GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 18 - October 2011

GPWA AFFILIATE INTERVIEW SERIES Whatever the game, these guys have it covered Whether they ’re full-time affiliates or holding down other jobs as well, the five webmasters we’re featuring in this issue are totally dedicated to making their sites work – for their players and for themselves. They offer everything an online gambler could desire – casino, poker, bingo, mobile gaming, backgammon, and even scratch cards and rummy! Depending on the site, players can sign on in Danish, English, German, Greek, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish or Turkish. The youngest affiliate is 28, the oldest is 50 and the other three are in their 30s. They live in Canada, the Netherlands, Israel, Romania and Turkey. Do they have strong opinions about our industry and what could/should be done to make it better? To find out, just keep reading! *Due to space constraints,we could not print the interviews in their entirety.The complete text will be posted at GRAHAM ROWLANDS graham How long have you been working in the industry? What drew you to the business? I have been an affiliate since 2006. I was drawn to the industry origi- nally because my friend and I were pok- er players that didn’t do so well at the tables. We were always trying to come up with business ideas and when we learned that you could make money by referring people to poker sites we de- cided to build a site and give it a try. You used to live in Buenos Aires. What did you do there? One of the nice things about working online is the flexibility of location. I had always wanted to live somewhere else and to learn Spanish, which is why I went there. You posted in May 2008 that you had gone full time in order to spend more time working on your sites. Looking back on the past three years, how has it been going for you? The past three years have been great other than a few small setbacks more recently. When I went full time I figured everything would be much easier and I would be able to accomplish many more things. The reality is it can be quite stressful at times and difficult to keep yourself motivated. On the positive side I have learned so many things about running a business that are invaluable skills I will take with me into the future as I ven- ture on to new things. One of your sites is dedicated exclusive- ly to PKR. Why do you promote them exclusively above other online poker rooms, and have you considered taking a wider approach to the poker market? This is a site that I actually purchased from a friend many years ago. I think PKR is a great brand and have always enjoyed working with them. I really like the fact that unlike most online poker rooms, PKR is actually doing some- thing different! I actually used to have many sites dedi- cated to poker but sold off a lot of my network in May 2010. The PKR site was one that I decided to keep separate in the deal I made. What do you like about the industry? The things I like most about this indus- try are the people, the flexibility and the earning potential. From traveling to conferences I have met many great people whom I consider good friends. The flexibility is another thing that I value a lot about this industry. If you set yourself up in an organized way you can work from anywhere in the world. Lastly, the money is definitely an amaz- ing perk to this industry. You can be a casual affiliate and make drinking money on the side, a full-time affiliate making a good living or a super affili- ate raking in millions per month. The choice is yours! What don’t you like about the indus- try? One of the disappointing things with this industry is there is still a large amount of “shadiness” that goes on. There is a lot of greed and although it is just business a lot of companies get away with things that would be consid- ered illegal in other sectors. What surprised you the most about the industry? After working in this industry for five years nothing really surprises me anymore. When I first started out I think the thing that surprised me the most was to learn how much some af- filiates were making. Make drinking money, make a good living or make millions – it’s your decision!