Jim 247 http://www.jimw247.com Just another WordPress site Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:41:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Get Your Pass for Affiliate Summit West 2018 http://www.jimw247.com/get-your-pass-for-affiliate-summit-west-2018/ http://www.jimw247.com/get-your-pass-for-affiliate-summit-west-2018/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:41:47 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/get-your-pass-for-affiliate-summit-west-2018 Affiliate Summit West 2018 will be returning to the Paris Las Vegas Hotel over January 7-9, 2018, where thousands of digital marketers from over 70 countries will gather for the performance marketing industry’s premier global event. The conference and tradeshow offers attendees: three trade show areas packed with affiliates, merchants, vendors, networks, technology providers, digital […]

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Affiliate Summit West 2018 will be returning to the Paris Las Vegas Hotel over January 7-9, 2018, where thousands of digital marketers from over 70 countries will gather for the performance marketing industry’s premier global event.

#ASW18 Affiliate Summit West 2018

The conference and tradeshow offers attendees:

  • three trade show areas packed with affiliates, merchants, vendors, networks, technology providers, digital agencies, traffic sources;
  • multiple tracks of relevant educational sessions delivered by industry experts;
  • a variety of networking events;
  • and online tools to help you connect with other attendees before, during and after the event.

Prices starting at $99 (early bird rate through September 29, 2017).

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Seal These Deal: Labor Day http://www.jimw247.com/seal-these-deal-labor-day/ http://www.jimw247.com/seal-these-deal-labor-day/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/seal-these-deal-labor-day Celebrate this Labor Day by earning some extra Affiliate commissions! Search “Labor Day” within the ShareASale Coupon and Deals Database to find the latest deals from your favorite Merchants. Your readers will be all other these end of summer sales. Make it even easier; sign up for the Deals Database RSS feed and receive updates […]

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Celebrate this Labor Day by earning some extra Affiliate commissions! Search “Labor Day” within the ShareASale Coupon and Deals Database to find the latest deals from your favorite Merchants. Your readers will be all other these end of summer sales. Make it even easier; sign up for the Deals Database RSS feed and receive updates as new deals are posted every day!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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New & Notable Merchants: August 22, 2017 http://www.jimw247.com/new-notable-merchants-august-22-2017/ http://www.jimw247.com/new-notable-merchants-august-22-2017/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/new-notable-merchants-august-22-2017 VitalSource 3% per Sale 45 Day Tracking Gap Books/Media Category Filippo Loreti 10% per Sale 90 Day Tracking Gap Accessories Category Greekgear.com 10% per Sale 30 Day Tracking Gap Education Category Back-to-school season is upon us and VitalSource is at the epicenter of back-to-school shopping. VitalSource sells 90% of core course text books as e-books, sold at […]

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VitalSource

3% per Sale

45 Day Tracking Gap

Books/Media Category

Filippo Loreti

10% per Sale

90 Day Tracking Gap

Accessories Category

Greekgear.com

10% per Sale

30 Day Tracking Gap

Education Category

Back-to-school season is upon us and VitalSource is at the epicenter of back-to-school shopping. VitalSource sells 90% of core course text books as e-books, sold at significant discount from print versions. VitalSource’s strong catalog and large brand strength should be attractive to any blogger in the educational space.

Inspired by the majesty and charm of old world Italian cities, Filippo Loreti crafts elegant watches at affordable prices. Bloggers in the fashion and accessory spaces that are looking for product offerings that combine both class and affordability – look no further.

Greekgear.com is a long standing and established merchant in the affiliate space, and we are pleased to announce their launch on ShareASale. Greekgear.com customers can get all of their Fraternity and Sorority gear here. Affiliates in the college lifestyle space should take notice of the Greekgear.com catalog.

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Uber Settles FTC Allegations http://www.jimw247.com/uber-settles-ftc-allegations/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:46:55 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/uber-settles-ftc-allegations Uber Settles FTC Allegations that It Failed to Provide Reasonable Security for Consumer Data

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Uber Settles FTC Allegations that It Failed to Provide Reasonable Security for Consumer Data


Uber Technologies, Inc. has agreed to implement a comprehensive privacy program and obtain regular audits to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it misled consumers by failing to monitor employee access to consumer personal information and by failing to reasonably secure sensitive consumer data stored in the cloud.

In its complaint, the FTC alleged that Uber falsely represented that it closely monitored employee access to consumer and driver data, and that it deployed reasonable measures to secure personal information that it stored on a third-party cloud provider’s servers.

According to FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen, “Uber failed consumers in two key ways: First by misrepresenting the extent to which it monitored its employees’ access to personal information about users and drivers, and second by misrepresenting that it took reasonable steps to secure that data.” “This case shows that, even if you’re a fast growing company, you can’t leave consumers behind: you must honor your privacy and security promises,” Ohlhausen stated.

In an August 15, 2017 press release, the FTC stated that Uber issued a statement in November 2014 that it had a “strict policy prohibiting” employees from accessing rider and driver data – except for a limited set of legitimate business purposes – and that employee access would be closely monitored on an ongoing basis. As set forth in the press release, in December 2014 Uber developed an automated system for monitoring employee access to consumer personal information, but then stopped using it less than a year after it was put in place.

The FTC’s complaint alleges that Uber, for more than nine months afterwards, rarely monitored internal access to personal information about users and drivers. The complaint also alleges that despite Uber’s claim that data was “securely stored within our databases,” the company’s security practices failed to provide reasonable security to prevent unauthorized access to consumers’ personal information in databases Uber stored with a third-party cloud provider.

As a result, an intruder accessed personal information about Uber drivers in May 2014, including more than 100,000 names and driver’s license numbers that Uber stored in a datastore operated by Amazon Web Services.

The FTC alleges that Uber did not take reasonable measures that could have assisted the company to prevent the breach.

For example, according the FTC, Uber did not require engineers and programmers to use distinct access keys to access personal information stored in the cloud. The FTC alleges that, instead, Uber allowed them to use a single key that gave them full administrative access to all the data, and did not require multi-factor authentication for accessing the data. The FTC also alleges that Uber stored sensitive consumer information, including geolocation information, in plain readable text in database back-ups stored in the cloud.

Under its agreement with the FTC, Uber is:

  • prohibited from misrepresenting how it monitors internal access to consumers’ personal information;
  • prohibited from misrepresenting how it protects and secures that data;
  • required to implement a comprehensive privacy program that addresses privacy risks related to new and existing products and services and protects the privacy and confidentiality of personal information collected by the company; and
  • required to obtain within 180 days, and every two years after that for the next 20 years, independent, third-party audits certifying that it has a privacy program in place that meets or exceeds the requirements of the FTC order.

The FTC will publish a description of the consent agreement package in the Federal Register shortly. The agreement will be subject to public comment through September 15, 2017, after which the Commission will decide whether to make the proposed consent order final.

The Federal Trade Commission continues to ramp up its privacy and data security enforcement efforts. Contact an advertising lawyer to discuss how your company can ensure that it is taking reasonable steps to protect and secure consumer data.

Richard B. Newman is an Internet marketing compliance and regulatory defense attorney at Hinch Newman LLP focusing on advertising and digital media matters. His practice includes conducting legal compliance reviews of advertising campaigns, representing clients in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the Federal Trade Commission and state Attorneys General, commercial litigation, advising clients on promotional marketing programs, and negotiating and drafting legal agreements.

ADVERTISING MATERIAL. These materials are provided for informational purposes only and are not to be considered legal advice, nor do they create a lawyer-client relationship. No person should act or rely on any information in this article without seeking the advice of an attorney. Information on previous case results does not guarantee a similar future result. Hinch Newman LLP | 40 Wall St., 35th Floor, New York, NY 10005 | (212) 756-8777.

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No Top Sponsorships are Available for Affiliate Summit West 2018 http://www.jimw247.com/no-top-sponsorships-are-available-for-affiliate-summit-west-2018/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:17:54 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/no-top-sponsorships-are-available-for-affiliate-summit-west-2018 The Affiliate Summit West 2018 top sponsorships have all been renewed. The following are the top sponsors… Titanium sponsor: ShareASale Platinum sponsor: HasTraffic.com Gold sponsor: Voluum Silver sponsor: AdCombo Bronze sponsor: CAKE Affiliate Summit West 2018 is taking place January 7-9, 2018 at the Paris Hotel Las Vegas. While all of these sponsorships are taken, […]

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The Affiliate Summit West 2018 top sponsorships have all been renewed.

The dogs wish they got a sponsorship

The following are the top sponsors…

Affiliate Summit West 2018 is taking place January 7-9, 2018 at the Paris Hotel Las Vegas.

While all of these sponsorships are taken, there are Meet Market tables, booths, and other sponsorships for Affiliate Summit West 2018 currently available.

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Must-Have Merchants: First Day of School Fashion for Boys http://www.jimw247.com/must-have-merchants-first-day-of-school-fashion-for-boys/ Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:30:00 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/must-have-merchants-first-day-of-school-fashion-for-boys Goodbye summer, hello first day of school! It’s time to switch your content calendar from barbecues and pool parties to everything back-to-school. Include these ShareASale kids fashion Merchants in your next blog post and get your little man outfitted in the trendiest fall gear.    1. Minnow + Mars – ID #70492 –12% Commission2. The Boy’s Store – ID […]

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Goodbye summer, hello first day of school! It’s time to switch your content calendar from barbecues and pool parties to everything back-to-school. Include these ShareASale kids fashion Merchants in your next blog post and get your little man outfitted in the trendiest fall gear. 

Minnow-and-Mars The-Boys-Store Andy-and-Evan My-Kids-Threads Etnies Janie-and-Jack

 

1. Minnow + Mars – ID #70492 –12% Commission
2. The Boy’s Store – ID #20874 – 10% Commission
3. Andy & Evan – ID #59285 – 10% Commission
4. My Kids Threads – ID #58075 – 8% Commission
5. Etnies – ID #35049 – 7% Commission
6. Janie and Jack  – ID #46239 – 8% Commission

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Are You Emotionally Intelligent? http://www.jimw247.com/are-you-emotionally-intelligent/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:30:09 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/are-you-emotionally-intelligent How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? And Why Does It Matter?

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How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? And Why Does It Matter?

Emotional intelligence, also referred to as EI, is the capability of people to recognize traits of both their own and other people’s emotions. The term emotional intelligence gained popularity in 1995 when a book, written by the psychologist and author Daniel Goleman, emerged

Goleman created a model explaining EI characteristics. Goleman defined emotional intelligence as the array of skills and characteristics that drive leadership performance. After Goleman’s book came out this model was expanded by others in the field adding the “trait model” and the “ability model”. The trait model examines one’s behavioral dispositions and self perceived abilities while the ability model studies one’s ability to process emotional information and apply it.

So what does all this have to do with success?

Multiple studies have indicated that people with higher emotional intelligence have stronger mental health, better job performance and more advanced leadership skills. Higher EI will improve your relationships, professional aptitude and chances of success. 

But How Do You Measure Your Own EI?

This fine infographic by NetCredit will help you figure out what type of emotional intelligence you have by identifying both your strengths and your weaknesses:

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Last Call for Article Ideas for the October 2017 Issue of FeedFront Magazine http://www.jimw247.com/last-call-for-article-ideas-for-the-october-2017-issue-of-feedfront-magazine/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:53:01 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/last-call-for-article-ideas-for-the-october-2017-issue-of-feedfront-magazine Time is running out to propose an article idea for issue 40 of FeedFront Magazine, which is coming out in October 2017. The next issue of FeedFront will be snail mailed to tens of thousands of subscribers. The deadline for article proposals is August 23, 2017. The content in FeedFront is first person and articles […]

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Time is running out to propose an article idea for issue 40 of FeedFront Magazine, which is coming out in October 2017.

These dogs want you to write for FeedFront

The next issue of FeedFront will be snail mailed to tens of thousands of subscribers.

The deadline for article proposals is August 23, 2017.

The content in FeedFront is first person and articles are a maximum of 500 words – quick reads from the people who are doing things related to digital marketing or the life of an entrepreneur.

All you need to do by the August 23, 2017 deadline is to submit a one sentence summary.

If you haven’t read FeedFront magazine, take a look at issue 39 to get a feel for past content that was published.

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ShareASale’s Top Travel Destinations of Summer http://www.jimw247.com/shareasales-top-travel-destinations-of-summer/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/shareasales-top-travel-destinations-of-summer It has been quite the summer for travel around the ShareASale office! We have had employees heading off for weekend getaways, family trips, and solo excursions all over the world. We guarantee that you will want to start packing your bags after seeing these beautiful destinations. Although we had a hard time narrowing it down, […]

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It has been quite the summer for travel around the ShareASale office! We have had employees heading off for weekend getaways, family trips, and solo excursions all over the world. We guarantee that you will want to start packing your bags after seeing these beautiful destinations. Although we had a hard time narrowing it down, here are a few of our favorite ShareASaler trips from the summer.

Don’t forget to include these ShareASale travel Merchants in your next vacation posts!

 

Saugatuck
Saugatuck
Saugatuck

 

At only 2.5 hours away from the city of Chicago, Saugatuck is the perfect weekend getaway! The quaint town, wineries, beaches, and breath taking sunsets will cure any city blues in a heart beat. 

 

Bruges
Bruges

 

Tiffany was one of the first to venture across the pond this summer. We have to say that we are very jealous of these view over Bruges, Belgium!

 

Rome
Rome
Rome

 

As a Europe first timer, Derek got the chance to explore the Roman Colosseum, the Tiber River, Vatican city, and more! Check out an excursion planning company like Viator or Tours4Fun when planning your Rome adventure. You will thank us when you don’t have to wait in lines at all of the monuments!

 

London
Rome

 

London is definitely a must-see location in Europe! Ryan explored the London Eye, Big Ben, and even saw Harry Potter at the British theater.

 

Plan your next vacation with ShareASale Merchants! 

Start your next vacation blog post now! These ShareASale Merchants can help you plan your trip from start to finish. From airline tickets, to hotels, and excursions  consider your trip planned! 

 
 

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How Avoid Being Blocked By Facebook  http://www.jimw247.com/how-avoid-being-blocked-by-facebook/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:41:58 +0000 http://www.jimw247.com/how-avoid-being-blocked-by-facebook How Avoid Being Blocked By Facebook 

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How Avoid Being Blocked By Facebook 


According to recent research, the average person spends more time browsing Facebook each day than they do on any other website on the Internet. The estimates vary, but some experts have pinned the average at somewhere around 50 minutes each day. That’s a huge opportunity. One of the most common and simplest pieces of marketing advice that you’ve likely ever heard is that you should go to where your audience is. That’s why email marketing is so effective. And that’s why you should definitely be paying attention to Facebook.

This seems like a great idea in theory, since all of those active and engaged users on Facebook can turn into an incredibly valuable source of traffic for all your Internet marketing purposes. The big challenge, however, is that Facebook is known to be very strict about policing its policies and keeping very close tabs on anything that happens on the website. Marketers get blocked and banned all the time. The machine learning algorithms are getting more and more advanced each day, so you could be booted off the social network even before you think you’ve done anything in violation of the rules.

This shouldn’t scare you away from using Facebook for affiliate marketing, though. The official rules for Facebook don’t outright disallow affiliate links on the site, but they’re known to come down especially hard on CPA affiliate networks. This means you need to tread carefully and be prepared to start all over again several times over. To maximize your profit potential and to avoid getting blocked, you should keep some of these key tips and insights in mind.

1. Never Use Your Personal Profile

Let’s start with something that sounds remarkably obvious, but you’d be surprised how many affiliate marketers go about using their personal accounts to push CPA offers. Don’t do it. Ever. Most people have a regular Facebook account that they use to connect to friends, family and colleagues, sharing pictures of their pets and their children. They use it to arrange for meetups with local clubs or to discuss television shows.

That’s all fine, but you’ll want to keep your marketing efforts completely and utterly separate from this personal profile. It is simply not worth the risk in case anything goes wrong or if you are accused of any wrongdoing. You don’t want to compromise your personal connections. And this goes beyond simply using a separate account for marketing, which brings up this next point.

2. Be Consistently Different

The machine learning algorithms at Facebook have become increasingly effective at recognizing patterns. They’ll preemptively block your account and your actions on that account, because they match up with patterns that previous affiliate marketers may have used before they got banned.

To this end, consider this. Let’s say you get banned for whatever reason, so you go about creating a new account. That one might seem fine for a couple weeks, and then you get banned again for whatever reason. And then when you go to register for a third account, you’re already blocked before you even begin. Why? You’re consistently accessing the account from the same IP address using the same browser on the same hardware. You’ve developed a recognizable pattern and Facebook has determined that all three of these accounts are likely the same person. Because they are.

How can you overcome this? There are a few different strategies and tactics that you might want to entertain, either separately or in tandem with one another.

First, you can sign up for separate VPN (virtual private network) accounts through a number of trusted providers. Facebook knows that many legitimate users rely on such services for privacy, so long as you go with trusted names that are actively used by legitimate people. These are generally preferable to free proxies, as those are more likely to be used for illegal or nefarious purposes. You don’t want to associate your accounts with that.

When you make New Facebook Account #1, use VPN #1. When you make New Facebook Account #2, use VPN #2, and so on. Be consistent within each account, so it looks like it’s being used by the same person (and not a network of bots and automated traffic), but use different services for each account so it looks like different people.

Another option, which is more thoroughly discussed in this post, is to purchase new prepaid SIM cards for each new account you create. This lends itself to a completely clean slate, one that you can then connect to a new Google account and a new payment method. It’s less trackable and make it easier for your account to look like a brand new person in Facebook’s eyes.

3. Mask Affiliate Links in iFrames

Facebook has been known to outright block links containing certain domains, particularly those associated with CPA affiliate networks. They become a non-starter even before you actively try to push a campaign. As such, you should never, ever direct link to the offer.

Some affiliate try to go around this with redirects and masked links, but Facebook will generally follow those redirects until it gets to the destination URL. If that URL matches a domain on its black list, it will still get blocked and you will still get banned.

One way you can get around this problem is to create your own unique landing pages on your own domains. This leads to two other potential hurdles, however. First, creating these custom landing pages can be difficult and time-consuming. Second, it creates another friction point for converting users, as now they have to follow through on another link before there is an opportunity for conversion. That could hurt your ROI, CTR, eCPM and conversion rates tremendously.

A simpler solution is to use an iframe. This will house the affiliate landing page inside a frame that is then displayed on your own webpage on your own domain. The code is relatively simple.

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Just make one of these for each landing page you want to push, creating a new URL on your domain. It’ll be something like http://www.yourdomain.com/offername. Just be sure to use a different domain for each Facebook account you create, because you don’t want your multiple accounts to get linked together in any way. Also, it’s best if the landing page you have inside the iFrame doesn’t generate any exit pop-ups. This is a red flag on Facebook’s part and it’s enough to get your ad disallowed.

It’s also important that you don’t start with a big budget right away. Build up some trust value with Facebook with more legitimate social activity and when you do start promoting, start small and only focus on more whitehat niches and verticals. Stay well within the Facebook ad regulations. As that trust value develops, you can ramp up your efforts accordingly.

4. Keep a Backup Plan

If you want to keep your cash flow going, it’s important that you have at least a couple of good contingency plans in place. It can take a lot of time to build up the trust value for a new Facebook account and it’s best if it is allowed to “simmer” for several weeks or months before you ramp up your efforts. To this end, it’s not a bad idea to have at least a few Facebook accounts running at any time, being mindful of how each is being viewed by Facebook itself. Don’t get those lines crossed!

And remember that getting banned is not the end of the world. You can always make a new account and get right back in the game.

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