25 November 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES November 25, 2009
New Affiliate Programs
The GPWA is excited to announce Winner Affiliates as a new sponsor. They are pleased to be helping our industry grow as new members of the GPWA!

Meet The Affiliate Manager
Nicolas Johnson has spent his entire eight-year professional career in the gambling affiliate business and the manager at Regal Affiliates has seen first-hand the exponential growth of the industry. Read the interview

Industry News
Frank schedules online gambling hearing for Dec. 3
The House Financial Services Committee will hear testimony on whether or not the UIGEA should be overturned, and how regulated online gambling in the U.S. might work.

Perspectives Weekly reports from Las Vegas
J. Todd reports from the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas where he has "cookie" news from the European Union that could change affiliate marketing forever.

Polish parliament passes online gambling ban
The law limits gambling to land-based casinos and eliminates gambling at online casinos, bars, cafes and shopping malls.

Match-fixing scandal rocks Europe
Europe's biggest match-fixing scandal encompasses 200 soccer games played in nine countries. Around 200 people are suspected to be involved and 17 arrests have been made.

Stan James launches affiliate program
The new affiliate program for the bookmaker known for in-game sports betting is powered by Income Access' affiliate marketing software.

7 Sultans now available in several languages
Players can view 7 Sultans Casino in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Greek and Portuguese.

GoWild Casino launches affiliate program
The Income Access client's new affiliate program is offering 50% flat revenue share for the first two months and up to 50% for lifetime.

Major Fortune Affiliates promotion set to conclude
Affiliates who qualified for the Monster Grand Slam of Slots Affiliate final will square off November 30.

Right2Bet following another curious court case
The Right2Bet blog is focusing on Italy, where Stanleybet has been denied a license to operate.

Ladbrokes cuts U.K. call center and jobs
Blaming offshore competitors' tax advantages, the British bookmaker shed 263 jobs and closed its call center.

PKR Live III crowns champion
A 21-year-old who qualified on a $5 satellite won the Main Event at PKR's third live event and took home $33,500.

GTECH G2 congratulates EGR nominees
Several GTECH G2 software licensees have been nominated for EGR Awards, which will be presented in London during EGR Live.

Cake Network to sponsor Fire & Ice
The Cake Network will be sponsoring the 2010 Fire & Ice party in London for the second year in a row.

Upcoming Conference

Scandinavian Affiliate Super Summit (Stockholm)Nov. 25 - 27
Scandinavian Affiliate Super Summit (Stockholm)
The Scandinavian Affiliate Super Summit presents a major networking opportunity for entry levels to top performing affiliates from Scandinavia. The conference will bring you the best of Scandinavian affiliate case studies and tutorials.

EGR Live (London)Nov. 30 - Dec 01
EGR Live (London)
EGR Live will bring the online gaming industry together for combining meetings, conference sessions, seminars, workshops, products displays, networking and hospitality.
Did You Know?
Twitter visits increased 1,300% between Feb. of 2008 and Feb. of 2009, but traffic has dropped 2% in the last three months, according to Nielsen.

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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Do you use a Content Management System (CMS) on your site?
Many webmasters use some sort of Content Management System to maintain their sites. And many webmasters maintain their content by hand. Currently the GPWA uses a home-brewed CMS, although with the impending release of the vBulletin Publishing Suite that includes a CMS the GPWA will be migrating to using a combination of a home-brew system and the vBulletin Publishing Suite in the near future. How about you? Do you use a CMS of some sort to maintain your sites? Share with us the approach you take and why. View poll
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From The Forums
New MessageMy 1000th post
thepokerkeep writes:
Two years and 1,000 posts later I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on my time here and on this business we all love (and at times, love to hate). The day I discovered GPWA, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. I had been struggling to build and grow my site for nearly a year. I knew absolutely nothing about SEO, Web site design, HTML, CSS, CMS, hell, I could barely type! Who knew there were communities full of others just like me? Communities dedicated to helping people just like me, where we could ask the most naive questions and receive detailed and sympathetic replies.

I'm still awe struck by the generosity most of the senior members show to newbs like me. I was inspired by the open, honest and selfless folks who make up the majority of this community. I made it my mission to learn everything I could from these strangers who soon became friends. I also vowed to give back to the community that gave me so much....

To those who are just discovering this business and/or this community, let me pass on a little advice.

My 10 Commandments for Success

1. Quality over quantity - one really good article or review is worth five mediocre ones.
2. Know your customer, your product and your affiliate manager.
3. Learn something new every day - make it your mission!
4. Read the fine print - contracts are designed to protect the affiliate programs not the affiliate...

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