Affiliate interview Niko from NHLBettingTips.com
List some of your gambling affiliate websites
What is your strongest website or brand?
My strongest website at the moment would be NHLBettingTips.com.
I think there are a few reasons for this, but the main reason I believe is that I consistently update it every day with new NHL predictions.
Visitors to the site can then start to follow my picks and know that there will be a new post the next day.
I think this consistency is needed to get return visitors and to have them create a relationship with you and your site.
It also doesn’t hurt that my predictions have been pretty good this year. With prediction sites, winning obviously helps.
How did you get involved in the affiliate business?
I started out playing online poker a lot in my first year of University and I noticed the exclusive poker forum freerolls at a lot of online poker rooms.
This peaked my interest and I decided to create my own poker forum, which actually ended up getting pretty busy.
The forum was called Poker Multitude and I had no idea how to properly monetize it (I hadn’t found PAL yet and knew very little about the industry).
I ended up just closing the site, which was probably worth at least a few bucks.
After that I learned more about the industry, created more poker sites and now have branched into mostly sports betting.
If it wasn't for online gambling you would be doing what ...
I would be doing something else where I could be my own boss.
Having a real 9-5 job isn’t appealing to me.
Are your friends and family supportive of what you do and were they skeptical from the start?
My family is very supportive of what I do, even though they probably don’t understand it much.
My dad has a pretty good idea though (I actually just set him up with a sports betting account the other day).
My mom was skeptical with me being an online gambling affiliate at first, but she has come around.
Give 3 tips you would share to new affiliates
Hmm, three tips.
I guess my first tip would be to know what you are trying to build.
Every website should have a clear vision and it’s important to maintain this vision and fulfill what you were trying to do.
If you are planning to build a small 5 page static site that is fine, but if you are planning to build a large site that is consistently updated, then make sure to update.
Another tip for new affiliates would just be patience.
If you are a new affiliate with no network of websites then you should expect to have to work on your website for around a year before it starts making any money.
If you get into the business understanding this then there is a much better chance for success.
My last tip would be time management.
I like to create “to do” lists for each day that I intend to work.
Otherwise I can get very sidetracked with everything the internet has to offer.
As I’m writing this I’m watching the Ferrer vs Berdych match on my second monitor.
If you have a “to do” list it can keep you on task and give you a feeling of accomplishment by knocking things off your list.