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.
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!
AffiliateINSIDER hosts first-of-its-kind Business Coaching Workshop at AIBootcamp with George Swift , Bigger Brighter Bolder
Celebrated UK entrepreneur business coach George Swift will host an exclusive ‘Elevate and Thrive’ Affiliate Business Coaching Workshop at March’s AffiliateINSIDER Bootcamp, the first time such an initiative has ever been offered at an igaming affiliate event.
Held at Under the Bridge, a unique and stylish venue positioned underneath Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Stadium, the two-day event on 21-22 March has been designed to help igaming affiliates growth hack and gain expert digital knowledge for driving traffic to their sites.
Swift, who runs business coaching group Bigger, Brighter, Bolder (BBB), will ensure affiliate entrepreneurs focus on their individual journey in obtaining business success and have the right business mindset to drive revenue growth.
The workshop is built around the ‘hero’s journey’ – a powerful metaphor for the journey to business success. While learning tools and tactics is essential, equally important for success is having the right business mindset.
Business coaches can be an invaluable resource when it comes to bolstering your business model, with the International Coach Federation suggesting they can increase
profit margins by an average of 46%. Further research has demonstrated a 570% return on initial investment in coaching.
This coaching session is not only unique to the AffiliateINSIDER Bootcamp conference, it is the first time an affiliate event will host a dedicated business coaching workshop.
Curated by AI founder and CEO Lee-Ann Johnstone, the event boasts a full two-day agenda of digital expert speakers, an experts mentor panel and several opportunities to make new introductions, giving attendees the chance to grow their business network.
“We are delighted to be hosting the first curated affiliate business coaching workshop for iGaming affiliates at Bootcamp this year. Affiliates who are looking to growth hack their business will certainly get the digital insights they need to get ahead of the curve and we’ll help them build a stronger entrepreneurial mindset to support their business success,” Johnstone explained.
Swift added: “I believe entrepreneurism is the greatest vocation on earth and offers an unprecedented opportunity to those that step up to its calling. However, that opportunity comes at a price: it’s hard work, challenging and can be very lonely.
“Whilst every journey is unique, there are commonalities we all share and those are what I will be sharing on the day. I’m really excited to be part of the AffiliateINSIDER Bootcamp and I’m looking forward to sharing the Entrepreneurial Journey of Success with all present.”
LeoVegas really is making dreams come true this Christmas
LeoVegas is giving away 5 nights under the Northern Lights!
It’s that festive time of year when our customers begin to dream of log fires, Christmas trees and dashing through the snow on a reindeer-drawn sleigh with mince pie crumbs in their laps. Well, good tidings are here as LeoVegas would like to spread the festive cheer by making two of these lucky customers’ dreams come true this New Year!
We will send two players and their plus ones to the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Lapland on a once in a lifetime trip where they’ll sleep under the stars in glass roofed igloos – and may even see the Northern Lights flickering above while tucked up cosy and warm in a comfy bed as the snow falls around them.
This incredible trip also includes six activities which winners can choose themselves. These include a 4-hour husky safari, Aurora hunting on a horse drawn sleigh, visiting reindeer on a snowmobile or learning how to master Nordic skiing.
To be in with a chance of winning, new customers just need to deposit and wager 50 in the Live Casino or Casino (from 10/12/18 to 01/01/19) on any game to get one ticket into the raffle. The winners will then be drawn randomly on 2nd January.
A geo-targeted landing page promoting the campaign will be available by end of this week. Please contact your account manager or AffiliateTeam@leovegas.com for the media ID or if you have any queries. This campaign will be live in all markets except Italy from 10th December.
Leo really is making dreams come true this Christmas at LeoVegas!
The LeoVegas Affiliate Team
Affiliate Interviews: Steven Hubbard, of SweGaming and BettingLounge
This is our second interview with Swegaming. We are checking how they are doing right now.
GAV: Hi Steven, first off we’ve been talking with you before, around 2 years ago to be exact, and first wanted an update on what Swegaming and BettingLounge have been up to since then.
The last two years have been hectic for Swegaming as a company, and since I joined this year we’ve been ramping up our efforts towards the UK market with our site BettingLounge.
We’ve launched a completely new look and feel to the site while adding new sections including our popular betting tips. We have also added new functionality and content to help our visitors make the right decision when choosing which betting sites to use.
GAV: Could you tell us some quick facts about you?
Name: Steven Hubbard
Living in: Gothenburg
Favourite Food: Pizza
Must read book: Running: The Autobiography
Best dart player: Phil Taylor
GAV: Tell us more about yourself, we want to know exactly who Steven is, the product owner of Bettinglounge. How was it to move to a new country? How is it to work at a big affiliate company as Swegaming?
Well, I grew up in a small town in Norfolk, England. I spent most of my working life as a Lifeguard and Swimming teacher but decided to go travelling for a change.
There I met my Swedish girlfriend and moved to Gothenburg, where I met Andreas and David (founders of SweGaming AB). Moving to Sweden was a lot harder than the travelling I had done, but I had great support from my girlfriend and her family.
Working at SweGaming has been a wonderful opportunity to learn and develop new skills. They have a lot of valuable experience in the Swedish market and exciting ideas for the UK.
GAV: What would you say is the biggest competitive advantages for Bettinglounge? What makes Bettinglounge stand out from the crowd?
We are looking to change the affiliate industry by offering an honest, transparent and personal product. All while promoting safe and responsible gambling.
We have some really exciting long-term projects that I think will add a lot of value to BettingLounge, while continuing with our personal touch instead of hiding behind a brand name.
GAV: What is the biggest challenge for you as a product owner?
The need for constant innovation is the biggest challenge facing us. There are a massive number of affiliates in the UK, and we have to offer something special to stand out.
GAV: We have done some reading at your site and found out some really interesting betting tips, how can you know so much!?
Well, I am in no way a betting tipster or expert. But, I have been following sports, mainly football and darts for most of my life. Of course, you learn a lot from that over the years.
But, the most valuable information is gained by a bit of research. All of our tips are well researched with key stats and facts for the match. It is not a foolproof way of betting, but it will help in your decision making.
See our betting tips as a guide, or if you agree, of course, you are welcome to back them. But, remember to do so in a fun and responsible way.
GAV: Steven, who is your favourite model? Is it Zlatan or David Beckham?
Ah, that’s a tough one. Of course, David Beckham is my favourite model. I mean his boxers are not great, but what a man he is!
GAV: What betting tip has been your best in ROI?
The best betting tip so far has been a 12/1 win treble with Betway. Three away wins, Lincoln City, Leicester and Doncaster.
Although, Doncaster finished 3-2 and we had a nervy 7+ minutes of extra time that was not appreciated.
GAV: What is the best with TheGamblingAffiliateVoice?
The best thing is definitely to find new gaming conferences and read comprehensive articles . You are doing a great job writing about the conference Sigma on Malta. More affiliates and operators should definitely go to Sigma which is the best conference in my opinion.
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