Overhauling the German Max Poker Bonus

Max Poker Bonus LogoYesterday I’ve been mostly busy moving the German Max Poker Bonus to a new environment and upgrading the scripts to our latest’s. When Kurt and I started working together and created our first Max Poker Bonus site, we decided to host it on a server located in Austria (instead of Germany) because of a German law that prohibits sites linking to online gaming sites. This law is also the reason that we chose to use a .com, instead of a .de domain. So we found a small, but reliable host, where the wires are short when you’re in need of assistance. Host Austria that is.

Unfortunately, Host Austria’s infrastructure was a little bit outdated, and because of that many of the scripts I’ve created for the Dutch Max Poker Bonus and UK Max Poker Bonus didn’t work. We could easily have moved to another host, but we decided to stay, as quite frankly we were more than satisfied with their service.

Long story short, yesterday was the big day! Christian from Host Austria copied our site and database to a new server, and I made sure that all scripts got upgraded and verified that everything worked as it should. After changing the DNS over night, I woke up this morning to find our site running flawless. Great!

Today I will finish off the big overhaul.

As many of you already know, Google recently released Site Performance, a tool that you can find under Labs in your Webmaster Tools. This, together with Google’s Page Speed tool and Yahoo’s YSlow tool, both add-ons to Firebug, gives you advice in which areas you can adjust your to improve it’s performance. Things like enabling Gzip compression, or parallelizing downloads can really speed up your site. I’ve done this (and more) for a few of my sites already, and I really recommend doing it if you own a site with a fair amount of traffic. Case studies have proven that a faster loading website drastically improves user experience, thus conversions, and we all know what that means!

The Show Must Go On

Yesterday evening I could feel that my body would not be in best shape today. I felt a cold coming up, as my nose started dripping and every joint in my body was hurting. But as an entrepreneur, a one man show in particular, you don’t want to be in bed. Every lost day is a day behind in schedule.

Fortunately this morning I felt OK. It’s not that I feel great, but at least good enough to do the most important things (and write at least one post in my blog).

However, four weeks ago I had a groin surgery, more specifically a right inguinal hernia surgery, and the surgeons applied the mesh repair method. Basically, this means that they implanted a patch into my right groin to fix a weak spot.

After surgery I expected to be out for a day, or maybe two at most, and then back to work.

Boy, I was so wrong. I’ve camped on the couch for nearly two weeks. Even though I had my laptop, I decided to do the bare minimum. My body obviously needed the rest, and it was actually fun to watch TV. Discovery Channel helped me through the day. I watched programs like Overhauling, Extreme Lodgers, How It’s Made, and such.

Another positive consequence from taking a break was that I had plenty of time to think things over. It actually made me come to the decision to temporarily cease working on my casino and bingo sites, and focus on projects that actually make up my paycheck.

As an Internet marketeer, you have many decisions to make. Many times I’ve made the wrong decision, those that actually have cost me money, in fact if I was smart enough to choose another term than ‘free poker’ years ago, I would have been in fat city. Then again, I had zero experience. But this time I’m confident that I made the right one!

So two weeks ago I started working again. Full throttle. And I’m really glad how things are going, and best of all, I’m much more motivated than I was before my break.

Right Inguinal Hernia Surgery

Vision Board

Here’s a picture of my vision board. For those who don’t know, a vision board is a collage of ideas and goals you have set out for yourself to accomplish in the near future. I got inspired quite some time ago after reading a post about vision boards on Justin Goff’s blog.

As I am a very materialistic guy (I really can care less about the environment, I just want to ride the biggest car possible), you see all kind of grownup toys that I am determined to buy in 2010. Just have a look at the BMW GT5, isn’t she adorable? My goal is to make at least $15,000 net profit half way through May, owning a vacation home on Mallorca is definitely a dream, and I want to be traveling up and forth to New York for shopping, eating out and making life less boring.

Vision Board

OK, to be honest, I don’t like the idea of owning an Infinity FX anymore. I would rather own a Audi Q7, or at least an Audi Q5. Rest me to update my vision board and making things happen!

5 Months to Become a Super Affiliate

Last week, I finally started working with the guys from Stickyeyes. Stickyeyes is a leading SEO agency from the UK with a multi million dollar yearly turnover and loads of experience in the online gaming industry. I’ve met Lee and Paul at their booth at the Budapest Affiliate Conference, past September, where I had a free consultation of 30 minutes for Max Poker Bonus based on what they call a SEO surgery report. I applied for this free consultation ahead to see if I could learn something from it.

The free consultation exceeded all my expectations. They really did their homework well, and because of that (yes I know, that’s of course the whole idea behind it), they’re now hired to do SEO to take Poker For Free to the next level.

As I’m sick of the permanent struggle, I’ve set a goal to become a super affiliate withing 5 months. Of course I have a really nice income, in fact I doubt that any of my former school peers make even half of what I do, but after years of consistently working 60+ hours per week, it’s time for a change! And I promised Kurt.

Anyway, I won’t disclose all the details of the deal, but I will post about the progress frequently.

Promotion to Division VI

I won my last game Hattrick game of the season with 5 – 3, hence I promoted to the 6th division! It was a crazy game (dang that match engine). First I trailed by 2, but managed to get back before half time, leading 3-2. The second half was all for me and I won the game fairly easy.

Promotion to Division VI
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Because of this win, I finished the season in 2nd position, but with exact the same amount of points as #1. Unfortunately, he had better stats and finished 1st because of that. Two of my players ended being top scorers, both with 15 goals, resulting in two extra prizes of $10.000.

If you play Hattrick, feel free to challenge me for a friendly match any time. My team ID is 1004624.

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Hello World!

While installing WordPress for my personal business and life blog, I’m watching the live match engine in Hattrick. Hattrick is an online football manager game which I’ve been playing since 2006. Tonight is the last game of the season, and all I need is a tie to promote to the next level. It looks like ages since I’ve been in level 7, and am really looking forward to go up and play in a new competition, on a higher level. As we speak, I’m 3-2 ahead and the game has just started again after the half time break.

This is exactly what it’s all about though, my blog. All the things that keep me busy. First and foremost comes my family; my girlfriend Lydia, and our two boys, Mauro and Dante. Then comes my business. I’m a true workaholic and consider online marketing to be my greatest hobby. Then comes the mere rest; basketball, poker, traveling the world, and anything else that I feel writing about.

To be honest, I have been debating about the idea to start a blog for more than a year. Will I have the time to write, and isn’t my blog yet another one? Only time will tell, but I can say that at least I’m very excited!