17 June 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES June 17, 2009
GPWA now displaying Affiliate Guard Dog ratings
We've worked closely with Affiliate Guard Dog for some time with a special forum within the GPWA dedicated to terms and condition change announcements. We're taking the relationship to a new level by providing AGD's rating information directly on our affiliate program pages. Individual affiliate progam pages now indicate if a program is AGD certified and whether or not their terms and conditions are affiliate friendly. Additionally, we are also noting programs with eCOGRA seals.

GPWA sponsor directory organized by verticals
We're pleased to announce that on the GPWA home page we're now organizing sponsors by verticals. So you can now sort affiliate programs by the types of gaming sites they operate. The same thing goes for the "program directory" option under the "affiliate programs" menu item. We hope the new organization will be helpful to webmasters looking to add to the affiliate programs they work with.

Industry News
Will online poker bust spark fight or flight?
There is little agreement on how the U.S. Department of Justice's multimillion-dollar seizure of money from payment processors will affect the online poker industry.

Mixed industry news from Perspectives Weekly
J. Todd heads to high ground (literally) to report on why many online poker players had their funds frozen last week and how Minnesota came to the decision to end its fight to ban residents from Internet gambling.

Bodog returns to Bodog.com
The Bodog.com domain went live last week and will now house the brand's U.S. facing business. Players from other countries will automatically be redirected to the appropriate licensee for their jurisdiction.

Everest Poker launches redesigned Web site
The new player-focused site will be simpler to navigate, making it easier to see the room's offers and promotions.

Income Access wins online bingo award
Income Access was named the "Best Affiliate Program" at the Online Bingo Summit in London this week.

First Gaming Partners continues expansion
The online gaming company acquired SlotPower.com and SlotPowerCasino.com and also launched an affiliate program.

iGB Affiliate unveils new niche event
Event organizers at iGB Affiliate will be hosting an event in Madrid on targeting the Spanish speaking market.

Pacific Poker launches rewards program
888.com launched its Pacific Poker Rewards Program, which earns players cash back whenever they play at the room.

Income Access launches SEM strategies for Europe
With Google re-opening Adwords in Austria, the U.K. and Ireland, the Income Access Search Engine Marketing Agency has launched a series of new tools for those markets for operators and affiliates to use.

Paddy Power adds Cryptologic as new supplier
Paddy Power has signed a three-year agreement with Cryptologic that will provide the online gaming company with at least nine games.

Parlay announces launch of Entraction
Entraction is a new online bingo network that includes such brands as Bingohuone and Play Cherry and offers games in English, Swedish and Finnish.

Upcoming Conference

Affiliate Convention 2009 (Denver)June 17-20, 2009
Affiliate Convention 2009 (Denver)
This conference, which is free for affiliates, is designed specifically to meet the needs of affiliate marketers. Pulling together an amazing lineup of session panelist and speakers, Affiliate Convention focuses on how to optimally run and improve your affiliate marketing business.

Affiliate Summit East (New York)August 9-11, 2009
Affiliate Summit East (New York)
This three-day conference includes an exhibit hall with affiliate merchants, vendors and networks, as well as multiple tracks of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from affiliate marketing experts.
Did You Know?
Nearly 75% of U.S. Internet users watched online video daily or every other day in 2008, according to a study by Universal McCann.

Affiliate Program Sponsors

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Places I've PlayedThe "Places I've Played" Facebook application lets players you refer share with their friends the online and land-based places where they've gambled. And when their friends visit the online gambling sites they mention, you earn affiliate revenue.
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The use of video on your site
The new Buzzluck online casino takes the use of video to "the extreme," according to alexbuzz, a GPWA member and the founder of Buzzluck. He has also noticed that many affiliate sites hardly use video at all. So he decided to ask GPWA members their general opinion about the use and effectiveness of video in affiliate marketing for online gambling.  View poll
Last week's poll results: What gambling markets that you are not in today would you consider promoting?  View poll
Buzzy's World
The BuzzBuzzy has been hard at work this week chasing down the latest industry rumors and gossip. Here's a quick look at Buzzy's top finds:
New MessageUtah transit passengers could face gaming fine
New MessageDiCaprio to star in online gambling movie
New MessageOnline poker editorial runs in Denver Post
New MessageSupport for Frank bill slowly grows
From The Forums
New MessageiSnare not approving articles
Michelle C.C. writes:
I am happy to be a new member at the GPWA. I have recently started a casino portal Web site and of course I am learning as I go along. I have only used iSnare to distribute my articles, and unfortunately they have not approved any of my articles since May 7! This is VERY disappointing to say the least. I have decided that I can not depend on just one article distributor. I was wondering if anyone can recommend some good places to submit my articles. I am also wondering if iSnare has stopped distributing articles for the casino industry...has anyone heard anything about this? read more
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