How To Play Candy Crush For A Living
If you grew up obsessed with playing video games, you probably entertained fantasies of doing it professionally.
Maybe you dreamt of becoming a professional video game tester? Maybe a developer, an e-sports superstar or even YouTube gamer?
Most likely you never did any of those things and you're currently sitting in a cubicle day-dreaming how you can make a living playing Candy Crush.
I'm here to tell you that you can...
The niche business idea I'm going to discuss today is, broadly, video games.
My Video Overview
You might think that the video game niche is really played out and competitive, with huge gaming sites soaking up all the traffic.
Yes, that's partly true.
But- there are some interesting angles to take to be competitive in this niche.
I discovered this idea recently scrolling through Flippa, the eBay of online businesses. I stumbled across this mobile gaming site (auction page) that routinely gets over half a million Page Views a month.
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This site focuses on the mobile game Candy Crush. And it has absolutely insane organic traffic rankings.
Check out some of their rankings:
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*Top 50 Keywords:
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|candy crush level 1532||1||900||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1532-tips/||1||262|
|candy crush soda level 700||1||1100||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush-soda-saga/candy-crush-soda-saga-level-700-tips/||0||243|
|candy crush level 1808||1||600||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1808-tips/||0||242|
|candy crush 2147||1||600||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-2147-tips/||0||222|
|candy crush 1309||4||1500||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1309-tips/||0||175|
|candy crush 1808||3||1200||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1808-tips/||0||161|
|candy crush 1995||1||450||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1995-tips/||0||160|
|candy crush 2024||1||450||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-2024-tips/||0||159|
|candy crush 2039||1||400||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-2039-tips/||0||159|
|candy crush 1334||5||2000||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1334-tips/||1||154|
|candy crush 1952||1||450||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1952-tips/||0||153|
|candy crush level 1334||4||1200||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1334-tips/||1||152|
|candy crush 1965||1||400||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1965-tips/||0||152|
|candy crush 1232||4||1200||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1232-tips/||0||149|
|candy crush level 1247||1||400||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1247-tips/||0||148|
|candy crush level 126||2||500||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-126-tips-mobile/||0||140|
|candy crush 2359||1||400||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-2359-tips/||0||139|
|candy crush 2033||1||400||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-2033-tips/||0||139|
|candy crush 1532||4||1400||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1532-tips/||1||136|
|candy crush soda level 445||1||350||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush-soda-saga/candy-crush-soda-saga-level-445-tips/||0||135|
|candy crush 1180||4||1100||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1180-tips/||0||130|
|candy crush 1941||1||350||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1941-tips/||0||129|
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|candy crush 1512||2||800||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1512-tips/||0||124|
|candy crush 1330||3||800||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1330-tips/||0||122|
|candy crush level 620||1||250||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-620-tips/||0||122|
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|candy crush 2189||1||300||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-2189-tips/||0||120|
|candy crush 2121||1||400||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-2121-tips/||0||119|
|candy crush 548||1||350||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-548-tips/||0||119|
|candy crush soda 345||1||350||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush-soda-saga/candy-crush-soda-saga-level-345-tips/||0||116|
|candy crush 1179||5||1200||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1179-tips/||0||114|
|candy crush soda 445||1||350||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush-soda-saga/candy-crush-soda-saga-level-445-tips/||0||112|
|level 445 candy crush soda||1||400||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush-soda-saga/candy-crush-soda-saga-level-445-tips/||0||111|
|candy crush level 548||1||250||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-548-tips/||0||109|
|candy crush soda level 345||1||300||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush-soda-saga/candy-crush-soda-saga-level-345-tips/||0||107|
|candy crush 1380||1||250||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1380-tips/||0||106|
|candy crush level 1999||1||400||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1999-tips/||0||106|
|candy crush 1828||1||350||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1828-tips/||0||106|
|level 1808 candy crush||1||300||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1808-tips/||0||106|
|candy crush level 1374||3||1100||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1374-tips/||0||102|
|candy crush soda 636||1||300||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush-soda-saga/candy-crush-soda-saga-level-636-tips/||0||100|
|1808 candy crush||1||300||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1808-tips/||0||99|
|candy crush level 1620||1||300||https://apptipper.com/candy-crush/candy-crush-saga-level-1620-tips/||0||99|
They are capitalizing on Candy Crush's almost infinite level count. According to this site Candy Crush has 3,175 levels!
As you can see, AppTipper traffic comes from walkthrough/guide long-tail traffic with Keyword Difficulty scores of ZERO.
Here's there level guide for level 3,005, for example. Make sure Ad Block is enabled!
Clearly, every imaginable permutation of Candy Crush level gets hundreds and even thousands of searches and no one is creating content for these queries.
And if you check out some of their metrics from Flippa below, you can see that they get 88% of their traffic from organic search, with 425,416 Page Views in November 2017 earning them $3,807.
I've collected some traffic & analytics information from Flippa and Ahrefs.
According to Ahrefs, the site ranks for 39,000 keywords at the time of this writing in January 2018:
From the auction page you can see a detailed traffic breakdown from December 2016:
Helpfully, Flippa gathers financial information and you can see the site is making between $2,400 and $4,192 a month from ad revenue.
If you think this is a cool idea, give me a share. I'd appreciate it!
So- an interesting angle you can take with mobile, console or PC games is to do level guides. You can also do video game reviews and other types of content- but the equation I really endorse here is targeting the low hanging SEO fruit.
These will be ultra-low competition searches. That'll get you the traffic, but what about monetization?
This Candy Crush walkthrough site has some really obnoxious ads- including a video ad that plays as soon as the page loads using a paid video player.
They're really aggressive with the ads and are currently making over a thousand dollars a month, according to the seller, from just the video ads.
Traffic + Ads = Profit.
That's the recipe.
Why I Like This Niche
- Fun niche: If you like video games, this is a great niche for you
- Low SEO competition
- Opportunity to rake in traffic from YouTube
Why I Don't Like This Niche
- You will most likely need to do your own video walkthroughs, outsource them, or risk depending on a third party YouTuber for content
- You'll need lots of traffic before you can quit your job using display ads- think at least over 500,000 monthly page views