Friday, February 20, 2009

Giving Loot the boot. I am going gambling.

I've decided to remove Loot from all the affiliates I am trying out at the end of Feb. There's been absolutely zero cents generated from them. At the same time Take2 has made me just over R20. It's not much but its better than a kick in the balls, so I will keep them on for now.

The main reason why Loot is doing badly could possibly be due to their own website. The site is a bit bland and doesn't really appeal to me. I've never bought from them and I am sure their service is excellent. I will probably try and buy my next batch of Xbox games through them (if pricing is better than Kalahari or Loot) just to be fair and report back here.

In Loot's place I've decided to give Silver Sands Casino a go. The long and short of it: They pay you a 25% of the net revenue for each client that you bring in. NET REVENUE=NET WIN-FREE BONUS. For example if someone buys 1000 credits in chips, they give him 200 credits FREE BONUS. If he wagers 1100 credits and withdraws the rest, the commission is calculated as follows: NET REVENUE=1100 credits-200 credits. They will split 900 credits with you. If he wagers 1200 credits you are entitled to 300 credits commission.

I actually installed their casino software tonight to give it a bash. At first I played with "fake" money and soon enough went over to playing with R500 real cash. I used my credit card to play. Soon enough I was down to a below R10 and miraculously won some cash twice in a row bringing me to just over R550. Now, the thing with gambling (or the way I approach it anyway) is to make peace with yourself that you are going to loose whatever you plan to play with. In my case I made my R500 back with an extra R50. Did I cash it in? Nope. I went and lost R150 again. I cashed out the R400 that was left. Did I have fun? Of course. It beats driving the 4km to Monte Casino, sitting in a crowded casino, ending up playing some slot machine you don't wanna play because some wrinkle-faced geriatric is hogging two machines. I sit at home, drink my own cheap beer and watch TV at the same time. It's also much better to sit at home and cry when you part with your money after a couple of beers.

I came across Silver Sands Casino's affiliate links by chance (after landing on some fake sites).

The only URL you should visit to sign up for an affiliate program is this one. If you hover your mouse over the link, have a look at the bottom of your browser. The link ends with ?paffid=4127

That is my referral ID for when people click through. In other words, I will get a little % as well when you sign up as an affiliate. You can remove that last bit if you want to. It just means Silver Sands won't pay me for referring you, that's all. Trust me, sites like and the rest are bullshit links. They actually contacted me by phone last year sometime to advertise a banner on one of my big websites and offered something like R600 per month. I sort of expressed interest but never gave it any second thoughts. I happened to read about other people that got scammed. Google it if you don't believe me. The only proper way of signing up is through the link I posted above, or going to and signing up under the "Webmaster" section. That's the way I did it.

To get back to my own gambling tonight. I've submitted my withdrawal and will probably see how they handle it by next week Tuesday. Personally I enjoy gambling over at Piggspeak Casino. They also take credit cards. The difference there is that I've learned to part with R200 over a playing time of around 5 hours. I don't play big. I dont play cards or roulette. I play the small slots and I do it maybe twice a month. Also, they refund you straight back to your credit card right away, which is cool. I probably enjoy Piggs Peak more, because I am more used to it and have been playing for years. It would be really cool if they had an affiliate program though.

I just thought I'd join the Silver Sands program because of the 25% payouts. If it will work is another question. I came across a woman's website where she claims she made R20k per month. She is probably talking out of the wrong end, so we will see. As stated before, this blog's purpose is to get real info, real stats and real results.

A last note on Silver Sands - if you want to link their banners, you don't have to save it to your PC to FTP it to your site. Do as I did in this example and reference the images from their site:

If you don't understand how to do it, leave contact details in the (moderated) comments section and I will try and explain.

On a different note - my unpaid balance at Kalahari now stands at R 2,305.96. This covers the period of December, January and February so far. I have not yet received a payment. I've made around R600 in February so far. I suspect the non-payment has something to do with February being the financial year-end, so hopefully I will get the full amount at the end of Feb or early March. If not, I will just give them a call.

AdSense is still doing pathetic at somewhere over $12 but what the hell, it just needs to get to $100, hopefully before we host the world cup soccer. I will post some screen shots of the smaller generating stuff sometime.

Which programs are you finding useful? Feel free to leave comments and your e-mail address if you want to. If you don't want comments published but would like me to get back to you, just indicate so. I moderate comments, so they don't go live straight after hitting enter.

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