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    Default Brand new affiliate - a few questions

    Hi everyone,

    I've recently started an affiliate site, and it is coming along nicely - I have the basic layout done (without graphics yet) and have been reading this forum for the past few days to try to get an idea of where to proceed. I found plenty of informative threads and after seeing how great the community is I was hoping that some of the more veteran affiliates could impart some useful advice and help with the below questions.

    1) The site layout is done but I have yet toupload content. Should I upload everything when it is done, or in bits and pieces for purposes of SEO? I would say I have 75% of the articles I would like for the initial launch written.

    2) On signing up with affiliates - again, I am new so not sure how it will work. My site is severely lacking "makeup" right now, so will affiliates even let me sign up? I assume they will want to see the site first before approving the registration.

    3) Can anyone recommend some good affiliate programs to sign up with? I would love programs that pay on time, have a minimum of shaving, and don't have negative carryover, and recognize cross-sales (don't we all ). When signing up as a new affiliate, are there any deal breakers I need to watch for?

    4) I would like to have RSS feeds that will update my site with casino news (in addition to articles that I will be writing to add content to the site). Can anyone recommend some quality Casino related feeds? Both free and non-free, although for the beginning I mainly will want free RSS feed(s).

    5) One mistake I already made (before I read up on it) is that I registered and am doing hosting via GoDaddy. If I will be focusing on the US market, will this be a problem?

    6) I am using Wordpress for building the site and am having fun learning it (my first time building any sort of website, aside from a basic HTML course I took in Uni). I've found some great tutorials and documents on it, but a lot of it doesn't apply to this field. Can any webmasters that use Wordpress recommend some of the "essential" plugins/widgets they use? I've found a whole bunch, but am not as experienced yet in website building to know the difference between the various plugins.

    7) Link sharing - I understand the benefits for SEO optimization but I seem to be missing something. Let's for Affiliate site A and affiliate site B. Where would they link to each other - homepage, article page, etc? Are there any tools that be used to keep track of this so the other person doesn't suddenly take your link down from their site, or do you need to manually check everything once per week/month/etc.?


    As I wrote above I am completely new to this field (I've worked in the industry for around a year and half, but not related to affiliates), so if some of my questions are things that I shouldn't be asking because it is sensitive information or I should be finding out myself, please tell me! Any help/advice on the above will be much appreciated, and I appreciate you taking the time read the above!

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    1) The site layout is done but I have yet toupload content. Should I upload everything when it is done, or in bits and pieces for purposes of <acronym title="Search Engine Optimization">SEO</acronym>? I would say I have 75% of the articles I would like for the initial launch written.
    I would suggest getting 20 - 25 pages uploaded to begin with and then add new pages regularly - every day or every other day. Also make sure you get a few inbound links set up as soon as you launch - the SE's need them to find your site.

    2) On signing up with affiliates - again, I am new so not sure how it will work. My site is severely lacking "makeup" right now, so will affiliates even let me sign up? I assume they will want to see the site first before approving the registration.
    Many programs will allow you to sign up now so you can get your reviews written, upload graphics, etc. Talk to the AM's who are active here, they're mostly new affiliate friendly.

    3) Can anyone recommend some good affiliate programs to sign up with? I would love programs that pay on time, have a minimum of shaving, and don't have negative carryover, and recognize cross-sales (don't we all ). When signing up as a new affiliate, are there any deal breakers I need to watch for?
    Since you really didn't say what niche you were planning to promote, I'll give my affiliate site a plug here. Look at the "Affiliate Aid" site listed in my signature. I list only the best, affiliate friendly programs there. I personally work with all of them and have nothing but high regard for each and every one.

    4) I would like to have RSS feeds that will update my site with casino news (in addition to articles that I will be writing to add content to the site). Can anyone recommend some quality Casino related feeds? Both free and non-free, although for the beginning I mainly will want free RSS feed(s).
    I'll let one of the other experts handle this one since I don't use RSS feeds.

    5) One mistake I already made (before I read up on it) is that I registered and am doing hosting via GoDaddy. If I will be focusing on the US market, will this be a problem?
    I am unaware of any affiliate running into trouble because they target US traffic from a GoDaddy hosted domain. I use GoDaddy and target American players...

    I would suggest though that you don't limit your marketing potential to just Americans. Many long time affiliates are finding it difficult to maintain there market share these days due to the economy and UIGEA. I recommend you choose a good group of programs that convert well in Canada, Great Britain and Europe as well as a few US facing programs.


    I ignored your Wordpress questions cuz I'm a WP dumbie....


    Check the articles on my affiliate site re; link building/trading. Other members will certainly jump in with their advice as well.


    Good luck and welcome to the forums.
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    thanks thepokerkeep ! finding myself in an similiar situation your information helps to improve

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    Thanks thepokerkeep for the informative post! I'm at work now so only had a chance to quickly look over your site but will definitely be checking it out more in depth this weekend. Glad to hear that I shouldn't have problems signing up for new affiliates - that was one of the aspects that had me worried.

    Much appreciated!

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    My pleasure. Feel free to pm or email me with any other questions. And when you go live with your portal, post the url so we can give it a critique - guaranteed to save you time and money and help you avoid some rookie mistakes.

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    Will do - thanks again. I plan to focusing on slots and table games (not Poker sites yet - maybe my next site will be), but I won't be showing my site for critique until it is ready. Believe me, I will definitely be coming here for critiques from webmasters; I've seen how helpful this community is to my fellow new affiliates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barclay View Post
    3) Can anyone recommend some good affiliate programs to sign up with? I would love programs that pay on time, have a minimum of shaving, and don't have negative carryover, and recognize cross-sales (don't we all ). When signing up as a new affiliate, are there any deal breakers I need to watch for?
    Just do your homework and make sure you don't promote any rogue casinos.
    Especially if your targeting the USA; be VERY careful which RTG casinos you list as at least 50% of all RTG casinos and rogue & rip-off players and affiliates alike.
    Avoid people like the Virtual Group (Gambling Wages and Ace revenue), and other similar ones. A lot of popular existing sites have "rogue" or Blacklist" pages - read a few before you commit yourself.

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