GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 18 - October 2011

portals and sites, I was determined to be- come a private member. Then I applied for the “Seal Program.” After reviewing our site for a long time, the GPWA decid- ed to accept our seal application. Thanks to the GPWA for not only the knowledge that we gain from their valuable forum members, but also for the affiliate trust and confidence that the GPWA seal has added to our site, contributing to our over- all success. Until about three months ago, you hadn’t posted anything in the GPWA forums for about two years. What brought you back? That is true. As I have already mentioned in this interview, for the last three months I have been working with John from One of the valu- able things that he has contributed to my business is concentrating on the forums for information exchange and improving my SEO knowledge. I have started to post on GPWA and other reputable gambling forums. I recommend that each and every affiliate use these beneficial open sources regularly to become more successful. Time management is one of the biggest issues facing affiliates. What time man- agement tips can you offer your fellow webmasters? I totally agree with you. Besides, “time management” is not only an important success factor within this industry but also in every aspect of life. Even if you have lots of money, you can- not hire a time manager who will make better plans for your time than you yourself can do. “Priority” and “time al- locations” are the keywords. The simple rule is “Allocate the most time to tasks of the highest priority.” Another key rule is “Whatever you’re doing, stay totally fo- cused on that particular task.” Otherwise, you may spend more time than necessary and steal time from upcoming tasks. If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would they be, and why? Steve Jobs: Great fighter in life and business! Nicholas Cage: Great compatibility with every role. Bon Jovi: Never-ending energy, even with children! Henry Ford: Thanks to the Father of Cars. I love cars! Alexander Graham Bell: Achieved a milestone in communication. When you need to get as far away from work as possible, where do you go? To Istanbul, where Iwas bornandwhere I like to go for relaxation and entertainment. How is online gambling viewed in Turkey? And what’s the general gambling cul- ture in Turkey like? It was totally banned by the government at the beginning of 2006, without any regulation via licens- ing. I believe in gray areas besides blacks and whites. So there should not be only “On” and “Off” buttons. There should be a “Stand-by” button also. But, unfortunate- ly, they have banned all of the online gam- ing sites to Turkish residents without any exception. Turkish people like to gamble online or offline very much, and before the government limitations the Turkish mar- ket was one of the fastest-growing emerg- ing online gambling markets. So not only Turkish players but also all of the operators lost this potential. But a few of the trust- worthy casino operators still operate on a limited basis. And Turkish people tend to support them by playing on their sites. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. How do your family and friends feel about how you make your living? Only my father, mother, wife and one of my best friends know about my part-time business. The others only know my full- time job. In the near future, I wish to see online gambling totally regulated in Turkey, at which time I will proudly share with everybody the details of my part-time job! If somebody was visiting you in Turkey, what’s the one place you would take them? Çeşme-Alaçatı. It is a tradi- tional village-like place, famous for its preserved/undamaged stone houses and one of Europe’s best windsurfing areas. Having wonderful seafood and organic food with delicious homemade wines would be an unforgettable mem- ory for sure. What’s the most misunderstood thing or concept aboutTurkey? Turkish people are often stereotyped as lazy and unreliable, but these are generalizations that are not true in all cases. I personally know many Turkish people who disprove these evalu- ations. In general, all countries contain citizens having either positive or negative characteristics. What are three things that nobody knows about you? Although I have 13 gambling affiliate sites, I do not like playing poker, black- jack or any other card game personally! But I do play a little backgammon. (Pro- fessionally, of course, I play the card games to review the brands.) I check my sites’ statistics a minimum of 10 times a day (even in the loo!). I can’t touch cotton and velvet! My skin is oversensitive to these fabrics. What’s your all-time favorite movie, and why? The Devil’s Advocate . It reflects the devilish ambitions of real life, and in my opinion Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron did some of their best work in this film. 1. 2. 3. GPWA AFFILIATE INTERVIEW SERIES GPWA Affiliate Interview Series