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Affiliate Interviews: Monika Niebelska of Kasynoorzel.pl

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It has been quite a while since we have added interviews with gambling affiliates and we sure did miss hearing all these inspirational stories. We have been in “the lab” and made the necessary improvements for you to have the best experience while browsing and adding your thoughts on our portal.

Thus we have managed to catch up with Monika from Kasynoorzel.pl, an interesting and informative website in the Polish region which aims to bring fresh news from available online casinos. The interview is very educative and one interesting thing we have learned from this interview is that no matter where you live, all it takes is passion and you can have a remote business as an affiliate. Oh yes, almost forgot….orzel means eagle in Polish 🙂

EEG: First, we would like to thank you for the opportunity to interview such a highly appreciated professional of the industry. Could you  share with us your profile so our readers can have a better idea of who you are?

  • Name: Monika Niebelska
  • Age: 30
  • Hometown: Wroclaw, Poland
  • Living in: Tallinn, Estonia
  • Favorite Food: homemade lasagna accompanied by red wine
  • Must Read Book: anything from Dostoyevsky

EEG: Tell us a bit about yourself, we want to know who Monika really is, the main person behind the Polish and Czech Republic’s management at Kasynoorzel.pl. Where were you born? What was the key idea of developing this great review website for top online casino games and reviews?

Monika: I had spent most of my life in Wroclaw, my hometown then I moved to Czech Republic for studies and now I live in Estonia. First I tried gambling when I was maybe 7 years old. It was on a ferry from Sweden and I spent my last few coins on slot machines.

The idea behind our websites is really simple: We want to be number one choice for iGaming players and I don’t mean being on the first page of search engine results. Rather than being no. 1 in Google we want Kasynoorzel.pl or any other website we work on to be in every igamer’s browser bookmarks. We are doing our best to make our websites useful and attractive to experienced gamers as well as those who are just starting their gambling adventure and we are all happy to see how many returning visitors we have and how engage they get on our websites.

EEG: Since there are thousands of casino game review websites out there, where do you think Kasynoorzel.pl stands now?

Monika: I would say we are a strong player in our league but there is still space for improvement.

EEG: What are the strong points of Kasynoorzel.pl and what makes it stand out from the niche websites?

Monika: There are plenty of websites in our niche many of which are of very low quality. Designed in a really chaotic manner often written in poor language either not up to date or flooding reader with nonsense content these websites are just tiring for users to even browse through. What makes Kasynoorzel.pl stand out is that we do everything but what I have just described. We keep the website simple with best quality content. Sometimes it’s better to write one blog entry less than to post something you would not want to read yourself. 

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

Monika: I was an absolute SEO and iGaming rookie when I started working in the field and it was only thanks to Thomas, our manager that I got where I am right now. He put all his trust and faith in me and I am really grateful for that. I also got great support from my fellow colleagues.

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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?

Monika: I am the person responsible for all our Polish and Czech websites and their final look. Usually I write the content myself but I have few trusted freelancers who contribute their texts from time to time. I cannot really say how many reviews we have right now as the number keeps on changing.

EEG: 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?

Monika: Online casinos and slots we promote on all our websites are brands that are trusted and friendly to Polish and Czech players. This on its own filters out a lot of poor content. With that we just listen to our readers, what they like and what they are interested in and just try to couple that with our writing.

EEG: 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?

Monika: We read every message we receive and even if it is clear that the sender did not put any effort in even looking at our website we still reply and politely decline the offer. I think the relationship should be based on mutual respect and understanding. You get something from me and give something in return, you have some targets to meet and I got mine. At the end of the day what matters is the brand we both work for gets promoted and receives new customers and it is a win-win situation for all of us.

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

Monika: Gambling in all its forms has been existing all over the world for ages and there is no indication that it is going to be otherwise even if many governments are trying to partially or completely ban it. On the contrary, thanks to rapid development of web and mobile technology casino games will become a worldwide product.

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

Monika: I would like casinos as well as game providers to be more diverse. I know that it is not easy as the basics are the same everywhere. In each casino we will find the same rules for card games, same rules for sportsbook and in each one there will be slots with spinning reels. The same thing however can be presented in so many different ways starting from website layout through game technology up to bonus system for players.   

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

Monika: To take more time when choosing whom to promote and to be more humble when dealing with business partners. Also to be patient.

EEG: Who is your favorite celebrity?

Monika: That is a very difficult question as I don’t really know what is happening in the celebrity world. Nowadays there are many people who are “famous for being famous” and you really cannot figure out who is who there. I’d rather read about someone famous for his professional achievements who sets example to follow than see another article about someone’s plastic surgery.

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

Monika: That strictly depends on three factors: When? What for? What’s my mood? Work related search would most probably be some new slot machine. For writing an article or answering e-mails I usually choose either a jazzy tune or a computer game soundtrack. Friday night means “Back to the 80s” whereas romantic dinner tastes better when listening to chanson francaise.

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

Monika: I do not attend iGaming conferences myself, we have a dedicated team for that. I prefer to stay in the office and write another review.

EEG: How do you rate the chances of Eastern Europe becoming potential gaming hotpot of the future? Where do you think the region must improve upon?

Monika: Eastern Europe has really great potential to become one of the most attractive areas for iGaming. I think it is more a question of casino companies to become more Eastern Europe oriented. Let’s take Poland as example, one of the largest countries in the region where gambling market is not that strictly regulated as in Estonia but where players still feel neglected if not ignored by many big casino brands. I have seen many websites where the so-called ‘Polish language version’ equals translation of the main page only, often with horrific spelling mistakes or where you cannot make deposits in the local currency and where you can only dream of customer support assisting you in Polish. I am not saying all casino websites are like that but there is definitely still to be improved in that matter.

EEG: 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.

Monika: I definitely want to see Russia, hopefully I will visit St. Petersburg soon. I would like to go to Hungary or Romania and for sure explore more of my own country. Favorite destination around the world? I think that would be North Pole.

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

Monika: Honestly speaking I haven’t seen that many places in Eastern Europe so I cannot really say which one I would not like to visit.

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

Monika: Eastern European market clearly needs its representative online and I am really glad that there is such place as eegaming.org that does the job!

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3 Reasons Why Gambling is Such An Lucrative Market For Affiliates

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For anyone who doesn’t know, affiliate links allow people to share products/services with people and earn money from anyone who signs up using this link. It is popular amongst bloggers who want to make a kickback from sharing clothes they like or the services they recommend. There are other things you can share by way of affiliates, for example, comeongames.com who let you earn money from sharing their gambling and online casino websites, but why are they proving so popular? Here are three reasons why it’s so popular and how you can use this to your advantage.

Pick Your Hours

Although it takes a solid investment of time to make a fulltime salary from affiliate links, you can certainly start to make good money with just a few hours of your time. Not only that, but you get to pick when you invest those hours. Most of us are already well versed in using social media networks and these can be a great place to share your affiliate links. For online influencers, this is an even better idea because you already have a solid follower list & you already know they like what you have to say. So sharing an affiliate link with them just makes sense.

Online Gambling Is Popular World Wide

Although you can share affiliate links for almost anything, if you’re sharing something made locally or within a niche, you’re limiting the number of people you can reach. Online gambling is something that is enjoyed worldwide, so you’re not restricting your potential audience at all. This is great because it means that the time of day you can reach people is varied too – so if you’re someone who is a night-owl, or you work odd hours you can still make gambling affiliate links work for you.

Gambling is popular amongst all sorts of people, so you’re not restricting your potential audience reach at all. Imagine boasting that you have customers from all over the world? Well, that is exactly what affiliate marketing of gambling links can bring you – how cool is that?

There Are So Many Different Choices

As well as being popular worldwide, there are so many choices when it comes to online gambling. So if your audience isn’t responding well to the offering of card games, perhaps you can reel them in with the spin of a roulette wheel or bet on a football game? You know your audience and with the right tracking, you’ll also get a solid idea of what affiliate links are proving most popular. This allows you to tweak your offering and ensure that you’re making the best out of every single affiliate link you share – ideal for ensuring your earnings are as high as possible.

If you have the hours to invest, then there is no denying that there is some serious money to be made from affiliate marketing. However, as well as investing the hours you need to make sure you’re choosing the right product or service to promote. There are so many different choices that there is something for everyone. That said, gambling is a pretty universal product that anyone can enjoy as a pastime, so it’s a great option for anyone looking to tap into a lucrative affiliate market, what do you have to lose?

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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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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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