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As many of you know, Breast Cancer awareness, research and treatment is a cause that I've been championing for several years.

In 2007, I started Affiliate Marketers Give Back, in an effort to rally the Affiliate Marketing Industry to help me kick Breast Cancer's ass.

Since then, we've raised over $100,000 in unique ways; one of them being an annual Team-Walk for Susan G Komen for the Cure.

This year, Team Affiliate Marketers Give Back will be taking on the 40-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Los Angeles on September 12-13.

The Avon Walk exists to raise funds to fight breast cancer and to bring awareness and education about the disease. It's also an opportunity for individuals to join forces and generate significant progress in both the treatment of breast cancer and a quest for the cure – while simultaneously having an extraordinary experience.

Brian Clark of and Chris Pearson of DIYThemes have already joined the team and we're looking for some more folks to come along with us.

If you decide to walk with the rest of Team Affiliate Marketers Give Back (“Team AMGB”), you will definitely have an extraordinary experience — we've had a blast each year!

Why You Should Walk with Team Affiliate Marketers Give Back

Below are the reasons why others have joined the team in past years:

  • The loss of a close friend or family member
  • Knew someone who was coping with the disease
  • They faced breast cancer themselves
  • Was worried that one day they may be diagnosed with the disease
  • Wanted to feel that they've done something to help find a cure
  • Gave them a reason to start an exercise regimen and get into shape
  • Was schnookered into it by Missy Ward 🙂

  • While everyone has different reasons to walk, together we are connected by our shared commitment to do our part to end breast cancer.

    Ready to Walk With Us Yet?

    It's a very simple process to sign up. Simply register on the Avon site and select “Affiliate Marketers Give Back” as your walking team.

    Not Able to Walk, But Would Like to Donate or Sponsor the Team?

    There are a number of sponsorship packages available to help support our efforts.

    We're happy with donations of any amount which can be made through our Team Donation Form.

    I know the economy sucks and now is not the time to be asking for money. However, if you find it possible to help in any way, I'd be forever grateful.



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    I (@missyward) of Affiliate Summit moderated this week with panelists:

    Chris Pearson (@pearsonified),
    who is the master-mind behind ThesisTheme for WordPress; avid health nut and organic food eater; formidable Scrabble opponent and blogger on
    , was
    our special guest this week.
    Missy Ward & Chris Pearson


    Today's topics that were spewed were:

  • Our thoughts on the FTC forcing Bloggers to disclose when they are being paid for their posts and why it makes us want to vomit.
  • Why we think affiliates don't need to disclose their affiliate links on Twitter, blogs, Facebook, etc, no matter what the purists think.
  • Why its important to research the products and services that you're marketing (which was included in a recent video presentation that I just put out.)
  • Our favorite WordPress plug-ins for online marketers. (Thanks to Kim for putting the list together here.)

    We also got the nitty-gritty on Chris when it comes to:

  • How and why he made the leap from engineering to building WordPress themes.
  • How his first theme “Cutline” was the springboard to Thesis and what makes it unique.
  • Things that are exciting him in the world of online marketing.
  • The reason he did the “How to Become a Celebrity” video
  • Tips on simple things to do to optimize blogs that are often overlooked.
  • Suggestions on getting started in blogging and how to go about monetizing a blog.
  • His personal life and his guilty pleasures.
  • What two women he'd love to do lunch with
  • The worst business advice he was ever given
  • What he really wants to do with his life
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    TheSpew Episode #1 is now under our belts. Coming in at a little over an hour after two Pamela Fails. (We dare you to find them!)

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    I (@missyward) moderated this week with panelists:

    • Lisa Picarille (@lisap), Media junkie, social media lover, former Editor-in-Chief Revenue Magazine
    • Karen White (@KarenWhite_LV), former Managing Director of Squirt Gun Media

    Wendy Piersall (@emom), Founder & CEO of was our special guest this week.

    Show Notes:

    • Karen White's surprising announcement
    • Missy's PubCon and SXSW trip to Austin – “Brand Moi and Zero Signs of Recession”
    • Hangin' with the DIYThemes guys (Brian Clark and Chris Pearson) and all the cool stuff coming for
    • Rise of women-owned internet marketing businesses.
    • How being an “online woman” has changed through the years
    • Affiliate managers must use Twitter. Period.
    • Why Brands are all over Mommy-Bloggers and how it's helped them both out.
    • Tips for Newbie Mommy Bloggers
    • Dating and Relationships in the industry – the ultimate Catch 22

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