Month: January 2007

Widget Geography According to Yahoo

Yahoo has a nice looking widget blog that it does a horrible job of keeping updated and current. Let’s face it… widgets are hot topics and Yahoo should be taking enormous strides to let people know what it’s doing behind the scenes to improve widget adoption and user experience. Yahoo has invested heavily in widgets …

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Anti-Social Media

Loren Feldman hates “social media.” Why should you care? Because he makes good points about crowd mentality. I would get into semantics and explain how social media and wisdom of the sheep/crowds are two different things, but it’s irrelevant to the point he’s making. He does make some very valid points about the place of …

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Affiliate Networks Should Allow Tagging: 28% of Online Users Agree

Lisa Picarille, Shawn Collins and I didn’t have the opportunity to explore the usefulness and potential monetization of inventory made available by users tagging content on today’s AffiliateThing podcast, but we should have. We covered widgets and general monetization strategies for web2.0, and tagging is a key component of such a strategy. Shawn and I …

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1099 Form: It’s that Time of the Year Again

Only two things in online marketing are certain: high conversions and net 15 payouts. Wait… that’s not right. I meant to say taxes and server crashes. If you’re an affiliate, you should have received a 1099 form for each network or merchant that you’ve done over $600 in business with by Thursday February 1. If …

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CostPerBandwith

Wow. May I take a minute of your time to give you thanks? I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate the amount of visits since CostPerNews officially launched back on November 1 of 2006. In fact, we’ve grown by leaps and bounds. We’ve actually grown so much that on Saturday night at 2am …

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Sign Ups

Which affiliate network, CPA network or merchant affiliate marketing program has the best sign up form and process? My vote at the moment goes to Commission Junction. When will the sign up process in affiliate marketing be revolutionized… or at least changed? Of course signing up for a program should require a level of strictness …

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Affiliate Managers and Community

Some of you may be confused at first by the connection of the following points with affiliate marketing. However, affiliate marketing is (or should be) constructed and confined within a relationship. That relationship can exist between you and one other person, or between your company and thousands (or millions) of people. However, the base foundation …

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“Reality Has Become a Commodity”

On tonight’s episode of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert issued a $5 challenge (in the spirit of Microsoft) to the first person who changed the definition of “Reality” on Wikipedia to include “Reality has become a commodity.” I’m posting this about 2 mins after he issued the challenge, and I’m sure it’s already been …

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