18 November 2009 GPWA Times Newsletter

GPWA TIMES November 18, 2009
New Affiliate Programs
The GPWA is excited to announce AffActive, CAI Affiliates and ReferIncome as new sponsors. They are pleased to be helping our industry grow as new members of the GPWA!

Meet The Affiliate
Aleksey BatishevAleksey Batishev -- also known as KazaK on the GPWA forums -- has always loved games. Find out how the Kazakhstan-born webmaster went from being a Starcraft whiz to making his living as a poker affiliate. Read the interview

Meet The Affiliate Manager
Tanya Littlefield of Everest Affiliates may be relatively new to the iGaming affiliate industry, but she has proven in a short period of time that she has the personality and marketing know-how to succeed. Read the interview

Industry News
Perspectives Weekly heads to Costa Rica
While meeting with new APCW sponsor AffStorm in Costa Rica, "El J-Todd-o" reports on industry news from Poland and provides a Spanish recap of the Grand Prive controversy.

APCW podcast: Coffee and cookies edition
J Todd, Anthony and Vin talk a little Costa Rica and take a closer look at cookies and the EU and blogging disclosure in the U.S.

PartyGaming executive sees future in online betting
PartyGaming CEO Jim Ryan says that Internet gaming companies can provide casinos with better player data and customer tracking technology.

Fortune Lounge Group offering free gambling
The Fortune Lounge Group's latest promotion is giving out 1,000 free credits to be paid out each month in 2010.

Digitote gets eCOGRA accreditation
The sports-betting software provider gained eCOGRA's Certified Software accreditation seal.

Israeli online gambling ring busted
An illegal online gambling operation that made 340 million shekels ($90 million) in two years was busted and 36 people were arrested following an investigation of more than a year.

Bookie's future could be online
Paddy Power's recent deal with French Tote suggests its focus is shifting from land-based betting shops to online.

Right2Bet discusses Germany and Portugal
The Right2bet blog is focusing this week on the attitudes of both Portuguese and German officials regarding sports betting companies advertising their products.

Sportsbook affiliate to sponsor iGB Affiliate Award
OLBG.co.uk has been announced as the sponsor of "The Best Sportsbook Affiliate Manager" category at the upcoming industry awards ceremony.

Upcoming Conference

Scandinavian Affiliate Super Summit (Stockholm)Nov. 25 - 27
Scandinavian Affiliate Super Summit (Stockholm)
The Scandinavian Affiliate Super Summit presents a major networking opportunity for entry levels to top performing affiliates from Scandinavia. The conference will bring you the best of Scandinavian affiliate case studies and tutorials.

EGR Live (London)Nov. 30 - Dec 01
EGR Live (London)
EGR Live will bring the online gaming industry together for combining meetings, conference sessions, seminars, workshops, products displays, networking and hospitality.
Did You Know?
Attendance at this year's Global Gaming Expo is expected to be down 5.7% to 25,000, compared to 26,500 in 2008.

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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How much exercise do you get each week?
In a recent discussion about insomnia, it was noted that exercising on a regular basis makes it a lot easier to get a good amount of sleep. Webmastering, in general, is a pretty sedentary job. And when you throw in the fact that many affiliates are working long and crazy hours, and frequently working other jobs, it can be tough to squeeze in work out time. How much time do you spend each week exercising? And what kind of exercising do you do? View poll
Last week's poll results: How many gaming sites do you identify as rogued or blacklisted on your portal? View poll
Buzzy's World
The BuzzBuzzy has been hard at work this week chasing down the latest industry rumors and gossip. Here's a quick look at Buzzy's top finds:
New MessageAntonius wins largest pot in online poker history
New MessageKansas City man jailed in online gambling probe
New MessageIsraeli online gambling ring busted
New MessageChurchill Downs purchases Youbet
From The Forums
New MessageBest converting casino banners
Satya writes:
It would be really helpful if the affiliates & affiliate managers could list their top-five banners in terms of conversions and share some of their experiences. This will help affiliates in selecting the correct banners for their Web sites/promotions and affiliate managers to create better converting creative for the affiliates.

The following rules of thumb generally define good banners:

  • Easy to load
  • Prominent and clear call to action
  • Good ad copy
  • Eye catching
  • Simplicity of layout

I would like hear what others have to say.  read more

New MessageSEO penalty or Google sandbox?
New MessageAny gamers at the GPWA?
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New MessageAnother boneheaded move
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