Category: Websites (page 1 of 2)

Check out my new blog, Daft Justice.

I’ve been running Daft Justice for over a month now, but figured I ought to share it with my personal blog readers here at ChrisBrandrick.com. DaftJustice is a music blog which covers news, remixes and more from Daft Punk, Justice and other similar artists. The reason I choose to start this blog (running on wordpress), as opposed to putting the content on my own blog here, is that with it being a standalone blog it can generate much more targeted visitors to what this blog, which mainly covers web topics ever could. I try to update the site a few times a week, and I am doing it as more of a hobby than anything else, although if you are a fan of similar music, then be sure to get in touch with me as some extra help would be swell!

Daft Justice

The blog can be found at www.daftjustice.com, and if you are a fan of either band, or just have a love for electro music like myself then be sure to subscribe via RSS and of course follow the blog on twitter. Be sure to leave your comments on the site here. Oh and yes for those eagle eyed readers, the blog is running on a WooThemes theme.

Win at Gamebrit.com

Gamebrit, my gaming website that myself and a good friend currently run, which I recently blogged about here, is running it’s first competition (details here). It’s simple to enter and a £10 iTunes voucher is up for grabs. All you have to do is be a member of the Gamebrit forum community with 10 or more posts. The Gamebrit Forums are a place for like minded gamers to come together to discuss ;
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Gamebrit Update

I have mentioned Gamebrit on several occasions during the life of my blog, and for those of you who keep track I last posted about it all the way back in July. Since then the site has gone on to launch and is currently in it’s third month, more details about it’s early development can be found in this March blog posting.

During the development of the site I had a number of people asking me which content management system the site was running, and I can now reveal that the site is running on the relatively unknown CMS ‘Adapt CMS‘. The Adapt CMS website explains the system as so:

AdaptCMS is a PHP CMS that is made for complete control of your website, easiness of use and easily adaptable to any type of website. It’s made easy with advanced custom fields, a very simple but powerful template system and much more.

The system is far from perfect but it is really simple to use, easy to customize, and get to grips with and the support is superb, friendly and personal, so it’s a CMS worth checking out.

As for the sites success, I mentioned back in my January ‘Goals for 2008‘ post that launching the site and making a success of it was one of my many aspirations for the year. The post details that I wanted the site to be reaching a target audience of around 15k uniques per month before the year is out, and thankfully the site is well on the way to reaching that target, with a growing popularity month on month, with it currently averaging around 8,000 uniques. I will revisit my 2008 goals, once the year is over, so be sure to check that to see if I make a success of it.

Finally, if your into gaming, then be sure to check Gamebrit out, join the forum community,  oh and please do follow the site, and it’s two owners (myself and Leo Worsdale) on twitter!

Back!

As some of you who follow me on Twitter or have me added on Facebook may have realised I am now back in the UK, after my holiday away to Turkey. I had a really nice break away, and you can now check out the pictures of my trip on my Flickr page, I also have some on my Facebook too.

Now I’m back I would also like to announce that Kufu (as previously blogged) is now officially open for business, and we are on the look out for new clients. So drop us an email!

In addition to working for Kufu, the rest of my summer will involve finally getting Gamebrit off the ground, which has been ridiculously delayed for several reasons, it’s amazing to think I have had the domain for nearly a year now! But yeah keep an eye out for updates on that one.

But in the mean time, keep it on ChrisBrandrick.com! Subscribe to my RSS feed, or even add me as a Technorati fave.

Off the grid, but busy with Kufu.

It seems in the past two months my blog hasn’t seen much love, but rest assured this isn’t down to me fleeing the online scene, in fact far from it. Since moving house back in April and finishing University for the year in early May (exams, fun!) I have been in the process of starting up a design company with three other good friends, all of which have a good background in design, coding and of course running a business.

Kufu

The company is based in Lincoln, UK, and last week we finally moved into our office in the heart of the city center. I am currently in the process of designing the companies website and hopefully soon we should all be ready to go. Kufu is the companies name (or Kufu Design if you so wish), and we are on the look out for clients to get the ball rolling, so if you need a design making, a whole site coding or something more simple do not hesitate to get in touch and help us out as we start out. You can find us at Kufu.co.uk, which currently has just placeholder contact details up, but keep an eye on the site as it will be changing soon.

Let us know your thoughts!

Gamebrit is coming…

Gamebrit
Apologies for the lack of updates in the past week, it’s been a busy one!

Goal number eight in my goals for 2008 is to launch gaming site Gamebrit, I briefly mentioned it in the linked blog entry, but today I am going to go into more details as to what to expect.

Development on the site began just before Christmas, with the basic design being completed (see blog image for a sneak peak). The site is currently functioning and running on a good content management system, currently I am just adding content, and of course games into the database, which is taking far more time than I would like. I could outsource this menial work, but trying to keep costs down is key.

The site, as you may have guessed is going to focus on gaming, specifically within the UK. I hope to eventually be able to interview, and run features on UK game development houses and studios. I have successfully gained a foot in the UK gaming industry before (although a small one) so I see no reason why I cannot do it again with a more focused site.

In addition to the aforementioned CMS, which I will touch upon in more detail in a later post, I will also be implementing a forum to hopefully gain some community around the site; a collection of UK gamers, interested in the development of the UK in the gaming industry, oh and bloody good writing.

I initially wanted the site to be ready this month, but due to lengthy input processes I can see this being knocked back. Either way I will keep you updated on it’s progress, this post was really just to let you know, and because I am excited about the opportunities the site will bring. Any questions or comments, just leave your thoughts in the comment section.

GTAFour.co.uk and Facebook Ads

Last year I blogged about the numerous domains I had acquired and that I really ought to do something with them instead of just buying them, and letting them expire, going unused. One of these domains was http://www.gtafour.co.uk, which I intended to use for a blog detailing any news about the release of the upcoming game GTA IV.

My intentions didn’t flourish into anything other than mere good intentions, and up in till now the domain has been unused. The game (GTA IV) is released at the end of April, so I now think it’s somewhat late to start a blog, so in order to gain some sort of justification on purchasing the domain I have added a simple page online. The page simply shows the games boxart, a youtube video and some affiliate links to preorder the game. Hopefully the website will receive some traffic (UK based) and generate some revenue via the play.com affiliate links.

In an attempt to drive traffic to the site and hopefully gain some sales leads I have decided to give Facebook advertisements a try, and to test the water on how effective they can be I am running a campaign on Facebook tomorrow targeting 18 to 30 year old males. I will be sure to update on how effective Facebook ads are and whether I would use them again. Hopefully the results are positive!

Oh and if your feeling generous and want the game, feel free to preorder through GTAFour.co.uk.

High Def domains for sale

The high definition market is huge and is finally starting to spread it’s wings here in the UK thanks to Sky HD and the upcoming Freesat service. Me and a partner of mine currently hold several HD related (mainly .co.uk) domains which are currently for sale. The domains available are as follows:

5hd.co.uk (Channel launches Autumn ’08)
channel5hd.co.uk (Channel launches Autumn ’08)
fxhd.co.uk (Channel launches Spring ’08)
luxetvhd.co.uk (Available on Sky HD)
luxetvhd.com (Available on Sky HD)
mtvhd.co.uk (Channel launches Spring ’08)

Some of the domains have been appraised by top appraisal service Sedo and fall in the £xxxx range. If you are interested in the possibility of acquiring any of the above domains please feel free to email me using the below form:

Halo Three UK, an update.

Back in July I posted about my Halo 3 blog, Halo Three UK which has now been running for over a year. As predicted in the earlier post the blog would reach the peak of it’s popularity around the games release (which for those of you that missed it was in late September).

Up to the release of the game content surrounding speculation and details on features, levels and more was ripe and easy to find. Blog entries where thick and fast and the visitors numbers reflected this. In the months before the game was released the blog was hitting an average of 6,000 to 7,000 uniques. During the release month of September this figure doubled.

Since the release the visitor figures have dropped, and that is understandable as so have the blog entries, which again is understandable. The blog is still updated but less frequently due to less relevant content being available. It is still making an income from sold text links and affiliate links.

This entry reaffirms my predictions on how the traffic would fluctuate around release, but shows that even with some small effort a blog can still pull in healthy visitor numbers and turn a profit. If anything running the Halo blog has been an interesting experiment in seeing how interest in websites which concentrate on consumer goods ;
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Weight Loss Site

Over a year ago in a rather impulse moment I bought a turn key site from the NamePros forum for only $10 (£5), this was merely an experiment to see if on a personal level I could make any money from such a site, especially considering the bad reputation they have with other web designers.

The site I bought focused on Weight Loss and after optimizing the placement of AdSense, performing some SEO, and submitting it to ;
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