A few years ago, a random online game called Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) came up with a clever idea. Rather than waiting for players to connect to a live game, the game would allow players to adventure on their own. Doing various tasks for NPCs (non-playable characters) in the hopes of gaining experience points and eventually slaying monsters to steal their treasure.
With very little effort on your part, you can become a full-time freelancer, able to create your own tasks and adventures for other players to complete. All you need is a mic and a reliable WiFi connection.
Let’s take a closer look shall we?
Step 1: Join The D&D Rewards Program
The very first thing you should do if you want to participate in this scheme is to join the D&D rewards program. This program allows you to unlock special goodies by performing certain tasks for participating publishers. One of the key benefits of this program is the ability to earn additional revenue streams without having to add more games to your playlist. By doing simple tasks like taking a survey or sharing a pitch for a product, you can earn upwards of $500 in a month. More details can be found on their website.
Step 2: Create A Blog/Vlog
The second step is to create a blog or vlog to house your adventures. Ideally, you can get a free Blogger account from Google or WordPress.com. You can also use your own domain name if you don’t want to use a service provider.
The main purpose of your blog is to publish your adventures. Whether you complete a quest or slay a dragon, the important thing is that you get the story out there. The more you put out, the more you will get back.
You can also use your blog to sell and promote various products related to your adventures – from tees and mugs to keychains and smartphone cases. Building a small audience on your blog will also prove to be extremely profitable. Just remember that quality is more important than quantity in this case. Building a following of just a few hundred readers will more than suffice.
Step 3: Find Your Niche
Once you have a blog set up, it’s time to find your niche. Like with any other hobby or pastime, you will find that there are countless ways to monetize your interest in RPGs. You don’t need to rush into business affairs just yet, but it’s important to find your niche and build a following around your interests. Once you have a decent sized audience, you can start reaching out to advertisers and businesses that are aligned with your interests. The options are endless.
For example, let’s say that you are an aspiring writer and you have developed a following around your blog posts. You can use your platform to pitch your articles to various publications. Not only will this provide you with additional revenue streams, but it will also allow you to continue building your brand and following. Whatever your interests are, there is an opportunity to make money online. All you need to do is find your niche, build a following and start pitching.
Above all else, ensure that you are branding yourself properly. Since you are creating content on your own terms, it’s essential that you come up with a brand identity that is recognizable and associated with quality. This means researching the competition, studying the habits of your audience and learning from past mistakes. When you are ready to take your game to the next level, start monetizing your blog.