Do Affiliates Have an Advocate?

Q: Do affiliates have an advocate? I feel that advertisers and networks egregiously take advantage of publishers and I want to know if we have any recourse.

Shawn CollinsA: I guess in days past in affiliate marketing the promise of the networks was to be an impartial middleman if there were any disputes between affiliates and merchants.

But I guess, in your experience, the networks and merchants have colluded against you? If that’s the case, it’s certainly a shame.

How about turning to the Performance Marketing Association (PMA) to see if they could advocate on your behalf?

According to the PMA site…

“The PMA’s mission is to champion and protect accountable performance marketing. Our main goals are:

  • To promote the growth of the industry,
  • Help model standards and best-practices and
  • Advocate on behalf of the businesses that comprise the performance marketing industry”

I think it would be worth the effort to go to the PMA to see if there is some way they could help you.

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What is the Best Way to Promote the WP Engine Hosting Affiliate Program?

I was chatting with the WP Engine team at Affiliate Summit East 2015 a few weeks ago, and I was excited to be hear that they are paying a minimum of $200 per referral.

WP Engine Affiliate Program

In addition to their high commission rate, WP Engine also has a nice setup for bonuses that starts at five referrals per month.

But now I have to figure out how to drive that qualified traffic. I’ve never been much of a PPC affiliate, and I don’t plan to start. Growing a social media presence related to hosting could be a long grind.

I am thinking the call is to make tutorials, either video or with screenshots and text, that take newbies through the process of signing up and setting up a WP Engine account.

I’ve got lots of sites hosted over there, so tutorials wouldn’t be too tough.

Stay tuned.

Apply to the WP Engine affiliate program.

Meet Market is Sold Out for Affiliate Summit West 2016

The Meet Market for Affiliate Summit West 2016 has sold out. Affiliate Summit West 2016 is taking place January 10-12, 2016 at Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.

Oh no! The Meet Market is sold out.

Most of the booths in the exhibit hall are gone, too. There are still a limited number of other sponsorships available for Affiliate Summit West 2016.

If you’re not familiar with the Meet Market, it is an extended session of structured, face to face networking on the Sunday of Affiliate Summit.

Affiliate programs and networks have tables set to meet with affiliates to discuss their offers and cut deals. Vendors that cater to affiliates and merchants will also have tables to share information about their products and services.

Each table is a meeting spot for teaching, learning, closing deals, creating partnerships, and finding new opportunities.

Get on the Affiliate Summit West 2016 Meet Market Waitlist.

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Affiliate Summit West 2016 Speaking Proposal

Speaking proposals for Affiliate Summit West 2016, taking place January 10-12, 2016 in Las Vegas, are currently being accepted.

Don't forget that speaker proposal

The submission deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015.

One complimentary VIP pass is provided to speakers. Travel and hotel are not included. There is a limit of one person per company on the speaker roster. No exceptions.

How are speaker submissions selected?

The speaker submissions are chosen based on the following:

  • Public voting scores and comments.
  • Voting scores and comments by the Affiliate Summit Advisory Board.
  • Voting scores by Affiliate Summit founders Missy Ward and Shawn Collins.
  • Past session feedback if you previously spoke at an Affiliate Summit.
  • Meeting speaker deadlines if you previously spoke at an Affiliate Summit.

What topics are preferred?

Submit a proposal based on your expertise, not what you think we want to see.

Proposals should be of an advanced nature. We are not interested in introductory material. Also, it must be original material – don’t propose a session you’ve already given at Affiliate Summit or somewhere else.

Submit your speaking proposal for Affiliate Summit West 2016.

Meet Market and Exhibit Hall Sell Out for Affiliate Summit West 2016

The Meet Market and Exhibit Hall are just about sold out for Affiliate Summit West 2016, which is taking place January 10-12, 2016 at Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.

Meet Market at Affiliate Summit East 2015

The Affiliate Summit West 2016 Meet Market is open on Sunday, January 10, and the Exhibit Hall will be open on Monday, January 11 and Tuesday, January 12.

The Meet Market is nearly 90% sold out, and there are approximately 20% of the booths in the exhibit hall remaining.

Book a Meet Market table or booth in the Exhibit Hall before they are all gone.

Do I Know Anybody Who Hates Breast Cancer?

I will be doing the Avon 39 – The Walk to End Breast Cancer for the third time on October 17-18 in NYC. The Avon 39 is a 39.3 mile fundraising walk.

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2014 in NYC

I hope that I can count on your support – I would be grateful for anything you could spare.

Our team will 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.

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The money I raise 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.

I’ll be just one of thousands of people who will walk up 39.3 miles over two days, and I can’t do it without your help.

Please help me fight breast cancer.

If you’re interested in doing the walk, please contact me with any questions. While you might get some blisters and other various conditions that come with pushing yourself like that, it’s an amazing, inspirational time.

Help Affiliate Summit West 2016 Fight Breast Cancer by Exercising

We just donated over $17,000 to fight breast cancer from the Race to Affiliate Summit East 2015, and now it’s time for affiliate marketers to start over again with battling breast cancer through exercise.

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Affiliate Summit has created a dailymile Challenge where we will donate $1 to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in support of the Affiliate Marketers Give Back team for each mile exercised: cycling, fitness classes, running, swimming, or walking.

The challenge runs August 13, 2015 through December 31, 2015.

We always get a complaint get from some non-cyclists… but it’s not fair that cyclists pile on miles faster. Remember that this is a charity challenge to fight breast cancer, and it’s also a nice reason to get more active. If you are only here to try and get a free pass, there are plenty of other promotions for freebies.

dailymile syncs with a number of iPhone and Android apps, and they have their own iPhone app.

I will be walking and running, as well as taking OrangeTheory Fitness classes to put up my miles. Speaking of which, if you are going to OrangeTheory, Crossfit, a bootcamp, etc., where you measure calories, but not miles, the conversion is 100 calories = 1 mile for this competition.

This should go without saying, but please don’t fudge your numbers.

In order to participate in dailymile activities, you will need to friend me on dailymile and I will invite you to the challenge.

Do you accept the Race to Affiliate Summit West 2016 Challenge?

Affiliate Summit West 2016 is taking place January 10-12, 2016 at Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.

The participant with the most total miles at the end of the challenge will receive a VIP Pass to Affiliate Summit East 2016.

2nd to 5th place finishers will each receive a Networking Plus Pass to Affiliate Summit East 2016, and 6th to 10th place finishers will each receive a Networking Pass to Affiliate Summit East 2016.

I came in seventh place in the last challenge, and I plan to finish up higher in this one. You can beat the miles from my old legs, right?

Please note that all information you provide as part of the contest is public and may be used by Affiliate Summit in our marketing efforts for this event.

Exhibit Hall Nearly Sold Out for Affiliate Summit West 2016

The majority of booth spaces are already sold out for Affiliate Summit West 2016, which is taking place January 10-12, 2016 at Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.

Exhibit Hall at Affiliate Summit East 2015

The Affiliate Summit West 2016 Exhibit Hall is open on Monday, January 11 and Tuesday, January 12.

The Affiliate Summit Exhibit Hall Booth Space Package includes the following:

  • Exhibitor Booth Space (Space only. Booth related costs such as tables, chairs, cleaning, electricity, Internet, etc. are additional).
  • Three (3) VIP Passes to be used for booth staff, clients or affiliates.
  • Five (5) Networking Plus passes to be used for booth staff, clients or affiliates.
  • Ability to purchase additional passes at 20% off the prevailing rate, at the time of purchase.
  • Your company description (maximum 650 characters, including spaces) in the Exhibitor & Conference Guide (Subject to receipt of description by the deadline).

More than half of the Meet Market tables are already sold, too.

The price increases after September 18, 2015. Book a booth or table before they are all gone.

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Affiliate Summit West 2016 Speaking Proposal

Speaking proposals for Affiliate Summit West 2016, taking place January 10-12, 2016 at Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV, are currently being accepted.

Don't forget that speaker proposal

The submission deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015.

One complimentary VIP pass is provided to speakers. Travel and hotel are not included. There is a limit of one person per company on the speaker roster. No exceptions.

How are speaker submissions selected?

The speaker submissions are chosen based on the following:

  • Public voting scores and comments.
  • Voting scores and comments by the Affiliate Summit Advisory Board.
  • Voting scores by Affiliate Summit founders Missy Ward and Shawn Collins.
  • Past session feedback if you previously spoke at an Affiliate Summit.
  • Meeting speaker deadlines if you previously spoke at an Affiliate Summit.

What topics are preferred?

Submit a proposal based on your expertise, not what you think we want to see.

Proposals should be of an advanced nature. We are not interested in introductory material. Also, it must be original material – don’t propose a session you’ve already given at Affiliate Summit or somewhere else.

Submit your speaking proposal for Affiliate Summit West 2016.

Last Call for Article Ideas for the October 2015 Issue of FeedFront Magazine

Time is running out to propose an article idea for issue 32 of FeedFront Magazine, which is coming out in October 2015.

Time is almost out

The deadline for article proposals is August 14, 2015.

The content in FeedFront is first person and articles are a maximum of 500 words – quick reads from the people who are doing things related to digital marketing or the life of an entrepreneur.

We are looking for concrete take-aways that can be applied by the readers. No fluff – just useful stuff based on your experience and success.

So, we don’t want any ghost-written articles. We only want content from people writing from their personal industry experience.

Please note that we are only interested in writers who have not previously been accepted to write an article and then either failed to meet the deadline or did not adhere to the editorial guidelines.

All you need to do by the August 14, 2015 deadline is to submit a one sentence summary.

If you haven’t read FeedFront magazine, take a look at issue 31 to get a feel for past content that was published.