GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 37 - February 2017

top rankings without spending money. That seems to be wishful thinking. I still try to rank websites for online casino, but my traffic comes from less competitive keywords. I can’t buy links for $100,000. So I think it makes life unfair. What do your family and friends think of your work as an affiliate? They like it. Some go on my pages. They have an idea of what I do, but they don’t know how difficult and time-consuming it is to rank a website for the keywords that peo- ple are searching. But I mean, they don’t have a problem with online gambling or gaming websites. How do you manage your to-do lists? Do you use any special software to help you out? I don’t write a to-do list or use any software. I plan the week in my head on Monday, planning what should be done by Friday. In the morning I know what I want to have done by the evening. I give myself more time than I used to and don’t put myself under pressure anymore. There is always another day and another week. How much time do you devote to social networking for your sites? I don’t spend any time anymore, actually. I’m not on Twitter and I don’t use Facebook at all anymore. I used to use the social network sites a lot, especially Facebook. I spent money to get more likes for my pages. I once had 2,000 likes, but Facebook even- tually started to suspend pages because I needed prior permission from them to advertise gambling, which I didn’t have. I tried to get permission, but got no reply. Isn’t it funny that Facebook took the money for promoting my page and it wasn’t a problem that my website had to do with gambling? What’s the most difficult thing about running your sites? The hardest thing is to keep track of everything. It’s time-con- suming. It’s become difficult to maintain and keep them all up to date. Some of my sites are bigger and some consist of a few pages only, but there was a time when I had about 50 gambling websites. That was too much and I lost track of it. It was especially difficult when the U.S. made it illegal to play online. You needed to take so many pages away and find other ways to make money. It was very time-consuming. What do you do to stay in shape – both physically and mentally? I like sports like cycling and running, which I do three, four, maybe five times a week. I also lift some weights in the basement. I like play- ing auto racing games on my Xbox. What do you do with your spare time? Sports and video games. I like music. I was trying to get into music more, but I did not really find the time to make songs. I used to DJ, but I don’t have the time to do that anymore. What did you dream of doing, both pro- fessionally and personally, when you were a kid? My first dream job was being a truck driver. I wanted to drive all across Europe and experience adventures. We had a series on TV that was about these When you need to get as far away from work as possible, where do you go? I still like my work, even though I’ve been doing this for 20 years. But there are some days when I keep the computer turned off. Or I just leave the house and go running or cycling or for a walk, or something. What’s your all-time favorite movie? I think that’s Rocky . If you could invite any five people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be? That would be Britney Spears, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Pele, Muhammad Ali. Name three things that people read- ing this magazine don’t know about you. Three things that are interesting for readers, but not too embarrassing for me? 1. I used to be a DJ, had a hip-hop band and made a CD. I was a club DJ and I was with these two Americans. They Cat I am looking for different casino softwares on my pages – I don’t want to advertise too many casinos using the same software. two guys, back in the ‘70s, and they were driving all over the place, going every- where in their trucks and having all kinds of adventures. I think that’s the reason I wanted to be a truck driver. If someone from out of town were vis- iting you, what’s the one place you’d definitely take them to see? The lake where I live is beautiful, especially in the summer. So a trip around the lake to see the sights is what we would do. I’m living here in a small town on the lake, it’s really pretty – nice old houses, restaurants, swimming in summer, surf- ing, boating, ice skating in winter. There’s always something to do and the nature is beautiful. were on an Army base not far from my hometown, and they were rapping in the club. So we came together and had some gigs, did some parties. I think we spent three or four years together, and we made a CD later on. We didn’t sell too many copies – 200 or 300. We broke up, sad to say. This was when I was a teenager. Then my parents said, “You have to get a real job,” so I became a car mechanic. I don’t know if I thought I was going to be a musician or an audio engineer or something else like that. 2. I spent five years in Las Vegas. 3. I support a hobby soccer team, and they wear my website name on their shirts. w w w . g p w a t i m e s . o r g 49