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This is a prelude episode for SMACK Talk: Social • Marketing • Affiliate • Conversion • Knowledge. If you caught the session that these ladies participated in at Affiliate Summit East 2012, you’ve seen a preview of the kind of show they’ll be doing. Brash, frank, open talk for folks that work in and around the online marketing and social media spaces.

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In which Daniel and Greg cover one more big example of bloggers vs. journalists, new and unusual words, and online sports betting. Also, a banana pudding festival. A-yup.

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In which Daniel and Greg get into the newspaper business, printed media, bloggers vs. journalists, and Resident Evil. It’ll all make sense in the end.

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In this installment, Trisha & Daniel get off track and talk about affiliate marketing with splashes of sports, movies, and fitness.

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In which Daniel and Greg get social, rant about Facebook, and go over the recent news about Captain America, Iron Man, the Avengers and Star Wars.

Issue 19 of FeedFront was published in July 2012 with an August cover date. This issue served as the program for Affiliate Summit East 2012 and to go along with my gig as the Emcee of the event, I pitched an article about public speaking.

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In this installment, the first on QAQN, Daniel plays a supporting role while Trisha goes for Oscar gold as host of Affiliate Marketing Fanatics. Former co-host Mike Buechele is mentioned, as is an update to what Trisha’s been up to lately in the affiliate marketing world. Our hosts discuss the positive ROI they got from attending Affiliate Summit East 2012 in New York and some recent knee-jerk reactions by affiliate managers that are false, and developments in the affiliate nexus tax in California and Pennsylvania that are true.

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In which Daniel, Drew and Greg bid a fond farewell to one of the crew. Also: Facebook Timeline, Rock Sugar, Red Dwarf and Molly Danger. Only one of those four things is a rock band.

I’ve seen it both ways—you probably have, too. Some folks will tell you to automate your social media efforts. Always autopost blog entries to Facebook and Twitter (and others… there are others, right?). Use plugins to manage the autoposting. No problem, just get everything in the pipeline. Other folks will tell you never to automate. It’s impersonal. It’s amateurish. It’s not social and you’re not a robot.

Me? I don’t care a whit if something is automated, and here’s why.

For issue 18 of FeedFront Magazine, I tackled a topic near and dear to my heart: making my life easier.