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    Quote Originally Posted by PokCas View Post
    If old/dead sub-forums would be taken care of and if we had youtubers/twitch streamers advertising the forum, that would be great.
    However, forum needs more content for players and not affiliates or those who mainly play and have affiliate as a side thing.
    It needs to be more cool, but also needs to look professional.

    GPWA attracting players? That seems unlikely.

    That is more the realm of sites like CasinoMeister.

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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
    ...but I also feel a handful of some of the members that have been around a while are a little too critical of a new member that may be overly enthusiastic about the approach. Very often they are just trying to be friendly or trying to find a way to fit in, only to be scolded or ridiculed because they asked what others may feel is a newbie question that has been answered dozens of times.

    The long time members were all new once too.

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    I agree that some of us may sometimes be a bit critical of new members who seemingly ask very spammy newbie type questions. However, this is more of an exception than the rule.

    I feel the actions of one member, who was treated as a special case for way too long, infuriated many members of this forum and this may have led to some poor treatment of other new members. Even today this member still roams free irritating the crap out of many members and setting the trend for any new wannabe forum spammers.

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    Biggest issue with this forum is the lack of quality and the structure. The spam posts are annoying and unfortunately incentivised. I also doubt that the GPWA seal really stands in the year 2019 for quality and ethical standards.

    According to GPWA s "About section" this forum should be about to "provide affiliate members with the means to collaborate with other online gaming affiliates around the world and to strengthen relationships with affiliate programs."
    Unfortunately, I dont see so many active affiliate programs here anymore. And honestly, i am not surprised, since many members spam the forum with false allegations about some operators, quite often using a bad, rude and disrespectful tone of voice even against reputable programs.

    To me the affiliate program is a business partner, and therefore i want a professional and respectful work relationship with it. However, for many - especially the established members here in this forum with 10+ years experience in affiliation - affiliate programs seem to be the "enemy", just waiting for the right moment to screw you over. And whoever disagrees, is a dumb sheep. Guys, honestly, i doubt that this attitude is the right one.

    This forum does not only need affiliates, but also affiliate managers, SEO experts, developers and other professionals from the igaming industry!


    Subject-wise, I would love to discuss and read more about:

    - ethical affiliation
    - SEO
    - legal requirements / frameworks
    - experiences with affiliate programs
    - experiences with operators
    - news about the igaming industry
    - Services by members (link exchange, copywriting, development, etc)
    - gambling in different jurisdictions

    Having said this, many members here are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable and have been answering my questions or giving advice. Thank you guys for that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by casinoFM View Post

    Subject-wise, I would love to discuss and read more about:

    - ethical affiliation
    - SEO
    - legal requirements / frameworks
    - experiences with affiliate programs
    - experiences with operators
    - news about the igaming industry
    - Services by members (link exchange, copywriting, development, etc)
    - gambling in different jurisdictions

    Having said this, many members here are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable and have been answering my questions or giving advice. Thank you guys for that!
    - ethical affiliation
    There are tons of threads on who is good to work with and also who to stay away from, and in fact we rarely get through a month when someone will start a thread asking who to work with, and it is usually followed up by a dozen members making recommendations. I think it is somethines a good thing that new threads are started about this frequently, since sometimes groups we may have thought were ok previously, may no longer be so and members here will constantly help reminds of issues we may have not seen or had forgotten about.

    - SEO
    There is a while section dedicated to SEO, and any time you have specific questions, start a thread to ask, there are a lot of REAL seo experts here, with real life experience in this industry, that share ideas regularly.

    - legal requirements / frameworks
    The legal landscape is constantly changing and is discussed almost daily.

    - experiences with affiliate programs
    - experiences with operators

    As stated previously this is a regular occurrence.

    - news about the igaming industry
    See the Industry Buzz Forum as news articles are posted regularly with members providing their opinions and feedback.

    - Services by members (link exchange, copywriting, development, etc)
    There are two sections where these are covered mostly, the link exchange section and also the "Other Marketing Offers" section.

    - gambling in different jurisdictions
    This is discussed regularly, most often in the General Chatter section, as well as sometimes in the Industry Buzz section after news stories about changes within jurisdictions lead the discussion in that direction.


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    In my eyes, the 'battle' needs to be put to bed. Everyone needs to work together more and stop the bickering, add useful comments and be friendlier. Like the old days.

    There have been a lot of posts over recent times that are just junk, scaremongering or trying to corral more troops on others personal battles, essentially creating a hate campaign. And it spreads. #makelovenotwar

    I could make a genuine work thread here trying to engage members and generate business, but the response will be minimal. If I make another thread non work related such as "what colour are your socks?" I'd see a bigger response on the work related post. This makes me think, as an aff manager, that this is a place for affiliates to come to chill out, take your mind off work or blast out some frustrations on others. Which is why it's harder to contribute for affiliate managers and actually doing our jobs. I want to work with affiliates in a happy and chilled environment, I joke about but I'm serious at the job I do. I find that this works for me and it's the way I like to work.

    Updating the forum, the format and the aim won't be a bad thing either, everything evolves and we all need to evolve with it.

    Look forward to a brighter future.

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    I think that this suggestion will be rejected but it might be worth a mention. What if there is a HTML code that one can post on one's site that will duplicate the top X number of website links from the "Recognition for last month's active members" thread with the option to choose follow or nofollow, open in the same or new window, and how many outgoing links to display. Affiliates don't want to be giving out free links to competing websites, but if the affiliate's website is in the top 5-10 links, and the links are set to nofollow, then it might be tempting to insert the code into one's site if other high profile sites are also utilizing the code. The code must only appear on 1 page only, and not on 1000s of pages instantly, and affiliates can choose to have their sites appear on the list or not. It'd be like a toplist link exchange program. Just an idea
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    To me the affiliate program is a business partner

    And to most of them, you're just when they feel like.

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    I think it's a difficult task. In forums, you have maybe 100 post reads to 1 posting, there are even lurkes who read every day, but never write something. I think that's ok if they don't have anything to say (I think that's completely ok, better than posting stuff nobody wants to read).

    So you either
    - get more members
    - get the members to visit them GPWA more often
    - get them to post more often.

    There are plenty of things that could be suggested to increase any of these levers.

    What hasn't been mentioned yet: you could hire a few very experiences affiliates as paid moderators. This would certainly increase the quality of the posts and then also generate more answers and more interaction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strider1973 View Post
    I think it's a difficult task. In forums, you have maybe 100 post reads to 1 posting, there are even lurkes who read every day, but never write something. I think that's ok if they don't have anything to say (I think that's completely ok, better than posting stuff nobody wants to read).

    So you either
    - get more members
    - get the members to visit them GPWA more often
    - get them to post more often.

    There are plenty of things that could be suggested to increase any of these levers.

    What hasn't been mentioned yet: you could hire a few very experiences affiliates as paid moderators. This would certainly increase the quality of the posts and then also generate more answers and more interaction.
    Regarding "there are even lurkes who read every day, but never write something." - if each of your posts go under moderation and need to be approved beforehand, it feels kinda de-moralizing and not worth the effort to share your in-put.

    Night-theme would be nice, my eyes bleed on this theme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prophet_SEO View Post
    Regarding "there are even lurkes who read every day, but never write something." - if each of your posts go under moderation and need to be approved beforehand, it feels kinda de-moralizing and not worth the effort to share your in-put.
    The only time I'm aware of a member having their posts moderated, is when they've done something against the rules, which would warrant their posts being moderated in the 1'st place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prophet_SEO View Post
    Regarding "there are even lurkes who read every day, but never write something." - if each of your posts go under moderation and need to be approved beforehand, it feels kinda de-moralizing and not worth the effort to share your in-put.
    Sorry Prophet if there was a misunderstanding, I never meant to say that posts should be moderated before they can be read by other users.
    I just wanted to say that it's a general problem on the internet that many many people read, but only very very few people write.
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    Quote Originally Posted by universal4 View Post
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    The problem here Rick, is that squelching the spammer on a personal level does nothing to defend the GPWA from rapidly becoming a "bad neighborhood" in Google thanks to all the endless, mindless, and blatant spam that is allowed to proliferate by those we are collectively complaining about. See my image below and the rising "Spam Score" which could eventually make all the links from member posts here TOXIC and in need of a disavow some day.

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    AGD does look a lot more fresh and modern.
    On AGD the worst thing is their layout, that reminds me how does an average wordpress site look like. Though being old-fashioned, on GPWA the layout is a lot better, better organized, easier to navigate, it just pleases the eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slawete View Post
    On AGD the worst thing is their layout, that reminds me how does an average wordpress site look like. Though being old-fashioned, on GPWA the layout is a lot better, better organized, easier to navigate, it just pleases the eye.
    Agree, I dislike the AGD layout and don't really mind the GPWA one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacingJim View Post
    Agree, I dislike the AGD layout and don't really mind the GPWA one.
    I'll agree there. I can never find stuff, and having to spend time searching is a PITA. Another annoyance at AGD... when a thread title contains Special Characters; even humble question marks etc., etc., the reference-link to that thread, or any post in it, produces a page error.

    Can't recall this happening here.

    But to be honest, the layout (forum software or anything like that) isn't the BIG problem here.
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    99% of the time I use the tapatalk app and not the normal site, I just think it looks more modern on the website, functionality may not be as good like messaging etc
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    I don't think we could make it more lively that it is already. Gen Z folks think forums are artifacts of the old age, so very few people will be coming in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gil.langelaan View Post
    I don't think we could make it more lively that it is already. Gen Z folks think forums are artifacts of the old age, so very few people will be coming in the future.
    I agree with this, I just wonder what are they using instead?

    In terms of coming together I mean, e.g. affiliate marketers, marketers generally, web developers etc etc.
    I know the younger ones seem to think these forums are probably old hat, but as a way of webmasters coming together it's the only good way I can think of.

    Maybe the reality is they're too young to be doing something like affiliate marketing, hence they have no need (yet) for forums/communities for this sort of stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacingJim View Post
    I agree with this, I just wonder what are they using instead?

    In terms of coming together I mean, e.g. affiliate marketers, marketers generally, web developers etc etc.
    I know the younger ones seem to think these forums are probably old hat, but as a way of webmasters coming together it's the only good way I can think of.

    Maybe the reality is they're too young to be doing something like affiliate marketing, hence they have no need (yet) for forums/communities for this sort of stuff?
    They will not have to work. Remember, it is free healthcare, university, housing, cell phones, and food for them. Why bother with discussing work when one can just send nudes and play video games?

    Had I been given this choice, I may have taken my life in another direction!

    I can't get a person under 30 to seriously WORK for more than a week at a time. As soon as they have a paycheck, they take an express train to ****offville and the quality of their work never improves, and I eventually fire them.

    With all that said, my answer is, they aren't using anything.

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