February 2009

Disclosure: If I'm not making money through affiliate links on the post you're currently reading, it's an oversight on my part and will be corrected soon.

Me!

And, I can't be more thrilled.

Back in January, I announced that I was coming out of affiliate management retirement to take on one affiliate program to manage on a performance basis, with all the money that I earn to be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

After evaluating over 50 merchants, I selected an affiliate program that fit all of the criteria that I was looking for — DIYthemes, the home of Thesis Theme for WordPress (www.ThesisAffiliates.com).

The opportunity to help grow an affiliate program for a product that I already use and love and help out the NBCF is something that I'm really looking forward to.

The owners of DIYthemes, Chris Pearson and Brian Clark (also, owner of CopyBlogger.com) are great guys to work with, which made the decision even easier.

I've got a lot in store for their program and can't wait to get my feet wet. In the meantime, to kick things off, we've launched a new promotion, in which our affiliates have the opportunity to earn free passes to the upcoming Affiliate Summit East 2009, in NYC.

During the months of March-June, our affiliates that make 3 sales can earn themselves a Gold Pass or 10 sales gets them a Platinum Pass. Pretty simple, huh?

The affiliate program pays a 33% commission and has a 60-day cookie return. More information about the program can be found at ThesisAffiliates.com, or you can get in touch with me.

I encourage all new and existing affiliates to give me your feedback on the program. My goal is to provide you with everything you need to make it a profitable and fun affiliate program to be a part of.

I'm stoked to get started!

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Ted Murphy, CEO of Izea just announced that IZEAFest 2009 will be at SeaWorld in Orlando, October 1-4!

w00t! A conference that I can get to without hopping on another darn plane this year!

Here are the reasons why I think this is a must-attend event:

1) Robert Scoble, Aaron Brazell, Chris Brogan and Darren Rowse will be speaking there. (If you can't learn about blogging from these guys, who can you learn from?)
2) Every blogger in attendance gets a free ticket to SeaWorld. (Hellooooo Manta. I've been waiting to meet you!)
3) It's only $179 bucks which includes a day at SeaWorld, lunch on Friday and Saturday, parties, drinks and a free t-shirt. (Heck — getting into Seaworld would cost you $75 bucks alone!)

Although I missed last year's IzeaFest because I was leading the AffililiateMarketersGiveBack.com 60-mile walk for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, I heard that it was a fantastic educational and networking experience.

And with the lineup above, really, how can it not be?

Just in case you need a little more motivation to attend, here's a video of what you can expect:


IZEAFest at SeaWorld from Ted Murphy on Vimeo.

If you haven't registered, there are still some early bird tickets left.

If you're planning on going, let me know. And, if you're brave enough to ride the Manta Roller Coaster, I'm going with you!

There is no doubt in my mind that Chris Brogan epitomizes all that is good with Social Media and as far as I'm concerned, his resume speaks for itself.

That is why I asked him to deliver a keynote address at the upcoming Affiliate Summit East 2009 this coming August, in New York City. 🙂

For those who need a brief backgrounder on Chris, here it is.

Aside from being one of my favorite social media peeps, Chris has a new business book coming out soon, co-written by Julien Smith entitled “Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust“.

As Chris describes it, the book is about “people who use the web in a very human way to build influence, reputation, awareness, and who can translate that into some kind of business value.”

In a nutshell, I gather that they will talk about how to effectively build meaningful connections using social media and how to monetize those relationships.

Since Chris is an expert in this area, I can say with utmost certainty, the the $21.40 pre-order price through Amazon is going to be money well spent.

I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! Congrats Chris and Julien.