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Game Sense for Webmasters FAQ

The answers and guidelines in this FAQ are a rough draft and may change at any time. Please check back before adding your website to the news feed or if you have any questions. They may be added, removed, or changed at any time. If you have comments or concerns about anything, you can contact Game Sense (you don't even need an account).

Adding your articles to Game Sense News Feed is easy! And it helps out your site.

  1. Find the game, developer, or platform your article is about.
  2. Choose the "News" option and fill out the form, pasting the link to your article

How can Game Sense help my website?

According to our research, the primary reasons why gamers who want to visit smaller sites don't follow through is due to a lack of content updates and the content not being about what they are interested in. Game Sense gives gamers the power to fitler their news by which consoles they own, or which games they are following or are on their back log. This means you can keep pumping out content for your website, and Game Sense will help show it to gamers who are interested in it. If you prefer to publish articles every week or every few days, Game Sense will help people find your web site without them having to visit the same page and see the same content between updates.

How long does it take for the effects to show up?

The effects may take some time. This is a symbiotic relationship where we help each other. The benefits will mostly come from long term, with things like increased awareness of your site's branding and name, as well as improved search results in major search engines. Most importantly, Game Sense provides a singular place for gamers who are seeking out alternative games media to find it all quickly and easily. And they can get to the content on your website faster, with less trips to several different web sites.

From our research, one of the biggest barriers for new sites is the fact that gamers who want to support them have to visit several sites, skim them, read some duplicate content, and then pick through to find what they care about. Game Sense brings your content to the people who care about the most.

Can I add articles from my own website?

Yes. Please fill out your profile to say that you are a part of your site (or working for them) in the "disclosures" area of your Game Sense profile. We will be updating these features over time, but you should choose a name that represents your website.

What do webmasters do for Game Sense?

A few things are a big help. First, you should mention that you can find your articles on the Game Sense News Feed, and that you can customize the news feed. Second, it's a wise idea to add a link to your site profile. All sites entered into the news feed are added to the database, and gamers can review them. We also periodically scan deep freeze database for gaming ethics, and that information is made very easy to find for gamers browsing the news feed.

How many articles can I add from my site per day?

For now, the limit is 20 articles per day. You can go over, but breaking the limit excessively can result in your site being banned from the news feed, either temporarily or permanently.

Can I add older articles from my site?

Yes. Game Sense is about archiving game information as well as helping gamers find new games and for content creators to reach gamers. It doesn't matter if the game is 30 years old and the news artcle or review is 15 years old. Game Sense is for building a database for gamers who want to find game information. We don't discriminate against older games.

Can multiple accounts submit articles?

Yes, but there's still a 20 article limit per day. It may be a wise idea to have your writers add their articles to the Game Sense News Feed when they are finished writing them.

How can Game Sense help my website?

According to our research, the primary reasons why gamers who want to visit smaller sites don't follow through is due to a lack of content updates and the content not being about what they are interested in. Game Sense gives gamers the power to fitler their news by which consoles they own, or which games they are following or are on their back log. This means you can keep pumping out content for your website, and Game Sense will help show it to gamers who are interested in it. If you prefer to publish articles every week or every few days, Game Sense will help people find your web site without them having to visit the same page and see the same content between updates.

What about politics in games?

You're free to discuss how politics affects games. This can include, but is not limited to things liek changes in games via localization due to political pressure. Letting your politics affect content is not allowed. For example, you're not allowed to post articles about how a game should have more diversity. Basically, any calls for changes to games based on political ideas is not accepted, but discussing how politics have affected a game is allowed.

How do I get a good image for the news feed?

Game Sense News Feed automatically grabs the largest image that matches the title of the page. Your primary image should be named similarly to the title of your page. If you have a page titled "Some game comes out on some platform", you should name your primary image something like "some-game-on-some-platform.jpg". You can also add your own custom image instead.

What kind of content is allowed?

You must write about news which is cited from another source, like a press release, social media, etc, or you must write your own reviews or original content. Your submissions should have a decent amount of content to them.

News articles that are short and focused around specific videos or screen shots are not allowed. It must be sufficiently your own work and writing.

How is the Game Sense News Feed different from other news aggregators?

Other popular news aggregators depend on a community to decide what reaches the primary userbase. On some sites, this is called the front page. However, what happens in these sites is that a few power users take control of the area where the new articles are posted, and then filter out what makes it through. If you've had difficulty getting your site on some other news aggregators, you have probably experienced this before.

Game Sense works the opposite. As long as people don't dislike your content, it will show up. But, instead of a community deciding what makes it and what doesn't, gamers are primarily in control of what they want to see.

Consider a general purpose gaming section in a news aggregator. The people in control may not like a certain console, type of game, etc. And they may be doing things to keep those games hidden from most users. Or worse, they may have connections with other site owners and are promoting some sites over other sites. Some of that moderation staff can be pretty corrupt, it's been documented in some situations. We will not provide direct links because we like to avoid controversy, however if you are adept at searching, you can find these things easily on your own.

Game Sense avoids all of that. If gamers want to come here and read about NES games, they are welcomed to. And you can provide that specialized content, and Game Sense will help gamers find it. We believe in an open exchange of ideas and for smaller developers, youtubers, streamers, and webmasters to have a chance they normally wouldn't.

I don't see a good category to post my article.

You can contact us about the type of content you would like to post, and we will see about adding another news category for you.