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.

ticket-scalper

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).

Who Wants to Write for Issue 32 (October 2015) of FeedFront Magazine?

We are now accepting article proposals for issue 32 of FeedFront magazine through August 14, 2015.

Got a good idea for a FeedFront article?

The next issue of FeedFront will be coming out in October 2015, and it will be snail mailed to tens of thousands of subscribers.

Articles in FeedFront are 500 words or less, and we want content with concrete takeaways, such as ‘5 ways to optimize a paid search campaign’ or ‘3 steps to recruit more targeted affiliates’.

If you are interested in writing an article, go to the FeedFront article proposal form to submit a one sentence summary on what you’d like to cover.

Issue 31 of FeedFront Magazine is available to read online, and it will be hitting mailboxes soon, as well as going to attendees at Affiliate Summit East 2015 next month.

Affiliate Summit East 2015 is Officially Sold Out

Affiliate Summit East 2015, starting on Sunday, August 2, 2015, is now sold out.

It's too late to register now for Affiliate Summit West 2015

As we process cancellations, the registration page will open up and additional registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Check etouches.com/ase15 for availability. If you’re able to enter your registration — you’re good to go.

In you are unable to purchase a ticket through us, there are often passes put up for sale on eBay. Before buying a pass from a third party, ask the seller for the registration number and name used to register, and then contact Affiliate Summit to confirm the pass can be transferred.

In the event registrations are open onsite, based on last minute cancellations, the rate will be $449 for a Networking Pass, $749 for a Networking Plus Pass, $1,749 for a VIP Pass, and $2,749 for a All Access Pass.

FeedFront Magazine Issue 31 is Now Available

Issue 31 of FeedFront is headed to the printer and copies will be going out to over 44,000 subscribers in late July.

FeedFront issue 31 coverIssue 31 of FeedFront will also be distributed at Affiliate Summit East 2015 in NYC.

This issue of FeedFront Magazine includes Maybe Stick With Your Cushy Job by Missy Ward, Creating Marketing Copy That Gets Read by Deborah O’Malley, It All Goes Back In the Box by Jeremy Schoemaker, and the Affiliate Summit East 2015 agenda

Also landing page conversions, freelance blogger jobs, improving site performance, better PPC ad copy, email marketing, OPMs, social media, and more.

Issue 31 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.

Performance Marketing Summit Heads to San Francisco

There will be a Performance Marketing Summit in San Francisco, CA on September 15, 2015. The one day conference is being held at the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf.

San Francisco

The Performance Marketing Summit in San Francisco will be limited to 100 people – we will all be in one room with a focus on networking and education.

All sessions will be just 18 minutes long.

This is a very different kind of event from Affiliate Summit – stay tuned for details on registration, sponsorships, and speaking opportunities.

Last Chance to Register for Affiliate Summit East 2015

Affiliate Summit East 2015 passes are just about gone – it looks like we’ll be sold out as early as Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Time is almost out

Affiliate Summit East 2015 is taking place August 2-4, 2015 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York, NY.

This three day conference includes an exhibit hall with merchants, vendors, and networks, as well as multiple tracks of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from affiliate marketing experts.

The keynotes for Affiliate Summit East 2015 will be…

  • Brian Littleton, Founder and CEO of ShareASale – Monday, August 3, 2015
  • Tim Ash, CEO of SiteTuners – Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Affiliate Summit East 2015 will feature an exhibit hall and Meet Market with hundreds of booths and tables (sorry, they’re all SOLD OUT).

There are a limited number of sponsorships still available.