Do You Need To Play Poker To Be A Poker Affiliate?

The sole reason I started out as a poker affiliate was to earn some extra money to add to my poker bankroll. At the time I was quite young, and relied on playing poker as my main source of income. I was playing at relatively low stakes, making around $10 an hour, so I thought it would be pretty handy to have a few extra dollars a month to add to my bankroll and start playing for higher stakes. So that’s how I got started in the affiliate industry.

When I first ventured in poker affiliate forums and got in contact with other affiliates, I started to realise that a large number of affiliates didn’t actually play poker much at all, and if they did, they weren’t very good players. It still surprises me today that there are a number of very successful poker affiliates that are fairly unfamiliar with the game of poker. I always expected poker webmasters to be top players and poker enthusiasts, but this isn’t the case.

But anyways, back to the question at hand… Do you need to play poker to be a poker affiliate?

The short answer is evidently no, but it certainly does help.

If you are a profitable poker player, you have a number of tools at your disposal. Firstly, you are able to write strategy articles based on your knowledge of the game. If you are a winning player, you must have some winning tactics and advice that you could share with others on your website. Therefore you already have a wide range of articles that you could produce right from the start, without the worry of having to pay others to write strategy for you.

Secondly, as a poker player you are able to relate to others that also play poker, and understand what is important from a player’s perspective. Therefore you should be able to deliver content in such a manner that will interest your readers, and you can write reviews on poker rooms, analysing what you think is important in a good online poker room.

However, if you are not too familiar with the game of online poker or live poker, it does not rule you out of being able to become a solid affiliate. There is no reason why you can’t download a number of poker rooms yourself and write some good in-depth reviews after playing at them for a while. Similarly, you can report on news stories that you come across and write content on the latest developments in the world of poker.

A great option for someone new to the world of poker is to start a blog or something similar about your journey to becoming a better poker player. As long as you can write articles based around the topic of poker, there is no reason why you can’t become a poker affiliate. You shouldn’t let the fact that you are new to poker hold you back; there are still a wealth of topics that you can talk about on your website or blog. It isn’t all just poker strategy you know!

In my opinion, you do not have to be an avid poker player to start up your own poker website. However, it is always useful to have a passion for what you are writing about, as it will make your life as a poker affiliate seem like less of a job, and more of an enjoyable experience. Either way, it’s always good to play poker as an affiliate to remind yourself what promoting poker is all about. Plus it’s a great excuse to spend some time procrastinating!

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