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    Default Affiliate Interview Series: Tim Glenn - tg12345

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    He’s a Golden Tee champ – but sometimes he’s just a goldfish

    AGE: 39

    HOMETOWN: Toronto

    LIVING IN: Toronto Suburbs

    FAVORITE FOOD: Sushi

    MUST READ BOOK: The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

    SITE: NoDepositBonus.cc

    Tell us about NoDepositBonus.cc. When and why did you start it? And what are you most proud of?
    The site started about five years ago out of a personal interest in no-deposit bonuses. I figured if I was interested in them, other people must be as well.

    I’m most proud of my oldest losing his first tooth the other night (red and green sprinkles for “fairy dust” under the pillow) and my youngest got his green belt last night (he wants to be a ninja when he grows up). His favorite joke at the moment is:

    Him: “Knock-knock.”
    Me: “Who’s there?”
    Him: “Interrupting cow.”
    Me: “Inter-”
    Him: “MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

    He’s “three and three-quarters.” I tend to use parentheses and quotes a lot, sorry. (We’ll all just have to “deal with it.”)

    Are you still thinking about adding live dealer and/or mobile sections to the site?
    Yes, still thinking about a mobile/live section . . . just haven’t gotten around to it.

    You list/offer hundreds of no-deposit bonuses on your website, and you grade each one of them. How do you assign your grades? And how do you keep track of all of those no-deposit bonuses?
    I grade the bonuses based upon how much money I make, to be honest. I lose track of bonuses all the time . . . some programs are better than others at updating me when they decide to make a change. Some just make a change and then let me know after I get a ton of player complaints. Usually, it goes like this:

    Me: “Hey, I’ve been getting complaints that ‘NDBN13’ isn’t being accepted.”
    Random Aff Manager: “Oh yeah, we stopped accepting that.”
    Me: (sigh . . .)

    You market mostly online casinos. But you do have a smaller set of no-deposit bonus offerings for bingo and poker. Are there fewer no-deposit bonuses available in poker and bingo? Or is it a result of your focusing more on the casino side of the business? And do you think the no-deposit business model is a good one for either poker or bingo?
    Definitely fewer in poker. Most bingo sites seem to have a no-deposit offer, but I make more money with casino sites so that’s where I tend to spend my time.

    What's one thing you really want to do with your site right now, but simply haven't had a chance to do yet?
    Getting additional languages up and running . . . almost there now, finally.

    How long have you been involved in the industry? What drew you to the business?
    About five years. I noticed an “Affiliates” link one day at the bottom of Club Player Casino when I was playing their $65 free chip. That’s how it all got started.

    Are you a full-time online gambling affiliate, or do you hold down another job as well?
    Full-time since November 2008.

    What do you like about the industry?
    The money and traveling to conferences . . . hanging out with some of my favorite affiliate managers . . . drinking mojitos at 10 a.m. under the guise of “networking.”

    What don’t you like about the industry?
    The seemingly random unannounced changes that occur on a regular basis with respect to my bonuses. When the U.S. DOJ seizes funds from processors. Just having to trust that I’m not being “shaved,” since there’s no real way to police that.

    What surprised you most about the industry?
    How much of it is based in Israel.

    How do you manage your “to-do” lists? Do you use any special software to help you out?
    StatsRemote is a lifesaver. The rest of my daily tasks I have to slog through on my own. . . .

    Time management is one of the biggest issues facing affiliates. What time-management tips can you offer your fellow webmasters?
    None. My time-management skills are atrocious. I was in the middle of some hugely important work, so I interrupted myself and spent 20 minutes answering interview questions, then surfed memebase.com for an hour, had coffee with my wife, then the kids woke up, so I got them ready for school, drove them to school, stopped off at Starbucks, had a skinny vanilla latte, figured I could use a shower too, had breakfast, answered a couple more interview questions, checked out the Leafs message board (lost to the Bruins last night, again), lamebook.com, Facebook, remembered what I was doing prior to getting these interview questions, finished that, came back to this, then underdogsports.net for a while – I’m like a goldfish. Look at this side of the bowl, look at THIS side of the bowl, LOOK AT THIS SIDE of the bowl. I’m so easily distracted it’s crazy. ADD for sure. My only tip would be to avoid the Internet entirely, but that seems somewhat counterproductive in our business.

    How much time does it take to keep your site updated?
    Depends on how many updates there are, I suppose.

    You recently characterized yourself as “a former problem gambler.” How did you deal with that problem? Do you gamble at all now? Is it difficult to continue to work in this industry, considering your personal history?
    Online, I stick to the $1.35 9 a.m. Turbo knockout tournament on PokerStars. My balance tends to fluctuate between $50 and $100. One day, I’ll win the whole thing and buy a new pair of shoes or a waffle-maker. I go to Vegas once a year during WSOP and play the deep stack tournaments and a considerable amount of pai-gow, but I stick to a budget. Gambling is not a problem for me anymore (no, seriously, it’s not – don’t giggle). Except for Grande Vegas and their stupid policy of paying affiliate commission into a player account . . . I’m a VIP there.

    You created quite a stir in the forums a few months back when you stated that what gambling affiliates do is the equivalent of pushing “crack/cigarettes/booze. We’re drug dealers.” How do you reconcile the moral qualms you have with the industry and the fact that promoting gambling is your business? And do you draw distinctions between poker and casino gambling? And if so, what are those distinctions?
    I have no moral qualms, obviously. Gambling is a “Stupid Tax” and some of us pay more than others. Poker is not gambling. It’s math/psychology with a rake.

    What responsibility do operators and affiliates have in terms of problem gamblers? What steps should be taken by both affiliates and operators to help people who have problems?
    Take the money slowly so they can keep playing.

    What prompted you to join the GPWA, and how has it helped you so far?
    I was a newbie and figured that I needed to join it. The list of affiliate programs and the “new posts” feature on the boards are good. Definitely helps me stay in touch with what’s going on.

    You once let it be known that you placed second in the world in the 2003 and 2004 Golden Tee World Championships. Please describe the game, for those who may not have played it. Where were these championships held? Do you still compete at a high level?
    Yes, I still play Golden Tee. It’s the golf video game with a trackball that you see in bars. If you’re really curious, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKZMvDuqndI – and then check out the related videos. Just so you know, the World Team beat Team USA that year . . . and, with two kids now, I don’t compete at the level I used to.

    When you need to get as far away from work as possible, where do you go?
    Shoeless Joe’s to play Golden Tee.

    How do your family and friends feel about the way you make your living?
    I don’t tell them much, to be honest.

    If you were a Star Trek (or Star Wars) character, which one would it be?
    I’d hope to be Captain Kirk or Commander Riker . . . they get all the alien babes.

    If you won $50 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
    Spread it around to my family, buy a bigger house and a car with doors that open up.

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    Superb interview and outlook on life

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    Great Job Tim

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    Incredible! This man is me!

    Very good interview.

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    I enjoyed reading this for the second time..

    What do you like about the industry?
    The money and traveling to conferences . . . hanging out with some of my favorite affiliate managers . . . drinking mojitos at 10 a.m. under the guise of “networking.”
    We love hanging out with you too
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    Great interview, love the hat

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    I was just about to say something about the hat and Maria beats me to it. Whahhahah what a hat i love it!

    And cheers for the good read

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    He wears the hat so you can spot him at the conferences
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    It's extraordinary. Gives you such a holiday mood

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    Aha...now some of the skype/fb comments are making sense. Didn't realize this was up. ****. Still rolling out languages.

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    enjoyed this immensely. see you for a mojito @ 10am

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