My First Month

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    Perc

    Perc Affiliate Guard Dog Member

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    First off I'd like to thank Andy and any other mentors that have replied to my emails.

    When I first asked about the mentor program and stimulus package, I really had no idea what was all involved in being an affiliate. I just knew it seemed like a good way to make money online, and I had experience gambling online with some very good experiences at a few casinos, so I was happy to promote them.

    Since then I've found that it's not the easiest job, and there are lots of things to look out for and be careful of, but I've been having fun with it. I like being my own boss, but I'm kind of a hard-ass. I've been adding to my site daily, and starting to get a fair amount of content, though there is still much more to add.

    Starting to show up decently in the SERPs for such a new site. Not sure what is so great about my Triple Twister slot page, but it's on page 2 of a google search for 'triple twister' and page 1 for 'twister lands'. Obviously not the best converting keywords, but nice to see anyway. I noticed those when I saw that people had clicked on my site after searching those terms.

    The majority of my traffic and conversions have come from word-of-mouth, figured that was the best way to get traffic before I had any kind of decent placement in the SERPs.

    I didn't take all that was offered in the stimulus package. I designed the site and set it up on my existing host (I run a website for a group of online gamers - first person shooter games). I basically just got advice from Andy and mentors on SEO and other important things that I had no clue about. I am very grateful for all the time they have spent helping me out, I know they are always busy.

    I had a successful first month as The Canadian Gambler. I made a grand total of $130, would have been more but didn't quite make the minimum payment level at a couple other programs. Since I only paid $10 to add a domain to my existing host, I'm pretty happy to get that back in the first month, plus it almost paid for the year of hosting. So far this month I'm up to about $250 that is payable, as long as nobody wins in the next couple weeks. ;D

    So again, thank you Andy and mentors, I would have had a tough time starting out without you. I plan to continue working hard at it and will probably do another site next year (that seems to be the trend?).

    Looking forward to eventually meeting many of you at future conferences, when I start making enough to go to them. ;)
     
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    Pokerkeep

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    Hi Perc and welcome to the wonderful world of online affiliating. I've noticed your posts over at GPWA the last few days - it's awesome seeing someone so new to the business posting and wanting to be a part of the community. Well done on the results for your first couple months! Keep working hard and continue learning and you'll do great.
     
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    Eugene

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    You've got great first results.
    I remember my efforts and experiments on this field - it was crazy for me :confused:

    I didn't know that it was possible to attract mentor. It would be great. So you're on the right track.

    I'd recommend you to forget about money for about 3-4 months and invest a lot of efforts in your site development (content, promotion, content and content :cool:). Just concentrate on that and you should see better result.

    Cheers!
     
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    Vladi

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    Good on you. Most people don't make money for months after starting!

    Regards multiple sites ... people have different strategies. Lots of affiliates make dozens of low quality sites all going for different keywords while others try to concentrate their efforts on one higher quality site. Totally up to you to decide what suits you best.
     
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    jimmiet

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    Wow

    Your first results are awesome. Keep at it and STUDY SEoO till your crosseyed. Be patient and steady and listen to guys like the pokerkeep and others that are helping you along the way. This is a very competitive market but you are doing the right things.

    The way to get people to your site before you get page ranking is word of mouth, local (cheap) advertising and being creative.

    I live in Cancun, Mexico. I have given business cards to local bartenders in the Hotel Zone with specific promo codes on each. When one of their customers deposits money with their code I give them $5.00. Be creative. I am also posting my URL in local hotels with the same coding.

    Cheers
     
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    Perc

    Perc Affiliate Guard Dog Member

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    Thanks for the welcome and advice everyone!

    I actually thought about giving out business cards to players at my local casino, but I wasn't sure how that would go over if someone happened to tell management, I kinda like going there. ;)

    I do talk to people at the slots next to me, but haven't had the balls give out any business cards yet.

    I also thought, since I live on a very busy street just outside downtown in a very visible spot, I should throw up a sign on my fence with the URL. Not sure about the legalities, but might be worth it to throw it up until I'm told to take it down. Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

    I'm also on Twitter - @TheCDNGambler

    And I have a Facebook page, but haven't put alot of effort into getting people to "like" my page and suggest it to their friends.

    When grabbing that link I noticed The Gambling Guru now likes my FB page, thanks dude! lol :D

    Cheers!
    Todd
     
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    Baccarat

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    Awesome Perc, I've been doing the same thing on Facebook and Twitter. Just a reminder, you should make both a group and a "Like Page" on facebook. Double the exposure. I'm not going to post my links heres cuz i dont want to hijack your post. Anyways, you good luck and make more money!
     
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    Guard Dog

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    Great work Perc!! You are doing very well :) Keep up the constant site updates and you will definitely increase your income. It's work, but fun work.

    Read upon seochat.com, highrankings.com and others to learn more about the search engines and how you might tailor your content to rank better.
     
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    bonusgeek

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    Good stuff Perc, I love reading success stories. I remember making like $1.32 my 2nd or 3rd month in. It was a very exciting time for me since I knew the system worked. I was pumped and it looks like you are too...

    I always say you can be as successful as you want to be in this industry, the only difference between you and super affiliates is knowledge. :)
     
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    WCD Admin

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    hmmmm

    I'm not sure its easier to ask for forgiveness then permission when it comes to law enforcement. I'd keep as low a profile as possible. ;)
     
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    Perc

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    Thanks again everyone!

    Yeah I usually plan on doing it after a couple beers, and then re-think the idea the next day. Tempting though, being in such a highly visible spot.

    Just read up on the bylaws, and it looks like you can be charged, if they decide to, up to $2000. :rolleyes:

    hmmm... lol
     
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    Perc

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    Well my website is 6 months old today, 320 pages and still growing.

    This month I saw 2 new depositors and 5 active players, not bad I'd say for my 6th month. Positions in the SERPs are getting much better, in google anyways, bing still sucks.

    Those that can remember my site from 6 months ago, what do you think of it now? Those that don't remember it or never saw it before, let me know what you think as well.

    Edit: Make that 3 new and 6 active :)
     
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    Adrian-LiveCasinoPartners

    Adrian-LiveCasinoPartners Affiliate Program Representative

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    lol this remonds me of the time I hired the "pressure washer guys" to wash clean graffiti in front of 23 casinos in Ireland, and the UK. The couldn't complete the job. The security at the casinos were rough with them and they got scared. It was a very promising campaign, but didn't work.

    I wouldn't do it unless your ready to not be allowed to go back (you mentioned you did) lol

    I like how you think though.

    By the way fantastic start. Keep up the good work
     
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    alin04

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    This topic is very interesting for me.I am a beginner in casino affiliation.
     
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    Perc

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    Thanks for posting here alin, I forgot about this thread.

    I continued to work at it, and I'm now a full-time affiliate, I quit my job about a month ago.

    Big thank you to Andy again, you helped make my dream of working from home a reality! ;D
     
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    Guard Dog

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    It was really great working with you to, Perc! Really was.

    I wish I had more time to devote to the AGD Mentor program. At this point I do not. It could be re-opened, but would likely be a paid service in conjunction with a company that specializes in this sort of thing. Bummer - but too many thing going at the moment.
     
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    slotsaff

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    Great thread and great to hear new affiliates who are being help by some of the veterans of the industry :)
     
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    kingsino

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    Awesome! Congratulations and well done. :)
     

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