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Grinning Skull’s Link Quest Web Challenge, would you take up the quest?

7 Nov

Well, hello there you lot! I’m back again once more, letting you know about my latest brainfart idea that hopefully will prove entertaining (to say the least!)

I’ll explain in the best way I can, as with all my other ideas, I’m going to throw it out there and see what traction it ends up having, but that will depend entirely on you, my dear audience!

You will remember me telling you that I have been very, very busy, and I can’t emphasise enough that all the time I have available, is not enough to achieve the myriad of tasks I need to do to operate this fledgling operation of mine at a higher frequency. Of course, all the stuff I try and create each month takes time and effort, and doesn’t leave much time for getting the word out there about what I’m up to and what’s been released and such.

I do try to push myself to get the word spread as much as possible, but since I have a lot of hats to wear in this, promoting all things Grinning Skull can fall short when I’m busy creating content, organising schedules, and loads of other mind-numbing tasks needed to keep moving forward. Add to this, since switching my domain here on this site to a dedicated domain (www.thegrinningskull.com) it has literally altered stuff in the search engines, and traffic patterns have changed. A bad thing for getting the word out, as it seems as a lot of the long hours I first put into establishing backlinks and other web type stuff needed to make my voice heard in the many billions of pages in the sea of data on the web, has been unravelled since switching to the new domain.

Indeed, I’m not saying that this will always be the case, I understand that given more time and more effort, it’ll even out once more, but it’ll take time, and more effort, a commodity that I find myself short of right now.

So, I’m implementing a way to help get Grinning Skull get a boost, a way that you could help out, and be rewarded for your efforts too.

It’s called the “Grinning Skull Link Quest Web Challenge”

So then, what the fook am I talking about? Well, I’m looking for some individuals out there to take part in a regular competition to help get the info out there, people willing to take the challenge of posting Grinning Skull related links to the web, to the people that might not have heard or seen what it is we do. I’m not talking about spamming to unrelated sites and so on, just places it’s going to benefit both us and those who would find our content useful.

I’m not a big forum or social media dweller, but I do realise that in this day and age, the importance of this for building a brand and following. Things such as this tend to zap the spare time I have, which I could be used to create more content and push forward on my various plans.

So, I’m looking for a group of willing volunteers to take part in the challenge, to post valid links and backlinks of all things Grinning Skull, and earn themselves the chance to get free stuff as being crowned monthly link quest champion.

Of course, it’s only going to work if I can get a few of you involved, and I also understand that it may all come to naught (If my experience of competition type things is anything to go by, can be an excercise akin to “Pissing in the Wind”!)

So, if you think you’d like to take part, email me via the contact form and let me know. If enough of you get involved we can get the ball rolling and get things started. I’ll keep you informed with the progress as it transpires, and as ever, I’m interested in your thoughts and comments about this, as well as any other Grinning Skull type info!!

Grim.

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Grinning Skull’s $10 Advertising Offer!!

4 Sep

Hello everyone, I hope you are all feeling great today and life is treating you well.
I’m here to let you know about our new hobby advertising initiative here
at Grinning Skull Studios, that is for any advertiser in the RPG/Wargaming/gaming field.

We are happy to offer a full page colour advertisment in our PDF releases for $10
per month (Our usual RRP: $30) limited to the first 10 advertisers who apply. We release at least 6 new titles monthly, and for jut $10 per month, your full page ad will be included in every title for the month.

Considered advert genres include:

  • All RPG media & companies,
  • All Wargaming media, companies, miniatures & equipment/supplies,
  • Video games,
  • All LARP media & promotion,
  • Horror media, film & fiction,
  • Fantasy media, film & fiction,
  • Sci-fi media, film & fiction,
  • Genre Websites,
  • Comics media,
  • Crafts & handmade items,
  • Anything that fits into our niche (please contact me for details)

All our customers are Wargamers & Rpgers, so you can garauntee that your ads will get FULL VISIBILITY from our targetted niche market. $10 wont get you much more than a small meal and a coffee these days, so get in touch with me if you’d like to
discuss more about this deal! (contact me via the page in the menu!)

Brainfarts: Selling adverts in RPG Ebooks: Can it work? Can you make it viable?

2 Jun

So, more thinking out loud here, I’m going to talk about something that is virtually non existent in RPG ebook media as far as I am aware, which could either be a real pain for me, or a real bonus.

To recap, while before I could advertise my own projects, material and goods etc on the WP blog platform, if I got caught advertising any other persons stuff without monetisation, I’d have been shut down, never to return. This restriction did not apply to my ebooks, in which I can publish whatever the fuck I like (with restrictions on dodgy material and such) however many pages I want, there is freedom to advertise anything.

Now the advertising word is my oyster, so to speak.

Sure, a couple of people moaned about me adding adverts at the back for my products, but the rest have said nothing. Whether it’s a sign of apathy, or that no one cares that I’m sticking the ads in at the end, listening to the vocal few is always a bad thing, so I’ll plump for the apathy angle instead.

Hear this idea out, then you can discuss, comment and chip in with your own thoughts.

These ads cost me nothing to put in, so why not make some cash by letting others do the same? So, before the nay sayer’s chip in and yap about it’s not worth it to advertise in my PDFs, why then, did plenty of real hobby advertisers opt to advertise in last years Grinning Skull Compendium 2016 if it’s no good to do so? Even so it was offered by me to do it for free, if there were no value to advertisers, then why bother? That is because, it is a good idea.

You might think that even so my releases don’t sell into the thousands usually, you forget that these adverts are classed as being in the niche subject of direct targeted adverts. With that the value goes up, the chance of response also goes up and job is done.

Since the idea was taken up with the compendium, why not take this forward and try again, only this time lets try and get it to pay. A full A5 sized page ad (half A4 page size) could be expensive to pay for, but as I am not a huge name publisher, I’m willing to keep the price low. Also I’d be inclined to offer the ad in each new small PDF release until 2018 as incentive to advertisers. Maybe selling myself short? but, as they cost me nothing to include, then I think this adds extra value to tempt niche advertisers to part with their cash. How much? $20 seems reasonable to me for almost seven months worth of promotion in a niche hobby publication.

Now while many advertisers were happy to take the free offer, how many would be willing to pay for the privilage? $20 is hardly anything for a whole 7 months worth of ads (and beyond if you consider that the PDFs will contain the ads whilst in that edition) I’d limit it, to the first 20 advertisers to take up such offer, and negotiate any others after that (space providing, and smaller ad, maybe $15 for a quarter page for same amount of time) I’d draft a template letter, containing the details, then isolate 100 potential niche hobby companies and potential advertisers, and send the offer. This would then be easy to log the results, maximise the potential of filling the schedule and net a possible $400+. Noice!

Can it be done? Will anyone be brave enough to be included and pathe the way for my grand future plan? (not telling just yet) Who can tell?

The reason for this transparency, is that I want to show those of you out there, that indeed there are other ways around situations like this, and to prove or fail in the attempt. Sure, I could do this in secret, try it myself and not publish how it worked or didn’t, but since this is an experiment, I wanted to share what happens in case you are in a similar situation and would like to do the same. I’m nice like that, you know, and want you all to know that I care about you all so much! Apart from that man at the back picking his nose, I don’t like him!!

So, what are your thoughts? Good idea? Bad idea? Is there any validity? Are there any small publishers like myself who have an opinion on this?

As ever, comment, share, and get a conversation going. I’d love to hear your opinions!

Let me know what you think, would you like me to try it? Would you try it?

Skulltaliser Update: WE DID IT!

26 May

Well, we’ve done it, funds raised and ready to go! I knew we’d do it before the month’s end.

Next, it’ll be monetisation time, an upgrade of the site. Please accept my thanks for all the encouragement and views for going along with my brainfarts, for once it’s given me some focus to get something done that I’d been wanting to do for a long time!

You’ll be seeing some big changes here over the next couple of months, so I hope you’ll go on this journey with me as I grow the site!!

Thanks!!!

The Skulltaliser (Otherwise known as, The WordPress Monetisation Rant!)

1 May

So, where to begin…ages ago, as the old memory serves that is, blundering head first into trying to monetise my blog here, I ended up hitting a snag, old readers will remember the Semalt debarkle, and as a result of that rant, I ended up dropping myself in the shit and getting this blog shut down. Reason being, that I had advertisments and affiliate links on site, for which, since I am a cheapskate and pay fuck all for the running of this site, was told unless I payed the yearly rate of $99, I would be breaking the TOCs.

Fair enough, since I make a big fat zero from here, was fair enough, but it did put me off even trying to step up efforts to improve the blog for the future. Sure, I can advertise my own projects and services here without fear of getting shut down, but it restricts me from helping out friends that need a hand driving extra traffic to their sites (as I cant advertise them, not even for free) and makes me cautious about putting things on here, in case I get banned again by my own stupidity or mistake. This knock on effect, makes me stop before I act, and has stopped me from posting a lot of interesting and humorous articles (well, I think they’d be, I should say crass and offensive)

Never the less, back in January, I promised myself  that I’d pay the $99 yearly fee and level the site up, and at least then I can experiment with any aspect of what goes on here. Trouble is, every time I get any spare cash that ideally would be used for this purpose, it gets eaten away on life stuff, which given my in built practicality, tends to over ride everything.

So, the frustration comes from the fact that if they would let me make some cash so I could pay for the running of the site, then problem solved. But, I can’t, and I’m not risking loosing all the time and energy I have put in here to get it to this stage. Some might think from appearances that it’s fuck all, but while I’m ok at doing this stuff, it has taken me almost 5 years from beginning to now, and at least to me, I’m reasonably proud of how it is now.

I mean, for me at least that is, having a free WP blog, restricts even embedding simple html and site add ons (done for this reason no doubt) so you have to pay the $99 and then they are happy. OK, I’m not against them making money, that’s business, but it’s a cost that I simply has been constantly taken away each time I near it. That is almost like the dream you have about running down the corridor as its end gets further away.

So, I hit upon an idea. For ages, I’ve known about Fiverr, a site that allows you to sell your services beginning at $5 and earn some cash, but never really had the inclination to commit to accepting tons of work it might entail to make it worth the while. I have enough to do, I don’t want to over commit to new stuff unless it is worth doing. Finally, i cracked and thought that, if I got $5 min per gig (thats what they call a job/task there) I would only need to do it 20 times to raise the $99 (well, it’s more if you count they take 20% off you) but the theory is workable.

Only thing is, I have to be careful about the way I promote myself, as if it clashes with the WP TOCs, I’m up shit creek, even though the cash would be used to pay them, i’m forbidden from using the blog to make cash. there’s a fine line I have to walk, and that is more frustration.

I have now hatched a plan, to get this blockage cleared away. The Skulltaliser.

The Skulltaliser is going to be very much in the vein of the old Blue Peter Totaliser from back in the day, a visual reference to a fund raising goal, and over the next few days, it’ll be unveiled. I’ll be putting it proudly at the top of the button menu and updating it as the funds get raised. Knowing my luck,  it’ll be a fail, but I’m British and we are raised to be the underdog, I’ll make it succeed (hopefully)

You’ll see to the side of the page, there’s a shiny new web button advertising my Fiverr services, so please click it and take a look, or click here https://www.fiverr.com/willgrundy to check out what I’m offering, and please share if you know of anyone who may be interested in the gigs I’m offering. I may add new gigs if I can integrate them easily to my overall plans, and sorry to say, in order to get the $99, I’ll be pushing this campaign where ever possible.

Also, I’d ask that if you have ever been entertained, or found some use for this website at any time, please even consider donating via paypal to this cause. Anyone who donates this way, will be included in a scroll of honour under the Skulltaliser and given a shout out and eternal thanks for helping the cause. I can’t embed a paypal donate button (html wont embed for some reason) but if you can help, my paypal address is grun577 (at) aol.com.

I do feel a bit of a scab, doing this, but once the first $99 is done and paid, I have a full year to make the site work for itself, which without restrictions, should easily be done.

Also, if your a company or business that might be interested in sponsoring me with the funds, I would be happy to proudly advertise and so forth (once I have paid the $99 that is) I’d do that for the year in return for the fees, which is pretty cheap for advertising a niche blog such as this (I think the industry standard is something like $10-$20 dollars for a simple text link, so for a good sized prominent reminder in my header logo and more, would be quite a sound investment (hint hint!) So please contact me if you would be interested in that possibility. If things look bleak, I might resort to cup in hand begging and approach suitable companies, which I hope doesn’t come to that, but I will do what it takes to step up my game, some cash flow would allow more stuff to happen here, like an site overhall wouldn’t go amiss, but that’d take me getting some web person in and sorting it, which also involves cash injection, which is my next point…

I’d add that in the event that funds exceed the $99 goal, then all extra will be put in for additional web services to enhance the site, I’d be up for community suggestions, and may do some polls to ask you lot where you think I should go (if things go that way)

So if your still reading, then please, even if you can’t donate, or afford to hire my fiverr services, you can still help me by sharing this article (and subsequent ones about it) on any platforms you use that could get this done. Use the sharing buttons below this post to share, if you know me on FB, Linkedin, Twitter or whatever, please be my Obi-Wan and help me. I don’t ask for help in achieving my goals usually, but think it’s about time the site was allowed to evolve.

I’ll keep you all informed each step of the way, after all, I’d like to see us as a community, almost family, and going forward, I hope to repay each and everyone of you who have been part of this journey so far, with putting the site in the heart of our community and provide resources, info and help to others who might need it (Am I laying this on too thick? Just tell me, yeah, could be a bit too much…)

Seriously though, please think on what I’ve said in this rant, and I welcome all comments, suggestions, messages and support that you think will help!

I fucking love you people!!

 

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