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Affiliate Interviews: Matan Waysler, Founder of TheBigFreeChiplist.com

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And here it is, the first affiliate that is going to fly for free to SiGMA by taking advantage of our great opportunity given to affiliates that share their inspirational stories. You too can get your flight costs covered to attend this huge event called Summit of iGaming, Malta. Beside the free flight, we have to mention that there will be lots of wining, dining and late night parties, and everything will be covered by the organizers, just so you can maximize your stay in Malta. Please consult our recent post to find out how you can benefit of this great opportunity, right here !

But let’s get back to this post. There aren’t many affiliates who decide to move to Bucharest, Romania and start working as an affiliate full time. This is the story of Matan Waysler, super-affiliate and founder of TheBigFreeChiplist.com and CasinosFreak.com.

GAV: First, we would like to thank you for the opportunity to interview such a highly appreciated professional of the industry. Could you fill out the short form below so our readers can imagine your profile?

  • Name: Matan Waysler
  • Age: 29
  • Hometown: Israel
  • Living in: Bucharest
  • Favorite Food: if it went Moo, Meee or oink oink before
  • Must Read Book: Haynes series

GAV: Since there are thousands of casino game review websites out there, where do you think TheBigFreeChiplist.com stands now?

Matan: The reason thebigfreechiplist.com reviews stands out is because it is providing the real facts about each game or casino and allowing players to rate and share their own experience with no filters, we never delete comments or players reviews.. even negative reviews that are posted on casinos who we are in close relationship with.. This is the ensure that information we present is real and based on true experiences.

GAV: What are the strong points of TheBigFreeChiplist.com and what makes it stand out from the niche websites?

Matan: The answer to this question should be divided to 3 main points:

  • Accurate and updated content
  • Exclusive bonuses
  • User rewarding

There are many key factors to creating a successful website, such as: Design, SEO, Mobile compatibility and several more.. But I think the most important factor and the strong point of thebigfreechiplist.com is the content, We work hard in making sure we provide the most accurate and updated content we can. Our data team is updating each casino review every month, and upload about 50 new bonuses every day to our Casino Bonus Blog page with full details and restrictions for each bonus, this provides our visitors with high user experience and a reason to come back to our site.

Another strong point for thebigfreechiplist.com is the huge amount of exclusive and high value bonuses we offer, We spend a lot of efforts by requesting casinos to provide us with better and bigger bonuses to our players, our goal is to give our visitors the best deals and bonuses they can find on the web.

And lastly, our user rewarding platform, we’ve built a very complicated and original users platform on thebigfreechiplist.com, which basically reward visitors with every action they make on our site, from posting comments to rating casinos and games, every action a user makes is rewarded with our site’s currency – BFC Coins, once a user has enough BFC Coins he can use them to purchase cool items on our shop, like high quality bonuses or even real money, also he can play and bet with those coins on our own exclusive casino games section – BFC Playground for a chance to win more coins and real money. We created this rewarding system to offer high user experience to our visitors and to give them a reason to come back to thebigfreechiplist.com.

GAV: What were the bumps on your road when you got started and how did you overcome them?

Matan: At the beginning the site was very unsuccessful, for the first 10 months it didn’t bring any traffic, the main reason for that was that it was built very poorly SEO wise and did not offer the same high quality content that it is offering now. Our way to overcome this was to sit down and simply learn and understand what makes a successful site, this includes all topics that I named above, such as: SEO, Design and Coding. There are thousands of guides on the internet for these topics.

GAV: We have browsed your website and found some high quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or you have a team of people writing the reviews? How many reviews are there on your website?

Matan: At the moment TheBigfFeeChipList.com is offering 780 casino reviews, and still counting, we want to include all the online casinos that are available on the web and add them to our review section. At the beginning I was collecting data and writing the content myself, with time we have expanded our operation and now we have inhouse and outsource content writers.

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GAV: How do you keep the content fresh and devoid of clutter when a lot of fluff and nonsense appear on the Internet on a daily basis?

Matan: First thing is we always verify and check the data with the online casinos directly, which are the first source of the information. Second we try to keep our sites focused on specific topics, thebigfreechiplist.com is mostly focusing on giving out the best bonuses to our players, while CasinosFreak.com is focusing more on casino reviews and casino games guides. This helps us control our data without getting lost.

GAV: We are sure that you receive daily messages from Affiliate Managers showcasing their products. You of course select them by the brands they work with; but what are your thoughts on how Affiliate Manager-Affiliate relationships should be built? 

Matan: Yes we are receiving a lot of applications, and accept most them. We are trying to keep on a more closer and less formal relations with our affiliate managers, unfortunately not all as it’s kind of hard to keep it “tight” with over 400 aff managers out there.

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[blockquote style=”1″]GAV: What is you opinion overall about affiliate conferences such as SiGMA?

Matan: As many other affiliate conferences, SIGMA is an important event that any “Player” in the industry should attend for. Everyone can get updated with the latest innovations on the market, creating new relations and partnerships and As I mentioned before the major benefit, is to meet up the ppl we’re already working with, to have that chance to get to know them a bit better from the personal point of view.[/blockquote]

GAV: How do you see the future of the gaming industry? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon in the near future?

Matan: I think it is currently a global phenomenon, as the popularity of online gambling industry is huge, I believe the future of the gaming industry is in the platform it is taking place at, there is a huge growth of players using their mobile and tablet devices to gamble online, and I think it will keep on growing.

GAV: Can you name one change that you want to see in the casino affiliate ecosystem?

Matan: Transparency, affiliates should have more information about the traffic they direct.

GAV: What advice you would like to offer to the new affiliates who are looking to venture into this great industry?

Matan: Keep your mind on the long run, don’t try to create a product to earn quick money.. Always make sure you are giving the user a joyful and high value experience.

GAV: Who is your favorite celebrity?

Matan: Jim Carrey

GAV: If you would just open your YouTube search bar, what would you search for?

Matan: MJ stuff (both the singer, both the NBA player)

GAV: Back to work. Do you attend any iGaming conferences? If so, which one is your favorite and what is your most fun experience?

Matan: Honestly I have not attended to a conference yet, I really hope to attend the next one though!

GAV: Alright, here comes the fun part…., where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe, some part of the region maybe that you haven’t visited yet and favorite destination around the world.

Matan: Been in all of Europe by now… I can definitely say I like it more than the west 🙂

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

Matan: I don’t think there is a place I wouldn’t want to travel at 🙂

GAV: What is your opinion about EEG (Eastern European Gaming – eegaming.org)?

Matan: I think it is absolutely great :), the site is very informative and very well put together (Design wise). Also, it’s good to have a site which is focusing on Eastern European Gaming industry, which not a lot of sites do.

 

 

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Exclusive Q&A with Jeton Kodia Co-Founder at Oddspedia

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Let’s start with a few words about yourself. Our readers love top executives talking about themselves.

My name is Jeton Kodia and I have been in the gambling business since 2009. I became an iGaming affiliate when I turned my hobby into my profession. Gambling is part of my life – I love betting, casino games, and poker. Additionally, with my first name Jeton, it was somehow destiny that I had to step into this industry. I am addicted to football, and I had to lose quite some bets on my favorite team until I learned that when you want to take betting seriously, you need to refrain from your emotional attachment to a particular team and turn your attention more to comparing the odds. Besides football and pro sports in general, I bet on pretty much anything with my friends. This ranges from prop bets about winning at Playstation games to whether my first child will be a boy or girl. There is always something going on in my life which we can bet on.

Now on to Oddspedia. What led to the founding of Oddspedia?

As I already hinted at before, I wanted to focus more on the odds at sports betting. Therefore, I teamed up with Jan, whom I know since we were 18 years old, and who is equally passionate for sports in general and football in particular. Together, we co-founded our company and website Oddspedia. The main goal of our company is to provide valuable, competitive and user-friendly services for sports betting fans, players and publishers. Since its inception and over the course of several years, Oddspedia established itself as one of the biggest international affiliates in the sports betting world.

Could you elaborate on the cutting edge that Oddspedia possesses? There are other companies that offer similar services. What makes Oddspedia “the number one sports companion” of punters?

The website aims to provide as much value to the user as possible, and the information is conveyed in a manner to ensure a great user experience. It starts with guaranteeing a reliable odds comparison – odds on Oddspedia are being scanned in real-time across more than eighty bookmakers to ensure that only the most up-to-date data is displayed. This is complemented by features not commonly found in competing websites, such as geolocation to show only relevant betting sites for the user, direct links to bookmakers’ betslips, full odds movement history and various betting tools. This is part of what makes Oddspedia one of the best sites for odds comparison. But as a matter of fact Oddspedia offers much more than that. The website has amazing sports coverage as well, providing livescore information on more than 30 different sports. Users can also explore sports statistics, bonuses and promotions, or read the latest news on their favourite leagues, teams and matches. All of this wrapped in an app-like web experience, with quick performance and a state-of-art modern design makes it easy for Oddspedia to stand out from its competitors.

You recently overhauled the Oddspedia website. What are the new features that have become user favorites?

In August Oddspedia had the biggest makeover yet with its relaunch. The new version was in development for more than a year, and enabled the development team to apply new tools and technical innovations that were simply not possible on the old site. Major front-end and back-end changes were done to improve the user experience, and the new UI provides much more natural and polished user flow. To ensure seamless operation, updates regarding back-end software, systems,  processing odds nodes, and new integrations are introduced almost on a day-to-day basis.

You have also launched widgets for webmasters and digital publishers which help them monetize their website through affiliate marketing? Tell us more about the widgets and process of monetizing.

One of the main issues from editors, publishers and affiliates is providing real time data to their customers. Is extremely hard to find a proper way to do it. The Oddspedia Widgets fill the gap between the sports data feeds and the operators.

For editors, the Oddspedia Widgets have been developed as a real “all-in one” solution. These tools can be implemented into any site by simply pasting their code, providing that site’s users with real time odds data. Publishers can benefit from the live information by not only providing their users an odds comparison widget for free, but they can include their affiliate link to the respective bookmaker. Clicks are simply shared on a 50/50 basis. The way the split works is that the widgets rotate with two links, one for the publisher and the other for Oddspedia which will be applied with equal chance.

 Publishers will get real time sports data without any cost for them, at same time they offer that to their customers and readers.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the betting and gambling companies, especially the traditional forms of betting and gambling. It is not yet done yet. How have the lock-down and social distancing measures affected your business?

In every crisis there’s an opportunity. The coronavirus outbreak has had a devastating impact all over the world and on our daily lives, with many businesses in almost every industry feeling the pinch. That’s no different with the gambling industry, as most major sports were suspended in the first lockdown during spring time.

At Oddspedia we expected that the interest in sports will even grow bigger in times of social distancing and isolation. But with the vast majority of sports canceled we had to find a way to react to the situation. We focused on increasing our sports portfolio and cover almost any event going on worldwide. As crazy as it sounds, the matches from a Table Tennis tournament in Russia were checked over a million times on Oddspedia.

There are still positives that can emerge from the pandemic, with virtual sports and esports being one of them. Virtual Sports truly boomed in interest. Esports betting is a vertical in the industry that was already rising in popularity before the outbreak. But now, it’s well on its way to establish itself as a major offering for operators and affiliates, which is set to continue even after we come out the other side of virus lockdowns.

It has been seven years since Oddspedia was launched. Most of these times, you focused mainly on Europe, especially the German-speaking countries. You are now venturing in to South America. How has the user response so far from the Latin American countries, who certainly love their football? Any plans to start operations in Asia?

Our entry into the South American market has been very successful. The audience there is extremely passionate about sports and betting, and they show a great demand for our product. Of course, we provide local users with well-targeted information from local bookies in their native language. We began with the integration of Spanish and Portuguese languages for our product, then we structured our content to be as engaging as possible for local users. It’s no secret, that for users from Brazil, as well as for other Latin American countries, football is the most popular sport. So when entering our website, we meet users with the most interesting football matches from their local leagues. These are shown first and then followed by popular worldwide championships.

This personalized approach is very successful and we have good and stable traffic coming from these countries

Several Asian countries, like Japan for example, are very interesting for oddspedia, as well. However, we deem it highly important to find the right partner when entering a country like that. It is crucial to have the right partner who is fond of the language, can translate and adapt to the correct betting terminology, and possesses local SEO knowledge. We envision to grant sublicenses for oddspedia if the right company to partner with comes knocking on our door.

The technology is moving at an unimaginably high speed. How do you think artificial intelligence and machine learning would impact the betting industry, and specifically the odds comparison

Automation based on machine learning has been key within ecommerce for years and the igaming industry should apply insights gained in other sectors. Offering a personal user experience in a responsible environment comes from understanding and catering to each individual player’s needs from an entertainment point of view. AI is a type of software or hardware that learns – and it could be programmed to learn mostly about users and their behavior and utilize those insights to drive the developments of new, hyper-personalised gaming and internet betting experiences. The technology is being applied to learn our habits, our likes, and our relationship patterns. Online gaming is an industry that runs on data, such as results, stakes, percentages, odds, stats, and so on. All of these numbers are constantly crunched, calculated and analysed behind every major gaming platform. For this reason, ML is actually playing a growing influential role in the sector, changing the game for both online gaming businesses and their players

Finally, what would be your key advises to any new entrepreneurs starting something new in the gambling industry or affiliate marketing sector?

Don’t start something just on your own if you are a newbie. First, dip your foot in the water and gain some experience in the industry. I would recommend starting with a job at a bigger affiliate company or in affiliate marketing at an operator. If you are smart, you can learn a lot quickly and avoid a bunch of costly mistakes you might have made otherwise. In the next step, you can try out your own ideas. By then, you already have a sound understanding of the industry, which allows you to make even better products right from the beginning and the timeframe until you are able to realize a return on your investment is likely to be much shorter, as well.

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Bojoko crowned Casino Affiliate of the Year 2020

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Bojoko crowned Casino Affiliate of the Year 2020

 

Online casino comparison site takes home its first EGR Operator Award off the back of a hugely successful year

 The party is continuing at Bojoko after the online gambling comparison site was named Casino Affiliate of the Year at the prestigious EGR Operator Awards 2020.

Bojoko fought off stiff competition from some of the biggest names in the affiliate industry, including Gambling.com Group, Catena Media and Blexr, to take home the trophy.

EGR judges said that Bojoko had showed “very strong growth” over the past three years having been the first to use the Airbnb and Trip Advisor model in the online casino sector.

The EGR judges said: “They continue to be innovative with a number of new features which has allowed them to grow to 26,000+ registered members.

“I really like the concept, it’s a true affiliate giving customers choice who to choose, growth looks decent and operators managing the page ensures compliance and cost control.

“It is a clever idea and model and shows good growth,” the judges added.

Bojoko allows online casino operators and game developers to create their own listing and tell their story through their own words, images and videos.

Bojoko members then rate and review online casinos and games based on the experience they receive, with Bojoko’s member base now standing at 26,000+.

Joonas Karhu, Chief Business Officer at Bojoko, said: “We are thrilled to have been named Casino Affiliate 2020 at the EGR Awards and for Bojoko to be recognised as a true leader in the space.

“The Covid-19 pandemic saw operators pivot to casino as part of efforts to mitigate the impact of the global sports blackout, making the casino comparison sector even more competitive than normal.

“The Bojoko team rose to this challenge and I am so pleased that their efforts have been recognised by EGR and its panel of esteemed judges.

“Our mission from day one has been to help players find the best casinos for them while also meeting the highest possible standards when it comes to responsible gambling and safe gaming.

“We continue to innovate and introduce new tools and features to help players filter and compare the 160+ casinos and 40+ game developers listed on Bojoko.

“We have ambitious plans for the coming 12 months, including expanding into the US market, and look forward to doing this with our first EGR award in the bag.”

 

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Karhu launches Professional Gambling Affiliates Association

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Karhu launches Professional Gambling Affiliates Association

 

Bojoko’s Chief Business Officer launches industry group with the aim of creating contractual security between affiliates and operators for the first time

Joonas Karhu, Chief Business Officer at Bojoko.com, has launched the Professional Gambling Affiliates Association (PGAA) to help improve the relationship between affiliates and operators and create contractual security for the first time.

Karhu formed the association after becoming concerned with the imbalance in the relationship between affiliates and operators. The PGAA will address this with affiliates coming together as one in order to push for contractual security and fair terms and conditions when promoting operator brands.

At present, there is no contractual security for affiliates who are forced to sign agreements that are one-sided and subject to change at any time. This can see life-time revenues slashed and fees increased with little to no notice.

This is not the case in other B2B industries and makes running an online gambling affiliate business incredibly difficult. Operating an organisation without a secured contract is unsustainable, making it impossible to invest in growth and putting jobs at risk.

The PGAA intends to create a contract that provides the security its members need to be able to promote operator brands now and moving forwards. The contract will be signed by PGAA members and their operator partners.

Bojoko will handle the initial communication between the PGAA and operators, and will also cover the legal cost associated with creating the PGAA contract. This includes any potential reviews or amendments required now and in the future.

Karhu is now calling on affiliates of all sizes to join the Professional Gambling Affiliates Association. Those interested in signing up can do so by requesting to join the dedicated Professional Gambling Affiliates LinkedIn Group here.

Joonas Karhu, Chief Business Officer at Bojoko, said: “The situation online gambling affiliates face is unprecedented when compared with other industries and sectors. Running a business without a secured contract is simply unsustainable and puts organisations and their employees at great risk.

“By creating the PGAA, I hope to be able to provide the contractual security that affiliates need to be able to promote operator brands and be confident that the players they send and the revenues they generate are secured over time.

“I am now calling on all affiliates to join the PGAA and for operators and other industry stakeholders to support the association and its mission to level the playing field for affiliates and to provide the contractual security they need and deserve.”

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