March 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.

Save the date: SOBCon – Biz School for Bloggers, is taking place May 1-3 in Chicago this year.

I'm excited to offer Affiliate Summit attendees and readers of FeedFront Magazine, an opportunity to save $100.00 off their registration for this exciting event.

SOBCon provides attendees the opportunity to forge solid action plans specific to their individual needs. There is a terrific lineup of speakers that will be providing strategic information related to online business and social media products and practices.

Here's a quick video from Liz Strauss, a founder of SOBCon:

I'm headed out to this conference and will be covering it for FeedFront Magazine. Hope to see you there.

To take advantage of the $100.00 discount, enter code “SOBConAFF”, when registering.

For more information about this conference, please visit



(@missyward) moderated this week with panelists:

Our special guest this week is Brian Littleton (@BrianLittleton), President and CEO of (Kudos to him for being our first male guest and for taking on the ladies!)

This week's episode covers:

  • The turmoil surrounding California Assembly Bill 178 (the knock-off of the NY Bill that targeted affiliates and rocked the Affiliate World)
  • The Bill explained in layman's terms and why the ugliest word in the English language is “nexus”.
  • Who is affected by this bill and why it's more than just affiliates and merchants in California that have to be worried.
  • Why “nexus” is being challenged now by states across the country even though the Supreme Court ruled on this subject 20 years ago in Quill Corp. vs. N. Dakota.
  • What ShareASale as a network is doing to help affiliates and merchants in affected states.
  • What affiliate marketers are doing to fight AB 178 and how you can join the grass roots efforts to help squash it, too.
  • The additional states that are working on similar anti-affiliate legislation and where it all stands today.

Other topics that were discussed and laughed over were:

  • Go-Girl: The female urination device.
  • Brian Littleton's interview for a new VH1 reality show
  • Working from home and balancing time for the kids (Missy, FAIL).

Show Resources:

How you can help re: #affiliatetax #advertisingtax
New York Affiliate Voice
California Affiliates Forum on ABestWeb
Performance Marketing Alliance's Campaign to Fight AB178
5 Star Affiliate Programs
Amazon's Line in the Sand
Affiliate Taxation: Time to Fight Back
Cal-Tax Analysis: Sales and Use Tax Nexus Dilemma
Google's Stance on the Sales Tax Issue

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The Inbound Marketing Summit is a new media marketing conference that focuses on the latest strategies and best practices to utilize to grow your business through the new media channel.

The “fathers” of this conference are Chris Brogan, David Meerman Scott and Paul Gillin. Chris also happens to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Affiliate Summit 2009 East, taking place this August, in NYC.

There are three conference dates scheduled for 2009, including:

  • San Francisco – April 28-29
  • Dallas – May 27-28
  • Boston – September 30-October 1

Shawn Collins and I will be speaking at the Dallas Conference during our session, “Five Successful Strategies for Monetizing Blogs”.

I've also negotiated a $300.00 discount off of the registration fee for Affiliate Summit attendees (both past and present) to attend any of the three scheduled shows. Simply enter “afvip” when prompted during the registration process.

Whether you're just getting your feet wet in new media or looking for new ways to increase your reach, the Inbound Marketing Summit is the perfect venue in which to do so.

I hope to see you there.