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New Year / New Design

First off HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone that reads my blog!  To start the year off right, I figured I would give this site a new look and opted on using the free Mystique Theme.  It has a whole bunch of cool widgets, and best of all, IT IS FREE!

Hopefully everyone has recovered from the New Year celebrations and is back working now.  I had a nice little break, though feel like I am getting a bit sick now (obv from all the partying over the holidays).

I read one of the weirdest stories today about how iPoker is banning winning players.  As an affiliate I think this is absolutely retarded of them and makes me less eager to work with iPoker Rooms.  Basically they are coming out and saying we only like when players lose.  I don’t know about other affiliates but I have always wanted to attract and help poker players get good and win more money, because at the end of the day it means more money in all of our pockets.  Them sending out this message just makes online poker in general look bad.  Hopefully the sites affected can get this straightened out and band together to create a new network.

I don’t really have much else to say other than Happy New Year just want to make sure the new theme is working properly.

Here is a cool video of Travis Pastrana making a car fly on New Years Eve:

Also, if anyone wants to do any link exchanges just comment below, or send me a message on PAL (if Jeremy ever gets the server fixed ;)).

New Office / Happy Holidays!

Again, it has been a while since I wrote anything here so I thought I should probably post an update of what is going on in my life.  So, here are some of the bigger things going on….

New Office -  The past few weeks I have spent looking for a new office.  Finally, last Thursday I managed to find one in one of the best areas of the city (Yorkville for those of you that know Toronto) that doesn’t cost a fortune.  I am splitting the office with my good friend and fellow affiliate John making it even more affordable.  The office isn’t anything super fancy (it looks like it was probably used as a closet at one point), but the location can’t be beat.  I will try and get some pics up shortly (probably after we paint it and fix it up a bit more).  The main reason I decided to get an office was working from home and Starbucks all the time was really starting to take a toll on my productivity.  Even after being here for only 2 days, I feel like I am already accomplishing so much more.

Other Niches – Lately I have been really trying to focus on building some sites in other niches.  I have had a music site with a friend for a while now that gets pretty good traffic, and registered a few other domains to try and build on (such as a site about Toronto Catering companies – still being built).  Who knows what the future is for online poker, so I think diversification can never hurt.

Vacations – In January I will be heading down to Trinidad with a few friends for a week of fun in the sun.  I have never been there before, but my friend is half-trini and goes there all the time so he knows where to go.  After that I may head back to Argentina for a month, but still trying to decide.

Working Out – I am not sure if I mentioned it here before but for the past few months I have been taking Muay Thai classes.  They are an amazing workout and I am probably getting in the best shape of my life.  I think since I have started I have lost around 20lbs or so.  Anyone thinking about trying it, I HIGHLY reccomend it, but be ready to work your ass off!

Other than that, there isn’t too much else going on that I can think of, so I will end this by wishing everyone a Happy Holiday!

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Budapest Affiliate Conference Trip Report

It had been a while since I had been able to make it out to a conference (Barcelona 2008 was the last one), so I decided to book my ticket to Budapest this year for BAC. It was nice that the conference was in a change of venue, which made it much easier to justify the long trip.

I arrived on the Wednesday morning after a long flight with a connection in Frankfurt. I was a little worried about going because I thought that I wasn’t going to know anyone there as many suckers people backed out last minute including the person I was supposed to split a room with (Nick). Regardless I still went and landed in Budapest around 11am. As I went to tell the cab where to go I realized that I was in a different hotel than I had thought. Meh, I went with it and headed to the new hotel (InterContinental). I arrived at the hotel to check in and looked down at my reservation to realize it was for a day later (crap I thought, but figured they would probably have a room). As I explained the situation that I might have gotten the date wrong to the guy at the front desk he replied, €œI hope your reservation is for today because our hotel is full€. Fortunately, he managed to find me a room after hammering away at the keyboard and speaking gibberish Hungarian to his co-worker.

After a bit of a nap, I started trying to find out who was in town and managed to get in touch with Mark from PAL. We decided to meet up for a beer and hit a cool little bar a short trip from the hotel. We took one of the oldest subway systems in Europe to get there which was pretty cool. It was nice meeting Mark finally as we had chatted many times online about how we were both former IBM slaves employees. As I was heading out I also ran into Richie formerly with Carbon who I had spent some time hanging out with in Barcelona and we exchanged info to meet up later. Richie (like me) loves to party so I knew he would be a good person to meet up with later.

On the 2nd day I got in contact with Greame (DealerDan) who was out having a few drinks with some people and invited me to join them. I met up with them all at this cool square, grabbed a few beers then took off because he had dinner plans with Bodog. Fortunately he invited me along so I managed to get a free meal from the Bodog guys (Seb and Claire €“ who had been my affiliate manager in the past but I never actually met). After a nice dinner, which included several Mojitos, we all headed over to the opening party which was hosted by Expekt. As with most gambling conference parties it was a complete sausage party. I wasn’t really in the mood to party so I just took it pretty easy. I also ran into Carly and Jo (from Pokerstars) and Andreas (darko on the forums, but never really posts). I ran into a bunch of old friends too which was nice and we were out of there early (around 2am). We went to hit up the casino, but they wanted to charge us 10 Euros to go in and gamble. We laughed about that and decided to save our money and call it a night.

Day 3 was the 1st day of the conference. I met up with Richie in the lobby around 9am who was with Ven (formerly at Party Poker) and we hit up the buffet at the hotel. We had a great breakfast laughing the whole time and completely lost track of time (not getting out of there till like 11:15). We then hopped on the shuttle and headed over to the conference. We did the whole stroll around the room (me looking for the best swag probably a bath robe from Chipleader). Richie knows pretty much everyone so he kept introducing me to a lot of people. I decided to hit up the SEO sessions (one on link building and the SEO roundtable) after which were all around pretty decent. Though I didn’t learn a whole lot, there were a couple of tidbits here and there that I learned which should help. After the conference we had a bit of time so Richie and I headed to a little bar close to the hotel. Richie ordered probably the gayest drink in Budapest which consisted of pink lemonade, a pink straw and a cherry, I opted for a beer. Mike from Poker Nordica also came and joined us for a drink then we all split up to our own dinners. I headed to the PAL dinner and met DealerDan in the lobby. There we waited like 20 minutes for Seb (yea, we gave him a hard time about it) then finally headed over to Spoon for an awesome meal. At dinner were several people I hadn’t seen in a while like Giorgio, Jason (GoodKarmaKid), Stephen and Russ from Commission Account as well as several new faces. After dinner Seb, Russ and I wanted to keep drinking so we decided to head over to the conference party sponsored by ChanceRoom. Again, it was a huge sausage fest so after we finished our few free drinks (they had this weird ticket system) and grabbed Alex Pratt and Andreas and headed over to a club that several people had been talking about called Bed Beach. Bed Beach was awesome! It was a huge outdoor club with a massive dance floor, tons of tables and a nice VIP section. We ran into many other people and spent the rest of the night mingling not getting back till like 6am (I think €“ didn’t wear a watch all trip).

At Bed Beach

At Bed Beach

On the 4th day (the last conference day) I slept in and missed Calvin Ayre’s speech which was one of the things I was looking forward to. Fortunately from what I heard from other people it was rather awkward and he didn’t really tell any interesting stories about entrepreneurship. When I finally did get to the conference I had my meeting with Lee Allen from Sticky Eyes (an SEO company). They were doing free SEO analysis sessions for conference attendees. This was really cool and Lee definitely knew his stuff. He definitely made me think differently about a couple of things and wasn’t like most SEO companies that just BS and pretends they know what they are talking about. Thanks Lee!! After that I walked around the conference a bit more and ran into Johan formerly at FTP / Gnuf. We had met a ways back in London at the Cap Awards dinner and he really helped me make the push to doing this full time. I also met his wife Anna who is with an interesting bingo company called Maria (a branch off from Unibet). Unlike most sites it sounds like they are actually building a brand than just a site (so if you promote Bingo check them out and tell her I sent you). I hung around at the conference a bit more and ran into Dee from 888 and chatted with them for a bit and finally left the conference. I ended up getting in touch with Graeme after who was having a dinner with some people close to the hotel so I decided to join them. There I tried Goulash for the first time, which I understand as being the “big dish” of Hungary and pretty tasty. After dinner we headed over to a party hosted by Bodog. We were greeted at the door with a glass of champagne and asked to take our picture with some of the Bodog Girls. Bodog REALLY knows how to throw a party. The venue was awesome, they had special tables where you could try the national drinks of Hungary (I liked the Unicum the best which is a bitters), tables with free cigars (good ones), constant Mojitos and Caipirinhas plus Hors D‘oeurves and even a hand massage table. The party ended around midnight and I decided to head back to Bed Beach with Johan and Jennifer from Betting Jobs. There we ran into many other people and drank and chatted the night away.

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Bodog Girls at the Bodog Party

On the Sunday I slept in again and missed the “tourist session” as I was pretty hung over not rolling out of bed until about 4pm. I ran into Richie again at the patio of the Sofitel (the main hotel directly beside the InterContinental) and we had some drinks to nurse the hang over. Richie was with Chris from Poker Space and a few other people. Chris came up with a great idea to head to a shisha bar so Richie, Chris, Jen (Fortune Poker), and 2 Swedish affiliates (Mike and Peter) all headed over to this place recommended by the hotel. We ordered some massive platters of food and shared everything. The conversation started pretty tame but after Richie asked what everyone thought about Megan Fox things progressively turned into pure hilarity. We learned some new things like what “musting” is along with several other funny things. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

On a side note, some of the companies throwing the “Official” parties could really learn a thing or two from Bodog. Having a club filled with guys staring at 1 or 2 girls dancing, then making them pay for drinks (especially affiliates) to be there says a lot about your brand. Bodog goes all out when they do a party and it says a lot about their brand. In the future I think the parties should be turned into more of a “pre-drink” where everyone goes and drinks for free then heads out to various nightclubs around the city. If you were at Bed Beach you will know that industry people pretty much owned their VIP areas.

After that the conference was officially over for the rest. I stuck around in Budapest for a bit the next day then headed to Prague for a couple days to do some sightseeing. I am actually writing this on the train back from Prague to Budapest where I have to catch my flight in the morning.

All in all it was one of the best conferences I have been to and was really nice meeting many new people along with seeing some old friends. Till next one!

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Doyle Brunson and I

Welcome To “I Poker Affiliate” – My New Home

Hi all, and welcome to my new blog.  I spend so much time writing blog posts for my sites that I never really get to just write about ME.  That is why I decided to start this blog.  I figured I could share some of the tips that I have learned over the years that have helped me become successful in the extremely competitive field of promoting poker online AKA being a Poker Affiliate.

The site all started because I was looking for a domain one day related to being a poker affiliate or promoting poker online.  I surfed on over to my favorite domain search tool, and started looking for domains.  I wanted something as short as possible, that would have the keywords “Poker” and “Affiliate” in it.  Thinking there wasn’t a chance, I put in iPokerAffiliate.com after a few tries and hit the jackpot (I think) when I found this domain.

Who am I?  You may know me better as Graham over at PAW.  My real name is Graham Rowlands and I have been a poker affiliate for almost 2 years now.  I started out, like many others in this business, working my butt off for peanuts (actually I probably couldn’t have even afforded those with my first few months revenue), up to my current level of a few thousand dollars month.

The purpose of this blog is to:
1) Help – Teach new affiliates some of the valuable lessons that I have learned in my time as an affiliate.
2) Educate – Kind of the same as help, but if I do a really good job, I will teach you something that you didn’t already know.
3) Entertain – We can’t always be serious and need to have some time to have a little fun.
4) Inspire – Hopefully I will soon be making so much money extremely successful that you will have no other choice but to be inspired by reading my posts.
5) Make Some Money – I am not gonna beat around the bush with this one.  Obviously I would like to make a little bit of money from this blog, but if I don’t, its not the end of the world.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy reading about me.