September 2013

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The next Central Florida Internet Marketing Meetup (Sponsored by Affiliate Summit) is taking place on Tuesday, October 29th at 6:00pm at NOPA Grill in Winter Park, FL.

Wear your Halloween costume and receive a complimentary networking plus pass to Affiliate Summit West 2014 in Las Vegas!*

Internet Marketing Meetup Agenda:

orlandomeetuplogo Next Free Affiliate Summit Orlando Meetup is Tuesday, October 29th6:00pm-6:30pm: Announcements and Housekeeping

6:30pm-7:30pm: Session – Affiliate Marketing 201

7:30pm-9:00pm: Q&A and Open Networking

Speaker: Missy Ward, Co-Founder of Affiliate Summit

Session details:

The Affiliate Marketing 201 Session will cover the following:

• Favorite Affiliate Marketing Plugins and Widgets for WordPress

• Favorite Free (and Nearly Free) Affiliate Marketing Tools & Resources

• 6 Bonus Nuggets:  The Stuff No One Tells You

[This session assumes that the attendee has had some affiliate marketing experience and has a basic understanding of affiliate marketing lingo.]

About the Speaker:

Missy Ward had spent over a dozen years sitting in various marketing departments and while she didn’t hate it, she knew she wanted to own her own business. In 1999, she fell into affiliate marketing and has never looked back. Missy founded Affiliate Summit Corporation in 2003 with her business partner, Shawn Collins, on a $400 investment. Today, Affiliate Summit is now a privately-held, multi-million dollar media company that produces conferences and tradeshows, FeedFront Magazine,, and Missy is also the Co-Founder of, Founder of and runs a number of her own niche affiliate websites. Missy is a work at home mom, die-hard AC/DC fan and active fundraiser for charities that support breast cancer research, treatment and community programs. She blogs about affiliate marketing on


Admission is free. NOPA Grill has put together a special menu for us if you'd like to purchase dinner.

Click here to RSVP on

*Passes are non-transferable and have no cash value.

And don’t forget to join the Affiliate Summit Orlando Meetup Group and follow us at to stay on top of our local events.

If you would like to present on a topic in the future, please contact Missy at


I published this post on The Performance Marketing Association Blog earlier this week, but I felt so strongly about it, that I wanted to share it here as well.

An open letter from the Performance Marketing Association: What will it take to get serious about the need for strong representation of the Performance Marketing Industry?

Dear Friends,

Geez, what a year it’s been so far!

Both legislators and regulators have heightened concerns over how advertising and Internet tracking can threaten consumer privacy, and many proposals would cripple tracking and data collection practices at the heart of performance marketing.

But that’s just the half of it.

The Federal Trade Commission is expanding its effort to restrict advertising practices, with the intention of protecting consumers from deceptive claims. The FTC is targeting advertisers, publishers, networks and any entities that may profit from deceptive schemes, intentionally or unintentionally.

The PMA Needs Your IdeasIt is impossible to predict how this will affect our industry. But, we do know one thing is certain — our industry needs to have a seat at the table with these policy makers or our needs will be overlooked entirely.

Through our efforts with the Affiliate Nexus Tax, the PMA has developed a stellar reputation for advocating on behalf of performance marketing in state and federal legislative arenas, and with state and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies. However, the PMA needs to build up its financial resources to ensure that our industry is represented and time is not on our side.

We need your help to shape our future.

We’ve got some immediate priorities that require us to grow our membership aggressively, so that we can build upon our public policy successes and expand our industry representation.

Notwithstanding the need for immediate donations to the Performance Marketing Fairness Fund, we are also looking for ideas of how the PMA can do a better job attracting members. Your involvement will fuel our success or our failure.

We have set up a special form so that you may submit your ideas. These ideas will go directly to every member of the 2012-2013 PMA Board of Directors. Our plan is to mine your ideas and devise a plan for immediate action.

We’re excited to get your ideas; in fact, we believe that they will be crucial to our success moving forward. Our Board is creative and committed.

Thank you very much for being part of the Performance Marketing big picture.

Affiliate Summit will be selecting 4 early stage startups to exhibit for free as part of our Affiliate Summit Startup Program.

These booths will be for Affiliate Summit West 2014, taking place January 12-14, 2014 in Las Vegas.

If you're selected, you will receive all of the perks of a 10×10 booth at Affiliate Summit (value: $7,745):

  • Exhibit Booth (Space only. Booth related costs such as tables, chairs, cleaning, electricity, Internet, etc. are additional).
  • Three (3) VIP Passes to be used for booth staff, clients or affiliates.
  • Five (5) Complimentary Networking passes to be used for booth staff, clients or affiliates.
  • Ability to purchase additional VIP or Networking passes at 20% off the prevailing rate at the time of purchase.
  • Option to send direct mail piece through a third party to Affiliate Summit attendees, after the conference (add'l $125 administrative fee applies). The list consists of attendees who have opted in to receive advertisements from Affiliate Summit sponsors/exhibitors.
  • Your company description (up to 650 characters) in the Exhibit Hall Directory (Subject to receipt of description by the deadline TBA).

The application is quick and easy, and it could change the course of your start-up forever.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, October 18, 2013. Winners will be selected by the Affiliate Summit Advisory Board and notified by Friday, October 25, 2013.

Submit your application now!