Affiliate Summit East 2015 Day 2 Recap

Monday, August 3, 2015 was the second day of Affiliate Summit East 2015 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Breakfast at Affiliate Summit East 2015

The day started with a tasty breakfast for VIP and All Access pass holders. I had some eggs and potatoes with my bacon.

Then there was an inspiring and thought provoking keynote from Brian Littleton, Founder and CEO of ShareASale.

Brian Littleton keynote at Affiliate Summit East 2015

Brian Littleton Fan Club

The exhibit hall opened on day two and thousands of affiliate marketers came together for a full day of networking.

Exhibit hall at Affiliate Summit East 2015

Networking in the exhibit hall at Affiliate Summit East 2015

In addition to all of the business talk in the exhibit hall, there were also educational sessions throughout the day at Affiliate Summit East 2015.

And we had a nice spread for lunch that included red quinoa and kale salad, rosemary marinated chicken breast, red coin potatoes and lemon verbena jus, ratatouille vegetable lasagna, and curry roasted broccoflower.

Throughout the day, attendees were getting together to network in the Refuel, Rendezvous & Refresh Room.

Refuel, Rendezvous & Refresh Room at Affiliate Summit East 2015

Day two of Affiliate Summit East 2015 wound up with the Affiliate Ball, which featured Shaggy.

Just one more day to go – Affiliate Summit always flies by too fast.

Affiliate Summit East 2015 Day 1 Recap

Sunday, August 2, 2015 was the first day of Affiliate Summit East 2015 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Affiliate Summit East 2015 registration

Registration check-in and set-up for the Meet Market kicked off the day at 8:00 AM.

I gave my First Timers Orientation for Affiliate Summit East 2015 session at 10:00 AM, and I was glad to see a packed crowd of folks eager to learn how to optimize their time at the conference.

After I wrapped up my presentation, the room erupted into a big networking party.

Networking at Affiliate Summit East 2015

This was followed by breakout sessions throughout the day that covered blogging, buying and selling websites, mobile, SEO, WordPress, and more topics.

The Meet Market opened at noon and ran through 6:00 PM with a steady stream of attendees meeting with the table exhibitors.

Meet Market at Affiliate Summit East 2015

During the day, exhibitors built out their booths in the exhibit hall for Monday and Tuesday.

Building the exhibit hall at Affiliate Summit East 2015

The day wrapped up with a welcome talk from Emcee Ashley Coombe, followed by a series of roundtable discussions on a variety of topics.

Roundtable at Affiliate Summit East 2015

There were lots of networking options in the evening for Affiliate Summit East 2015 attendees.

I checked out the ShareASale Under The Stars Party at the Hudson Terrace – great views and a great time.

On to day two of Affiliate Summit East 2015.

Slides for Affiliate Summit East 2015 Sessions

The presentation slides from Affiliate Summit East 2015 have been posted.


The slides have options to share on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You can also embed them into your own site or blog.

Check out the slides to help decide which sessions on the agenda for Affiliate Summit East 2015 you should attend. Please share with your friends and colleagues if you enjoy them.

Videos from Affiliate Summit East 2015 will be available in about a month. Attendees of Affiliate Summit East 2015 who registered with Networking Plus, VIP, or All Access passes will receive an email with access information.

Want to upgrade your pass to get access to the session videos in September?

AffStat 2015 Affiliate Marketing Benchmark Report Now Available for Free

The Affstat 2015 Affiliate Marketing Benchmark Report is now available for free at The report can be viewed online or downloaded.

AffStatMore than 2,350 affiliates were surveyed on their methods, preferences, and strategies for the Affstat 2015 Affiliate Marketing Benchmark Report.

The report features dozens of charts of data, based on the responses from the participating affiliates on affiliate marketing, social media, search marketing, blogs, email, and demographics of affiliates.

Feel free to use material from the report in blog posts, presentations, etc.

Just reference that the information came from the Affstat 2015 Affiliate Marketing Benchmark Report.

Get your free copy of the Affiliate Summit AffStat Report at

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 now being accepted.

Session at Affiliate Summit

The submission deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015. Any submissions after this date will not be considered.

One complimentary VIP pass is provided to speakers. Travel and hotel are not included.

Accepted speakers will be notified no later than Friday, September 25, 2015. If you have not been contacted by Friday, September 25, 2015, your proposal was not accepted.

Get more details and submit your speaking proposal for Affiliate Summit West 2016.

Amazon Affiliate Banner Ads Must Be Updated by July 31, 2015

Amazon has sent a handful of emails to affiliates to give a heads up that they are making a platform change that will require updates to the affiliate code for some older product links, banners, and widgets.

Amazon is changing their affiliate tracking platform.

The deadline to make the changes is July 31, 2015. The affected ad units will no longer be supported after July 31, 2015.

The good news is that text links are not impacted by this change.

Since I like to live on the edge, I have been pushing this task to the future for a while, but I finally took care of it with five days to spare.

Fortunately, Amazon has a page for affiliates with the URLs that have ad units that need to be updated, and then the new code is a click away.

Starting August 1, 2015, any remaining links (text + image, image-only), banners, and widgets that are listed in the affiliate interface to change will be served with non-clickable public service announcements that will not send traffic to Amazon.

On September 1, 2015, these legacy ad units will no longer render, so they will result in a broken link on your site.

Affiliate Summit East 2015 Donates $17,056 to Fight Breast Cancer

The Race to Affiliate Summit East 2015, an exercise challenge where Affiliate Summit committed to donating $1 to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in support of Affiliate Marketers Give Back for each mile in the challenge, has completed.

Affiliate Summit Against CancerParticipants cycled, run, swam, and walked to add up miles for the charity competition.

There were 56 folks involved in the challenge, and the top ten competitors accumulated 12,697 miles.

Overall, there were 17,056 miles tallied by all of the participants, so the total donation was $17,056.

Thank you so much to everybody who participated and helped to make this charity donation from Affiliate Summit.

The participant with the most total miles at the end of the challenge, Justin Ball with 3,832 miles, will receive a VIP Pass to Affiliate Summit West 2016.

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

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

Affiliate Summit East 2015 Passes on eBay

Affiliate Summit East 2015 is sold out and the auctions for registrations are starting to pop up on eBay.


If you are interested in passes listed on eBay, please be sure to contact Affiliate Summit to confirm that the pass can be transferred.

All registrations have an associated reference number. Request this number from the seller, as well as the name on the registrations, and provide it in your e-mail to the Affiliate Summit registration team, so they can determine whether the pass in question is transferable.

Just search for Affiliate Summit on eBay to find auctions selling the conference registrations.

Also, please note that the transaction is between you and the seller for any registration purchases on the secondary market. None of these passes are being sold by Affiliate Summit. Please ask any questions about the pass to the seller through eBay.

If you have questions specific to Affiliate Summit, contact us by phone or email.

Bear in mind that Affiliate Summit starts Sunday, August 2, 2015 in NYC, so bid on auctions ending before that date.

Registration Open for Performance Marketing Summit San Francisco 2015

There is a Performance Marketing Summit coming up in San Francisco, CA on September 15, 2015, and attendee registrations are now open.

Performance Marketing Summit in San Francisco

The event will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf. The early bird rate to register is $59, and that will go up after August 14, 2015 to $99.

The Performance Marketing Summit is run by Affiliate Summit, but it’s a different, small event that is limited to 100 people, and the sessions all last just 18 minutes.

Sponsor opportunities and speaker proposals are now open, too.

Get more details on the Performance Marketing Summit in San Francisco.

Set Up Facebook Authorship for Your Blog

Facebook recently implemented Author Tags, which makes it easy for Facebook readers to start following you on Facebook after they have read an article of yours that was shared on Facebook.

Facebook authorship example

The tag enables you to connect your byline in a story preview in the News Feed to your Facebook page or profile with “Follow”.

The connection between byline and Page or Profile is created after a person clicks through a web article posted to Facebook. When the reader returns to News Feed after reading the article, the story preview will display a Follow button at the bottom of the News Feed unit for journalists with Facebook Profiles and a Like button for journalists with Facebook Pages. A text link to the author’s profile or Page is displayed as well. People who click on the Follow or Like button will start receiving updates from the author’s Profile or Page.

Read the Facebook post on Author Tags to implement this for your site(s).