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SEO Wizardry – How gambling affiliates can stay ahead of the new Google Penguin update

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Penguin update

The first Google Penguin update was confirmed on April 24, 2012. It’s role was to algorithmically penalize those websites that were considered to violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines by being involved in so called “link schemes”. It’s main focus was on those thought or found to be buying links or to acquire them through link farms or networks, whose sole purpose was to boost and increase their Google rankings artificially.

This first Penguin update has changed SEO strategies since it’s introduction by removing those who were thought to be using this kind of techniques or simply pushing them down on the SERP’s!

This update gave birth to a whole new era, where SEO’s had to place a whole lot more accent and time on obtaining those highly desired quality links and to produce highly relevant and unique content that would generate on-page engagement an thus getting those relevant and why not organic backlinks!

The first rumours about a new Penguin Update appeared in 2015, Google’s spokespeople declared that this time it would be a real-time update, meaning that any site caught on operating against Google’s Webmaster guidelines would be downgraded instantly – but there’s no need to panic, the recovery will be made a lot more faster too!

Where are you at?

Two years have past since the last Penguin update, so before you dive into a new plan you might wanna check your current status! It would be wise to have a look at your strong points and your weak points, focusing on how the previous updates may have impacted your link/content strategy!

Your main focus should be on your backlink profile! Where are your links coming from, are they from relevant and authoritative sites and domains, or from spammy sites!?! You should also check what kind of links your domain has, footer or sidebar links or even worse links from comments or forum signature links? Don’t forget to check your anchor text distribution, making sure that you’re not using any money or spammy anchor text’s. Your anchor text’s should be natural and your external links from trusted sites, keeping in mind that your brand or domain name is a perfect and a very natural anchor text too!

Anchor text diversity

In the pre Penguin era, webmasters frequently used their keywords also as anchor texts for backlinks thus achieving higher positions in the SERP’s for the given keywords. This technique as many others in the past became abused leading to a mass scale of penalties from Google!

There is no perfect or exact balance on the diversification of anchor texts, but if you keep your anchors relevant and engaging to the visitors you shouldn’t encounter any problems! And if you like it on the safe side, than here are a few anchor texts that will keep you there:

  • Partially matching or long tail keywords, anchor texts with synonyms, naked URL’s (in all variations), brand names, image links with optimized alt text.

Internal links

Another vital step is to assess your internal link profile and make sure that it’s well structured and relevant for your site but also for the users so that they can browse trough your site easily! Having this done you should be able to offer Google and your users a safe and clear hierarchy!

Quality content

One of the core targets of the Penguin update is to find and penalize sites that use black-hat techniques such as manipulating links. The most effective way in making a penalty free site is to provide Google with quality and highly relevant content thus making sure that your visitors also find the information relevant and engaging and shareable.

Nowadays Google’s algorithm changes switched the focus from the simple and fast ranking techniques to a more user experienced journey where marketers should focus on creating the right content and making this available for all devices, having this done you should easily sail towards that highly desired #1 SERP’s for your website!

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ReferOn Shortlisted with ‘Affiliate Program of the Year’ by Gambling Insider

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ReferOn Shortlisted with ‘Affiliate Program of the Year’ by Gambling Insider

 

ReferOn, a state-of-the-art affiliate program management system, was recognized alongside MioMedia affiliate program by the reputable Gambling Insider publication on the Affiliate Program of the Year 2024 shortlist.

The MioMedia affiliate program has seen significant growth over the past year, with first deposits up 190%, deposits up 76% and marketing spend up 147%. This growth in performance is due to transparent conditions and the attractiveness of brands such as MyEmpire, Neon54 and Slotspalace, known for their attractive gamification and design.

David Harris, B2B Affiliate Team Manager at ReferOn, noted the achievement: “Our partnership with MioMedia has played a significant role in their success. Thanks to ReferOn’s comprehensive analytics, we have enabled flexible affiliate models, which is one of the keys to growth.”

Helen Reginia, Head of Affiliates at MioMedia, commented on the nomination: “Implementing ReferOn into our processes has been a game changer. The platform has given us the tools to provide competitive commissions to our affiliates, ensuring a stable partnership based on trust, commitment and support.”

MioMedia plans to continue its growth and is preparing to launch new projects, which you can learn about at iGB Affiliate London 2024 from 6 to 8 August on stand E40. In turn, the Referon team will talk about upcoming technical innovations there, at the stand Q10.

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The last London edition of the ICE Exhibition: Sends employees are sharing insights from the event

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ICE is the global conference, home to 600+ international brands that provide access to financial products, gaming tech solutions, and innovations. Sends team visited the exhibition and here is a take on it.

ICE London 2024 opened on the 6th of February and lasted for three days at the ExCel exhibition center. This year the organizers broke the record of 811 exhibitors from 76 countries and created the biggest in its history Consumer Protection Zone.

This conference gathers the biggest players from financial, law, gaming, crypto markets to make them cooperate, and create new solutions and regulations. There are well-known Sumsub, BetConstruct, AWS, and many others among the participants.

ICE London is a must-visit conference not only for the UK based companies but for every international player. It surprises everyone with its scale, diversity, and possibilities. We met partners and our colleagues, shared news, and gained experience. This is truly a celebration of technologies from all around the world, commented Anastasiia Pervushyna, Director/MLRO in Sends. ICE Esports Arena was something new for me this year. The industry is fast growing so we got new contacts to explore the area. New grounds, that is what I love about the ICE Exhibition.

One of the shareholders (owners) Sends company is Alona Shevtsova, a businesswoman, philanthropist, and active participant in the Ukrainian and UK FinTech community.

“ICE London 2024 provided a fantastic opportunity to establish new connections within the industry, enhance business relationships with our clients, and showcase the remarkable and continuous transformation of our product portfolio. We are glad to participate in the last ICE in London and showcase our latest innovations in payment technology”, Alona Shevtsova added.

After an independent selection process, ICE organizers move to Fira Barcelona Gran Via in 2025. Next year this conference will be held in Europe which can bring new contacts and value for the participants. Sends company already plans the visit to Barcelona in January 2025 for the first ICE Conference in Europe. To stay in touch with Sends representatives, please use [email protected] email.

To learn more about Sends and its special offer, please visit www.sends.co.
*Sends is a trade name of SMARTFLOW PAYMENTS LIMITED.
SMARTFLOW PAYMENTS LIMITED is registered in England and Wales (Company number 11070048).

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Checkd Group and William Hill claim Marketing prize at iGB Affiliate Awards 2024

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Checkd Group and William Hill claim Marketing prize at iGB Affiliate Awards 2024

 

Checkd Group and William Hill took home the top prize in the Marketing Campaign of the Year category at last night’s iGB Affiliate Awards 2024.

The team picked up the award for the ‘No Tippy Tappy Football with Sam Allardyce’ video series, which has been a major hit across its 50 episodes with its high-profile guests presenting insight, opinions and anecdotes.

Star guests on the show have included Graeme Souness, Duncan Ferguson, Robbie Fowler, Karl Robinson and Simon Jordan, with the judges impressed by the way that the content reached an audience of over 26 million during the judging period.

Will Tyrrell, Director of UK Media at Checkd Group, said: “‘No Tippy Tappy Football with Sam Allardyce’ has been a big hit for audiences and William Hill alike and the formula of insightful chat and opinion has worked very well. It’s fantastic to gain recognition for our efforts once again and we look forward to taking the show forward to even greater heights in the future. “

The iGB Affiliate Awards celebrates the best innovations, successes and contributions from across the industry.

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