GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 49 - April 2021

“Create your own website and become an affiliate . The gambling business is very old and never ends , it transforms , but it will not die . . . Stop worrying about ethics . You don’t rob anyone with a gun in your hand. It’s not a scam . You’re just promoting fun and entertainment .” #1 Bradmondo 11 February 2021 Public Member I’ll explain my situation and hopefully you guys can provide me with some of your ex- pert knowledge. Firstly, I’m based in the U.K. and I have been gambling on football since I was about 15 years old. I believe over the years I have become more and more skilled at picking games and markets and my knowl- edge of football has increased hugely over the years and my own returns have grown higher and higher. A couple of years ago, I noticed the vast amounts of people on social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, following “free football tipsters,” who themselves have hun- dreds of thousands of followers. After study- ing these sites, I couldn’t believe the level of losses compared to wins, so I wondered, how are their followings so large? After a little bit of research, I discovered that they are all affiliated with different book- makers and profiting off people’s losses. So with a good knowledge of IT myself, a basic understanding of affiliate marketing, and full confidence in my own football knowledge, I’m thinking, why can’t I do what these guys do, but do it better? So, at the beginning of last year I decided to set up my own Facebook and Twitter ac- counts for providing free football tips to fol- lowers. I work very hard and put in hours of research to pick bets that I feel have a great chance of winning. The results have been very good and my followers have grown to over 16,000 across both social media sites in a little under 9 months. Many of these fol- lowers interact with me and there is definite- ly a level of appreciation for the accuracy of my tips. But now I wonder, where do I take it from here? I’ve been doing a lot of research on sports af- filiate programs over the last few months and am wondering is this the right choice for me in 2021? I’m well aware that I am in a completely saturated market and the busi- ness I am looking to profit on is completely unethical as my wins will have to turn to loss- es in order for me to make a gain. I do have full confidence in what I do and I believe I have a following on social media that knows and trusts me. I believe this will continue to grow, but I’m at a standstill and am unsure where to go from here. The only other option I can think of us to start charging followers, or setting up a VIP section where followers can pay a monthly premium or something of the like. But do I feel that my pages will continue to grow at the rate they are now if I go down this road? Maybe not. “ Reply With Quote Images by Oleh Donets/Shutterstock, Wpadington/Shutterstock, Colored Lights/Shutterstock 15 G P W A t i m e s . o r g