LinkShare UK Closed for Security Alert – New Address

I had to laugh – talk about timing. I got an email this morning from Linkshare UK that announced the new location of their head office. Then literally three hours later I got another email that their office was closed due to a local security alert. I can see why they are moving! (Kidding!:P)

Just passing on the info here if anyone needs to contact them in the UK for whatever reason effective Monday April 30th:

Address:

16 High Holborn
London, WC1V 6BX

Phone: +44 (0)20 7427 8120.

Note: this is not an endorsement to work with them, it’s just an FYI in case you need to contact them and can’t.

Kony2012 Campaign Changing History?

Source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Kony_2012

If you haven’t heard of Joseph Kony, you will extremely soon. On April 20th an underground army of child activists – some of them children themselves – will surface to stand up of what’s right in the world – the protection and liberation of children terrorized by mutilation, sexual exploitation and death.

Joseph Kony is the world’s most wanted international criminal, stealing children from their homes and making them murder their parents, work as prostitutes or mutilate the faces of other children who refuse to become child soldiers within Africa. He’s been doing this for almost 30 years. The worst part? There is absolutely no reason for it other than personal power.

Over 30,000 children have been taken from their homes and used in unspeakable ways over the last 26 years and no one has done anything about it. Until now. An army of young people from across the world are funding and fighting for the end to this terror through social media campaigns spreading like wildfire across Youtube, facebook and twitter.

Their campaign is backed by 20 celebrities including Oprah, George Clooney, Angalina Jolie, Lady Gaga and 12 policy makers such as Bill Clinton, George W Bush, and Condoleezza Rice to help spread awareness about this extremely important issue. We only have until the end of 2012 to stop this mad man and help capture him before efforts stop.

Watch these videos to learn more about it:

 

Cover the Night

Kony 2012 Official Video

 

If you want to get involved in the fight to stop Joseph Kony, visit www.Kony2012.com for more info on what to do, sign the pledge, donate online or get involved in Cover the Night.

My family is on board with this all the way. Our house will be displaying the awareness posters on April 20th. Our children will know that even as babies they were fighting for what’s right – protecting those who can’t help themselves – hopefully saving lives and bringing peace to children (and their parents) who otherwise would live in terror.

I encourage you to get involved too if this speaks to you. If not, that’s ok too, but one can as a minimum appreciate the power of change that’s resulted from a few people’s ambition to change the world, and use the Internet’s social influence to do it.

Pinterest in Affiliate Marketing Explained

About three weeks ago, a well respected affiliate named Tricia Meyer did a webinar explaining what Pinterest was all about. I finally had a chance to listen to it and learned a few things about how businesses and affiliate marketers could leverage this tool to gain additional exposure and traction of their products and brand through image sharing.

In a nutshell, users can “pin” things they are interested in on their boards, and people can repin them. Affiliate links can be added into there “pins”, and, when they are “re-pinned” the original affiliate link gets passed along too. Very interesting business model and marketing strategy indeed. Its a hot topic right now and a social tool that’s not going anywhere fast, so take the time to watch this video and educate yourself as to how Pinterest is changing the way merchants and affiliate marketers are working with new tools on the web.

Quote from Tricia Meyer:

“I was initially attracted to Pinterest not as a user but as a marketer because I saw how quickly it was gaining momentum with my friends who usually are not much into social media. I was skeptical of the value for affiliate marketers and bloggers but started reading as much as I could about how people were using it. What jumped out at me was how negative people were responding to both the thought that Pinterest might monetize the site in some way and also the alleged copyright infringement allegations. As an affiliate marketer and lawyer, I had to speak up.

After writing a blog post in defense of Pinterest, more and more people started asking for my opinions. After being approached by Affiliate Summit, I decided to put everything that I had found into one webinar. Since the webinar, Pinterest has updated its terms to exclude some of the legal liability language that was making people nervous.

Regardless of whether you personally like Pinterest or its business model, if you are an affiliate marketer, blogger, merchant, or affiliate manager, you need to at least be educated about what it can and cannot do for your business.”

Tricia Meyer, affiliate marketing consultant

AFFILIATE MARKETING EXCLUSIVE: Personal Interview with Shawn Collins

affiliate marketing expert shawn collins talks to sarah bundyI recently had the privilege of an exclusive interview with Shawn Collins for my blog. Shawn has touched so many people in this industry and his work continues to set the bar for leadership and influence in productive and ethical affiliate marketing practices.

Click here to download the exclusive video interview with Affiliate Marketing Expert, Shawn Collins

Shawn’s Brief Bio:

Shawn Collins has been an affiliate marketer since 1997 with a number of active affiliate projects, and a decade of affiliate management under his belt. He is a Co-founder of Affiliate Summit, the leading global conference and tradeshow for the affiliate marketing industry and Co-Editor-in-Chief of FeedFront Magazine. He authored the book Successful Affiliate Marketing for Merchants, and was an editor and contributor to Internet Marketing from the Real Experts. Also, he publishes the annual AffStat affiliate marketing benchmark reports.

Shawn blogs daily on affiliate marketing at Affiliate Tip and co-hosts the weekly Affiliate Thing podcast on GeekCast.fm. Additionally, Shawn has been quoted in numerous publications, including Entrepreneur Magazine, Internet Retailer, Inc. Magazine, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Links to Shawn’s Affiliate Marketing Contributions:

Feed Font Magazine (Free)

Geek Cast.FM (Free)

Ask Shawn Collins (Free)

Aff Stat Report (Free)

Affiliate Tip Blog (Free)

Extra Money Answer (Free)

Affiliate Marketers Give Back (Free)

Affiliate Summit Meetups (Free)

Affiliate Summit Webinars (Free)

Affiliate Summit Forum (Free)

Affiliate Summit West, Central and East (Free Info)

In many ways I suppose Shawn is one of my personal heroes in the industry. He’s worked hard to bring a positive name to the industry through quality education and free resources to help those around him. His integrity and “stick to his guns” ethics make him one of the most important leaders in the space, and I’m personally proud to know him and work with him in the betterment of affiliate marketing everywhere.

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