23 September 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES September 23, 2009
New Affiliate Programs
The GPWA is excited to announce Ruby Royal Affiliates as a new sponsor. They are pleased to be helping our industry grow as new members of the GPWA!

Meet The Affiliate
Chris - pumacatIn this week's affiliate interview we discover how former disc jockey 'pumacat' went from becoming an online gambler to an online gambling affiliate, simply by clicking on a "$10 free play" banner ad. Read the interview

Industry News
Bodog Becky's BAC Top 10
She may have a new boss and a new job with Calvin Ayre and BodogBrand.com, but when it comes to industry entertainment, not much has changed for Rebecca Liggero. So, sit back and enjoy Bodog Becky's Top 10 list from the 2009 Budapest Affiliate Conference.

Perspectives Weekly on the scene at BAC
J. Todd reports from the Budapest Affiliate Conference where he provides a glimpse inside the conference, as well as news regarding Eurolinx, a deal between Harrah's and 888 Holdings and the UltimateBet cheating scandal.

Budapest Affiliate Conference exceeds expectations
A record number of iGaming delegates descended upon the Hungarian Riviera earlier this month for the BAC.

Eyes turn to France as market opens up
If France opens up its online gambling market to foreign operators as expected in 2010, the French online gambling market will likely to grow to 1.7 billion euros by 2015, according to the MECN consulting group.

Senator wants to fund health care with gambling
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced a proposal last week that would use revenue generated by taxing Internet gambling to offset the costs of health care reform.

Bodog celebrating 15-year anniversary
The online casino giant is celebrating the milestone with its 15 Days of Poker Tournament Series.

Income Access blog celebrating marketing software
"Marketing Software Week" will be held from September 28 to October 2 on Income Access' blog.

Kerching Casino launches affiliate program
The online casino's affiliate program was launched through McBoom and is giving affiliates the opportunity to earn 50% commission for the first three months.

Bingo Gringo gets new makeover
Bingo Gringo has finally launched their new site after many months of redesign.

WSOPE sets London attendance record
The first event at the World Series of Poker Europe was the largest poker competition held in London, with 608 entrants.

South Carolina poker players win appeal
A judge in the case of five poker players arrested for playing in a poker home game reversed the original ruling, stating poker would "withstand the legal test of being a game of skill."

Upcoming Conference

Affilicon Europe (Germany)Oct. 20-23
Affilicon Europe (Germany)
Affilicon Europe is the premier yearly event for European Affiliates, global vendors, affiliate networks and German vendors who look to extend their business over the Internet.

IGB Espana (Madrid)Oct. 30-31
IGB Espana (Madrid)
IGB Espana is the first event solely focused on the Spanish iGaming market and will explore the potential of this emerging market concentrating on content and networking as opposed to the large-style exhibitions.
Did You Know?
75% of marketers plan to increase use of social media marketing in 2010, according to a survey conducted by Unisfair.

Affiliate Program Sponsors

Places I've Played
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 check player terms and conditions before joining a new program?
GPWA member thepokerkeep posed an interesting question that we thought would make for a great poll in this week's newsletter. We know everyone reads an affiliate program's terms and conditions before working with them, but thepokerkeep wants to know how many of you check out a program's player T&Cs before adding it to your portfolio. And, if so, what's a deal breaker for you?  View poll
Last week's poll results: Have you ever shared a photo on Facebook? View poll
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From The Forums
New MessageNeed some SEO advice
abscident writes:
I know some of you guys are very good at SEO and have high PR websites, and I would appreciate some advice and suggestions. I have 4-5 websites, and I've done my best to get links and PR for them, but I haven't managed to get higher than PR1. I see that most sites here are PR3 or higher, and I would like to know how did you do this? From your experience, what links are the best?

1. Site-wide links on Web sites with many pages (they can generate up to thousands of links, but from the same domain)

2. Simple home page links on pages with high PR (the page will probably have a pretty high number of external links though)

3. In content links on unique niche articles with very few outgoing links and linked from home page (but the article page doesn't have any page rank)? read more

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