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The Marketplace Fairness Act

by Jonathan Goodman on May 11, 2013

Based on Jonathan’s conspiracy theory about why Google exited the Affiliate Management space we’ll look into the upcoming vote on The Marketplace Fairness Act, which is set to pass in the Senate and has support by the President. We will also look at the history of taxes on the Internet and see if this bill helps of hurts Affiliate Marketers and online small businesses.

Hi everyone. This is Jonathan Goodman from Halyard Consulting. This is the World of Internet Marketing, the podcast. Today we’re going to talk about the Marketplace Fairness Act. You may remember, in the last two podcasts, that I was talking about my conspiracy theory about why Google, and now SEOmoz, may have left the affiliate marketing area. And I decided to do a lot of research on this, and I can kind of refute what I originally said was a possibility. I don’t think that’s probable anymore. But, what I did to kind of prepare myself to say whether or not this was a possibility is I really educated myself on what’s going on with Congress and the Senate and internet tax.

So today, we’re going to talk about the Marketplace Fairness Act, which is currently in the Senate and it’s looking like its most likely going to easily pass the Senate. The President is supporting it, and Congress seems to be supporting it. In fact, even businesses like Amazon and online companies like that seem to feel that this is the right way to go. The final vote is on May 6, and it’s actually the second time it’s coming up to the Senate. We’re going to talk a little bit about the history, but first let’s focus on what the Marketplace Fairness Act is. Read the full article →

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The Google Affiliate Network Conspiracy

by Jonathan Goodman on May 11, 2013

This is the first episode of The World of Internet Marketing podcast. I delve into my career and history and then talk about what I believe might be the reason why Google pulled out of the Affiliate Marketing community and closed the GAN Google Affiliate Network.

Hi, this is Jonathan Goodman and welcome to the very first episode of The World of Internet Marketing. This is the podcast for the work that I do in the Internet marketing industry. I’m going to start off by telling you a little bit about myself then we are going to talk about what the podcast is going to be and what my hopes for the future of the podcast are. The name of this specific podcast today is The Google Affiliate Network Conspiracy.  We will get into a little bit about what I think is really going on with Google and their decision to close their affiliate network. Then we will talk a little more about the projects I am currently working on and where I am speaking next.

Let’s get started. Again, my name is Jonathan Goodman. This is the first podcast for The World of Internet Marketing and my background; I’ve been in the internet marketing industry for over 10 years; nope closer to 15 years. I don’t want to date myself though. I started off at MicroWarehouse even before there were any dot.com databases or things like that. Then I went on to EarthWeb. They went public during the dot.com boom and then everything crashed during the dot.com bust. I worked for Suburban Propane and built their e-commerce system. For each company I was building an e-commerce system for them. Now I run Halyard Consulting and that’s an Internet marketing company where small and large companies work with me and I assist them building out their site, exclusively using WordPress and I help them to get ranked. We will go into that in a later episode where I go into how we get our clients to gain the best momentum in the search engines. Read the full article →

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