• Workspace: My Own Shitshow

    Everything looks slightly askew in this photo of my real life work-at-home workspace … which is completely appropriate. Because working from home with a toddler tends to make everything slightly askew. When I attended Type-A blogging conference (interested in the 2019 show in DC? Use code SPARKLE2019 for $5 off) this past weekend, and sat

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  • Blogger’s Guide to Affiliate Summit East ’16

    Affiliate Summit East is almost here, and I’m so, so sad I won’t be attending this year (thanks, #babything). ASE is one of my favorite conferences, and I dare say I enjoy it more than Affiliate Summit West — ASW is like a party, ASE is a bit more business-focused, in my opinion. My very first speaking gig was at ASE ’14, and my first solo session was at ASE ’15. I also love New York, and the energy of the city really helps the vibe of the conference.

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  • How to Prepare for 1:1 Meetings with Merchants and OPMs

    One of the biggest benefits of ShareASale ThinkTank is being able to schedule one-on-one time with your current or prospective merchants and OPMs (that’s Outsourced Program Managers). Sure, you might email back and forth with them throughout the year, but it’s not very often you’ll get to sit down and have legit face time carved out to go over how you can be of benefit to one another, so it’s my recommendation that you take full advantage of this opportunity. And if you’re doing this as a total n00b, these meetings have the potential to open a whole new world of possibilities (trust me). However, since the meetings are a bit short — most are going to run about 15 minutes — you’re going to want to come locked and loaded to get biz done. Oh, and don’t forget to grab your free downloadable spreadsheet to help you keep track of your meetings (available at bottom of post).

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  • What to Pack for a Business Trip to Chicago in May

    With ThinkTank coming up (what, have you been living under a rock?) in just a few weeks, now is the time when I natch start thinking of things I might need to re-up on or consider packing … even though I may not actually get around to packing until like hours before my departure. Somehow, magically, for

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  • Will You Be at #ASE15? Come Join the Party!

    I will be attending my fourth Affiliate Summit, and second in NYC, this August. And I’ll be speaking. This will mark my third Summit in a row up in the hot seat, and first time with a solo session. Y’all, I’m pumped. What will I be speaking about, you ask? Well, bring your flask because

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  • Affiliate Summit Has One Helluva Sweepstakes for #ASE15

    While I seriously enjoy both Affiliate Summit West and Affiliate Summit East, they are vastly different beasts. Kind of like a mullet — with the East Coast being the forehead — it’s business in the front and a party in the back. ASE tends to have a little bit more of a focused, mature edge to

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