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Affiliate Interviews: Olga of BestOnlineSlots.info

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Name: Olga
Hometown: Moscow
Living in: Malta
Favorite Food: Thai
Profession/Job title: Gaming Affiliate

GAV: Hello Olga, first of all, tell us and our readers as well a little bit about yourself. How did your career start in the industry? What was the key idea of developing this great online slots guide?

Olga: There is a big community of “iGaming people” in Malta where I live and I happen to be friends with some of them and got interested in this industry. Almost 6 years ago I created my first website (in Russian) and since then have been working as an affiliate. About a year ago I started working on bestonlineslots.info project the main purpose of which is to provide as much information as possible to slots fans around the world, guide them through the game process, introduce them to the best casinos there they can play slots from different software providers, give them up to date information about bonuses and promotion.

GAV: Since there are thousands and thousands of websites in the slots niche out there, where do you think BestOnlineSlots.info stands now?

Olga: It is still a new project so it has not made a big name for itself yet. But hopefully it will get there. Now the main priority is to review any new slot games that come out and any new online casinos that are dedicated to slots lovers.

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

Olga: There are so many providers of slots right now – both that have been there forever and new ones – and everyone is trying to attract as many players as they can to their product. I think it is good because it makes providers work harder, be more creative and give us the best gaming experience possible. Nowadays the priority is given to video slots with incredible graphics and design and games developers don’t stop surprising us with visual effects of the slots, creating an engaging story – playing slots became an experience which involves a player fully in the process of the game.

GAV: How did you start and most of all what bumps did you have to overcome at the beginning?

Olga: I started with a casino reviews website in Russian – onlinecasinoworld.ru. It wasn’t easy at the beginning, I was making a lot of mistakes since I had no experience in a content writing/website developing/SEO at the time, but I was learning and overcoming challenges on a daily basis and made it to the top. I had to be creative to come up with new keywords and topics to be featured on the website, look out for the competition and protect my website against their attacks.

GAV: We have analyzed BestOnlineSlots.info and found some great quality content. Are you writing it by yourself or do you have a team of people writing for you? How many slots are there on your website?

Olga: Thank you for the compliments. All the content I write myself, but I am planning to hire some freelancers. At the moment there are about 40 slot games reviews and around 20 casino reviews, but there will be many more soon.

 

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GAV: How do you manage to keep the content fresh and relevant on your website, when a lot of fluffy and nonsense appear on the Internet on a daily basis?

Olga: I always put the interest of my website’s visitors first. I ask myself “If I was looking for this information, what would I like to find on a website like mine?” When thinking only about search engine optimization and writing content “for Google” you will never make it to the top. I always look out for the news in the industry – if there is a new interesting casino opens or a new slot comes out I try to be among first affiliates to write about it. I also keep players up to date about casino promotions, free spins give away etc.

GAV: We are pretty sure 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; but what are your thoughts on how a real Affiliate Manager-Affiliate relationship should be built?

Olga: I like professionalism and personal approach to each affiliate. An affiliate manager should always be aware what is happening on his affiliate’s website, keep the affiliate up to date about any changes and promotions, offer custom-made deals. I really appreciate when Managers come up with their own ideas about what could be improved or done, better in promoting their brand on my website. Efficient communication is very important, of course.

GAV: How do you see the future of the online casino/gambling industry? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon?

Olga: I think it will. In the future more countries should legalize online gambling, it should become more acceptable. With people using smart phones online casinos will become more easy to reach. Casino games will become more creative, involving more interaction from the player and players will have more opportunities to interact with each other while playing in online casino so it will bring a social aspect to it. Regarding affiliate companies, there is a clear tendency to monopolization – a lot of acquisitions are going on. So in the future there might be just few big companies owning lots of affiliate websites.

GAV: Do you have any advise you would like to offer for the newbies who are looking to venture into this great industry!?

Olga: The competition is very strong today, there are thousands of affiliate websites out there so I would suggest to:

– Choose a unique and narrow niche in the field – like this you will target a smaller segment of the gaming traffic, but in this small segment you will have a chance to get to the top faster.

– Be creative – generate new unique ideas daily. You can take an example from other affiliates websites, but never copy, always think of new ways of SEO and traffic generation.

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

Olga: I attended a few. My favorite one is Sigma I guess which is held in Malta every year. I love meeting new people during these conferences, get to know news about the industry. The parties are fun too.

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

Olga: I come from Russia and it is considered to be a part of Eastern Europe. As I already mentioned, my first website which was a success is in Russian language and targets on Russian market. Unfortunately, online gaming is now not legal in Russia and it is difficult to continue working in that segment. It would be great if online casinos became legal in more Eastern European countries than now, including Russia, and the market became regulated.

GAV: Where would you like to travel in Eastern Europe?

Olga: Funny that you ask since I am traveling to Eastern Europe in two days – going to Hungary and Slovakia, never been there before and very excited. I would love to visit Czech Republic so might extend my holiday.

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

Olga: There is no country I wouldn’t like to travel to. Travel is my passion and I try to do it as often as I can. There are countries which are at the end of my list, but I definitely want to visit them all.

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

Olga: I don’t have one.

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

Olga: It is a great portal, we need more websites like this. It keeps us, affiliates and people from other positions in the industry, up to date, providing a lot of useful information and making this sector of business more transparent.

GAV: Thanks for the interview Olga, we wish you all the best for all your projects and have a lovely holiday!

 

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A Representative of Storm International will Speak at the Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference

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Lavrenty Gubin will present a report on the key elements of a successful casino

There is a series of conferences and exhibitions to take place in Kiev in the coming months due to the upcoming gaming business legalization.

The Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference will take place in the capital of Ukraine on December 18, 2019.
The core topic of the conference is gaming business legalization in Ukraine and adoption of international experience in the field of regulation.

Lavrenty Gubin, Marketing and PR Director of Storm International, was invited to the conference as a speaker to cover the land-based casinos sector. Lavrenty will make a presentation on the international experience required to open a brand new casino like Shangri La Tbilisi or SL Casino Riga.

The conference will gather government officials, operators, software developers, marketers and other industry professionals to discuss the future of the Ukrainian gaming business. The conference is run by Smile Expo, a well known industry events organizer in Western Europe and CIS.

Conference website: affiliateconf.com.ua

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Three-peat for the King Billy Affiliate Program at the SBC Awards!

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Three-peat for the King Billy Affiliate Program at the SBC Awards!

 

We should know by now that King Billy Casino was bound to be in the limelight for one more time. True to the words of the great Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho “Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”, King Billy does it for the third time in a row.

So, after being shortlisted at the prestigious iGB Awards (and from there, winning it all), being shortlisted again at the prestigious EGR Awards, the King Billy Affiliate Program has now also been shortlisted at the prestigious SBC Awards (event to be held on December 3). Moreover, the operator is also on the SBC Awards short list for Casino Rising Star.

We asked the mastermind behind this tremendous streak, Ruslan Legenzov, King Billy Head of Affiliates to share his feelings with us and a few words about this new distinction. He was, understandably, in a state of euphoria:

“This is beyond our wildest dreams! To complete the “Big 3” of the industry’s annual biggest awards shows, by being short-listed in each and every one of them fills us all with immense pride. At King Billy Casino, we set out with a single goal in mind: to move beyond the commission and offer to our affiliates a program never seen before. We are happy that our effort is recognized by both judges and Affiliates!”

The SBC Awards, now in its 6th year, recognize the achievements of operators, affiliates and suppliers from across all major disciplines including payments, marketing, platform providers and data. The Awards will be held at Battersea Evolution, in the heart of London, bringing together 700 gaming industry delegates.

King Billy Casino is a new generation online casino, available in 5 languages (English, German, Russian, Finnish and Norwegian and soon Japanese) with an impressive record in awards and an amazing variety of games providers and features. King Billy has built on creating a superb user experience focusing on the myth of King Billy and his Kingdom and treats all players with the specialness they deserve.

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First Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference: What Was Discussed at the Event?

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On October 18, Smile-Expo held the first Georgia iGaming Affiliate Conference in Tbilisi. The event was dedicated to the specific nature of online and offline gambling business operations, Georgian gambling market prospects, and casino promotion using affiliate marketing.

The conference brought together casino managers, affiliate network representatives, government officials, webmasters, arbitrage experts, SEO specialists, as well as gambling regulation and taxation professionals.

Speakers’ presentations

Sviatoslav Slaboshpitskiy, Head of SEO at Digital Choo (DC), spoke on the topic: The Art of War in SEO: How to Win the iGaming Niche. The speaker stressed that one should develop niche websites to achieve efficient results. At the same time, it is significant to analyze the response and to evolve resources showing the best performance. Sviatoslav also talked about the rules of SEO team building. The expert recommended entrusting the content creation to single-discipline specialists as well as developing checklists and tutorials for newcomers.

Dmitriy Makarov, CEO at Zlodei Advertising Agency, and Gleb Sanzharevsky, CMO at Zlodei, made a collaborative presentation dedicated to ad placement on YouTube and Twitch. They explained that promotion via influencers could increase conversion better than direct advertising. The experts stressed that user stories and popular memes made ads more fruitful.

Nikola Minkov, CEO at Serpact, examined the application of the so-called Featured Snippets, zero blocks in the search results. According to the speaker, Google provides users with such snippets in 40% of the queries. They allow online resources to generate organic traffic and enhance the click-through rate.

The audience was intrigued by Ketevan Bitskinashvili, Chief Financial Officer at the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. The speaker told them about the special features of the Georgian gambling market regulation. She mentioned that the cost of gambling permissions depended on a venue type, a target region, and a number of installed gambling machines. The same parameters affect tax rates.

Ms. Ketevan stated that Georgia had already issued 214 gambling licenses. 20 casinos are operating in the country now. 10 of them are located in Batumi and its suburbs, 6 in Tbilisi, and one each in Gudauri, Tskhaltubo, Kazbegi, and Sighnaghi.

Giorgi Gvenetadze from Adjarabet raised an issue of online casino customer acquisition. The speaker believes that the core feature of advertising banners used by Georgian casinos is the availability of luxury car images. Besides, promotion messages mostly appeal to senses of beauty, control, and simplicity.

Panel discussion

The conference featured a panel discussion titled ‘Offline and online casinos. Review of tools for the competition for user attention’. It involved:

Shota Amiranashvili, President of the Association of casinos in Adjara;

Levan Kavtaradze, Director of Gaming department at Pokermatch;

Giorgi Gvenetadze, Head of Product Marketing Department at Adjarabet;

Lavrentiy Gubin from Shangri La Casino, an invited guest.

Experts said that primary advantages of land-based casinos included reach experience of the gaming process, expensive surroundings, and staff attentiveness. Virtual gambling platforms are lack of these aspects. Therefore, discussion participants think that offline gambling venues will never shift to the online space.

Speaking about the most in-demand gambling entertainments, specialists highlighted simple and user-friendly games like roulettes. Moreover, they noted that poker was becoming less popular because of the high buy-in. Currently, we can see a crypto casino trend, as such platforms ensure anonymity.

Participants also focused on the state regulation of the gambling market. According to them, countries failing to regulate the gambling business lose money that could go to the government budget as taxes. One more fact specified: gambling advertising bans give an impetus to look for new audience engagement channels.

Afterparty

The conference ended with a party. Guests, speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors were able to enjoy live music, Georgian sweets, beverages, and snacks. The afterparty allowed participants to communicate in a relaxed atmosphere and establish useful business contacts.

We express our gratitude to the Afterparty Sponsor, NOFLEAD gambling resource, helping to carry out the afterparty in an extremely comfortable environment.

Sponsors, exhibitors, and participants

Companies offering various iGaming goods and services introduced their solutions and services in the exhibition area. Event sponsors were exhibitors as well.

Badge and Bag Sponsor: Digital Choo, an international marketing agency with deep expertise in gaming.

Exhibition Area Sponsor: SoftGamings, a provider of advanced В2В solutions for online casinos.

Afterparty Sponsor: NOFLEAD, an online gambling resource aimed at both beginners and experienced gamblers.

Lanyard Sponsor: ZLODEI, an advertising agency with deep expertise in native advertising.

By the way, attendees were able to examine a stand by IBCCS TAX, an international company providing a wide range of fiduciary services.

Another event participant was Partners.io, an affiliate network for cryptocurrency gambling programs.

The Smile-Expo team expresses its gratitude to sponsors, speakers, and exhibitors for participation in the conference. We look forward to seeing you at the next events dedicated to gambling and affiliate marketing.

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