May 2014

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.

New Email Marketing Compliance and Best Practices White PaperThe Performance Marketing Association has just released a new white paper outlining key recommendations for advertisers, agencies, networks, publishers and solution providers with regard to email marketing compliance and best practices.

The purpose of “PMA Compliance Council Guide to Email Marketing: Compliance Requirements and Best Practices” is to inform performance marketers of key compliance requirements and best practices with regard to email marketing. By advocating for best practices, we seek to elevate industry practices, the consumer experience, and advertiser investment in the email channel. We believe that, within the channel, best practices help not only to enhance relationships and mitigate risk, but also help to improve delivery and return on investment. – PMA Compliance Council

So if you're not exactly sure what you should be doing in order to make certain that your email policies and practices are not only in compliance, but are also consistent with consumer protection goals, go ahead and download the “PMA Compliance Council Guide to Email Marketing: Compliance Requirements and Best Practices”.

Oh… and best part? It's free!

In Other Affiliate Marketing News - MissyWard.comHere's this week's edition of “In Other Affiliate Marketing News” — a roundup of affiliate marketing news that I believe is worth sharing.

Did I Miss Something?

Did you or someone in your company post something relevant to affiliate marketers this week? Leave a quick summary and a link to it in the comments. {The post should have been published during May 17 – May 23, 2014.}

In Other Affiliate Marketing News (Week Ending 5/23/14)


At approximately 1:30pm ET on Sunday, May 18th, Team Affiliate Marketers Give Back crossed the 39.3 mile finish line of the 2014 Boston Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Our team raised $48,650.20 and […]


It seems the mainstream media has finally caught up – not everyone who gets screwed by Google is a spammer getting his just deserts. […]


When asked by the Sharks how they were monetizing, they specifically said “affiliate marketing”. […]

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It seems like more and more adults are beginning to publicly share (and embrace) their ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) diagnosis.

Many others openly speak about their ADHD symptoms, but have not been tested by a trained professional.

ADHD in the Affiliate Marketing Industry

As someone who has been impacted with ADHD since childhood, I can tell you first-hand that the negative aspects of ADHD can be obliterating. However, it is possible to leverage them to your advantage with the right mindset, tools and people who support you.

It doesn't come easy, but it can be done. And, it's a lifelong commitment.

Do ADHD Birds of a Feather Flock Together?

For the last 9 years, Affiliate Summit has released their annual AffStat report, shedding light on the folks that make their living in the affiliate marketing industry. Each year, I eagerly await the results to compare and contrast against my demographics, my marketing techniques, trends I see, etc.

What I've noticed is that my answers are very much the same as the majority of the respondents. Naturally, my ADHD brain naturally had to consider the implications of those results.

  • Do a lot of affiliate marketers have diagnosed (or unidentified) ADHD, too?
  • How do they view it? A blessing or a curse?
  • How has ADHD impacted their successes and failures as related to the affiliate marketing industry?

Take the ADHD in the Affiliate Marketing Industry Survey

If you earn money in the affiliate marketing industry and have received a diagnosis of ADHD by a trained professional or believe that you may have ADHD but have not been tested, I invite you to participate in the ADHD in the Affiliate Marketing Industry survey.

No personally identifiable information is being collected and responses must be received by 11:45pm ET on May 31, 2014.

Excerpts derived from survey will be used in aggregate in an upcoming article I am writing for FeedFront Magazine. If you'd like to receive the full results of the survey please feel free to send me an email.

PS – It only took me 5 minutes to make this graphic and 15 minutes to write this post — because I really wanted to. Those that ADHD will get this.