June 2011

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.


 The 2011 Affiliate Summit AffStat Report is now available for free at http://affstat.com/. The report can be viewed online or downloaded.

AffStatOver fourteen-hundred affiliates were surveyed on their methods, preferences, and strategies for the 2011 Affiliate Summit AffStat 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.

Also included, an uncensored view into the opinions of affiliates on a variety of other subjects.

Affiliates were asked to share any complaints, ideas, suggestions or opinions they have regarding affiliate marketing.

Feel free to use material from the report in blog posts, presentations, etc. Just reference that the information came from the 2011 Affiliate Summit AffStat Report.

Below are the questions covered in the 2011 Affiliate Summit AffStat Report.

  1. Do you maintain an opt-in e-mail list for your site(s)?
  2. Do you promote your affiliate links in PPC search engines?
  3. Finish this sentence: I have been an affiliate sinceā€¦
  4. When signing up for an affiliate program, do you read the affiliate agreement?
  5. Do commission payment policies (how often a program pays) affect your decision to promote an affiliate offer?
  6. Have you successfully requested an increase in commission from an affiliate manager?
  7. How do you most often find out about an affiliate program and then join?
  8. What is your preferred method for finding out information from an affiliate manager?
  9. How much information should an affiliate manager make available to you?
  10. How would you prefer to be contacted by affiliate managers on an individual basis?
  11. What is your preferred method of commission payment?
  12. What is the highest reversal rate you would accept?
  13. What is the most important factor in choosing a merchant?
  14. What are your preferred link types?
  15. Do you cloak/redirect links?
  16. Are you currently using any URL Shortening Services in your marketing efforts?
  17. If you answered YES to the question above, which URL Shortening Services are you actively using?
  18. Does your affiliate marketing plan currently incorporate marketing on social networking sites?
  19. If you answered YES to the above questions, which social networking sites are you currently using in your affiliate marketing efforts?
  20. Are you currently integrating video in your affiliate marketing plan?
  21. Are you currently using any WordPress plugins or widgets designed for affiliate marketing efforts?
  22. If you answered YES to the above question, which affiliate marketing related plugins and widgets are you currently using?
  23. If you are currently using WordPress to build out affiliate sites, what is your preferred WordPress theme?
  24. What is your age range?
  25. Mac or PC?
  26. Do you work from home?
  27. Are you married or single?
  28. Do you have children?
  29. Please feel free to share any complaints, ideas, suggestions or opinions you have regarding affiliate marketing.

Get your free copy of the Affiliate Summit AffStat Report at http://affstat.com/.


A few months back, I finally started using my Facebook Page that I had created a while ago, but never did anything with.

Muddling through the numerous Apps that have come out making it easier to customize pages and add information that I wanted to disseminate, I've found that I've had a nice surge of traffic to my Facebook page and a lot more interaction that I ever expected.

While I'm far from finished customizing my page, I'm excited to introduce a little “perk” to the 4,000+ folks that have stuck with me during this time and to the new folks who also decide to do the same.

For a limited time, folks can receive a 10% discount off of any attendee registration type for Affiliate Summit East 2011, taking place in NYC on August 21-23 by liking my Facebook page.

Fan Missy Ward on Facebook

Once you have “Liked” the page, click on “Exclusive Offer for Fans of Missy Ward”, located in the left side bar of the page and you'll receive the discout code to use to book your passes to Affiliate Summit East 2011.

Are you using any Facebook Apps that I should know about?

I just got word that Team Affiliate Marketers Give Back will be honored during the opening ceremonies taking place during the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Rocky Montains Walk.

We will be recognized for being the top fundraising team for this Avon Walk along with having the single largest fundraiser, Captain Missy Ward. (View all top fundraisers here.)

This year's team will be walking 39 miles on June 25-26 through the scenic mountains and trails of Summit County, Colorado.

While we're all excited for the fresh air and beautiful views, we are extremely nervous about the high altitudes and potential for most of us to get altitude sickness due to the reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels at this high altitude.

As of today, our team has raised $65,736.00 and we're still going strong, but some of our team members could really use some help with hitting their minimum fundraising requirements.

You see, when we all sign up to walk, we make a commitment to Avon that we will each raise a minimum of $1,800 each, in order to participate in the actual event. A few of our teammates are still under goal and may not be able to walk with us. So, if you can help them out, please consider making a donation to any of the walkers on this page that have not reached their $1,800 minimum.

Thanks again to all of the supporters of our team. We can't wait to provide you with pictures of this year's journey!