Affiliate Marketing

So, just a few minutes ago, I got this in my inbox:

To Daniel Clark:

As a participant in one of Newegg?s Advertiser Programs offered through Commission Junction, you may be aware that Newegg does not accept affiliates into any of its Advertiser Programs if the affiliates have sales tax nexus with North Carolina or Rhode Island.

An affiliate has sales tax nexus with a particular state if the affiliate has either (a) an office, residence or other physical presence in that state, or (b) activities in that state by the affiliate, its employees or a person or business with which it has some sort of contractual or agency relationship, which are sufficient to require the affiliate to collect and remit that state?s sales tax under state and federal law.

Based upon the information you have provided to us, we have determined that you do not have sales tax nexus with either North Carolina or Rhode Island and are treating you accordingly. However, please notify us immediately if you have nexus with either of these states.

Thank you for your cooperation

Hideaki Kondo
Affiliate Marketing Manager

Did they just really send me an email to tell me that they double checked and found that I’m not in a state where I’d have nexus? I dig NewEgg, and I’m sure Hideaki Kondo is a nice person; this just struck me as, well, odd.

Last Friday, August 13th, I flew up to New York City to attend two events: Audience Conference and Affiliate Summit East 2010.

Most of what I wrote while there was posted over at Geek Dads Weekly, but before I give you the links, check this out:

Caroline's in New York City

That’s me on stage at Carolines. Yeah, that Carolines. I can’t say I killed ’em, and I almost got yanked off stage when I said I was going to pitch something (a bad turn of phrase – I wasn’t really pitching anything, just announcing a charity project). But I can say that I was on-stage at Carolines, which is pretty damn cool.

Okay, here are some links to what I wrote while in New York. There’s still more to be written, especially about Audience Conference, and I’ll update with links to those posts later on.

I’ve just submitted my details to confirm my slot as a speaker at Affiliate Summit East 2010, happening August 15-17 of this year. The panel is called Podcasting 101, and it’s led by Trisha Lyn Fawver, a blogger ( and podcaster (Affiliate Marketing Fanatics).

Also on the panel? Joe Magennis, my partner on Geek Dads Weekly! Our third on the show, Drew Bennett, is up for another panel at the conference, and speakers are only allowed one panel each.

The published panel description is as follows:

Podcasting 101
Session 1d
Location: Room 4
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

In this era of self-publishing, anyone – including you – can produce a podcast (and make money doing it!) Come learn the basics of producing, monetizing, hosting and promoting your very own podcast.

Experience level: Beginner
Target audience: Affiliates/Publishers
Niche/vertical: Podcasting

We’re up first on the 15th! Well, along with three other sessions in that time slot. I’m not actually sure if that’s a good thing… but I suppose if I start to get nervous, I can remind myself that I’m getting it out of the way early so I can enjoy the rest of the conference.

I sat on an impromptu panel at Summit West in Las Vegas back in January, as part of the Live! session. It was a lot of fun, and I’m sure this panel will be, too. Fun and informative, that’s our goal.

Are you planning on going to Summit? I’d love to say hello.

Update: shortly after I posted this, it was announced that Drew’s panel has been approved and scheduled. He’s on Tuesday at 2pm with Murray Newlands and Eric Schechter, and the session is called How Bloggers Can Successfully Connect with Audiences.