I’m Quitting Marketing

I stumbled into the affiliate marketing world years ago. I’m walking out of it today. My experiences in the affiliate marketing world have been incredibly positive when it comes to interpersonal relationships. However, it’s time for me to move on. I’m not happy. Why am I not happy? Mainly because I don’t like the way …

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Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards Finalists

Will Jangro break the curse?? Lots of good nominees this year and congrats to all the finalists: Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards Finalists Announced — “The Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards Gala is affiliate marketing’s most prestigious, competitive honor for the leaders in the space. Award winners are recognized because they are innovative leaders with vision …

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ShareASale Performance Awards

Congrats to all the winners and congrats to ShareASale for being so awesome: ShareASale Blog » ShareASale Performance Awards: “This marks the inaugural announcement of (to be) annual ShareASale Performance Awards. While we reserve the right to add awards in the future, it was our goal this year to keep things pretty simple so we …

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“The Things We Think and Do Not Say”

Must read on affiliate marketing’s real value in the sales chain during these tough economic times from Scott Jangro (aka Jerry Maguire). Be warned… this is not a cheerleading piece. The Year Affiliates Saved Christmas, Really? | “As affiliate marketing gets a larger and larger percentage of retail sales, and taps more and more …

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NY State to Institute Stupid iPod Tax?

Along with the bone-headed “affiliate tax” that New York state has tried to implement in the past year (head here for more great and in-depth discussion on that topic) in hopes of collecting about $50 million, Gov Paterson is now considering levying an “iPod tax” to collect revenue from music and digital downloads: NY Governor …

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TwitPwr vs No Contest

Speaking of Joel Comm, he recently launched a url shortening/vanity service focused on Twitter called TwitPwr (to accompany his book, Twitter Power). Jim Kukral and I went back and forth over the service on last week’s GeekCast. Basically, my point is that Joel’s service doesn’t add much for users besides the vanity factor. I argued …

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FeedFront 4

The next episode of FeedFront is up and ready for your viewing pleasure via PDF. Or you can wait to get it in your mailbox or at the Affiliate Summit next month… Affiliate Marketing Blog by Shawn Collins: “Issue 4 can now be downloaded in PDF format.” Glad to see the magazine is doing so …

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CJ Holiday Shopping Numbers

Ashley from CJ wrote and wanted to pass the word about some of the recent positive trends CJ is seeing this holiday shopping season as number continue to roll in: Below is Commission Junction’s same store retail sales growth for Black Friday and Cyber Monday in comparison to comScore’s recent announcement on e-commerce spending. Nice …

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Merlin Mann Doing the Affiliate Thing

Merlin Mann brings the funny and effective yet again: The Merlin Mann Amazon Store Blog: “Welcome to the Merlin Mann Amazon Store Blog. This is a new site where you can buy a fucking camera.” Good idea.

Ad Spending Predictions Dire (But What About Peformance?)

It puzzles me that “online ad spending” and “online marketing” are seen as one large homogeneous block by pundits and analysts. Surely, this sort of thing is true for the Madison Ave crowd that relies on display and CPM advertising/marketing for their bottom lines: eMarketer Cuts 2009 Projection for Online Ad Spend to Single Digits …

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Good Sales & Marketing Wins

I’m not a huge fan of business books, Seth Godin, teleseminars, sales letters, etc. However, I just listened to this podcast from Jim Kukral with Matthew Scott and it’s really good. If you’re looking for some info-business type stuff to listen to over the weekend, I highly recommend checking this out: Podcast: Good Sales & …

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StumbleUpon Update Coming Soon

StumbleUpon is one of those sites that everyone uses (or should) but never really talks about. However, as Shawn and I talked about on GeekCast 44, SU has a ton of potential for driving quality “sticky” traffic to sites as well as creating community around them. If you’re involved in affiliate marketing and not using …

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Google SearchWiki And Custom SERPs: Ruh-Roh Affiliates?

If you’re a (thin) affiliate marketer, take notice. To quote the bard Bob Dylan, “things should start to get interesting right about now…” Google SearchWiki brings custom search results | Webware – CNET: “Google’s SearchWiki is a feature that lets people elevate, delete, add, and annotate search results. Google remembers the changes a person made …

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The Future of Affiliate Marketing is Mobile

In the future (generic, I know), the bulk of affiliate marketing will be driven by mobile devices and mobile transactions. Start building for that.

Microsoft Cashback Doing Something Right

Say what you’d like about Microsoft Cashback, but they seem to be getting the numbers right… Microsoft Cashback: The Traffic Needle Is Still Stuck, But The Ads Are Rolling In: “Microsoft is reporting that according to Comscore, Live Search referred 12% of all commercial transactions across the web – a number that is much smaller …

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