Want to know something crazy?
If you become a successful guide writer on this site, you can literally gain tens of thousands of subscribers or followers for your YouTube and Twitch channels and earn thousands of dollars via Cryptocurrency donations.
You'll also be killing it in terms of views on the site, and establish a well known name in the Clash of Streamers community.
That's why today, I'm going to share with you my secrets about how to make the most successful guide possible.
This is the single most important concept to remember when creating a guide, you need to offer value to people.
In fact, I didn't remember this concept when I was making of my earlier Clash of Streamers YouTube videos, and honestly, they weren't very successful. Why? Because I realised that I wasn't really offering value to people. Put simply, I was just telling people basic sh*t that they already knew.
What exactly do I mean by 'offering value'?
The main way is that your guide should offer value to people is by helping them learn useful information that they didn't already know. The more you do this, the more value you offer to your readers.
The most successful guides are usually the ones that offer people the most value. I can't stress that enough.
Imagine you're the average Clash of Streamers player and you read a guide that tells basic things which you probably already know. You'll probably get bored, exit the guide, and forget about it very quickly.
Now compare that with a guide that tells you a bunch of useful information that you didn't already know, and helps you make 400% more progress compared to what you were making before, or a guide that helps you make $1,000 from the Blockchain building in a few days.
You're going to remember that guide for a long time, and have a positive connection to it. You will upvote it, possibly share it with your friends, and even check out that person's YouTube or Twitch channel, and maybe even subscribe and become a regular viewer.
That's an insane world of difference, and it all comes down to the fact that you offered value.
Keep reading this guide and I promise you, I'm going to give you a lot more of that value that I'm talking about ;)
So lets start with the basics, in order to write a guide, you need a topic to write about.
But how do you choose which topic to write about? Clash of Streamers is a big game after all..
Well, If you want a guide to be successful, (and by successful I mean get lots of views, shares, crypto donations, and Twitch/YouTube subscribers) then it helps to choose a popular topic.
What are some examples of popular topics in Clash of Streamers?
1. The Blockchain
Lets be honest, everyone loves money. What's crazy is that Clash of Streamers actually allows you to make real money by exporting your Streamers, Pets, and Loot Cards to the Blockchain.
So, even though I'm writing this guide before the game's official release, I guarantee you that the Blockchain will be one of, if not the most popular topic in the game's community.
2. Making Progress
Now I can't speak for the casual player who just hops on the game once every few days, but I know that there's a large amount of players who want to learn how to play the game and make bigger amounts of progress.
Those types of players come to sites like these to learn. They want to know how to get better streamers, pets, what the best things to spend real money on are, and generally, just what to do.
Some of the guides that will be popular in Clash of Streamers will be the areas that help people make the most progress on their account. Weekly Events, the Seasonal Challenge, the best purchases to buy for real money, how to optimise their resources, tips to progress faster, etc.
3. Topics That Don't Have Guides
Sometimes, you'll be able to make a successful guide by writing a guide on a topic that no one else has covered yet.
Now of course, it has to be at least somewhat interesting to people, otherwise people aren't going to click it, but look around, there's definitely opportunities like these.
Once you've chosen your topic, you'll need to research that topic thoroughly, so that you can offer the most value possible to people with your guide.
Make notes, think of the type of information you will include, and make a rough plan.
So this chapter will focus on how to optimise the Guide Details section.
It's that section at the very top of your guide (shown in the image below)
First we have the title.
Obviously, it needs to be relevant to your guide, if you're making a guide about Weekly Events, make it obvious in the title.
Next, whilst you don't get too much title space, it's nice to have something enticing to induce the reader to click on the guide.
Finally, think about search engine optimisation (SEO) and terms people would use when they're googling your guide. What sort of words would they type into Google?
I actually just finished my Seasonal Challenge guide, so we'll use my title for that guide as an example:
'Seasonal Challenge Guide - All You Need To Know (IMPORTANT)'
So the first bit, 'Seasonal Challenge Guide', this is good for 2 reasons:
1. It's obvious that my guide is about the Seasonal Challenge.
2. It's SEO Optimised. If someone was googling a guide for the Seasonal Challenge, it's quite likely that they would type the phrase 'Seasonal Challenge Guide' into Google.
Maybe they'd type something like 'Clash of Streamers Seasonal Challenge Guide' or 'Seasonal Challenge Guide CoS'.
I've also put my main keyword 'Seasonal Challenge Guide' at the front.
According to backlinko (an SEO specialist), Google puts more emphasis on words at the beginning of your title.
Now for the next part of my title 'All You Need To Know (IMPORTANT)'
This is the part that entices the reader to click on the guide. Telling them that my guide has 'All They Need To Know' about the Seasonal Challenge really sells it. It makes them feel like it's the only guide that they need on the topic.
The (IMPORTANT) tag makes people want to read it too because it makes readers feel like they have to click on it because it's important.
Now, I know that some people might scream 'Hey, that's clickbaiting!'
Let me just address that small group of people and tell them that I spent I spent 4 FULL DAYS working on that guide, and the Seasonal Challenge is one of the most important areas in the entirety of Clash of Streamers for making progress.
So, I'm advertising it attractively, but also honestly.
If I made a guide about Poker, for example, there's no way in hell I'd be using that 'IMPORTANT' tag, because it's not a very useful building for making progress in the game.
For those of you who might be thinking about click baiting, I'd advise against it, as you'll establish a bad reputation on the site, and people will get angry.
However, coming back to my title example, you can see that I've nailed those 3 factors that I discussed above:
1. A relevant title
2. Making it enticing
3. Search Engine Optimised (SEO)
The next part in the Guide Details section is the Guide Description (example shown below)
The guide description is important for two reasons:
1. In certain areas of the site, such as the Most Popular Guides section on the homepage, this description will be shown to visitors (see examples below).
2. It will be embedded into the Metadata of your page.
All guides on this site have a 'Metadata' section, which helps with SEO.
On Google Chrome, you can actually view the metadata by right clicking on the page of a guide, and then pressing 'View Page Source'.
I did this on one of my guides and it opens up a page that looks like this:
If we look closer at the 7th line, we can actually see my Guide's Description imbedded into the page's metadata (click the image to see it more clearly).
Okay, so we now know that:
1. Guide Descriptions are shown to visitors on the homepage.
2. Guide Descriptions appear on the guide's metadata.
So, from this we can conclude that:
a) You need to make your guide description relevant and on topic, mainly to help with SEO.
Use terms that are relevant to your guide. For my Seasonal Challenge guide, I put the phrase 'Seasonal Challenge' in there (see image below).
This will help the guide rank higher on Google, because remember, this text is also embedded into the guide page's meta data.
You could also try targeting multiple keywords, but I'd advise against keyword stuffing, as it would read unnaturally should your guide be placed into the most popular guide section.
Also Google is pretty advanced at detecting keyword stuffing, and they might derank your guide.
b) We can also conclude that you need to make your guide description attractive and enticing, just like the title.
Again, this is to help get people to click on your guide. If you look at my example in the image above, I used phrases like 'master' and described the Seasonal Challenge as 'one of the most important areas in the..'.
I actually made a mistake there. It only shows 'in the..' and not 'in the game'.
Whilst the guide description can be 250 characters, you're only able to type around 100 characters before it gets cut off from the home page, so make sure none of that juicy language you use to get people to click on your guide gets cut off.
Next up we have the guide category.
This one's quite a simple one.
Put your guide in the most relevant section. This is guaranteed to make your guide more successful.
Some visitors will browse by guide category, and if your guide is in anything but the most relevant category, then you're only hurting your chances of it receiving views.
For anything that's too unrelated, put it in the Misc. (Miscellaneous) section.
Actually, that's where I put this guide, seeing as it doesn't fit into any of the other sections.
Guide Icon and Banner
These two are quite similar so I've put them together.
The number one thing to remember here is that you want to make them relevant to the subject you're talking about.
If you're doing a guide on the Auction House, it's probably not a good idea to use the Blockchain icon. It will just confuse readers and get less people to click through onto your guide.
Most of the time I don't think using a cute or funny icon just because it's cute or funny will do your any justice here, either.
Your title, description, icon, and background should all be on the same topic. It's okay to have a little deviation, just use common sense.
When thinking about what icon and banner to use, you can also use the category features to help you navigate and decide:
Also, when you get a 5* reputation, you can also upgrade your own icons and banners which will help your guides stand out from the crowd.
We've talked about this before, but we're going to do it to a much greater degree.
In the Title and Guide Description sections, we talked about enticing your reader to click on your guide.
However.. the problem with the Title and Guide Description is that you don't get much space.
Now that your reader has clicked on your guide, you're going to want to make them stay, and have as many people as possible read through your guide and learn the valuable information that you've put inside.
How do we do that? By hooking them of course.
The hook is a popular concept in marketing, put simply, it means making/keeping your visitor interested.
So how do your hook your readers?
Firstly, by putting it at the very top of your guide, literally, it should be the first thing they read.
Secondly, by telling them what they stand to gain by reading your guide.
And thirdly, by proving that what you're saying actually works with evidence and examples.
Lets look at the hook that I used for this very guide you're reading now. I've highlighted in green where I've informed the reader what they stand to gain by reading this guide:
So, firstly, this is the very first thing that you guys saw, it's directly at the top of the page.
Secondly, look at all the things I'm telling you that you'll gain from reading this guide:
- Tens of thousands of subscribers on YouTube and Twitch
- Thousands of dollars via Cryptocurrency donations
- Get lots of views on your guides
- Establishing a well known reputation in the CoS community
- Giving you 'my secrets'
That's quite a lot of promised value, and I guarantee, that a good amount of you are still reading this guide because of my hook and those ideas I put into your head.
Now, let me be clear, what's not okay is to blatantly lie in order to hook your readers.
If I promised 'millions of subscribers' and 'millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency donations', that's very ambitious and honestly, unrealistic.
So I aired on the side of safety, 'tens of thousands of subscribers' and 'thousands of dollars worth of Cryptocurrency donations' is definitely realistic, achievable, and honestly, even an understatement if you're a successful guide maker.
Also, note how I'm quantifying values here. I'm not just saying 'it will help you grow on YouTube and make you money'.
Giving the readers specific numbers will make what you're saying feel more tangible, assuming those numbers are realistic and correct.
Now what I have not done here is the third feature in creating a strong hook, I haven't provided any examples or evidence to show that this works.
Well actually, seeing as this is only my second guide and the game hasn't launched yet (and so this site hasn't taken off yet), I don't have any evidence to support what I am saying.
However, if I was a successful guide maker, I'd probably write something along the lines of:
'The secrets that I'm about to share with you have helped me become one of the most successful guide makers on this website. I have massed over 10,000,000 total views on all of my guides, and I've made over $20,000 in cryptocurrency donations'
(show the evidence/screenshots)
See how I'm showing evidence that what I'm saying works? I'm using myself as an example and showing the results I've gotten.
I guarantee if anyone remotely interested in making guides saw that, they'd very quickly become interested in reading this guide.
Now I appreciate that most people won't have massive evidence like that. Instead, what you can do is state the smaller evidence that you have made, and give a projection of where you'll expect to be.
Here's an example that someone making a Blockchain guide might use:
'I've made $250 from the Blockchain building in the last month, and $200 of that was made in the last 7 days.
(show the evidence/screenshots)
In this month, I've learnt all the ins and outs of the Blockchain, and over the next month, I expect to make another $1,000 with the strategies that I'm about to share with you today. These strategies have never been shared before, and I'm going to walk you through things step by step so that you can do it too.'
It's not quite as mind-blowing as the first example, but it definitely still packs a punch.
So, just to recap, to make a successful hook, you need to:
- Put it at the very top of your guide.
- Explaining to people what they stand to gain from your guide and why it's important.
- Provide evidence and examples to show that what you're saying actually works and how it's helped you or others (where possible)
Ordering Your Chapters
This is a pretty obvious one but I'll mention it anyway.
Your chapters need to be ordered in an organised way.
Most of the time I order the very basic information at the beginning and the more advanced information towards the end.
If something is very important, like the 'Offering Value' chapter in this guide, I may put it earlier on.
Every topic contains different levels of depth and types of information, so you'll have to work out what to put where.
Whilst we're on the topic of chapters, try to fit them in nicely without getting cut off. That way the reader knows exactly what chapters there are, and if they're not interested in a certain chapter, having all your chapters be visible maximises the chance that they'll skip to another chapter instead and keep reading instead of leaving your guide.
This seems like a good spot to discuss the strategy of internal linking.
Put simply, internal linking (not to be confused with incest) is the process of linking readers to various other guides of yours.
E.g. 'This guide assumes that you're already familiar with the basics of the Auction House. If you're not, you can learn more about it in my Auction House Guide For Beginners here'
Don't actually click that 'here' though, it won't take you anywhere, but that is an example with how you can get your readers to read one of your other guides.
How do you link something?
1. Highlight the text you want to link
2. Press the link button in the text formatting options
3. Enter the URL that you want to link that text
What do you gain from the internal linking strategy?
Well, internal links redirect readers to your other guides. Not only does it increase your views on your other guides, but it does something even more powerful...
I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.
What's powerful about someone clicking on your other guides is that it establishes a sense of familiarity and authority between the reader and yourself.
Put another way, if someone reads a bunch of your guides, they'll trust you more.
Now, I want you to think about something.
Imagine a random person on the street that seems like a normal and nice person comes up to you and asks you if they can stay at yours for the night.
How would you feel?
Now, imagine your best friend asks you the same thing.
You're much more likely to say yes to your best friend, because you're more comfortable and trust them.
Well, this concept works similarly when asking readers to do things like:
- Upvoting your guides
- Sharing your guides
- Donating you real money
- Checking out your YouTube and Twitch
- Subscribing to your YouTube and Twitch
(which by the way, I'll be telling you specific strategies on how to maximise these things later on)
This is why the concept of internal linking is so powerful. The more guides they read of yours, the more likely they are to help you out.
This is why you should internal link your guides whenever it's relevant to do so.
And hey, who knows, maybe they'll even let you stay the night ;)
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If that was actually a real paragraph, I bet a lot of you would have felt burdened by the idea that you had to read that.
Always separate your texts of blocks of 1-4 lines.
Whenever someone completes a sentence, they get a hit of dopamine in their brain, comparable to opening up a PogChamp summon or a chest in Clash of Streamers.
However, when they have to read a massive block of text, the amount of work to get that dopamine hit becomes a lot harder, and people feel less motivated to continue reading.
Actually, Huffington Post, the world's most successful blog implements this strategy on most of their articles:
You'll want to mix it up too, because if for example you just repeat 2 lines over and over again, people's brains get used to the pattern and it becomes predictable and they started to get bored.
When you do this, you'll keep people reading for longer, and they'll receive more value from your guide.
Headings help your readers skim through your content and understand what each section is about.
In fact, this very section is about headings, and you were able to tell that within a second by reading the heading.
Headings should at the very least be in bold. What I do is I bold and underline any headings I have, and then just bold any subheadings I have.
Not only will headings help your guide be more readable, but it will also help you improve your SEO ranking, as it also helps Google read and understand the text in your guide.
Now, having a successful guide is mainly about offering a lot of value to your readers, usually by giving them high quality and useful information.
However, having a fun, laid back, and interesting writing style definitely helps make a guide more enjoyable to read. I've had times where I've noticed myself reading a blog post and I've just been captivated by how interesting someone made something seem because of how they wrote it.
Here are some factors to consider which may help improve your writing style:
- Use of comedy
- Use of casual language (you're not writing for the BBC News)
- Use of similes and metaphors.
- Use of personal anecdotes and stories.
- Use of bold, underline,
strikethrough,italic, numbered and bullet point lists (hey, like this one!)
If this stuff doesn't come super naturally to you in the moment, honestly, it's not a big deal, don't worry about it. In fact, a good amount of time this stuff doesn't come super naturally to me, too. This is just some extra icing on the cake.
Spelling and Grammar
What's not icing on the cake however is having good spelling and grammar.
cn u imagin if i wrote dis whole gauide like dis?
honestly wud u rly take me srsly?
Having bad spelling and grammar really gives a reader a bad impression of you. It would turn a lot of people off from your guide.
a) It would be annoying to read.
b) Even if people do try to read it, they probably won't take you seriously and it gives them a bad impression of your guide, even if there is actually some really good information in it.
Now, I appreciate that English isn't everyone's first language, and that you may genuinely struggle with having good spelling and grammar.
Honestly, it's easy for me because I've grown up in the UK all my life, and English is my only language.
However, there are two really good solutions that I have for you.
The first, is to use a spelling and grammar checker like Grammarly (it's a free google chrome extension). It will check all of your spelling and grammar and advise you on how to correct it. The advantage of this is that your guide would appeal to more people, as English is the most popular language in the world.
The second solution is actually pretty insane, you could write a guide in your native language. The advantage of this is that there probably aren't many guides about the topic you're writing about in your native language, giving your less competition. Although, it would also appeal to less people.
Don't f*****g swear.
No seriously, don't f*****g do it.
Alright, that's not the entire truth, but here's the thing.
If you want your guide to show up in game (which players can access by pressing the '?' icon on any building):
Then, you need to at least censor your swearing.
The in game Wiki displays clashofstreamers.tv guides in game, however, it has a profanity filter, and if you swear it might not display your guide for that building in the list.
After you've written a guide, always be sure to check that it's actually being displayed in the most relevant building's wiki page, otherwise, it'd be a terrible waste of hard work.
Images are an important factor in any guide.
Images can be things such as screenshots and diagrams.
Here are some examples I stole from a ClashOfStreamersTV's guide:
Why are images so important?
1. They help the reader see what part of the game (menu, building, etc) you're talking about, and can be used to help explain things to your reader.
Approximately 65% of people are visual learners.
That's 2 in every 3 people.
Adding images in order to either show what you're talking about, or to help explain things to your reader will really help improve the quality of your guide
2. They add a 'pattern interrupt' which makes your guide less repetitive.
Even if you're following the rule of using 1-4 lines of text, it can still feel a little blocky when you have lots of consecutive text, so it helps to throw an image in there which can break things up and make it interesting.
3. They can be used to add humour and make your guide fun.
What I didn't mention above was the use of memes.
Using the occasional meme is a great way to add a smile to your readers face.
This one's for all the old school Athene fans out there.
Alright, let me tell you something.
Not only does editing images make them easier to understand, but it creates a very good impression of your guide, and it's actually super easy to achieve.
People will be more inclined to keep reading if your guide looks high quality.
Adding arrows, blurs, cutting things out, and annotations are actually very easy to do. You can learn how to do this stuff in a program like Photoshop in an hour, then after you learn, it will literally take you 30 seconds to edit an image whenever you need it.
Photoshop is a paid software, but there are free alternatives out there like GIMP.
Videos are useful for the same reason that images are, however, they have some advantages if your reader clicks on one.
a) You can explain things more thoroughly in a video compared to an image. Just be sure that your videos are short and trimmed correctly.
b) You can elicit a stronger emotional response from your reader, as videos are a more powerful format than images.
Putting that another way, videos are more funny/interesting.
Ah yes, our good old friend SEO.
We've touched upon it a few times in this article, but now we'll go into more detail about how to implement it into the main body of your guide.
Put simply, having an SEO optimised guide will mean that it shows up higher in Google's search rankings, and if you rank high enough, it will significantly boost the traffic to your guide.
Do it correctly, and you can rank yourself rank 1 on Google like I did with my Seasonal Challenge and Weekly Riddle Guides:
However, also bare in mind that whilst SEO can significantly improve where your guide ranks, there are also other factors at play such as how popular the website is (in our case clashofstreamers.tv) and how popular your guide is.
It should be stated that learning SEO is not a substitute to making good guides, instead, it is a supplement, and once again, you should focus on offering value, aka making solid guides with lots of useful information.
Talking of solid guides, if you're finding this guide useful, legend has it that if you upvote it you'll instantly rank 1st on Google for every single guide that you make.
Why not give it a try? ;)
Put simply, you'll want to use keywords that are related to your topic. Now, you can try and think of keywords off the top of your head, although, there's an even better way to target keywords:
Using a free keyword research tool like WordStream.
Now, the search field we're concerned about is the longest white one. We need to find what term to put in there so that we can figure out what related keywords to target.
I'm writing this guide prior to Clash of Streamer's release, so there won't be a lot of search volume for Clash of Streamers on Google.
Instead, I'll have to use another game called Clash of Clans to explain how to find useful keywords.
Lets pretend you're making a guide for a Town Hall 7 Base in Clash of Clans.
First we need to find our core keywords.
Common search terms for people looking for a town hall 7 guide are terms like 'town hall 7 base', and 'base th 7'.
I actually used the keyword tool itself to figure this out, but you can also just figure it out yourself.
I'd then enter these core keywords into our keyword research tool, and it will give us a nice list of related keywords.
Now not only do we have some core keywords:
- town hall 7 base
- base th 7
But we also have a list of related keywords.
Using Your Keywords Early On
According to backlinko, Google puts more weight on terms that appear early on in your content.
We already discussed this for the Title, but this also applies to the main body of your guide, and as you know, the first few sentences of your guide should be your 'Hook'.
So, we need to use our main keywords in our hook, to help us rank higher on Google.
Here's an example:
Lets say we're writing a guide for the Campaign Tower, then our main/core keywords would be something like 'Campaign Tower', 'Campaign Tower Guide', and 'Clash of Streamers Campaign Tower'.
So, our hook would look something like this:
'In this guide I'm going to show you how to make 50% more progress than the average player in the Campaign Tower building In Clash of Streamers.
By the end of this guide, you'll understand how to become one of the highest ranked members in your community for the Campaign Tower leaderboard.
In fact, these methods that I'm about to share with you have helped me rank in the top 1% of all players for the Campaign Tower's global leaderboard.
Want to know the craziest thing of all? I'm completely free to play.'
*Note that I'm not sure if the above is possible or not, it's just a hook I came up with off the top of my head.
I've underlined where I've used my main keywords in the first few sentences.
Once again, you'll want to do this to help you rank higher on Google.
Featured snippets are a great way to hack your way to rank 1 on Google. The downside is that they're slightly unreliable, however, you should still do them because it is super easy to implement.
What is a featured snippet?
A featured snippet is when a user searches a question or phrase in Google, and they get the answer at the top of the page, without having to click on any pages.
Here's an example:
Now, there are actually 4 types of featured snippets, and they all appear at the top of a search in Google:
- Paragraph Snippets
- Numbered list snippets
- Bulleted list snippets
- Table snippets
This is a paragraph snippet:
I never said that they were reliable.
This is a numbered list snippet:
This is a bulleted list snippet:
And this is a table snippet:
Pretty straight forward.
According to SearchEngineJournal, paragraph snippets make up 81.95% of all total snippets, bulleted and numbered list snippets make up 10.77%, and table snippets make up 7.28%.
How do you get the information in your guide to show up as a featured snippet?
1. Think of search terms and questions related to your guide that a user might search in Google
2. Put a title in your guide related to those search terms and questions
3. Write the answer underneath it.
Here's an example. Lets say I was making a guide for the Geopet Go building.
Firstly, what questions and search terms would the user search in google that are related to my guide?
- 'Get Pets in Clash of Streamers'
- 'Upgrade Pets in Clash of Streamers'
- 'What are hatcheries in Clash of Streamers?'
- 'How does Geopet Go work?'
- 'Get more pets in CoS'
Lets use the first search term, 'Get Pets in Clash of Streamers' as an example for a paragraph snippet.
We'd simply make this search term a title in our guide, which should always be in bold so that Google can detect it easier, and then we just write our answer underneath the title.
How To Get Pets in Clash of Streamers
Firstly, you can attract 50 pets every day with Gems in the Geopet Go Building. Secondly, if you capture all 6 hatcheries in Geopet Go, you will generate another 50 pets in the form of eggs throughout the day. Finally, you can obtain pets throughout various buildings in the game.
According to SEM Rush, snippets that are 40-50 words long make up 60% of all featured snippets.
And paragraphs which are 65 words and above only make up 0.18% of snippets.
So, be sure to keep your snippets between 40-50 words for the best chance of showing up on google as a snippet.
Below is a graph showing the most and least popular word length for featured snippets:
Now, for numbered list and bullet point list snippets, you'd follow my example above, but instead of writing it your answers in the form of a paragraph, you'd write as either a numbered or bulleted list.
Damn indentation. That wasn't intentional.
Now it looks all wonky and misaligned.
Now, like paragraph snippets, numbered and bullet list snippets should also be between 40-50 words for highest chance to show up on Google.
However, you'll also need to keep your numbered and bulleted lists nice and compact, so it's easy for Google to display it as a featured snippet. This means that you shouldn't put any vertical gaps in between the numbers.
Finally, we have table snippets.
Googles pulls any information in your guide and presents it in the form of a table, so you don't actually have to have table lines in your guide. If you create a rough table like this, and bold the titles, it will be good enough for Google to recognise:
The trick here is to once again, tightly compress your information as you do for numbered and bulleted list snippets.
Also, you'll want to make your table more than 4 rows if possible, because a weakness of featured snippets is that they give people the answer to your query directly, meaning that there's a lower likelihood of them actually clicking on your link.
So, by adding more than 4 rows, as you can see on the featured snippet above, it displays '27 more rows', which induces the reader to click the link and visit the page to see the rest of the information.
There seems to be the understanding that the more words you write, the higher you'll rank on Google.
However, upon reading an article by Neil Patel, I understood something very important:
Longer content is correlated with higher rankings on Google, but writing guides with more words won't guarantee that you'll rank higher.
Rather, it's doing these 3 things correctly that will cause you to rank higher, and to do these 3 things well then you'll typically need to write more:
1. Mentioning Relevant Topics
2. Mentioning Related Topics
3. Mentioning your core keywords
1. Mentioning Relevant Topics
The more relevant topics you mention, the higher you'll rank on Google.
What exactly are relevant topics?
Relevant topics are topics and terms in the area you're writing about.
Lets say you're writing a guide for the Blockchain, then relevant topics would be things such as:
- Blockchain strategies
- Purpose and DUBI
- Earning Real Money
- Selling Streamers/Pets
- Buying Streamers/Pets
- Renting Streamers/Pets
- Loaning Streamers/Pets
You see how all these topics are relevant to the Blockchain topic?
They're all directly and closely associated with the blockchain in some way.
It's like talking about food (which is the Blockchain), and then mentioning fruit, vegetables, proteins, carbs, etc (which are all relevant topics to the Blockchain).
2. Mentioning Related Topics
Now, the more related topics you mention will also increase where you rank on Google.
What is a related topic, and how is it different to a 'relevant' topic?
Related topics are similar to relevant topics, however, they're not as closely associated with the main topic, but still connected to it in some way.
Lets use the Blockchain guide again as an example. Relevant topics are things such as:
- Cryptocurrency wallets
- Cryptocurrency safety tips
- Streamer Strategies
- Pet strategies
- Auction House
- Investing into Purpose and DUBI
They're indirectly and less closely related, but still related in some way to the Blockchain.
In this case, it's like talking about food (which is the Blockchain), and then talking about drinks, vitamins and minerals, exercise, meditation, etc (which are all related topics to the Blockchain)
3. Mentioning Your Core Keywords
We've touched upon this earlier, but what's important here is that your core keywords appears lots of times in your guide.
Once again, don't keyword stuff, and make sure that it reads naturally, but be sure to use it throughout your guide.
Lets take the Blockchain guide as an example again, my most important keyword would probably be 'Blockchain Guide', so I'd use that throughout my guide to make sure I rank for that term on Google.
Once again, mentioning many relevant and related topics as well as using your core keywords frequently throughout your guide will help you rank higher on Google.
When you talk about lots of relevant and related topics, naturally you'll have a higher word count, but it's not the word count itself that causes you to rank higher on Google, instead it's doing the 3 things above.
Money money money. GIMMIE GIMMIE.
This section will focus on telling you how to maximise the amount of real money you receive from your guides.
The reason I've left this section (along with the YouTube/Twitch Strategies section) so late is because it's so important that you have a good guide if you want to actually make real money.
An average quality guide isn't going to make you much. So it's important that you understand all of the chapters above before we start to focus on how to monetise your guides.
Setting Up Your Ethereum Address
Lets start with the basic stuff.
Every guide writer has the ability to embed their Ethereum address in their guides and receive cryptocurrency donations (see images below).
If you're viewing a guide on a mobile device, then the author's donation link will be at the bottom of the page, instead (just above the comments section).
How do you set up your Ethereum address?
If you don't already have an Ethereum address, here's a video tutorial which shows you how to set up a Metamask wallet.
1. Simply go to the 'Account Settings' page on clashofstreamers.tv
2. Enter your Ethereum address at the bottom of the screen.
3. Press save.
It might take some time to show on your guides, so just be patient, but otherwise, now you're ready to start rolling in some cash in the form of cryptocurrency donations ;)
Paypal / Skrill / Google Pay / Patreon etc
So cryptocurrency donations are a good way to make real money from your guides, but the disadvantage to them is that some people might not use cryptocurrency but may still want to donate to you.
Instead, you can get donations from these people through Paypal, Skrill, Google Pay, and Patreon.
If you want to maximise the amount of money you earn, I recommend having both an Ethereum address and a Paypal donation link set up (most people have Paypal). That way you appeal to both sides of the coin.
Asking For Donations
It's fair to ask for donations from those who wish to support you, and doing so will increase the amount of money you make, as you're putting the idea in people's minds.
I'd recommend that you ask twice:
1. Once towards the beginning of your guide
2. Once towards the end of your guide.
Asking towards the beginning of the guide should always be done after your hook, because you want to keep people interested as soon as possible.
Imagine you clicked on a YouTube video and then an ad started playing.
Now, imagine you saw the first minute of that YouTube video, then the ad started playing.
You're more likely to keep watching in the second example, because that first minute of video allowed you become interested in the video.
The same principle applies when asking for donations in guides (it's like an ad in a way), which is why you should always ask after hooking your reader.
Asking towards the beginning ensures that any reader who didn't make it to the end (but still found your guide useful) is reminded that they can donate.
By the end of your guide your readers should have (hopefully) received a massive amount of value from your guide, and would be feeling good about it, which is why it's good to remind them again at the end.
How To Ask For Donations
Something seemingly as simple as 'asking for donations' can be done well or it can be done badly.
Most people would probably write something along the lines of:
'If you found this guide useful, I'd appreciate you donating to my Ethereum wallet.'
And whilst this is not horrible, there's definitely ways this can be improved.
Here are some things to consider when asking for donations:
- Giving value
- What it'll be used for
'Wait, you're supposed to give value whilst taking people's money?'
Actually, it's the best way of doing so.
Giving your reader something in return (on top of the guide) makes them more likely to give you their hard earned cash.
Daylight robbery at its finest ;)
So, how do you give a reader value in your donation message?
Here are some examples:
a) Making your donation message fun. Here's an example:
'If you enjoyed this guide, me and my virtual cats (pictured below) would appreciate any donations we get. For every 1$ I get I will ensure that half is spent on virtual cat food :)'
Yes I'm a weeb OwO
But also, this is a lot more fun and giving compared to a regular 'If you like my stuff, donate' style message.
All of the people who would have donated to the latter style of message will still donate to this one, plus you'll get some extra donations from people who wouldn't have donated before that found your donation message funny (or cute).
b) Rewards for donating to you
Now you might wonder 'Hmmm.. what rewards can I offer people in return?'
- Personalised thank you notes
- A leaderboard chapter at the end of all of your guides listing your top donators
- Donator exclusive Clash of Streamers guides, tier lists, and guide videos
- Clash of Streamers merchandise designed by you (you can design your own tees, hoodies, etc)
- Donator roles in your Clash of Streamers Discord server, or an invitation to your private Discord that shares secret trading advice on the Auction House and Blockchain to help your donators make Crypton and real money.
As you will know, the above will not be possible for blockchain donators as it requires the donator's details, so a much better platform for these sorts of things would be Paypal for one off donation rewards or Patreon for monthly recurring donation rewards.
Also, you could list out your price list for the rewards your offering, e.g.
'Hey guys, I'm offering rewards to everyone that donates to me on Patreon [Link Patreon]
$3 - Reward 1
$5 - Reward 2
$10 - Reward 3
What Your Donation Will Be Used For
Telling your readers that their donations will go towards a specific goal e.g. a new PC or your rent/bills is a good way to increase donations, mainly because knowing where their money is going towards adds a sense of connection between the author and the writer.
They now know a little bit more about who you are and are more familiar with you.
This works especially well combined with telling a story.
Here's an example:
'Congratulations if you made it towards the end of the guide.
I'm actually trying to quit my day job and make Clash of Streamers guides and YouTube videos full time.
If you could spare anything to help make my dream a reality, that would be massively appreciated:
Of course, be honest, and you'll need to update this info on each of your guides when you eventually reach that goal.
Quite a simple one, but be sure to mention the various platforms that you're accepting donations on.
And not only that, but if you're using Paypal/Patreon, etc, be sure to provide the link.
People are more inclined to donate if they have the link right in front of them.
It also helps to remind people of where your Ethereum address is located on the guide page, which would be on the right for PC users, and at the very bottom of the guide for mobile users.
This section will be useful to people who make Clash of Streamers videos or stream the game, and want to increase the amount of views and subscribers they get on their YouTube and Twitch channels.
Setting Up Your Social Platforms
The advantage of writing guides on clashofstreamers.tv is that any guide writer has the ability to display their YouTube/Twitch/Facebook/Twitter pages for every guide that they make.
It will be shown to all of your readers here:
Now as you can see, I've only connected my YouTube channel.
Just waiting for the site owners to fix the connectivity issues with the other platforms.
By the time you're reading this they've probably fixed it, but I've just left this in the guide because it adds some character.
Anyway, back to the topic, the way you add your YouTube/Twitch/Facebook/Twitter is by going to your 'Account Settings' and then clicking the Connections tab on the left:
1. Then press 'Connect' for each social platform you want to add
2. After you've connected it tick the 'Display Publicly' box
3. Then press save.
Viola, you've now put yourself in a position to start raking in some views and subscribers on your YouTube and Twitch accounts.
Once again, I need to stress the importance of writing a good value offering guide in order to actually attract people to your YouTube and Twitch channels.
If you don't make good guides, you won't grow very much.
Using Guides To Grow Your YouTube/Twitch Channels
So this is very similar to the way in which you earn real money.
Put simply, you ask people.
I don't want to repeat the same information twice, but everything from the 'Asking For Donations' title and below in the 'Earning Real Money' chapter applies for growing your YouTube/Twitch channels.
So if you haven't checked that out and have just skipped to this chapter, it's definitely worth doing so if you're looking to grow your Clash of Streamers YouTube or Twitch channel.
Adding A Video To The Side Panel
Now, you may have noticed that the side panel allows you to plug a video or livestream for all of your readers:
Now, if you're linking a video, I'd recommend linking one on the same topic as the guide.
This will make it an easy substitute for people who don't want to read a guide, but would like to watch a video on the topic, instead.
Now, this is pretty important because videos are generally preferred over reading. Put simply, it's easier to watch something because it provides instant gratification and requires less effort. Videos are also more time efficient, too.
So, having a relevant video will increase the amount of views that video gets, and if it's a good video, people will become interested and check out your YouTube channel.
Now, don't worry, you haven't wasted all of your time making a guide despite the fact that people prefer videos.
Your guide should be more in-depth than your video, so it will offer unique and useful information that your video doesn't offer.
This way you give your chance for your reader to check out both your guide and your video.
Whilst we're on the topic, I'd recommend analysing your guide's performance, and if your guide starts to become successful, you should definitely consider making a video on that topic too, and plugging it into your guide's side panel.
This way you know that there's an audience for the topic you wrote about, and you're guaranteed to pick up some traction on your video and YouTube channel.
But wait, what about if I'm a Twitch Streamer or otherwise?
For Twitch streamers, you can still embed your Twitch Stream into the side panel, just be sure to connect your Twitch account in the 'Connections' located in your 'Account Settings', then press 'Display publicly', and then press 'Save':
Of course, the more Clash of Streamers you play on your Stream, the better the conversion rate will be when trying to gain viewers and followers from your guides, as they'll see you're playing Clash of Streamers whilst reading your guide.
Also, if you've got a really odd guide that you wouldn't make a video for (like this one for example, a guide to making guides on clashofstreamers.tv), whilst you can't link a super relevant video, it still helps to link a video.
I'd recommend linking either your YouTube channel trailer, a general video, or an entertaining one.
As you can see, I've gone for the general approach by linking my video that explains what Clash of Streamers is about.
It's one of my earlier ones so don't judge me.
Are you judging me?
Updating Your Bio
Much like Tinder, clashofstreamers.tv also allows you to have a bio (located in Account Settings -> Details):
Now if you're a content creator, you'll want to tell people that you make Clash of Streamers content, and put your YouTube and/or Twitch links in there.
That way, when people click on your username (from your guide, the guide list, the homepage, etc), they'll see your a content creator and it gives them a chance to check you out.
The more popular you become on this site, the more people you'll have visiting your page and checking out your content.
Posting Your Videos In Game
You can have your videos posted in game.
Each building has its own videos tab.
Simply go to any building and press the '?' icon, and you'll see a list of videos (make sure the videos tab is selected in the bottom right corner):
Now, this is where you see videos for a specific building, however, it's not where you post your videos to get them uploaded here.
Instead, to get your videos uploaded here, join the official Clash of Streamers Discord server and drop your video URL in a #videoguides channel.
As for which one, just choose whichever language you speak. I speak English so I'd post my video URL in #videoguides-eng
I'd also recommend saying what building the guide should be displayed in, too, as this will help the admins out when they review your video.
Then, simply wait for the server admins to approve it, and if it's approved your video will appear in game and you can gain thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, of even MILLIONS OF VIEWS if your video is well received and gets upvoted by the most popular community members.
Upvotes and Comments
Upvotes and comments have a considerable effect on how well your guides do.
Visitors can see them next to your guide when browsing through the list:
Most people will look at how many upvotes and comments a guide has received, and that will have a good influence on whether they click on your guide or not.
Let me say that again.
Upvotes and comments effect the amount of people that will click on your guide.
Which will directly effect:
1. How many people click on your guide, which will further effect how many upvotes/comments it gets, etc.
2. How high in the search results your guide shows up on Google, as page views are a factor they consider.
3. How much money your guide makes.
4. How much growth you get on your YouTube/Twitch channels.
Also, I should mention that if you get enough upvotes, your guide will even be displayed on the front page of clashofstreamers.tv:
Or if it doesn't make the front page, you'll still have a chance to stand out when visitors sort the guides by 'Top' in a specific category (which puts the highest upvoted guides at the top):
So, it's obvious that we need to increase the amount of upvotes and comments your guide gets.
1. Making A Good Guide
Nothing will earn you more upvotes and comments compared to making a good guide that contains lots of useful information and helps people.
If you make a really good guide, then it will get upvotes and comments naturally.
But there's a way to increase them even more...
For upvotes, you can ask people to upvote the guide directly within the guide, similar to how you'd ask people for donations and to check out your YouTube/Twitch.
If you're a content creator, you can go a step further and ask people in your videos and livestreams to check out your guide and upvote if they found it useful.
For comments, you can prompt people to comment by asking them to leave any questions they have or their thoughts below.
You should reply to every single comment.
When you reply to their comment, be it a question, criticism, or appreciation for your guide, your guide will receive 2 comments.
1 for their original comment, and 1 for your reply.
Remember, comments and upvotes show up in the browse guide page, as well as the front page.
The more you get, the more people will click on your guide, and the more successful it will be.
If you're a sell-out like me, you can offer people free Gems, Crypton, or cryptocurrency by asking them to upvote and comment on your guide.
Simply ask them to upvote the guide and write a comment containing either their Clash of Streamers username or their Ethereum address.
Be sure to post the date that you'll be drawing a winner, so that people know they still have time to enter. And be sure to delete the competition text once you've drawn a winner, so that people aren't baited into entering past the competition date thinking they still have a chance to enter.
Or alternatively, you could edit the text and do the competition again with a different draw date.
This sort of stuff works best at the top of your guide, as you'll maximise the amount of people who enter, because regardless of how amazing your guide is, not everyone will make it to the end.
Take poor Suzy for instance, a girl who was reading your guide before her university lecture, then got hit by a truck on her way home.
Rest in peace Suzy. You will be missed.
In all seriousness though, this is a pretty effective strategy to farm upvotes and comments, and whilst you're investing a bit of money, it can pay serious dividends when done in your most successful guides.
You only first publish once.
Whilst you can edit and republish guides, you can only publish a guide for the first time once.
Why is the publishing a guide for the first time important?
Great question, I'm glad you asked.
When you publish a guide for the first time, it will show up in the 'New Guides' section on the homepage of clashofstreamers.tv
This section is very important, because it is responsible for hundreds if not thousands of people discovering your guide.
Therefore, you'll need to choose the most active time that you first publish your guide to get as many people as possible to discover it.
How do we do this?
Well we could use some guess work and say that the most active time on clashofstreamers.tv is when people get home from work.
But the problem with this approach is that people live all across the world in different time zones.
So instead, we use our good friend SimilarWeb to determine what the most active time is on clashofstreamers.tv
Once again, I'm writing this when the site hasn't taken off yet, so I'll have to use another website as an example, lets try the League of Legends guide website, mobafire.com
1. We simply enter the site in the search bar at the top.
2. Scroll down to where it shows the top 5 traffic by countries.
We can now see which top 5 countries make up the most traffic.
We can see that people from the USA visit the most, with 13.87% of visitors being American.
Lets pretend that this data is for clashofstreamers.tv
Whilst we can't be 100% sure (because the free version only shows you the top 5 countries), it seems like we should post our guide when people are most active on the internet in the USA.
For most countries, this will be between 9pm to 11pm on a weekday, as this is when the internet is busiest around the world, according to Cisco.
Now America itself has multiple time zones, but a simple google search tells us that the most popular time zone in America is the Eastern Time Zone.
Then we simply publish our guide for the first time during 9-11pm Eastern Time.
Viola, we've found the best time to first publish our guide.
Now it will get the most possible views in the 'New Guides' section on the homepage.
When clashofstreamers.tv gets more traffic, you'll be able to check it for yourself and see when the best time to post is. It's best to check it every so often as these stats can always change.
Now I should add one final note.
We shouldn't always choose to first publish our guide around the most popular country.
Lets say the top 5 countries were as follows:
1. USA - 15%
2. UK - 12%
3. Germany - 9%
4. China - 7%
5. France - 6%
Here, although the USA makes up the most amount of traffic, it seems more likely that Europe makes up makes up more traffic than America (and North America) overall, so it would make sense to optimise the time you first publish your guide for Europe, despite most visitors coming from America.
Always put your thinking caps on and try to come to the best possible conclusion.
Getting Your Guide Shown In Game
Yes, you can actually get your guide displayed IN GAME.
It's a pretty nuts way to gain a bunch of new viewers.
All you have to do it just post your guide, and boom, it will show up in the relevant building's Wiki page.
You can access each building's wiki page by clicking the small yellow '?' icon in each building, and then switching the tab to the 'Wiki' tab if it isn't already.
I'd recommend that you double check to see if your guide is showing up here after you publish it.
If it isn't, then as mentioned in the text formatting section, this could be because it contains swear words or images which are deemed inappropriate.
I'd highly recommend removing anything that could be preventing your guide from showing up in your Wiki and then republishing your guide.
Another way to increase the amount of traffic in your guide is to promote your guides on social media such as Reddit, Discord, and Facebook.
If you're a content creator you can actually do this for your YouTube videos (and Twitch channel) too, I just didn't mention it in the YouTube/Twitch Growth section as it's not really related to using your guide to grow these platforms, which is the focus of this guide.
To maximise the amount of views (and therefore upvotes, money, and YouTube/Twitch growth) you get for your guides, you should use all 3 of these social media platforms to promote your guides.
When the game goes live, make a spreadsheet of all the different subreddits that you can post on.
At the time of writing this guide, the most relevant subreddits are:
reddit.com/r/clashofstreamers - For anything CoS related
reddit.com/r/AtheneLive/ - For anything Athene related
reddit.com/r/PRPS/ - For anything PRPS/DUBI related
However, more are bound to pop up as the game grows in popularity, so just keep checking in every few months.
Then, whenever you complete a guide, simply go through the spreadsheet and post it on each of the related subreddits.
Be sure to check each subreddit's rules, however, as some may not allow you to post guides on there.
Alternatively, if you want to be one step ahead of everyone else, you can make your own Clash of Streamers themed subreddit.
The better your subreddit's niche or topic is (by being informative, useful, or entertaining), the more people will join.
Then you can easily promote your own content and allows others to do the same.
Discord is another great platform you can use to promote your guides.
Simply join a bunch of Clash of Streamers related Discords that allow you to post your guides on there, and like the reddit method, each time you complete a guide, post it on all of the Discord servers.
Now you might be wondering how to find the Discord servers.
We use our good friend Disboard, a search engine for Discord servers.
Once again, there's not a lot of Clash of Streamers Discord servers yet as the game isn't out, so I'll use Clash Royale as an example.
We simply type in Clash Royale at the top, and viola, it lists a bunch of Clash Royale Discord servers:
Then, you'd simply join all of these servers and look to see if they have sections where they allow you to promote your guides (and even your YouTube videos/Twitch streams).
Similarly, to the reddit approach, you can go the extra step to make and grow your own Clash of Streamers Discord server.
This works particularly well if you're a content creator because you can just advertise it in your YouTube videos and Twitch livestream and get people to join.
If you're going to make your own Discord server, then it would help if you advertised it on Disboard, as well as some other Discord server listing websites such as:
Be sure to also tag your Discord servers with tags such as 'Clash of Streamers', 'ClashofStreamers', and any other tags that are relevant to your server.
Now you won't get too many people from these listing sites, but sign up to them and put your server on there, and then over time people will slowly trickle in and stay if you've got a good server.
Now, just like you do with Reddit and Discord, you can use Facebook to help you reach more people with your guides.
Well you've probably already guessed, join Clash of Streamers Facebook groups and if the group allows it, post your guide (or YouTube/Twitch).
And like I recommended with Reddit and Discord, you can also make your own Clash of Streamers groups, too.
Increasing Your Reputation
Reputation on clashofstreamers.tv goes a long way.
Having a high ranking star next to your guide means that more people will be interested in your guide, because you'll have established some sort of authority and reputation on the site, marked by the star next to your name:
Currently mine's a low ranking star, but here are the different tiers:
Now, there are two ways to increase your reputation, and get those higher stars to show up next to your guides:
1. Write guides which offer a lot of value to people.
The misconception is that you have to write a lot of guides, and whilst there is a correlation between the amount of guides you write and your reputation, you could in theory write 1 absolutely amazing and mind blowing guide and be the most reputable member on the site.
Now, how would we write mind blowing guides like these? This takes us back to the second and most important chapter of this guide: offering value to people, or in other words, giving them useful information.
The more useful information you give them, the better your guide will be, and therefore, the more upvotes you'll receive, which is one of the things that increases your reputation score.
Of course, having 10 mind-blowing guides is even better than having one, but first you'll want to prioritise quality.
2. Pay-2-Win Method
So, not only is your reputation increased by receiving upvotes, but you'll also receive reputation for donating to other guide maker's via the tip function on clashofstreamers.tv. Reminder shown below ;)
You could in theory just donate a lot of money to other guide makers and viola, you've bought yourself the highest reputation on the site.
Becoming An Officially Endorsed Writer For clashofstreamers.tv
Whilst that sounds like a pretty executive title, what exactly is an 'officially endorsed writer'?
clashofstreamers.tv has other sections like the 'News' section for example.
Part of the reason why I write news in this section is because I know it will help my guides and my YouTube channel (I have a YouTube channel btw so if you have made it all this way without checking it out then you better check it out or I'll eat you in your sleep).
As I was saying, writing 'News' for example will either:
a) Lead people to clicking your username which will then lead them to your guides:
From here your guide will get more views, upvotes, donations, and social media growth.
b) Lead them to your YouTube/Twitch directly.
Why is this?
Well, because you're an officially endorsed writer for the site, people will be curious about what content your putting out, and they'll trust your guides more too, not only because they're familiar with you, but because you've been officially selected to be a writer for the site, which gives you a higher level of status over most people.
Now, as I mentioned, you would need to be 'selected' to become an official writer for the site. Currently there's just the News section, but I know for a fact that there will be more sections coming in the future, where you'll be able to help out and get some promotion in return.
Now you can see why I started writing news myself ;)
How do I become an officially endorsed writer for clashofstreamers.tv?
Well, they'll want people that they know they can trust, as you'll not only be responsible for writing for certain areas of the website, but you'll also be representing the overall vibe and reputation for the website.
I'd recommend writing a bunch of guides on the site first, so that you can demonstrate you're somewhat knowledgeable about Clash of Streamers.
I'd also say that the more high quality guides you've written, and the better your reputation, the more likely they are to say yes (if there's spots available).
Once you're in a position similar to the above, or if you just want to take a shot in the dark, shoot them an e-mail and ask if they have any positions available to write news, or to help with any other sections of their website.
Their e-mail is: [email protected]
Holy moly. If you made it to this section then give yourself a pat on the back.
If you're willing to take this much time to understand what makes a good guide, then there's no doubt that you'll be able to put in the work to become a successful guide writer.
Now complete your training, and FULFIL YOUR DESTINY.
I couldn't resist.
I could say I'm sorry but I've already said that and continued to drop Star Wars memage everywhere.
I'm not sorry.
Regardless, for our final section I'll be dropping some dope tips for you guys that I thought was best saved until the end.
Reviewing Your Guide
So it's safe to say that I've spent well over 60 hours on this guide by now.
Imagine the pain I would have had to go through to re-read this thing.
It's literally over 13,000 words and I've got to read my cringy jokes over and over again.
However, the reason I did so was because I understand the importance of reviewing your guide.
When you re-read something, you realise things that you've missed, sentences that don't make sense, and just generally improve the quality of the guide.
My reasoning for this is because when you're writing a guide, your brain has to use more energy to come up with what to say, but it's easier to re-read something, so your brain is more adept at picking up on improvements and errors.
Always re-read your guide.
Updating Your Guide
Now, the unfortunate reality is that things in Clash of Streamers will change, and your guide will become outdated or incorrect because of it.
If you stop keeping your guide up to date, your guide will get less views, fall in SEO ranking, and you will receive less money/growth, etc.
The generic advice I could give you which you probably already know would be to 'keep your guide up to date' blah blah.
But the better advice that I'm going to give you will save you a lot of work in the long run, but it will cost you a bit of money.
I'd recommend this method to people who (like me) have a lot of guides, and have very in-depth guides, which would take up a lot of time to update.
This approach is quite simple.
Have someone else do it for you.
In fact, you won't even have to give them access to your clashofstreamers.tv account.
So, how exactly do we go about doing this?
Well, you can hire freelancers in countries which have a lower minimum wage than most countries in the west, and get labour for super cheap.
Think countries like: China, India, Pakistan, Russia, etc.
Sites like Freelancer and UpWork will allow you to hire admin assistants for literally as low as $3/hr.
The first step is to post an ad explaining that you want someone to learn the ins and outs of a mobile game, and update your guides when things in the game change.
Once you've found someone, the next step is to pay them initially to get a grasp for the game, and to read over your existing guides that you've written, so they know what's in there.
Then, simply send them all the guides that you've written and tell them to save them on Microsoft Word or a Google Doc, and whenever a guide need updating (they should be monitoring any game changes), they update it and make a note of what they've updated.
Of course, there is some trust involved that they're actually reading what you're sending over and trying to figure out the game, which is why you should go for reputable freelancers who have already established a reputation on the site.
This usually shows up next to their name (either in amount earned, how many projects they've worked on, and their rating/reviews):
The final step is that you simply skim over their changes and overwrite your existing guide with the updated one.
Oh, and you should always make a backup of all of your guides, that way if anything goes wrong, you've still got the backup.
So yeah, that's it. This method does require you to pay, but it will save you hundreds or even thousands of hours in the long run, especially if you've got lots of in-depth guides.
The reality is that...
Becoming successful at anything in life is usually hard.
For a lot of people, this is going to require a tonne of effort, and enduring failure.
This might mean you spend 50 hours on a guide only to have it flop.
Trust me, I've been there. When I was making my old YouTube videos I literally spent 150+ hours on a video only to have it get 100 views.
But if you want to be successful, then giving up is not an option.
Analysis and Improvement
Whilst you shouldn't give up, you shouldn't continue trying blindly.
This is where you need to analyse why your guide wasn't successful and figure out how to improve.
The great thing about clashofstreamers.tv is that it has a spot where you can evaluate your guide's performance.
Simply go to 'My Guides':
I've asked the developers of the site to add a 'Views' section, so that you can measure the amount of upvotes, comments, and tips you receive relative to the amount of people that visit your page.
After you publish a guide, you should always look at how it performs.
When a guide doesn't perform as well as you wanted it to, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Why do I think the guide I made offered SIGNIFICANT value to people?
If you don't think you have, then it's imperative that you focus on that.
You should also be careful of thinking that you've offered value to people when you actually haven't.
If you give someone a method that makes someone 10,000 Crypton an hour, then you might think that you're offering them value. But if that method has already been shared a bunch of times, then the reality is that you're not offering them value anymore.
Once the information is already out there, then you would just be regurgitating what is already known.
Truly offering value to people when making a guide on this site is to give them useful information that they didn't already know.
2. What efforts have I made to promote the guide?
If you find that you haven't done absolutely everything you possibly can to promote the guide, then come back to the 'Guide Promotion Strategies' section on this guide.
In fact, I'd recommend doing all of the methods.
If you've done all of the methods and your guide is unsuccessful then it very likely means that your guide isn't offering people enough value.
However, it's also important to distinguish between an 'unsuccessful guide' and a 'guide that is not as successful as other guides'.
Some guides will naturally offer less value than others:
e.g. a guide for how to make money on the Blockchain compared to a guide that teaches you tips about Match-3.
Without any question of a doubt, people will be more interested in making real money compared to learning how to play match-3.
3. How can I improve:
a) My guide details
b) My hook
c) My SEO
d) The formatting of my guide (Text/Images).
e) Getting people to donate to me
f) Getting people to check out my YouTube/Twitch
After you've answered the 2 questions above (offering value and promoting your guides), it's now time to consider other factors.
I've intentionally listed these 'other factors' in order of importance.
Guide Details contains the title, which is one of the main deciding factors for whether or not someone clicks on your guide.
Where as whilst donations and social growth are important, first the quality of the guide should be worked on with the above factors before considering these factors.
Ask yourself how you can improve each of these areas.
Congratulations, you've almost made it to the end of the guide.
Here's your medal:
So lets quickly recap, as that was quite a journey you went on.
- Offering Value - This is the single most important factor and will most decide whether your guide is successful or not. The more useful information that you give people that they don't know, the more value you're offering them.
- Choosing A Topic - If you want to increase your chances of making a successful guide, then choosing a popular topic always helps.
- Guide Details - Your title is damn important as it's the main factor that decides whether people click on your guide or not. Make it relevant, SEO optimised, and interesting. Also optimise all the other Guide Details sections.
- The Hook - Once they click on your guide, you'll need to keep them interested. This is one of the main factors that determines whether they'll continue reading or not. Tell them what they stand to gain from reading your guide and why it's important. Use evidence where possible.
- Text Formatting - Take all the necessary steps (ordering your chapters, internal links, SEO, 1-3 lines of text, writing style, spelling and grammar) to make sure your guide is properly formatted. It'll keep people reading for longer.
- Images/Video - Images and videos help explain information to your users, as most people are visual learners. It also keeps things entertaining. Use them!
- Search Engine Optimisation - Don't put that hard work to waste, instead, optimise your guide to rank higher on Google via the use of keywords, featured snippets, using your core keyword in your guide, and by discussing relevant and related topics.
- Earning Real Money - Set up your Ethereum address and donation links, and incorporate the strategies I mentioned in this chapter in order to maximise the amount of real money you make.
- YouTube/Twitch Growth - Set up your social media pages so that users can click them whilst on your guide. The strategies that I mentioned in the 'Earning Real Money' chapter also directly apply to helping you grow your YouTube/Twitch.
- Guide Promotion Strategies - Promoting your guide is also a factor that determines how successful it is. Publish your guide at the most optimal time, encourage people to upvote/comment, and use Reddit, Discord, and Facebook to maximise how many people see your guide.
- Other Tips - I'll be adding more tips in this section as they come to me, so be sure to check back in.
To be honest, I'll be updating this entire guide as time goes on, so be sure to check back in.
One last thing...
*Emperor Palpatine voice*
In order to complete your training and fully pledge yourself to the dark side of the force...
Check out my YouTube channel. I make Clash of Streamers guides, news, documentaries, and other fun videos. Lots of cringe jokes guaranteed.
Also, if you found this guide useful, don't forget to upvote as it helps me out tremendously. And if you have any questions or feedback, drop them in a comment below this guide. I respond to all of them.
Now seriously, what kind of guide writer would I be if I didn't take my own advice? ;)
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