Goal for Diablo 3
Goals play an important part in every aspect of life, including both gaming and blogging. In fact, goals are an integral part of all Blizzard games. Your next level, piece of gear, shiny weapon, etc. keep you coming back for more. Besides preset hurdles, it's important to set your own goals in order to enrich your game-play experience. I have a personal goal of making $25 per hour playing Diablo 3. I'd like to also work towards beating the entire game on inferno difficulty as well as dominating in pvp. These two goals would assist me in navigating my primary one as well, since the process of completing them would allow me to know exactly what hardcore gamers want to buy on the auction houses.
$25 Per Hour
Learning to make $25 per hour playing diablo 3 will probably prove difficult but possible with enough effort and research. The key for me will be to try many different strategies and stick with the best combination of them over time (I suggest you follow a similar strategy early on when no one really knows the RMAH yet). My next goal would then be to show other people (you) how to repeat my success without ruining the success of others. Think about it; if I use super secret methods that are ruined once someone else knows about them then I will fail to teach additional people. In order to succeed with my goals, then I will have to develop timeless strategies and change the thinking process of players hoping to earn $25 per hour playing Diablo 3.
Diablo 3 Gold Guide
I've thought long and hard about how to achieve the goal of teaching many other players how to dominate Diablo 3's auction houses. Since I'm showing and teaching ways to earn real money, it is not hard for me to realize the dollar value of my services. I'm very transparent when it comes to why I blog; I work hard to help others succeed and in return I get paid for it. Pretend for a moment that I really do help players achieve the $25 per hour milestone. Would it be fair to change money for a foolproof guide? At the moment I definitely believe that is more than fair. Especially if no recurring fee (monthly or otherwise) is required for updating this information.
You may have noticed that there are no advertisements on this blog. No adsense ads or anything else distracting you from your learning experience here. The forums (whether they remain a part of the blog or a separate site) will also remain ad free and accessible for all. I've learned a lot from my Warcraft Gold Blog, and the lessons learned will go into the running of this one. My only planned revenue source will be the Diablo 3 Gold Guide, scheduled for initial design and concept work this November. If I get into the beta (fingers crossed and hoping on two influential people to pull strings for me!), then work will begin even sooner. I'll be sure to reveal them once we do our first podcast and they (hopefully) grab a beta key for me. If they get me more than one then I will raffle it off to you guys and girls.
In the end, this blog will be 90% free and that last 10%, the crucial amount of information necessary to take you from a good auctioneer to an amazing gold guru, will cost money. Following the 90% free theme, there will be amazing freebies for all members of the site, not just those willing to pay for the guide. These will include a podcast (Diablo Day Traders), youtube channel, twitter, forum, and several joint ventures with other influential members of the Diablo community.
The other audience who could potentially buy the guide are those players who simply don't have the time to research blogs and strategies online or do not have the experience to do so. The guide will be perfect for them as well as the players who are ready to become amazing gold gurus.
The Bar is Way Up There
I'm raising the bar very high for Diablo 3 blogging and gold strategists. This site will become a hub of strategies where everyone can spread information freely and achieve their own personal goals. Whether you want $25 an hour or $250, this site will be your best opportunity to do so. To me, all that matters is helping you achieve your goals, whether you pay for the advanced guide or not. This is all very fun to me, regardless of how successful the guide may become.
What do you think of my plan so far? Is it fair? What are your goals for Diablo 3?
Did I forget to mention FREE UPDATES for the guide? Just checking ;)
PS: If you are a blogger, please let me know your site and I will add you to my blog roll. I will chop off blogs that go more than two weeks without posting. If you are a scammer or ad spammer then I will not even consider adding you.