites.
Contact other webmasters with flash games websites, offer link or banner exchange.
If you have a good voice and some talent (and you’re not shy in front of an audience lol) you can create video reviews and post them on YouTube with links to the game page on your site.
Other good channels are push notifications for new games (GetSiteControl, PushNami, FoxPush). You can also build a newsletter and send valuable content to your users (e.g. New games, contests, leaderboards).
Create your own Flash Games
This is a little next level, but if you are willing to put the effort into creating a game – go for it. Another option is to find a cheap coder, experienced in this field.
Even if it’s simple and stupid on first sight, you never know what could happen. (reference Flappy Bird success).
Once you have the game, you can brand it with links pointing back to your site and offer it for free to other arcade games websites.
Here’s a good video on the topic:
Once you start getting some consistent traffic you can start thinking about monetizing it.
Arcade Games are a competitive niche, but you can still make it if you are willing to but the hustle and time to build your website. Find a good domain name, and have a little idea what will make your site different from the rest (micro niche).
If you had an arcade website or planning to launch one, comment below. I’d love to see what’s your idea and help you with it.
Featured image created by Rick Calzi