Sep 24 2016

FeedFront Magazine Issue 36 (October 2016) is Now Available

Issue 36 of FeedFront is headed to the printer and subscribers will be getting their copies in the coming weeks.

FeedFront Magazine, issue 36

This issue of FeedFront Magazine includes Affiliate Summit East 2016 in Pictures, We Love Introvert Marketers by Shawn Collins, Incorporate Video into Your Marketing Strategy by Michelle Held, and 8 Simple Tips for Optimizing Form Conversions by Rich Plakas.

Also, there is coverage on CAN-SPAM, seasonality, multi-network affiliate programs, marketing compliance, adult coloring books, automation, mobile ads, influencer marketing, cloaking affiliate links, and more.

Issue 36 of FeedFront Magazine can now be viewed online, downloaded, and printed from issuu.com.

Get the FeedFront RSS if you’d like to get all of the articles as they are published to the feed.

If you haven’t subscribed, you can get the magazine for free in the U.S. (sorry to everybody else, but mailing outside of the U.S. is very expensive). Also, become a fan of FeedFront on Facebook to see past issues, covers, etc.

The post, FeedFront Magazine Issue 36 (October 2016) is Now Available by Shawn Collins, was originally published on the Affiliate Marketing Blog.


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Sep 23 2016

Amanda Orson on Yuengling Ice Cream, iPhone 7, and the Best Philly Chessesteaks

Amanda Orson, who is the Founder and Managing Partner at W2PY, joined me to chat on my podcast, This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins.

Amanda Orson

I wanted to learn more about the real Amanda, so I asked her a variety of questions I figured she had not been asked in previous interviews.

Amanda Orson on Yuengling Ice Cream, iPhone 7, and the Best Philly Chessesteaks.Click To Tweet

We discussed…

  • Attending The Citadel for college
  • Why the iPhone 7 removed the headphone jack
  • Her days as a volunteer firefighter
  • Yuengling Ice Cream
  • Being a fan of the Washington Redskins and New York Rangers
  • The best cheesesteak in Philadelphia

Links from this episode

Subscribe to This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins on iTunes.

If you enjoyed this episode of This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins, please share it.

This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins is focused on the people behind the affiliate management/OPM companies, advertisers/merchants, affiliates/publishers, and affiliate networks.

On each episode, Shawn interviews a new guest related to the industry, so you can learn more about the people of affiliate marketing.

After all, affiliate marketing is about the people; not the companies.

The post, Amanda Orson on Yuengling Ice Cream, iPhone 7, and the Best Philly Chessesteaks by Shawn Collins, was originally published on the Affiliate Marketing Blog.


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Sep 21 2016

Book Review: The Sacred Six by JB Glossinger

I was reading JB Glossinger’s book, The Sacred Six, recently and I really enjoyed the process for focusing and working towards your dreams.

Reading The Sacred 6

JB shares his story of breaking out of a successful, but unfulfilling corporate life into the life he wanted to live.

I am not one for self-help books, but this resonated with me, because I followed a similar path.

He shares his process for people to identify their mission, values, and goals, and then to design an action plan with daily tasks.

The premise is pretty simple, and a quick, useful read for anybody on the path (in a real way – not hokey, new age stuff) to their dreams.

The post, Book Review: The Sacred Six by JB Glossinger by Shawn Collins, was originally published on the Affiliate Marketing Blog.


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Sep 14 2016

Affiliate Summit West 2017 Passes Starting at $99

Registration is open for Affiliate Summit West 2017, which is taking place January 15-17, 2017 at Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

Get more for your money with Affiliate Summit passes during early bird

Get your passes now for the lowest prices – starting at just $ 99.

Early bird registration is open through October 28, 2016. Then the prices go up from October 29, 2016 until the conference.

The VIP pass is only $ 579 during early bird, and it includes access to all of the sessions, meals, and many other benefits – that’s the way to go if you want the optimal networking and learning experience for a low price.

The Affiliate Summit conference and tradeshow offers attendees…

  • three tradeshow areas packed with affiliates, merchants, vendors, networks service providers, and other traffic sources;
  • multiple tracks of relevant educational sessions delivered by industry experts;
  • a variety of networking events;
  • and online tools to help you connect with other attendees before, during and after the event.

Register for Affiliate Summit West 2017 by October 28, 2016 for the best price.

The post, Affiliate Summit West 2017 Passes Starting at $ 99 by Shawn Collins, was originally published on the Affiliate Marketing Blog.


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Sep 08 2016

David Dalka on Shake Shack, Meteorology, and the Chicago Cubs

David Dalka, who is the Founder and Managing Director at Fearless Revival, joined me to chat on my podcast, This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins.

Business Keynote Speaker David Dalka Fearless Revival

I wanted to learn more about the real David, so I asked him a variety of questions I figured he had not been asked in previous interviews.

David Dalka on Shake Shack, Meteorology, and the Chicago Cubs.Click To Tweet

We discussed…

  • His interest in meteorology
  • Danny Meyer of Shake Shack
  • Silver Streak and other movies he loves
  • The Chicago Cubs
  • His old music site, MusicFrisk
  • Susan Cain on introverts
  • Dan Lyons on start-ups

Links from this episode

Subscribe to This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins on iTunes.

If you enjoyed this episode of This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins, please share it.

This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins is focused on the people behind the affiliate management/OPM companies, advertisers/merchants, affiliates/publishers, and affiliate networks.

On each episode, Shawn interviews a new guest related to the industry, so you can learn more about the people of affiliate marketing.

After all, affiliate marketing is about the people; not the companies.

The post, David Dalka on Shake Shack, Meteorology, and the Chicago Cubs by Shawn Collins, was originally published on the Affiliate Marketing Blog.


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Sep 08 2016

Vote for Affiliate Summit West 2017 Sessions

There is a very important vote that will greatly impact early 2017 – the vote for Affiliate Summit West 2017 speakers.

Your vote counts

Voting will be open through September 14, 2016.

We’ve simplified the voting process this time – instead of the site we’d used for the past few years, now it’s just a matter of going to surveymonkey.com/r/asw17, selecting the sessions you are interested in, and clicking “Done”.

The speaker proposals have been pared down to the titles, speakers, and descriptions. The prospective speaker names are clickable to read their bios.

Speakers for Affiliate Summit will be chosen based on the combined votes from the public, votes from the Affiliate Summit Advisory Board (including Affiliate Summit founders Missy Ward and Shawn Collins), and feedback received on past speakers.

Vote now through September 14!

Affiliate Summit West 2017 is taking place on January 15-17, 2017 at Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

The post, Vote for Affiliate Summit West 2017 Sessions by Shawn Collins, was originally published on the Affiliate Marketing Blog.


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Sep 06 2016

Blogging Disasters: Prevention and Damage Control

The idea that your blog is safe and secure because it lives on a popular site is a complete fallacy. The truth is that unless you are backing up every last piece of your content, one day it could disappear. And, as internet consultant and Harvard faculty member Nicco Mele points out, there is no phone number to call, there is no office to visit.

All you have is a form to fill out and an often false sense of hope.

Blogging Disasters Prevention and Damage Control

So the question is, if the unthinkable happens, what would be your recourse? How much content would be lost? How would your followers find you again? Here’s your crash course on what to do if your blog crashes, and what you can do now to mitigate your risk and minimize your loss.

Protect Your Customers

If your blog has any kind of e-commerce plugin, your first concern is the safety of your customer’s financial information. If you can’t yet afford a dedicated server, or don’t have the traffic to justify it, you’ll want to invest in encrypting sensitive data as well as malware hacking detection services. While working on making your blog profitable, it’s important to keep your overhead low. But it’s also important to keep in mind that existing customers are your best source of income, so protecting them is essentially protecting your own profitability — not to mention it’s the ethical thing to do.

Back Up, Back Up, Back Up

Two is one and one is none: that’s the mantra that professional bloggers use when it comes to backing up their content. What would happen if your external hard drive was damaged? What would happen if the cloud crashed? It’s important to hope for the best and plan for the worst when it comes to your blog content. Everything from mailing lists to blog posts is a monetizable commodity. You’ve got to have them stored in multiple locations to protect yourself and your investment of time in building your blog. Invest in a comprehensive cloud system that not only backs up your devices and blog but also makes sure your blog stays online if the server crashes.

Also, pay attention to your uptime statistics on your chosen server to prevent server crashes. This is especially relevant to be aware of before you run a big promotion or have any other reason to expect your blog to have a sudden influx of viewership that could crash the server. Nothing stings more than pouring your time and money into a promo that successfully drives tons of traffic to your site, only to have the server crash.

Be Transparent

In the event of a disaster, reach out to your followers and customers immediately. Let them know the situation and that you’re there to answer any questions they may have. It’s crucial for your reputation that you address the issue as soon as possible to prevent customers, followers or colleagues from assuming the worst.

This is also an excellent example of the importance of utilizing multiple platforms to promote your brand. For instance, if your blog crashes, you can use Twitter and Facebook to explain what happened and when you’ll be back up and running.


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Sep 06 2016

Want to Help My Daughter Caity Fight Breast Cancer?

I am walking in the AVON 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer for the fourth time next month, and it will be the first time my daughter, Caity, is joining in. Please help her fundraising by donating $ 5 or more.

Abuela and Caity

Caity is walking for her Abuela (grandmother), pictured above. Caity was lucky to meet her Abuela when she was born, and they took some pictures together.

But before Caity and her Abuela could really get to know each other, breast cancer stole her away.

She is also walking for her mom Vicky, her Aunt Caren, her sisters (Lexie and Kerri), and all of the other girls and women in her life.

The walk is 39 miles over two days in New York City to raise funds to make life better for breast cancer patients locally and across the nation.

The money she raises will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those who most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures.

We’ll be walking up and down and all around Manhattan over the two days – we’ll pass through the Upper West and East Sides, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Chinatown, as well as crossing into Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge and then back across the Manhattan Bridge.

There will be lots of blisters, aches, and watered down Gatorade, and it’s all worth it.

Please donate to AVON 39 in Caity’s name.

The post, Want to Help My Daughter Caity Fight Breast Cancer? by Shawn Collins, was originally published on the Affiliate Marketing Blog.


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Sep 01 2016

Rich Plakas on Texas BBQ, Home Automation, and Craft Beer

Rich Plakas, who is the Founder at Connected Systems, joined me to chat on my podcast, This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins.

Rich Plakas

I wanted to learn more about the real Rich, so I asked him a variety of questions I figured he had not been asked in previous interviews.

Rich Plakas on Texas BBQ, Home Automation, and Craft Beer.Click To Tweet

We discussed…

  • His BBQ technique and tools
  • The days he was working in NYC
  • Rescuing a tarantula from a tarantula hawk
  • A cruise with Jester King
  • Setting up home automation

Links from this episode

Subscribe to This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins on iTunes.

If you enjoyed this episode of This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins, please share it.

This is Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins is focused on the people behind the affiliate management/OPM companies, advertisers/merchants, affiliates/publishers, and affiliate networks.

On each episode, Shawn interviews a new guest related to the industry, so you can learn more about the people of affiliate marketing.

After all, affiliate marketing is about the people; not the companies.

The post, Rich Plakas on Texas BBQ, Home Automation, and Craft Beer by Shawn Collins, was originally published on the Affiliate Marketing Blog.


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Aug 31 2016

Save the Date for Affiliate Summit East 2017 in NYC #ASE17

We’ve gone through the feedback from Affiliate Summit East 2016, and the most popular city, by an overwhelming percentage, was New York City.

That means Affiliate Summit East 2017 will be back in NYC on July 30 – August 1, 2017.

New York City

We’re going to be returning to the New York Marriott Marquis for Affiliate Summit East 2017.

After going through the feedback from this past August, the New York Marriott Marquis got high marks (outside of the sometimes delayed elevators).

Hotel rooms at the special Affiliate Summit group rate will be available soon to book at the New York Marriott Marquis.

See the history of Affiliate Summit for the history of the premier affiliate marketing conference.


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