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Spotlight on Content: Casino Reviews

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Spotlight on Content: Casino Reviews

 

Product reviews are an essential element of any casino affiliate site. They are a powerful tool in persuading a reader to sign up with a partner operator. When produced well they can improve engagement, repeat visits and ultimately conversions and revenue.

In this article we discuss the importance of reviews and 5 essential elements that are needed to make them work.

 

Why Casino Reviews Matter

Gambling affiliate sites have changed significantly over the last two decades. At the dawn of the industry casino reviews were simple, short descriptions of the product and bonus on offer, often with a lack of real quality or attention to detail in the writing.

But over time affiliates have produced more sophisticated content to meet the needs of a savvier customer base as well as the demands of Google’s algorithm that has become more effective in rewarding high quality content for SEO-driven sites.

The characteristics of readers who find their way to review pages tell us about the importance of these pages too. These readers are ready to browse for longer than other visitors, looking for in-depth analysis of a casino from an expert reviewer, or specific bits of information not available elsewhere on a site. Either way, they are the kind of user who is giving more thought to where they next place a bet than the one who hits up the first available bonus they see. And they often deliver a better lifetime value too.

 

Essential Elements In A Good Casino Review

We have identified 5 crucial elements that make up a good casino review.

 

Comprehensive and Accurate Information

All the information put into casino reviews on a gambling affiliate site must be accurate of course. This is essential to build trust with readers.

As well as being accurate reviews must be comprehensive, covering every detail a user might be looking for. Information like operator and licensee name and business address, list of game providers, available payment options, deposit limits and fees, withdrawal times and customer support hours are all important and can impact the reader’s decision to sign up to a casino. If an affiliate doesn’t provide this information or provides inaccurate information then the user will look for an alternative source of information.

 

Honest and Expert Opinions

Reviews should provide opinion as well as fact, and it should be from someone who understands the product they are talking about. A reviewer with lots of experience of playing at casinos who reflects on the quality of a website, game catalogue and cashier service, will be more genuine and believable than someone who has no experience in the sector.

And readers are savvy enough to know the difference.

Equally, they will quickly spot a puff piece that celebrates every aspect of the experience and criticises nothing. And again, trust in the review will be compromised as a result.

Mark Wadie, site editor at AllSlotSites.com, a leading casino and slots game review site in the UK, says that the team believes honesty is critical to the success of their review content. ‘Alongside information gathering we always test casinos we review with a real money account. We deposit, claim a bonus, play the games, speak to support and action a withdrawal. That way we can communicate the real experience to our readers which conveys trustworthiness and integrity.’

 

Helpful Comparisons

An important element of any online review is a comparison with other similar products on the market.

If you were looking to purchase a new mobile and wanted to choose between an iPhone and an Android Galaxy then you would like to see an ‘at a glance’ comparison table showing key elements like screen size and battery life next to each other. The same is true for casinos which can be compared across metrics like number of jackpot slots, number of live tables, minimum withdrawals and payment options.

Readers can take in information from tables like these quickly and easily, and where horizontal scrolling is used, they do not negatively impact the experience for visitors using mobile phones.

But comparisons don’t have to be only in tabulated form, they should also be included in the text of reviews to highlight the strengths or deficiencies of a particular casino. Having a small team of in-house writers who work across all reviews is better in this regard. Reviewers can draw on previous articles they have written for the same affiliate site to make meaningful comparisons that help the reader explore different options and get more value from the content.

 

Uniqueness and Exclusivity

In a crowded field like the casino affiliate industry it is hard to be different, but if it can be done. Creating unique content adds to the overall quality of reviews and engenders loyalty and trust in readership.

Mark Wadie from All Slot Sites again: ‘Where possible we look to provide areas of analysis that other affiliates don’t. For example, we randomly verify game RTPs for slots that have more than one rate to see if players are getting good value for money. This is something few others do. Casino players are savvy and they are impressed when they see content like this. It means the writer understands what is important to the player.’

Elsewhere, if an affiliate has a particularly good relationship with an operator, they may be able to source an interview with a casino or customer support manager who can provide a quote to support a review and add further trustworthiness.

 

Quality Visual Production

Finally, it is worth remembering that alongside written content, an important element of any webpage is the visual production. Websites that load quickly, look slick and present information in a format that is easy to scan for important facts as well as read in depth hold their reader’s attention for longer and are more likely to lead to conversions.

Casino reviews are typically a mix of at a glance information like rows of payment or game provider icons as well as paragraphs of text. Enlisting a good designer to lay this information out in a way that looks good as well as being easy for the reader to follow is as crucial to the success of the page as the information itself.

 

To Conclude

Producing quality casino reviews is a time-consuming endeavour but in 2024 more than ever, it is critical in building a successful affiliate site. There are no short cuts to doing the job. It requires detailed research by expert writers who can draw useful comparisons with similar casinos in their writing. But it’s time and money well spent. Well produced reviews will increase conversions from the best value players and lead to repeat visits to a site.

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Game Lounge Swedish Website (SveaCasino.Se) now QMRA Compliant

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Game Lounge Swedish Website (SveaCasino.Se) now QMRA Compliant

 

QMRA is a Quality Mark for iGaming affiliates, launched in February 2024. QMRA is available for the following jurisdictions: Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, USA Michigan, UK, Poland, Estonia, Ontario

QMRA is a follow up from successful Dutch Quality Mark KVA, which currently has most affiliates as members and works with several operators (like LeoVegas, TonyBet, HardRockCasino, 711 and Tombola).

QMRA now has various prominent members, like: Gaming Innovation Group (Gentoo), Applied Digital Media Group, Leadstar Media (for Germany) and Game Lounge as well.

Game Lounge joined QMRA with GuideCasino.Be before, and has now joined QMRA with various markets. For Sweden, the first website has been found compliant: SveaCasino.Se

Having the Quality Mark will instill trust in Swedish consumers, authorities and operators.

SveaCasino.Se is a well known Swedish website, with estimated traffic (SEMRUSH) of about 100.000 per month. SveaCasino.Se will be carrying the QMRA mark from now on. This means that the website has been checked against the QMRA Compliance Code:

  1. Channelling objectives
  • The affiliate shall not advertise or promote the offer of unlicensed operators.
  • The affiliate shall not make use of brand imagery, call-to-actions or make other references to the website and offer of unlicensed operators.
  1. Responsible advertising
  • The affiliate shall never aim their advertising activities at persons that have not reached the age of 18.
  • The affiliate shall add an 18+ characteristic to every webpage of their website and to any marketing activities on social media. The characteristic shall be clearly identifiable and visible to the consumer.
  • The affiliate shall be mindful of the design of their marketing activities, as to not directly or indirectly target or exploit minors.
  • The affiliate shall not make use of minors, directly or indirectly, in any marketing activity or imagery used in relation to marketing for games of chance.
  • The affiliate shall not aversely influence excluded persons in a way that may convince or encourage them to start gambling, discourage them from further self-exclusion or target them in any marketing activity targeted at advertising games of chance.
  1. Careful and balanced design
  • All marketing activities shall use no uncertain terms or mislead the consumer as to the nature, workings, prizes, risks and odds of the offer.
  • The affiliate shall not use any uncertain terms or mislead the consumer as to their affiliation, role or activities. The affiliate shall clearly disclose their role as a marketeer.
  • The affiliate shall not imply or state that the consumer may have a predominant influence on the outcome of a game of chance, or that the outcome may be influenced in any other way other than chance.
  • The affiliate shall clearly state the type of game of chance is offered.
  • The affiliate shall clearly state the license status of the operator.
  • The affiliate shall not claim that it is quick or easy to win often or a large amount of money in any game of chance.
  • The affiliate shall not encourage excessive or irresponsible gambling behavior.
  • The affiliate shall not claim that the offer is free, the best, the cheapest or on sale in any way.
  1. Contributing to responsible gaming
  • The affiliate shall share information regarding the risks associated with gambling for money.
  • The affiliate shall share information and the means to get help with a (developing) gambling addiction. This information shall be:
  • The national support helpline for gambling addiction;
  • Parties that offer further assistance for a gambling addiction;
  • Further information on gambling addiction;
  • The possibility of self-exclusion and the Swedish Gambling Authority.
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ReferOn Announces Second Seminar for Affiliates: ReferOn Insights

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ReferOn Announces Second Seminar for Affiliates: ReferOn Insights

 

Following the success of the first seminar for operators, ReferOn is delighted to announce its second seminar, “ReferOn Insights,” specifically designed for affiliates. This highly anticipated event will take place on Thursday, 11th July at 2 PM CET and promises to deliver invaluable knowledge and strategies for affiliates in the iGaming industry.

The seminar will be led by David Harris, B2B Affiliate Team Manager at ReferOn, who boasts over 8 years of experience in the iGaming market. He will be joined by Alexia Gauci, B2B Sales Manager at ReferOn, who will serve as the moderator for the session.

 

What to expect at the seminar:

  • Data Discovery and Reporting: Gain insights into effective data analysis and reporting techniques to optimize affiliate performance.
  • Tracking Methodology: Learn about advanced tracking methods and how to implement them for better accuracy and efficiency.
  • Management tips: get advice on security, optimizing payment processing, processes and technical support team resources.

Additionally, following the main seminar program, there will be a Q&A session – participants will have the opportunity to speak directly with David Harris and Alexia Gauci and have their individual questions answered.

Join this opportunity to elevate your affiliate strategies and network with industry leaders. Spaces for the seminar are limited, so sign up promptly to secure your spot. The seminar will take place just a few days before the ReferOn team travels to one of the main iGaming industry events of the year iGB Live! You can be the first to find out online what ReferOn is preparing to present at booth 10-F38 at RAI Amsterdam from July 17-18.

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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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