Unhappy Birthday Wishes from Social Media Spammers

I woke up to a birthday wish from a Facebook friend* yesterday.

Tacky birthday wish

Well, it was more of a clumsy spam post wrapped in a birthday message:

Hi. Happy birthday. hope you don’t mind me messaging you, but I am keen to ensure that my Facebook Friends know about my Facebook Page( https://www.facebook.com/[redacted]) and, through it, my [redacted] page, on which you’ll find an ever-increasing number of my interviews, with and about interesting people. It would be great if you take the time to check it out and, of course, it would help me enormously, if you would “LIKE” it and, hopefully, “SHARE IT” with your own Facebook Friends.

Again, my Facebook Page address is: https://www.facebook.com/[redacted].

Please check it out.

Thanks, your Facebook Friend, [redacted] and, once again, Happy Birthday!

I really don’t understand the mindset here. Do people think this Trojan Horse tactic is effective?

It’s just insincere and annoying to me.

That sort of thing would rub me the wrong way on my actual birthday, but it seems even lazier and lamer when it’s nearly a week early.

This guy isn’t getting any of my birthday cake.

* I accepted his friend request, because we had lots of mutual friends. He’s a complete stranger to me.

6 Productivity Tips, Canada’s Anti-Spam Law, and Affiliate Summit East 2014 Booths Have Sold Out

On the April 21, 2014 episode of 7 Minutes in Affiliate Heaven podcast (listen to 7 Minutes in Affiliate Heaven), I talked about the Performance Marketing Summit in Austin this week, a new book on monetizing blogs from Missy Ward, and taking acting on Canada’s Anti-Spam Law.

Canada Fighting Spam

I also mentioned that booths for Affiliate Summit East 2014 have sold out, Juicy J will be performing at the Affiliate Ball, and 6 productivity tips (though I only liked 5 of them).

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5 Ways to Reactivate Latent Affiliates from Affiliate Summit East 2012

This was a conference session titled 5 Ways to Reactivate Latent Affiliates from Affiliate Summit East 2012, which took place August 12-14, 2012 in New York City at the Hilton New York.

Affiliate Summit East in NYCSession speaker:

  • Michael Ni, CMO, Avangate

Session description:

Walk through 5 tested ideas that merchants employ to get the most of their affiliate channel, motivate idle affiliates to start selling again, and accelerate sales.

Experience level: Beginner, Intermediate
Target audience: Affiliates/Publishers, Merchants/Advertisers
Niche/vertical: Affiliate management

Session video:

5 Ways to Reactivate Latent Affiliates video

Session slides:

5 Ways to Reactivate Latent Affiliates slides

Note: the companies and positions listed above were current as of the time of the conference. Some of this information may have changed since then.

If you liked this video, be sure to register for the next Affiliate Summit. The session videos aren’t made public until a year or more after each conference.

The Power of Blogging and Branding from Affiliate Summit East 2012

This was a conference session titled The Power of Blogging and Branding from Affiliate Summit East 2012, which took place August 12-14, 2012 in New York City at the Hilton New York.

Affiliate Summit East in NYCSession speakers:

  • Lisa Picarille, Content Director, Performance Marketing Association (Moderator)
  • John Chow, Founder & CEO, John Chow dot Com
  • Zac Johnson, President/CEO, MoneyReign, Inc.
  • John Rampton, Founder, Blogging.org

Session description:

Case studies and break downs of how to build a business through blogging and branding. The beginning phases, content management and becoming profitable.

Experience level: Intermediate, Advanced
Target audience: Affiliates/Publishers, Other
Niche/vertical: Blogging

Session video:

The Power of Blogging and Branding video

Session slides:

Note: the companies and positions listed above were current as of the time of the conference. Some of this information may have changed since then.

If you liked this video, be sure to register for the next Affiliate Summit. The session videos aren’t made public until a year or more after each conference.

Freelancer.com Buys Warrior Forum for $3.2 Million

Freelancer.com, a job outsourcing marketplace, has purchased the Warrior Forum for $3.2 million, according to TechCrunch.

warrior-forumIn an announcement to forum members, founder Allen Says stated that he started the Internet marketing forum in 1997 and it has grown to over 730,000 members.

I’ve never been active over there, but I see that I joined in January 2010. I think I must have gotten a Google Alert that there was a mention of Affiliate Summit there.

When I logged in this morning, it says “You last visited: 03-23-2012 at 11:12 PM”.

Oh well, I’ve updated my avatar and signature there, in case I magically re-discover an interest in forums.

Good luck Freelancer.com and Warrior Forum.