Tuesday, September 27, 2011

How to Make a Simple Game Site using PHP - Introduction

This is the first post on how to make a simple game site using PHP. Coding in PHP is as simple as coding in html, assuming you are only using a text editor. The only difference is that you name file .php, instead of .html. The tutorial will be based on the creation of my site, TopFiveGames.com, go have a look now, and follow us on Facebook if you like. A few things to get you excited about this tutorial series. First, you will not need to make a SQL database. The database will be made on one text file in php. Only including the names of each games.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Free Games for Your Site

I just stumbled upon this page by Spil Games, Since Spil Games is one of the largest if not the largest arcade publishers, I believe this is a pretty large collection. http://publishers.spilgames.com/?utm_medium=brandedgames_external&utm_campaign=Snoring&utm_source=gameshot.org&utm_content=Branding_Link

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Make Sure Your Website is Up.

Today I'm spending a lot of time using: Down for Everyone or Just Me? Because my server is attempting to be hacked, and needless to say I am concerned (specially, since it is the first day of school for most schools.) Oh, I'm talking about HoodaMath.com. So, what should you be using to make sure your site is up? For starters, Down for Everyone or Just Me?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Using your Facebook Page to feed your Blog posts.

In this article I will show you the steps I took to feed my Facebook page to the blog on my website. Items you will need for this tutorial: 1) Facebook fan page, 2)feedburner account, 3)an html page on your website where you would like to place the feed.)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Arcade Growth in 4 stages of game licensing

Arcade growth can be determined by 4 stages: in-house games distribution, sponsorships, site-locks, and exclusively hosted. Read my guest post on Emanuele Feranato's Blog @ http://www.emanueleferonato.com/2011/08/10/4-steps-to-turn-your-flash-arcade-site-into-a-two-million-visitorsmonth-portal/

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Coffee Shop Etiquette

If you work at a Coffee Shop. Here is an article from Mashable that gives you some handy tips. <!--more-->Odds are you already follow most of the rules. But as long as you learn one new thing, it is worth the read.

We probably should make a bitly for this link and leave it around Coffee Shops for the occasional coffee shop user that likes to Hog Bandwidth by watching or downloading videos.

<a href="http://mashable.com/2011/07/13/coffee-shop-etiquette/">http://mashable.com/2011/07/13/coffee-shop-etiquette/</a>

I learned that I should probably bus my dishes quicker and not leave it until a barista picks it up. How Rude!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Comment Spam, What is it and How can it help SEO?

I'm not actually sure of the official term, but I call it comment spam and I like to do it whenever I am bored of regular work. It is easy to do while talking to someone or listening to music. There are 2 key things you accomplish with comment spam: Informing a web maven about your site and hopefully improving seo through anchor text.
Comment spam is done by searching blogs for relevant content and then commenting with an anchor text link back to your site. I prefer to pre-write my comment and just copy and paste it on each blog I find. My anchor text is "math games" for hoodamath, and I think this is one of many ways you can go after seo, whether blogs are follow or no-follow.
At the very least you have informed one more person about your site, and that person/blogger is more important than someone via email spam, because they are a maven of their subject spreading news about math or education in my case, and with a little luck they will mention my site in their blog or at least approve my comment. Good Luck and let us know how it goes for you.

Friday, June 24, 2011

3 Sites Arcade Owners Should Know About

I find myself often recommending several sites to new Arcade Owners. So I'm going to list 3 of them here:

1st - <a title="Talk Arcades" href="http://talkarcades.com" target="_blank">Talk Arcades</a> - This site has a number of different forums on most of the important arcade owner topics, including help on different arcade software. Also they now have a game feed that I easily implemented.<!--more-->

2nd - <a title="Flash Game License" href="http://flashgamelicense.com" target="_blank">Flash Game License</a> - This is where Arcade Owners go to browse games made by developers, and for lots of free advice visit the chat room and ask for Benny.

3rd - <a title="New Grounds" href="http://newgrounds.com" target="_blank">New Grounds</a> -  A lot of people would say what about Kongregate? Well as far as I can tell New Grounds hasn't gone corporate yet. Though they both serve the same purpose to arcade owners, fresh games and ratings.

Oh and I can't believe I forgot

4th - <a title="Jay is Games" href="http://jayisgames.com" target="_blank">JayisGames</a> - Looking for only quality new games, good enough to be reviewed and an article written about them, then check out this site. Also a great place to look up old games you might have missed.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

redirect 301 in .htaccess file

When I consolidated all of my number eaters games to one file. I still had external links to the old games such as hoodamath.com/games/additioneaters.com <!--more-->But I wanted any user that was looking for addition eaters to be redirect to my newly made number eaters game. I did this by adding a line to my .htaccess file

redirect 301 /games/additioneaters.php http://hoodamath.com/games/numbereaters.php

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Recently I had a discussion with my colleague about his marketing emails. Sometimes people are still receiving their emails as text instead of html. That means if you tagged your link to track in google analytics you end up with a very long URL address. (i.e. http://hoodamath.com/games/?utm_source=dublox&utm_medium=dublox&utm_campaign=dublox) I recommend: http://www.google.com/support/analytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=55578 to build a google analytics tagged link easily. So to hide such as long link, you can easily go to Bit.Ly and take that long URL link (including the tags) and now have a short link like bit.ly/dubloxtagged . This can now be sent in emails that even show up as text. And if the reader is still copying and pasting URLs or just typing them over to the browser, this is to guarantee your tags are still included.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wondering who is linking to your site?

If you don't already know typing "link:" before your sites url on google or yahoo gives you a list of sites linking back to the url of your choice ;).

Friday, February 18, 2011

Make Sure your Link Images show up on Facebook

I'm sure you noticed by now when you post a link on Facebook, sometimes an image shows up and sometimes there isn't one there. And sometimes you have your choice of images to pick from.
As far as game sites go this is essential. If you have people sharing the link to a game page on your site on Facebook, you want to make sure that they are also including an image of the game. <!--more-->
It is easy, just add something like this in the header:

&lt;link rel='image_src' href='<a href="view-source:http://topfivegames.com/images/Pogo_Swing.jpg">http://topfivegames.com/images/Pogo_Swing.jpg</a>' /&gt;

This is something code you put in your  like meta data. You can an example in the source code of this page, below:
<a href="http://topfivegames.com/Pogo_Swing.php">http://topfivegames.com/Pogo_Swing.php</a>

Here is an example of what you want to happen:
<a href="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Screen-shot-2011-02-18-at-4.12.22-PM.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-214" title="Pogo Swing on Facebook" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Screen-shot-2011-02-18-at-4.12.22-PM-300x82.png" alt="" width="300" height="82" /></a>

Here is an example of it not working:

<a href="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Screen-shot-2011-02-18-at-4.14.31-PM.png"><img class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-215" title="Justin Bieber Hair Defense on Lead Pipe Games" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Screen-shot-2011-02-18-at-4.14.31-PM-300x73.png" alt="" width="300" height="73" /></a>

Enjoy and your welcome.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Get rid of comment Spam, Today!

I know it takes a whole 5 minutes and who has 5 minutes, but getting your Akismet API Key and Activating Akismet is well worth your time. I have gotten spam comment after spam comment, even though I have barely updated this blog. So today I did it.
1) Sign-In to your Wordpress.Com account, easy and you should probably already have one.
2) click on this: <a href="https://apikey.wordpress.com/">https://apikey.wordpress.com/</a>
3) copy and paste that key in your Akismet set-up
4) say goodbye to all that frickin' spam.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wondering How to get More Traffic to your Flash Games Arcade?

People often ask, "How do I get more traffic to my site?" Assuming: 1) So far you have made a Flash Games Portal 2) You added games to your portal. <!--more-->Now look at your games on your portal. Notice how almost all of them have a splash screen advertising a big games site. Notice how there is "more games" links, notice how there is "walkthrough" links, notice how there is "high scores" links, do I need to go on?

You have 2 options:

1) Make your own games like <a href="http://bontegames.com" target="_blank">Bart Bonte</a>

2) Sponsor games from Developers, one place is <a href="http://flashgamelicense.com" target="_blank">FGL</a>

You may say, "Sites like OneMoreLevel.com never sponsor games" Or at least that is what I used to think. But I was wrong, look at the bottom of almost any site and you will see something like this:

<a href="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Screen-shot-2011-02-22-at-2.36.34-PM.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-223" title="Games for Your Site" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Screen-shot-2011-02-22-at-2.36.34-PM.png" alt="" width="256" height="76" /></a>

Ok, now look click there and you will see something like OneMoreLevel.com has:

<a href="http://onemorelevel.com/webmasters.php" target="_blank">Games for your site</a>

Oh, look at that, I've heard of "Free Rider" :)