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Our new affiliate success story features Alexander Kaiser, founder and owner of casinoanbieter.de.

Name: Alexander Kaiser
Age: 37
Hometown: Munich, Germany
Living in: Zurich, Switzerland
Favorite Food: Belgian Waffles
Must Read Book: Dan Brown – The Da Vinci Code
Profession/Job title: Founder and Owner at casinoanbieter.de

GAV: Alexander, tell us a bit about yourself, we want to know who really are, the main person behind the German casino site casinoanbieter.de. Where were you born? What was the key idea of developing this great comparison site for online casinos?

Alexander: Hello, my name is Alexander Kaiser and I was born in 1979 in Munich. After studying at the St. Gallen Business School, I came to the Swiss Casinos as a trainee. I enjoyed the work a lot. The theme of casino is exciting and fascinating at the same time. At the end of 2012, I decided to become self-employed and to share the know-how I had accumulated over the past few years. Then came the idea for casinoanbieter.de, because during the time spent in Swiss Casinos I found out that this is what I want to do for future. The idea for my own website was born and I decided to do everything that I can to make it work. So here I am today four years later, when the website is successful and seeing that all the efforts I made were worth, makes me motivated and happy.

GAV: Since there are hundreds of online casino comparison websites out there, where do you think Casinoanbieter stands at this moment?

Alexander: casinoanbieter.de is currently one of the best sites in Germany. We are trying to give to our visitors every single information that is needed. And also our purpose is not just to create the content and never work on it again, no we are reviewing it and updating nearly every single page on our daily work.

GAV: What are the strong points of Casinoanbieter.de and what makes it stand out from the other German casino websites?

Alexander: We are not only testing the online casinos  but also the land based casinos. Another point is that our visitors can rate and give a feedback, it doesn’t matter if it is positive or negative. Also we are taking care to avoid negative experiences of our visitors. We had this case, when one visitor did not get his money for obviously irrelevant reasons. This person was even not one of our customers but we didn’t just leave the case. We spoke and pressured the casino. Because of us he finally he got his winnings paid out. That makes us proud.

GAV: How was it and the start and what bumps did you have to overcome after the launch of the website?

Alexander: To be honest the bumps were a lot, because as you know there are lots of websites in that field and it’s not easy to start with something brand new, unknown and expect people to trust you more than the most famous and the most visited websites at that time. But the key is being strong, flexible, willing to negotiate and of course great marketing. I myself had lots of hard days in the beginning, for example I was giving big part of my salary in the casino where I was croupier for high quality marketing, and almost didn’t have free time, because during the day I was working on casinoanbieter.de and on the night in the casino, that I was working for. But after the website became more popular I was ready to quit my job and focus on realizing my dream.

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GAV: We have browsed your website and found great quality content. Do you write it yourself or you have a team of people writing for you? How many online casino reviews are there on your website?

Alexander: First I would like to thank you for the compliment, but the content in the website is not written only by me. I have this great teammate, that is doing some articles with me, but to be honest my passion is writing, and I enjoy it a lot, so writing some of the articles in my website was really relaxing.

GAV: Is it hard to keep the content fresh and relevant, when a lot of fluff and nonsense appear on the Internet on a daily basis?

Alexander: The key is to be real and useful. The fluffy and the nonsense is not working for grown ups. Our target is people willing to pay, so I can’t afford to write in my website content which is for children. That’s why I am always trying to keep it real and useful.

GAV: We are sure that you receive messages from Affiliate Managers on a daily basis 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?

Alexander: It should be clear, honest, because after all this is just a good business and if you want it to succeed both sides should do their job, and when this happens both sides are succeeding by doing what’s needed. And yes, for me the basic is the honesty.

GAV: How do you see the future of the German online casino industry, and how about the general one? For instance, will it become a truly global phenomenon in the near future?

Alexander: I am optimist, and this is something that I would love to do till my retirement, and I want to believe that the online casino industry has a bright future. And also if I look realistically to the future to be honest I really see this bright future for the gambling, because there always will be something to gamble for. Wanna bet on that?

GAV: Would you change something in the German online casino market/legislation?

Alexander: Yes. I would love if the market can be regulated. Even if it means that the tax costs are going to be higher for us. Because if the market is regulated, than the general terms and conditions of the casinos are going to be under a jurisdiction. Make the test and let a German lawyer read through some GTS, also from really big brands, and you will see that most of them are vulnerable in front of the German court.

GAV: Name one change that you want to see in the online casino affiliate ecosystem?!

Alexander: Real datas provided with API of every single affiliate program.

GAV: What advice you would like to offer to newbies who are looking to venture into this industry?!

Alexander: One thing they need to do is to be ambitious, to do the research needed and select only trustworthy operators to work with.

GAV: Do you usually attend any iGaming/online casino conferences? If so, which one is your favorite and tell us why?!

Alexander: To be honest, I don’t, but I want and I think I’ll go to the next one. Since I am quite new in the field I haven’t have the chance attend any. But I think I’ll go to the next one in February.

GAV: What do you think the chances are for Eastern Europe on becoming potential gaming hotpot in the future? Where do you think the region must improve upon?

Alexander: Actually I’ve been thinking on that a lot, and to be honest I am not sure, because field like ours need people willing to pay and they need to have the budget to play. I am afraid that especially in the countries with lower standard the people play without budget. Honestly I’m in the business to earn money, not to ruin people.

GAV: Alright, here comes the fun part…, do you have a favorite celebrity?

Alexander: Well this could be a hard question, because I have lots of favorite celebrities, but let’s say Mark Zuckerberg, because he inspires me, even though we are in a different areas – he is in social, and I am in gambling, he still inspires me and shows me how when you believe in yourself and work, than you can succeed no matter how old are you.

GAV: Name a country or region in Eastern Europe where you’d like to travel!?!

Alexander: I really would want to see the castle of count Dracula in Romania!

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

Alexander: I like traveling, and to be honest I don’t think that I would refuse one if I have the chance.

GAV: What is your opinion about GAV (GamblingAffiliateVoice.com) ?

Alexander: I like the website, and from time to time I read some of your interviews and articles so I can be updated with the world that I am “living” in. I also like the whole concept and idea, because it’s good to have a website where you can “hear” the voice of affiliates.

GAV: Thanks for your time and interest Alexander, all the best to you and let’s stay in touch!

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MyAffiliates announces its rebranding

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MyAffiliates announces its rebranding

MyAffiliates, the affiliate marketing software provider, announced today a major rebranding of its product image to reflect the company’s evolution in the online betting, gaming, forex and binary industries.

Clemence Dujardin, General Manager at MyAffiliates said: “MyAffiliates has been around since 2007. Our technology and our products have evolved considerably since then. It was high time for a rethink of our brand to plot our journey in the years ahead. We have been very successful over the years working with an ever growing number of online operators worldwide. Our new brand is an invitation to them to join us as we continue to improve our offering.

“The new brand recalls MyAffiliates’ sterling reputation as the most flexible affiliate marketing software on the market. This flexibility is built on the features we developed along the years. But our success also rests on transparency in our pricing structure and the support we provide our customers anytime they need it, whichever time zone they are in. Our vision remains to build software that answers the needs of the industry, backed by reliable and scalable technologies.”

Steven Harris, MyAffiliates’ founding Director said: “Over the years, our professional and well-grounded team, managed to evolve our product into the affiliate marketing software affiliates love. For us it is crucial that our clients find all they need and more to run a successful affiliate program and grow their business. It is equally important for us that the end users — the affiliates — continue to enthusiastically approve of our solution. We will not rest on our past successes.

“This rebranding tells the story of our evolution and better represents MyAffiliates as the young and dynamic company that we are, continuously striving to develop the best product of its kind on the market as we help our clients grow.”

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iGaming Focus Areas and СРА Selection to Be Discussed at Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference

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iGaming Focus Areas and СРА Selection to Be Discussed at Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference

 

The second Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference organized by Smile-Expo will come back to the capital of Ukraine on September 26. Relevant case studies, networking, and afterparty: the conference program will be as efficient and useful as possible.

 

What issues will be raised by speakers

Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference will involve expert speakers: webmasters, affiliates, arbitrage specialists, marketers, and specialized lawyers. Presentations by most of them sparked the great interest of the audience at the previous event. This time, professionals will introduce new presentations and recent case studies of their practice.

  • Tatiana Nasonova, CEO at Gambling Pro and an arbitrage expert, will analyze why advertisers and affiliates need to work closely to reach the maximum result. She will talk about core factors in the brand confidence as well as explain how advertisers can offer the best possible conditions to webmasters so that it won’t cost a bundle. At the past event in Kyiv, the speaker revealed how to enhance the conversion of your own offer tenfold. Tatiana is a frequent guest at international events as well as the founder of ‘Tough Arbitrage of St. Petersburg’ and Black Inc public pages.
  • Roman Bout, Founder of Quints – a developer of affiliate program software, will illustrate how operators can seamlessly shift from Revenue Share to CPA and stress the importance of the registration to deposit conversion when selecting the СРА model. Besides, the speaker will mention special features of player behaviors and traffic analysis. At the first Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference, Roman shared examples of the high-quality support increasing online casino revenues and gave use cases of reducing the customer attrition by 50%.
  • Viacheslav Ustimenko, CEO at LAWBOOT and an expert in legal consulting of IT, fintech, and gambling companies, will tell attendees about the legal difference in gambling, games of skill, and loot box projects as well as examine pros and cons of work with them. Moreover, conference guests will discover all about the banking compliance in 2019 from the expert: what has changed since 2018, what should be taken into account, what is already inefficient in comparison with the last year. At the previous conference, Viacheslav clarified where to register a company for the affiliate program and why the GDPR was a significant aspect for iGaming company operations.

“LP and LLP partnerships are no longer legal solutions. If you need a reliable banking account, change LP for Hong Kong,” the expert stated.

For the first time, Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference will engage Vitaliy Stetsenko, a speaker at top conferences and events dedicated to arbitrage, CPA, and online marketing, and the founder of Initium Group (the holding company includes RichAdvert traffic arbitrage school). As an entrepreneur and infopreneur, he frequently provides the audience with interesting arbitrage best practices. At Kyiv’s second event, Vitaliy will present workable strategies for mobile traffic arbitrage and examples of efficient creatives and advertising campaigns.

Panel discussion

The conference will feature a panel discussion allowing influencers to talk about prospects of such areas as casinos, betting, and esports. They will highlight what to emphasize this year and how to find the necessary balance between the above-mentioned sectors. The discussion will be moderated by Levon Nikoghosyan from PartnerMatrix.

Target audience

If you are an operator, a developer, a webmaster, an arbitrage specialist, an affiliate, or a SEO expert, the major affiliate marketing event is a crucial point in your schedule.

Networking and afterparty

Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference means not only beneficial presentations and case studies. Event guests will also be able to take part in fruitful networking and obtain new partners for cooperation as well as for business promotion and growth.

The afterparty will be available to owners of VIP tickets, sponsors, participants, and speakers. It is the best chance to negotiate on professional issues in a relaxed atmosphere.

Organizer and partners

The conference is organized by Smile-Expo, an international company that has been holding business events on innovations for 13 years. Media Gambling Sponsor of Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference will be a business online publication called Login Casino, while Media Sponsor will be YOGONET International Edition.

The event program can be found on the official website of Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference.

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Boots on the ground: What it’s like being an affiliate in the US sports betting market

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Mike Murphy, founder of BettingUSA.com, talks about the challenges and opportunities that await those getting in on the action in the US sports betting affiliate sector

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May 2018 has unleashed a sea change in the regulated US sports betting market.

What was once illegal and the realm of shadowy offshore sportsbooks has now come into the mainstream with legal in-person and online sportsbooks slowly but surely funneling gamblers back onto regulated platforms headquartered in the United States.

Change can be uncomfortable, but it also provides opportunity. Many affiliates made a lot of money and got comfortable during the unregulated offshore days, but those days are dwindling and a new order is rising.

The question for sports betting affiliates is whether or not they will adapt to the changing environment and capitalize on the new opportunities before them. We suggest taking full advantage while the getting is good but acknowledge we will all face challenges moving forwards.

Let’s consider what we face and what we stand to gain.

Challenges Facing Affiliates in the Legal US Sports Betting Market

The greatest opportunities in life always come with challenges, and the newly-regulated sports betting market in the United States is no exception.

The good news is these challenges will sharpen and diversify your skills. Overcoming these challenges will make you a better, smarter and more well-rounded affiliate.

You will also find these challenges act as a sort of filter such that when you emerge on the other side, your competition will be reduced in number. The competitors who remain will be skilled affiliates like yourself, but there will be fewer of you competing for a piece of the action.

Higher Quality Competition

The regulated online gambling and sports betting market in the US has already attracted the attention of big players with deep pockets. The quality of websites that appear in search results is a night-and-day difference compared to just a few years ago when the only real opportunities to make money as a US-focused gambling affiliate were either questionably legal or outright illegal.

Legalization and regulation have resulted in major media companies finally entering the US market now that they can do so in a fully legal and transparent manner. These companies have big budgets, hire the best writers and churn out high quality websites in bulk.

Competing against these types of affiliates is challenging, and there are no indications things are going to get any easier. If you’re an independent affiliate with a website, you have your work cut out for you. The bigger companies can outspend you and likely have better connections.

That doesn’t mean there is no room left for independent affiliates like some of the doomsayers have taken to claiming of late. It just means you’ll need to be agile, pick your target markets carefully and cultivate a real relationship with your viewers.

New Licensing and Compliance Hurdles

One of the most challenging and frustrating hurdles we see in the US market today is the introduction of regulations that impact affiliates. States such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania require all affiliates to acquire a license in order to make money promoting licensed sites to players in those states.

The magnitude of this challenge remains to be seen as additional states pass legalization laws. New Jersey’s affiliate licensing process really isn’t all that difficult. Getting licensed in Pennsylvania has proven to be fairly complicated. Meanwhile, we have seen no indications affiliates need to be licensed in West Virginia.

The types of laws passed in the future will determine the true startup costs associated with licensing. Our best advice to smaller affiliates here is to target states in which the licensing hurdles are minimal or nonexistent and build out from there.

Additional compliance hurdles are likely to materialize at some point as well. We can look to recent developments in the UK online sports betting industry for a preview of what may come in the future.

Advertisers in the UK are subject to an increasingly complicated set of rules regarding how to promote gambling responsibly, for example. The US has not gotten to this point yet, but it is worth keeping in mind additional regulatory hurdles remain a distinct possibility.

A Fractured Market

Online sports betting and gambling are regulated at the state level, which means the rules vary from state to state. You may need an affiliate license in one state but not another. A particular betting site may be available in one state, but not in the next one over.

This means you’ll need to take a state-by-state approach to your affiliate business by promoting particular sites to visitors from particular states. Some operators have opened shop in multiple states, but you’ll need to stay on top of which sportsbooks are available where so you can direct your visitors to the proper websites.

The upside to this challenge is it too provides opportunity. As legal sports betting spreads across the US, people are going to have many questions regarding the law, where they can bet online legally, where to find licensed mobile betting apps and much more. Affiliates are well-suited to educate consumers and earn some money at the same time.

Opportunities

Now that we have the biggest challenges out of the way, we can move on to the fun stuff: the opportunities that await affiliates who are able to deal with the aforementioned obstacles. The United States presents some very big opportunities for those intrepid affiliates who dare tackle this market.

There is A Lot of Money to be Made

The US online sports betting market has enormous potential for simple reasons. The US has a large population, it has a pro-sports culture and the people have high levels of disposable income.

We also have a strong pro-gambling culture with hundreds of casinos spread across the US and widespread familiarity with sports betting even if it was limited (officially anyways) to Nevada for several decades.

Consider this: The American Gaming Association (AGA) has estimated that one quarter of the US population participated in a sports pool in 2017. The AGA has also estimated Americans already wager upwards of $150 billion per year on sports through illegal channels. That is a lot of pent up demand.

This isn’t just us talking up the industry – major industry players have been staking their claims in anticipation of widespread legalization. Caesars Entertainment, FOX Sports and even Buffalo Wild Wings have all made moves to position themselves for a piece of the pie.

Some affiliates have already made a fortune even though the industry is just now gearing up. We have seen multiple eight-figure sales of sports-oriented affiliate websites in recent times for monthly multiples that would have been unthinkable during the turbulent, uncertain offshore sports betting days.

Case in point: The Better Collective Group recently purchased 60% of the RotoGrinders network for $21 million up front, plus a plan to purchase the remaining 40% “at a valuation based upon an EBITDA multiple between 5x and 10x.”

We also saw Catena Media purchase BonusSeeker last March for $6.5 million with a potential additional payout of $9.5 million based on performance after two years. Mind you, this was before the Supreme Court decision. BonusSeeker was restricted to legal online casinos in New Jersey at the time, and still it sold for that much.

The financial potential for affiliates is almost overwhelming to consider, and yet the industry is still just getting started. Many more states have yet to pass legislation to legalize online sports betting and gambling.

Industry is Ripe for Innovation and New Ideas

This is an exciting time to be an affiliate with operators and traditional media companies alike exploring the possibilities of legal sports betting. We’ve seen the likes of PointsBet hit the market with innovative new ways to bet on games while other operators have greatly expanded their in-play wagering capabilities.

The United States, home to Silicon Valley, has a strong culture of innovation. Even though the European markets have had a lengthy head start when it comes to legal sports betting, nobody can innovate like motivated US companies.

Not only does this make it more exciting and interesting to be an affiliate, but it gives affiliates even more opportunities to show value by answering questions and sharing interesting updates with viewers.

It is Still Early in the Game

The US online gambling industry is still in its infancy. Yes, some of the bigger affiliate networks have already paid millions for well-established websites, but we haven’t even come close to reaching peak saturation.

Consider the acquisitions discussed above: BonusSeeker being purchased for $6.5 million up front with a final sale price of up to $9.5 million after two years; 60% of the RotoGrinders network being purchased for $21 million up front with a very real chance of the final deal being realized for $50 million or more a few years from now.

Consider that these purchases happened when the majority of states still haven’t legalized online sports betting or gambling. Major affiliate companies are not paying that much money for digital assets just for fun. They see the market potential. They know the US market is just barely getting started.

Now, imagine the types of buyouts that will be possible after 20, 30 or 40 states have legalized online sports betting – or if Congress steps in and passes nationwide legislation.
We see the occasional discussion among smaller affiliates bemoaning the “corporatization” of the affiliate business.

Some will tell you it’s too late to get in the game now with the likes of Catena Media and Better Collective out there spending millions on marketing, acquisitions and staff.

It’s true the level of competition has increased and affiliates do have to jump through new hoops with licensing requirements in some states, but the market is still just barely getting started. Those challenges can be overcome, and the rewards will be very much worth the trouble.

There are plenty of opportunities even for the lonely one-man operation. Those who work hard and provide informative or entertaining content have a world of opportunity open to them with the US market just now getting off the ground.

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