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.
It’s frustrating as hell. You’ve emailed at least a couple of times trying to pry an answer out of your affiliate manager, only to be met with total radio silence. You’re not really sure how to proceed, and in the meantime you’ve been racking up mad clicks and conversions for their merchant. You’re starting to feel like just another cog in the wheel, and it’s a pretty shitty way to feel.
It’s nary a secret that ShareASale is my favorite network among the affiliate networks out there. The tools are a blogger’s dream — from the deep-linking Product Discovery bookmarklet to the widget-y Product Showcase to the consultant’s idyllic two-tier and referral links — and the interface and reporting are super idiot-proof. Not to mention the SAS team is uber responsive with pretty much any question I have — and those tend to be many.