Upvotes and Comments
Upvotes and comments have a considerable effect on how well your guides do.
Visitors can see them next to your guide when browsing through the list:
Most people will look at how many upvotes and comments a guide has received, and that will have a good influence on whether they click on your guide or not.
Let me say that again.
Upvotes and comments effect the amount of people that will click on your guide.
Which will directly effect:
1. How many people click on your guide, which will further effect how many upvotes/comments it gets, etc.
2. How high in the search results your guide shows up on Google, as page views are a factor they consider.
3. How much money your guide makes.
4. How much growth you get on your YouTube/Twitch channels.
Also, I should mention that if you get enough upvotes, your guide will even be displayed on the front page of clashofstreamers.tv:
Or if it doesn't make the front page, you'll still have a chance to stand out when visitors sort the guides by 'Top' in a specific category (which puts the highest upvoted guides at the top):
So, it's obvious that we need to increase the amount of upvotes and comments your guide gets.
1. Making A Good Guide
Nothing will earn you more upvotes and comments compared to making a good guide that contains lots of useful information and helps people.
If you make a really good guide, then it will get upvotes and comments naturally.
But there's a way to increase them even more...
For upvotes, you can ask people to upvote the guide directly within the guide, similar to how you'd ask people for donations and to check out your YouTube/Twitch.
If you're a content creator, you can go a step further and ask people in your videos and livestreams to check out your guide and upvote if they found it useful.
For comments, you can prompt people to comment by asking them to leave any questions they have or their thoughts below.
You should reply to every single comment.
When you reply to their comment, be it a question, criticism, or appreciation for your guide, your guide will receive 2 comments.
1 for their original comment, and 1 for your reply.
Remember, comments and upvotes show up in the browse guide page, as well as the front page.
The more you get, the more people will click on your guide, and the more successful it will be.
If you're a sell-out like me, you can offer people free , Gems, or cryptocurrency by asking them to upvote and comment on your guide. Crypton
Simply ask them to upvote the guide and write a comment containing either their Clash of Streamers username or their Ethereum address.
Be sure to post the date that you'll be drawing a winner, so that people know they still have time to enter. And be sure to delete the competition text once you've drawn a winner, so that people aren't baited into entering past the competition date thinking they still have a chance to enter.
Or alternatively, you could edit the text and do the competition again with a different draw date.
This sort of stuff works best at the top of your guide, as you'll maximise the amount of people who enter, because regardless of how amazing your guide is, not everyone will make it to the end.
Take poor Suzy for instance, a girl who was reading your guide before her university lecture, then got hit by a truck on her way home.
Rest in peace Suzy. You will be missed.
In all seriousness though, this is a pretty effective strategy to farm upvotes and comments, and whilst you're investing a bit of money, it can pay serious dividends when done in your most successful guides.
You only first publish once.
Whilst you can edit and republish guides, you can only publish a guide for the first time once.
Why is the publishing a guide for the first time important?
Great question, I'm glad you asked.
When you publish a guide for the first time, it will show up in the 'New Guides' section on the homepage of clashofstreamers.tv
This section is very important, because it is responsible for hundreds if not thousands of people discovering your guide.
Therefore, you'll need to choose the most active time that you first publish your guide to get as many people as possible to discover it.
How do we do this?
Well we could use some guess work and say that the most active time on clashofstreamers.tv is when people get home from work.
But the problem with this approach is that people live all across the world in different time zones.
So instead, we use our good friend SimilarWeb
to determine what the most active time is on clashofstreamers.tv
Once again, I'm writing this when the site hasn't taken off yet, so I'll have to use another website as an example, lets try the League of Legends guide website, mobafire.com
1. We simply enter the site in the search bar at the top.
2. Scroll down to where it shows the top 5 traffic by countries.
We can now see which top 5 countries make up the most traffic.
We can see that people from the USA visit the most, with 13.87% of visitors being American.
Lets pretend that this data is for clashofstreamers.tv
Whilst we can't be 100% sure (because the free version only shows you the top 5 countries), it seems like we should post our guide when people are most active on the internet in the USA.
For most countries, this will be between 9pm to 11pm on a weekday, as this is when the internet is busiest around the world, according to Cisco
Now America itself has multiple time zones, but a simple google search tells us that the most popular time zone in America is the Eastern Time Zone.
Then we simply publish our guide for the first time during 9-11pm Eastern Time.
Viola, we've found the best time to first publish our guide.
Now it will get the most possible views in the 'New Guides' section on the homepage.
When clashofstreamers.tv gets more traffic, you'll be able to check it for yourself and see when the best time to post is. It's best to check it every so often as these stats can always change.
Now I should add one final note.
We shouldn't always choose to first publish our guide around the most popular country.
Lets say the top 5 countries were as follows:
1. USA - 15%
2. UK - 12%
3. Germany - 9%
4. China - 7%
5. France - 6%
Here, although the USA makes up the most amount of traffic, it seems more likely that Europe makes up makes up more traffic than America (and North America) overall, so it would make sense to optimise the time you first publish your guide for Europe, despite most visitors coming from America.
Always put your thinking caps on and try to come to the best possible conclusion.
Another way to increase the amount of traffic in your guide is to promote your guides on social media such as Reddit, Discord, and Facebook.
If you're a content creator you can actually do this for your YouTube videos (and Twitch channel) too, I just didn't mention it in the YouTube/Twitch Growth section as it's not really related to using your guide to grow these platforms, which is the focus of this guide.
To maximise the amount of views (and therefore upvotes, money, and YouTube/Twitch growth) you get for your guides, you should use all 3 of these social media platforms to promote your guides.
When the game goes live, make a spreadsheet of all the different subreddits that you can post on.
At the time of writing this guide, the most relevant subreddits are:
However, more are bound to pop up as the game grows in popularity, so just keep checking in every few months.
Then, whenever you complete a guide, simply go through the spreadsheet and post it on each of the related subreddits.
Be sure to check each subreddit's rules, however, as some may not allow you to post guides on there.
Alternatively, if you want to be one step ahead of everyone else, you can make your own Clash of Streamers themed subreddit.
The better your subreddit's niche or topic is (by being informative, useful, or entertaining), the more people will join.
Then you can easily promote your own content and allows others to do the same.
Discord is another great platform you can use to promote your guides.
Simply join a bunch of Clash of Streamers related Discords that allow you to post your guides on there, and like the reddit method, each time you complete a guide, post it on all of the Discord servers.
Now you might be wondering how to find the Discord servers.
We use our good friend Disboard
, a search engine for Discord servers.
Once again, there's not a lot of Clash of Streamers Discord servers yet as the game isn't out, so I'll use Clash Royale as an example.
We simply type in Clash Royale at the top, and viola, it lists a bunch of Clash Royale Discord servers:
Then, you'd simply join all of these servers and look to see if they have sections where they allow you to promote your guides (and even your YouTube videos/Twitch streams).
Similarly, to the reddit approach, you can go the extra step to make and grow your own Clash of Streamers Discord server.
This works particularly well if you're a content creator because you can just advertise it in your YouTube videos and Twitch livestream and get people to join.
If you're going to make your own Discord server, then it would help if you advertised it on Disboard, as well as some other Discord server listing websites such as:
Be sure to also tag your Discord servers with tags such as 'Clash of Streamers', 'ClashofStreamers', and any other tags that are relevant to your server.
Now you won't get too many people from these listing sites, but sign up to them and put your server on there, and then over time people will slowly trickle in and stay if you've got a good server.
If you want an example for a decent Discord server, have any questions about the game, or are just looking to hang with some fellow Clash of Streamers players, then this seems like a good place to drop my Discord server
Now, just like you do with Reddit and Discord, you can use Facebook to help you reach more people with your guides.
Well you've probably already guessed, join Clash of Streamers Facebook groups and if the group allows it, post your guide (or YouTube/Twitch).
And like I recommended with Reddit and Discord, you can also make your own Clash of Streamers groups, too.
Increasing Your Reputation
Reputation on clashofstreamers.tv goes a long way.
Having a high ranking star next to your guide means that more people will be interested in your guide, because you'll have established some sort of authority and reputation on the site, marked by the star next to your name:
Currently mine's a low ranking star, but here are the different tiers:
Now, there are two ways to increase your reputation, and get those higher stars to show up next to your guides:
1. Write guides which offer a lot of value to people.
The misconception is that you have to write a lot of guides, and whilst there is a correlation between the amount of guides you write and your reputation, you could in theory write 1 absolutely amazing and mind blowing guide and be the most reputable member on the site.
Now, how would we write mind blowing guides like these? This takes us back to the second and most important chapter of this guide: offering value to people, or in other words, giving them useful information.
The more useful information you give them, the better your guide will be, and therefore, the more upvotes you'll receive, which is one of the things that increases your reputation score.
Of course, having 10 mind-blowing guides is even better than having one, but first you'll want to prioritise quality.
2. Pay-2-Win Method
So, not only is your reputation increased by receiving upvotes, but you'll also receive reputation for donating to other guide maker's via the tip function on clashofstreamers.tv. Reminder shown below ;)
You could in theory just donate a lot of money to other guide makers and viola, you've bought yourself the highest reputation on the site.
Becoming An Officially Endorsed Writer For clashofstreamers.tv
Whilst that sounds like a pretty executive title, what exactly is an 'officially endorsed writer'?
clashofstreamers.tv has other sections like the 'News' section for example.
Part of the reason why I write news in this section is because I know it will help my guides and my YouTube channel (I have a YouTube channel
btw so if you have made it all this way without checking it out then you better check it out or I'll eat you in your sleep).
As I was saying, writing 'News' for example will either:
a) Lead people to clicking your username which will then lead them to your guides:
From here your guide will get more views, upvotes, donations, and social media growth.
b) Lead them to your YouTube/Twitch directly.
Why is this?
Well, because you're an officially endorsed writer for the site, people will be curious about what content your putting out, and they'll trust your guides more too, not only because they're familiar with you, but because you've been officially selected to be a writer for the site, which gives you a higher level of status over most people.
Now, as I mentioned, you would need to be 'selected' to become an official writer for the site. Currently there's just the News section, but I know for a fact that there will be more sections coming in the future, where you'll be able to help out and get some promotion in return.
Now you can see why I started writing news myself ;)
How do I become an officially endorsed writer for clashofstreamers.tv?
Well, they'll want people that they know they can trust, as you'll not only be responsible for writing for certain areas of the website, but you'll also be representing the overall vibe and reputation for the website.
I'd recommend writing a bunch of guides on the site first, so that you can demonstrate you're somewhat knowledgeable about Clash of Streamers.
I'd also say that the more high quality guides you've written, and the better your reputation, the more likely they are to say yes (if there's spots available).
Once you're in a position similar to the above, or if you just want to take a shot in the dark, shoot them an e-mail and ask if they have any positions available to write news, or to help with any other sections of their website.