Monthly Archives: September 2010
Sep 28 2010
Affiliate Marketing Pitfalls – Advertiser Terminates

If you are involved in the affiliate marketing world, you have probably had this happen to you at least once…

You signup for a program, work on the campaign with setup, etc.. launch it, at this point it is costing you money and you are not making any money.

Then the advertiser, merchant decides to pull the offer, terminate you as a publisher, or maybe even close the program.

At this point you are either in shock, very upset, or trying to figure out what to do next…

Here’s some options:

1. Try to contact the advertiser and see if they will give you explanation as to why they decided to terminate you, sometimes the respond other times they don’t.

2. Find a competing advertiser and drive traffic to them.  This is why I always like to find a product/service that at least two providers with affiliate programs exists. i.e. online backup software, virus protection software, etc.. you get the idea.  Usually you get a week or so to update your links and update your site.

3.  As an affiliate you have some ways you can work with advertisers and managers to influence and making sure that you stay in the program.

In many cases advertisers will keep publishers in a program even if they are not driving sales, nut because they have content and are making an effort, and you never know when a link will start to rank higher.

As always keep the creativity flowing with affiliate marketing.

Sep 28 2010
An Important Message from Cameron

I just received this in my email and wanted to share


An Important Message from Cameron.

Cameron Hughes Wine

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to have the chance to ship our wines directly to you at your home or office. In fact, we have a great sale coming up for you in just a few hours- stay tuned! Unfortunately, our ability to ship wine to you may be in danger. That’s why I would like you to take a moment to learn about an important issue for wineries and wine consumers – HR5034.

Many of you probably haven’t heard of House Bill HR 5034. The net net is that HR5034 will enable state governments to go back to the same protectionist behavior, recently overturned by the Supreme Court, by invalidating the Commerce Clause of the Constitution with respect to beer and wine. What does this mean to you? It means that individual states could take action to further restrict the shipping of wine directly to wine consumers. That reduces choice for the consumer and competition among wineries, wholesalers and retailers, and that means higher prices. Please take a minute to learn more about this issue and if you feel strongly, as we do, that HR5034 is anti-consumer, click here to send a letter to your Senators and Representative (it only takes a minute)

Do it today as the hearing on this bill is tomorrow, Wednesday, September 29th!


Cameron Hughes

Sep 28 2010
AOL Buying TechCrunch

It was just a matter of time, we are learning that Mike has sold TechCrunch to AOL!

TechCrunch is one of the top influential blogs in Silicon Valley, and some would say beyond, and worldwide.

AOL already includes Engadget, Switched, TUAW and Download Squad.

The announcement was made at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco where AOL CEO Time Armstrong and TechCrunch Founder and Co-Editor Michael Arrington where present and took the stage and made the announcement.

Congrats to Mr. Arrington.

So why is AOL buying TechCrunch?

How much did AOL pay for TechCrunch? Rumors are $40 million!!! Wow.

Will Michael Arrington stay on?  I would imagine yes, but needs to be confirmed.  udpated: Michael Arrington is reportedly staying on for 3 years.

Sep 28 2010
Pasadena Locals Only Thursday Specials

Locals Only Thursdays – Every Thursday for the month of October

Every Thursday for the month of October Old Pasadena merchants will offer special discounts and promotions to Pasadena residents as well as those who work in Pasadena during Old Pasadena’s Locals Only Thursday.  Residents will show their driver’s license or electricity bill to receive the discounts and promotions.  Pasadena workers need to present a business card showing a Pasadena address to their workplace to receive the discount.  Beyond the Olive is offering 20% off during this event!

Sep 28 2010
New Fat Fighting Machine Approved

New fat fighting machine approved

Sep 28 2010
Sprint 10th Annual DevCon Announcements

Key Sprint 10th Annual DevCon Announcements!

October 26 – 28, 2010
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA
Early bird pricing ends September 30!

1: Wireless Data Ecosystem / Industry Experts!

  • Keynotes from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, Intel, Google, more
  • Over 50 breakout sessions: Mobile Apps, M2M, 4G, Business Solutions, more
  • Extensive exhibit hall showcasing latest industry solutions

2: FIRST Sprint Android Tablet Development on the Samsung Galaxy!

  • Android 2.2
  • Forward facing camera
  • 7” display and many other advanced features.

Click here to view the device specification and developer guide.

Learn about development best practices for this device in our extensive Android coding/technical session:
Oct. 28 at the Sprint Developer Conference!

3: Sprint 4G App Challenge: What can YOU do with 4G?
Have a compelling application that takes advantage of the Sprint 4G capabilities on the HTC EVO and Samsung Epic? Submit it here!

Submit an application by Oct. 15, 2010 and receive 1 free pass per company to the
Sprint Developer Conference
, Oct. 26-28 in Santa Clara, CA.

4: Hands-on Coding & Technical Sessions!

Microsoft Windows Phone experts will lead a coding session on Windows 7.0 – Oct. 26.
RIM will lead a coding session on BlackBerry 6 development – Oct. 27.
Extensive Android coding sessions led by Sprint and other industry experts – Oct. 28. Including:

– Enterprise and Business capabilities
– 4G development best practices:
forward facing camera, IP management, DLNA & HDMI, Streaming
– Samsung Galaxy Tablet development:
App UI, Forward facing camera, HTML 5 web page tags, multimedia, etc.
– Optimizing apps for impacts to battery, network, LBS and MUCH MORE!!!

5: Device Give Aways!!!

A limited number of the latest devices with provisioned service from Sprint will be available from HTC, Intel, Motorola, RIM, and Samsung to developers who participate in the coding sessions.

Specific pre-session conditions are required for eligibility to receive these devices. Instructions will be provided prior to the developer conference to all registered conference participants who wish to participate in the coding sessions. Details coming soon to the DevCon website!

Thank you to our conference sponsors for their support!!!


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Sep 28 2010
AirTalk Town Hall: The Jobs of the Future

AirTalk Town Hall: The Jobs of the Future

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Crawford Family Forum
474 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Get directions

RSVP for this event

With the US jobless rate near 10 percent, how are we going to get Americans working again? And where will the jobs of the future come from? Larry Mantle and a panel of experts will attack the thorniest challenge facing our economy today…unemployment.

Join Larry and guests in the Crawford Family Forum, Tuesday, September 28th at 6:30pm for a lively and informative discussion.

Special guests include:

Chris Tilly, Director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, also an economist and a professor of urban planning

Marcy Drummond, vice president of Workforce and Economic Development at LA Trade Tech, responsible for all green training at the school

Chris Thornberg, Principal, Beacon Economics

Austin Beutner, first deputy mayor and chief executive of economic and business policy, plus general manager of LADWP

6:00pm – Doors Open
6:30pm – Program

Admission is FREE, but please RSVP.

Photo credit – Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Sponsor: Airtalk

Type: Town Hall

Sep 28 2010
Barnes & Noble Closing Stores

Barnes & Noble is closing stores in Calabasas and Encino

Sep 28 2010
Missing Hiker Griffith Park Body of Sally Menke Found

Award-winning film editor Sally Menke, 53, worked on. Griffith Park hiker who went missing in extreme heat is found dead; dog survives.

BREAKING: Death of Sally Menke, longtime film editor for Quentin Tarantino, Griffith Park hiker who went missing in extreme heat is found dead;

Sep 27 2010
Pacific Asia Museum – Festival of the Autumn Moon: A Night at the Taj

Join Pacific Asia Museum as we celebrate our
Festival of the Autumn Moon: A Night at the Taj.

South Asia is a diverse landscape of people, cultures, and religions offering a wealth of visual and performing arts. The colors and forms in South Asian art speak to a vibrant area of the world steeped in tradition. While there are many sights, sounds, and scents that conjure up South Asia in one’s mind, the Taj Mahal is an undeniable symbol of the region.

The Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1653 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The empress died in 1631, and construction on the mausoleum and its surrounding structures began a year later. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is considered one of the modern wonders. In addition to being one of the world’s great architectural sites, some consider the Taj Mahal to be the most recognizable symbol of love.

The bejeweled mausoleum contains many elements of art and culture within its walls. Poetry, sculpture, abstract design, among other disciplines, are embodied within it numerous walls. From the intricate wall carvings to the lush gardens, the Taj Mahal stands as a universal symbol of human artistic expression.

Pacific Asia Museum will be holding its 33rd Festival of the Autumn Moon on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the Taj Mahal and the richness of the South Asian cultural landscape. A Night at the Taj will feature a silent auction “bazaar” of art, home décor, and exotic travel. The evening’s entertainment will include cultural dance and musical performances. There will be signature Live Auction items as well as a raffle drawing for a Mini Cooper.  This year’s Festival promises to be an enchanting evening of auction, fine dining and entertainment.  Proceeds from the Festival of the Autumn Moon benefit the museum’s many educational programs and innovative exhibitions.


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