Why not? Apparently I get enough traffic to make some money with Google Ads. Right. Google Ads. Sorry, but I don't feel like having RMT companies advertising on my blog. Besides the fact I'd feel dirty, with my stance on illicit RMT, that's all I'd need is screenshots of The Nosy Gamer floating around with an ad from a site like IGE on it.
I could try to get benefits from game companies. CCP have officially approved fansites in which CCP gives the operators a paid media account. Not a bad deal for CCP's advertising budget as they get real people writing about their game. But since I'm not an EVE blogger, just one who writes a lot about EVE, I like the freedom to write about other games on this blog whenever I want and how much I want. So no fansite application from me.
One idea that never crossed my mind until I read the ad for CCP's Buddy Program. Basically CCP gives players a link they can use to give someone a 21-day free trial (the standard is 14 days) and then if the new player converts to a paying account, the existing player gets goodies like PLEX. Nothing really earth-shattering as many companies have similar programs. But here's the description that started me thinking...
"Send a buddy a personal invite to try EVE Online with you. Alternatively, post an open invite on your favorite social media."I've seen enough of these links in the comments of news stories about EVE. Yes, even on Forbes some EVE player almost always manages to include a buddy link. So why not on the blog? To tell the truth, I really don't know. For now though, I'll just keep things they way they are.