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Affiliate Interviews: Sirp de Wit of PokerListings.com (HighLight Media Group)

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Today you get the chance to meet Sirp who is the Managing Director of PokerListings, the world’s most comprehensive online poker guide with in-depth reviews of online poker sites and exclusive bonuses, promotions, tournaments and freerolls, Sirp is active in Igaming since 2009.

Name: Sirp de Wit
Age: 34
Hometown: The Hague, THE NETHERLANDS
Living in: Sliema, MALTA
Favorite Food: Italian/French cuisine
Must Read Book: Papillon (Henri Charrière)
Job title: Managing Director at HighLight Media Group

 

GAV: Hi Sirp, first of all tell us and our readers as well, a little bit about yourself, we want to know who Sirp really is. How did your career start in the iGaming industry? Since when are you active at PokerListings?

SDW: I graduated in 2008 in the UK and moved straight over to Stockholm, SWEDEN, after receiving a call to join a Lead Generation company (HighLight Media Group) that is active primarily in the iGaming vertical. My career started as a Site Manager for the Dutch Market and I have been with the company ever since, taking on different roles throughout the last 8.5 years and currently the Managing Director running the Poker side of the business. We control many different poker affiliate sites that generate traffic from Europe to North/South America and Asia. The biggest brand in my portfolio is PokerListings.

Out of office you will find me a lot in the park, spending time with my 2.5 year old baby girl. Other than that I will try to watch as much football as possible and enjoy good food/drinks with my better half.

GAV: Do you still remember when you first heard about poker or played it?

SDW: Yes, this was during my time as a under graduate student in the USA. We played quite some poker on campus and around that time I also got introduced to the online version.

GAV: Since there are thousands of websites and portals in this niche out there, where do you think PokerListings stands at this moment and what is that plus that the other poker portals don’t have?

SDW: PokerListings is up there with the other big players. We still hold a leading position in the industry while looking at traffic numbers, returning visitors, and value per lead. With the latter being the most important KPI.

 

PokerListings

 

PokerListings has a true identity which is the key to lasting in this industry. There are more poker portals that have one, but the majority of the websites don’t. They focus only on the business side, while not catering for the primary need of the customer. We, as well, are running a Poker portal that focuses on the business side in order to exist, but we do focus more on delivering for the true need of the customer, even though in most cases this is not directly connected to our business model. We cater for all different types of poker players, delivering the best strategy articles to introduce players to the game, bring the latest industry news, have the most in depth reviews, the rules covering all the different poker games, an extensive video section and even have our own annual live tournament, The Battle of Malta, taking place in Malta with a guaranteed prize pool of 500k EUR. From a business perspective we could deliver the same bottom line without half listed above, but we don’t, as we know that we fill a gap that nowadays others are leaving behind which gives us the opportunity to take on a leading role.

GAV: How do you see the online poker market/industry at this moment?

SDW: Poker industry is not what is was, and for smaller affiliates a tough environment to gain market share. However, there will always be a place for online poker affiliation within the iGaming vertical and it is now all about adjusting to a new level of normal.

GAV: What are the strong points of PokerListings and what makes it stand out from the other niche websites/guides?

SDW: Identity, history, value. We are a poker guide that is over 14 years old and has something to offer for all kinds of poker players.

GAV: We have analyzed PokerListings and found some great content. Are you writing it by yourself or do you have a team of people writing for you? How about the blog section?

SDW: We have a Content Team in place in HQ in Malta and have freelancers located all over the world. In order to be top of the game in poker affiliation, you need to deliver top notch content. You won’t survive long enough to tell the tale if you try to do this with half work. Content is King in the world of SEO. In order to keep the visitors engaged and thus the Search Engine valuing you, you need to see this as an investment rather than a cost.

GAV: Tell us about the online marketing and SEO of PokerListings, do you have someone inhouse for that our you outsourced it?

SDW: Also the marketing team is situated in HQ in Malta. We focus primarily on onsite SEO strategies. On top of that we spend time on email marketing, social media marketing, and PPC where allowed.

Our Marketing/SEO strategy has changed over the years, as we needed to adjust due to updated guidelines from the biggest Search Engines. Important to keep up to date with the latest trends as no strategy last forever and you need to keep adjusting.

GAV: How do you manage to keep the website fresh and relevant, when a lot of fluffy and nonsense appear on the Internet non-stop?

SDW: We run our own content agenda. Yes, from time to time stories need to be covered as they are too big to skip, but most of the fluffy nonsense we don’t touch. The online media landscape is changing to focus primarily on clicks and traffic in order to justify the media budgets. We keep it simple, focus on the world of poker, strategy, bonuses and a bit of fun. So far this has been serving us well.

GAV: We are pretty convinced that you receive messages from Affiliate Managers on a daily basis showcasing their best products. You, of course select them by the brands they work with. What are your thoughts on how a real Affiliate Manager-Affiliate relationship should be built, and how not?!

SDW: Yes, we do. I think –honesty- is still most important. We have worked with almost all poker brands available. And no matter how good your product pitch is, sooner than later your real performance will be public.

GAV: How does the online poker affiliate ecosystem look at this moment, how about the future? Let us in on a few secrets…

SDW: The affiliation part has seen a negative market trend over the last 7 years. However all about adjusting and setting a new strategy with new goals to reach. Still big upsides on the horizon: US market to open, South America/Asia is emerging, possible liquidity sharing between some Southern European countries etc.

GAV: Tell us one change that you want to see in the online poker industry?!

SDW: I would like to see the US open up and get the ball rolling with California. This will happen eventually and this will give a boost to the industry. Politicians should to stop talking BS, and start doing their jobs. Too much talk, too little actions. It does not make sense to me that now in 2017 the fast majority of the US landscape is blocked from online poker. Not only are you depriving the US citizens from such a fun game, you are also missing out on extra income you can strike up on a state/federal level. This so called land of the free is not so free after all.

GAV: Do you have any advice you would like to offer to newbies who are looking to venture into this majestic industry!?

SDW: Whatever segment within iGaming you go into, keep the full focus on the visitor. Keep adding value to the chain. It might be a slower and more costly path to success, but once you are there it will last way longer.

GAV: How about iGaming/online casino conferences, do you attend any of them? If so, which one is your favorite and what is your most fun experience?

SDW: I myself only go to those in London and Berlin. I normally skip Amsterdam, Barcelona and the Nordic Conference but then have my Account Managers on the ground. London and Berlin both are special cities. I enjoy coming down every year for some days.

GAV: What do you think the chances are for Eastern Europe to become a potential gaming hotspot in the near future? Where do you think the region must still improve upon?

SDW: It will take time. These things won’t just happen overnight. Not only does the IT infrastructure need to be in place but capital as well. This is still lacking in most of these countries on a scale that it would be interesting to invest. We always set up products in new places where we see potential in the future so that we are ready when needed, but for now keep the marketing spend to a minimum.

GAV: Where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe, any favorite country or region?

SDW: Big fan of Prague. Still has the vibe of a medieval town while excellent place to party and enjoy good food.

GAV: Where you wouldn’t want to travel in Eastern Europe 🙂 ?

SDW: No place comes to mind.

GAV: How about a favorite celebrity or a mentor, do you have one?

SDW: Tommy Cooper

GAV: Tell us your opinion about the Gambling Affiliate Voice?

SDW: Fine site. I check the site from time to time for industry latest news headlines.

GAV: Thanks for your time Sirp, we really value it. 

 

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Casino Guru wins Affiliate of the Year at AffPapa Awards for third consecutive time

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Casino Guru wins Affiliate of the Year at AffPapa Awards for third consecutive time

 

Casino Guru, the premier platform for online casino reviews and industry insights, is thrilled to announce its victory in the “Affiliate of the Year” category at the prestigious AffPapa iGaming Awards 2024.
This marks the third consecutive year that Casino Guru has received this esteemed recognition, cementing its position as a leader in the affiliate industry.
The AffPapa Awards celebrate excellence in the iGaming sector, highlighting outstanding affiliates, operators, and B2B providers. Casino Guru’s consistent triumph in the “Affiliate of the Year” category is a testament to its commitment to transparency, innovation, and player safety. The platform, known for its comprehensive reviews and user-friendly interface, continues to set industry standards, ensuring fair play and informed choices for online gamblers worldwide
Over the past year, Casino Guru has achieved unprecedented growth and several notable milestones. The platform has maintained its status as the largest online casino database, with reviews of over 6,200 casinos. In a commitment to transparency and player protection, more than 450 online casinos have adjusted their terms and conditions based on Casino Guru’s recommendations. Additionally, the online gambling forum has surpassed 5,000 monthly posts, reflecting its strong community engagement.
“We are honored and delighted to receive this award for the third time,” said Ivona Kulichova, Casino & Affiliate Communication Lead. “This recognition reflects our unwavering dedication to providing high-quality, trustworthy information to our users and partners. We extend our gratitude to the AffPapa Awards committee and our incredible team for their hard work and passion.”
Casino Guru’s dedication to responsible gaming initiatives has been a cornerstone of its success. Partnerships with organizations like Mindway AI further this mission, emphasizing responsible gaming practices. The Casino Guru Awards recognize the industry’s top operators and professionals who align with Casino Guru’s mission to make online gambling safer.
Additionally, the Casino Guru Academy has introduced new courses on key industry topics, such as player verification, ESG in gambling, customer complaint handling, and affiliate management, highlighting its commitment to professional development and high standards. The Global Self-Exclusion Initiative, which includes the Self-Exclusion Standards project developed with international experts and City, University of London, exemplifies Casino Guru’s proactive approach to player safety.
The Complaint Resolution Center has also achieved remarkable success. Over the past year, 12,161 complaints were published and 3,428 resolved, saving players over $11 million. This represents a significant increase in both the number of complaints handled and the amount of money recovered for players, underscoring Casino Guru’s role in protecting consumer interests.
Amidst these achievements, Casino Guru remains steadfast in its mission to provide comprehensive and reliable information to the online gambling community. The company is committed to continuous innovation, responsible gambling practices, and fostering a trustworthy and engaging online environment for its visitors and the broader public.
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AskGamblers Awards: Boomerang Partners Among “Best Affiliate Program” Nominees

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AskGamblers Awards: Boomerang Partners Among "Best Affiliate Program" Nominees

 

Boomerang Partners, the rapidly growing affiliate program, has been named among the notable finalists for the highly coveted “Best Affiliate Program” category at the 2024 AskGamblers Awards

Boomerang Partners has been selected to the top 10 for the ‘Best Affiliate Program’ category at the 2024 AskGamblers Awards. This major nomination highlights Boomerang’s dedication to delivering excellent value and innovative solutions for affiliate partners in the iGaming industry.

The AskGamblers Awards, established in 2006, hold immense prestige as selections are based directly on real player feedback and opinions. Earning a finalist spot is a significant achievement that affirms Boomerang’s status as a trusted source for superior affiliate opportunities within the industry.

“We deeply respect AskGamblers as an important voice in our industry,” said Vitalii Prokofev, CEO at Boomerang Partners. “Being nominated alongside other top programs shows our focus on positive interactions and impact for our valued affiliate partners.”

Given the brand’s many advantages and high standards, Boomerang invests resources in launching new initiatives and tries to improve the market. Like the global Golden Boomerang Awards traffic championship, offering real-world awards for best affiliates in the market. This approach helped Boomerang expand its affiliate network by 135% to over 5,200 partners worldwide in over 70 countries.

Highlighting its industry significance and recognition by industry leaders, last year Boomerang Partners earned prestigious accolades, such as the “Casino of the Year” at the SiGMA BALKANS/CIS Awards, the “Commission Offer Of The Year” at the AffPapa iGaming Awards, “The Best PPC Affiliate” at the SiGMA Europe Awards, along with special recognition at the BiS SiGMA Americas 2023 for enhancing the iGaming & Betting ecosystem in Brazil.

While voting for the AskGamblers Awards remains open until June 12th, the “Best Affiliate Program” category which Boomerang Partners is nominated is not open for public vote, as stated by AskGamblers. Check out the full list of nominees and vote for your favorites at AskGamblers.com

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MyAffiliates is officially the most used affiliate marketing software by the iGaming industry.

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MyAffiliates is officially the most used affiliate marketing software by the iGaming industry

 

MyAffiliates is officially the most used affiliate marketing software used in the gaming industry.

The exercise was conducted on a sample of 1,100 affiliate programs with data provided by Statsdrone revealing that MyAffiliates is used by almost 16% of gaming operators, followed by Affilka (11.8%), Income Access (10.5%) and NetRefer (7.8%).

The findings of the recent exercise, based on a sample of 1,100 affiliate programs, affirm MyAffiliates’ position as the preferred choice among gaming operators. With nearly 16% of operators utilizing our software, we are honoured to be entrusted with facilitating their affiliate marketing efforts.

While we celebrate this achievement, we also recognize the evolving landscape of the industry. The fact that 17% of gaming operators still rely on proprietary software presents significant opportunities for ready-built solutions like MyAffiliates to further expand our market share and empower more operators to optimize their affiliate marketing strategies.

Considering this significant milestone, we at MyAffiliates extend our heartfelt gratitude to our clients and partners for their unwavering trust and support. This achievement underscores not only the effectiveness of the MyAffiliates platform but also the dedication of our team to continually innovate and provide unparalleled service to our users.

John Wright, CEO of Statsdrone, expressed his insights regarding MyAffiliates’ dominance in the iGaming industry, stating, “We know that MyAffiliates has an advanced platform for operators and is one of the reasons we know that MyAffiliates has become the most popular affiliate platform in iGaming. We hear from affiliates it is one of their preferred platforms to work with so for us it isn’t much of a surprise to see why operators choose MyAffiliates. In the last 6 months, we’ve noticed more MyAffiliates brands being requested on our platform, and I can’t see why that trend won’t continue.”

Clemence Dujardin, MyAffiliates Group CEO added: “As the leading affiliate marketing software in the iGaming industry, MyAffiliates remains committed to delivering cutting-edge solutions that empower gaming operators to maximize their affiliate programs’ performance and ROI.”

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