One of the primary considerations you must have when deciding to become an affiliate is how as a website owner you intend to promote the sites that you advertise. In an industry as large as online gaming or more particularly poker, there is plenty of scope for subject matter and material. One thing that must be considered if you are designing a site specifically with affiliate marketing in mind, and that is how you wish the content to present your advertisements.
There are two distinct opportunities in which to market your site and your products. Essentially if you are attempting to make affiliation a business you can earn serious money from, you have to treat the adverts as your product. Just like a shop online or otherwise might promote particular items in order to maximise profits, so must a successful affiliate. Except the affiliate is actually marketing for another site in order to make their money, and not selling any products for themselves.
The first of the two methods is a rather overt and unashamed promotional website. Offering very little in the way of actual information, you can create a site that bombards visitors with adverts and links. This is a rather simplistic and easy way of marketing sites. It is also the least time consuming option as all that is really needed is a small blurb, a few adverts and some emotive language. Essentially the website becomes a portal to poker establishments, rather than a useful informative site. There is nothing wrong with this in the slightest but it may not produce the results you require.
The second option is a little more secretive and serves a purpose rather than simply being a shameless advertising page. If you create a site dedicated to the game of poker, or just an aspect or particular game within the overall genre (for example Texas hold ‘em), you can generate the interest and bring in the required audience. This is a more time consuming and serious approach, requiring some background knowledge and perhaps some monetary investment to make it of the desired quality. If you make a living breathing poker site, there is a good chance that you will be able to attract a number of poker players and as such tempt the potential clientele of the poker sites. By making the language more passionate and interesting a website owner can tempt or persuade their visitors to try and hopefully join a site via their links. This second approach is arguably the more successful of the two. For those fortunate enough to already have a website on poker or a similar subject then the battle is already half won. All that will be needed is to sign up to an affiliate program get your advertisements and start making your website work for you.