Last night and then again tonight, I spent several hours coding a feature into the site that will allow people to easily refer others to the site. The reason behind such a feature is obvious: I want more people to start referring people.
Why is that the case, though? Well, it's pretty simple: we're having trouble growing beyond our current level. While it's true that our current level isn't shabby, it's not as big as we all deserve. Every time a user submits a review, there are 20 or 30 people that seem to read it within a day or two. Beyond that? It really depends on any number of factors... including how well the review ranks on Google (something that will change for the better if more people start spreading the word about the site, by the way).
I'd like to see us with a much more robust community. Ideally, I'd like to see us with 5 or 10 times the current traffic. What would that mean? It would mean:
* More eyes on every user review, staff review, FAQ, screenshot gallery, video, news story, forum post, blog entry and so forth.
* More people spreading the word about our excellent content... and contributing content of their own to ensure that we have exciting new content in the future. Imagine how much more exciting user contests and RotW topics could become!
* Larger numbers to boast about when contacting potential advertisers, which would result in more revenue and--as a result--more contests and prizes for all of you. It could even mean that freelance and staff contributors would get payment in addition to the games that they already receive.
* More exclusives for the site. We could more easily score excellent interviews with people you care about, copies of more of the latest games (though we're actually doing really good in that department already, as of late) and so forth.
I believe that the site is a high-quality destination for gamers, but that not enough people know about it. A lot of us work hard every day to improve the site, and it's really paying off... but it could do even better. Growing our community is the way to improve several things and I'm committed to doing that without compromising the quality of our content. Now I've made it easy for you to take part and I've provided every incentive I reasonably can. In the weeks ahead, I'll be continuing to try to expand the community and I welcome your input and participation--especially that second thing--along the way.
Thanks for your support through the years that got us to this point. Let's make 2009 the site's breakthrough year!
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|zippdementia - March 04, 2009 (11:01 AM)
Thank you for spending so much time in making this a good place for reviewers to exercise their talents!
|ilovenintendo111 - March 27, 2009 (08:05 PM)
I want to do my best to spread the word! I found this site on Neoseeker when I was looking up FAQ's and Guides. I will now write my own reviews and walkthroughs and the sort and always include this awesome site as a recommendation! I'll do my best! *salute*