"Civic Responsibility" Posts

Philadelphia’s Blogger Tax: An Update

A couple of months ago the blogosphere lit up with angry alarm when the city of Philadelphia sent out a handful of notices to local bloggers demanding that they pony up $300 for a business privilege tax in order …

Texas Taxes Set To Bushwhack Ecommerce Sites

Are the 10-gallon hats in Texas looking to mosey in on e-commerce in the Lone Star State? It appears that way, as a new tweak to sales tax law has been rewritten to impact companies who have a server …

Disabled Consumers Represent A Huge Market Most Ecommerce Sites Forget to Serve

Are some e-commerce sites slamming the door on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of sales? They could be, just because some would-be customers who are disabled aren’t able to use the websites in an effective way in order …

Blogging Tax Coming To A City Near You

As city and state governments scramble to make up for growing budget shortfalls we’ve seen the passing of some fairly ludicrous legislation. From the Amazon Tax passed by New York, Rhode Island, and North Carolina to Colorado Governor Bill …

California’s Referendum on the Advertising Tax

You probably haven’t heard about my state’s referendum on the Advertising Tax. It’s not a ballot proposition. It’s the gubernatorial election.

Politics are complex. Many readers will bristle at my boiling down California’s election between Democrat Jerry Brown and …

Why The Uprising Against Facebook Flopped

Put away your pitchforks and torches. It appears the uprising against Facebook has fizzled.

After The New York Times dissected Facebook’s convoluted privacy settings and then touted a rival, a backlash against the social networking giant started brewing …

Save the Boobies and Win an Ad Placement on ReveNews: 2010 Charity Auction for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

For over ten years Missy Ward, Affiliate Summit Co-Founder and ReveNews Co-Publisher, has been raising money to help in the fight against breast cancer. As part of those efforts for Affiliate Marketers Give Back was founded and for four …

Affiliate Tax – Can You Hide?

Editor’s Note: With the number of states considering the so-called Amazon tax or some similar tax growing it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the iterations of the issue.  Traditional affiliate marketing is not the only advertising channel

PMA Finally Opens Up Membership Level Smaller Publishers Can Afford

It’s easy to play armchair quarterback to an organization simultaneously juggling the needs of a distinctly varied constituency, fighting for the survival of its industry, and attempting to establish a secure foundation for its growth. Under pressure it’s easy …

Florida Comes at Amazon from a Different Angle

If you asked Republican Kevin Ambler he might tell you that desperate times call for desperate measures. Having a $3.2 billion budget shortfall qualifies as desperate times. So instead of simply mimicking the legislative folly of other states who …