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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    ABestWeb Acquired by iNET Interactive
    Change Expected to Reinvigorate the Internet’s Largest Affiliate Marketing Community

    West Chester, Ohio – October 20, 2009 — iNET Interactive has announced today the acquisition of ABestWeb (http://www.ABestWeb.com), the largest online community serving the needs of affiliate marketers. As part of the iNET Interactive network, the 60,000 member community is expected to benefit from iNET’s expertise in operating and growing online communities. ABestWeb’s advertisers are expected to benefit from the addition of a professional sales team.

    The ABestWeb acquisition builds on iNET Interactive’s presence in the Internet marketing space, complementing Search Marketing Standard, Pay Per Click Universe, and SEMCompare.

    Haiko de Poel, Jr., the founder at ABestWeb, will continue to be active in the community, and he will serve as an advisor to iNET. “ABestWeb and iNET Interactive are a perfect fit”, commented Mr. de Poel. “I am confident that ABestWeb will reach new heights under the iNET umbrella.”


    FAQs for ABestWeb Community Members and Advertisers
    ABestWeb is the recognized leader among affiliate marketing forums. With over 60,000 members and a rich history of affiliate marketing know-how, it is also the #1 destination for people seeking to learn, share and improve their affiliate marketing knowledge. With an active moderation team and a diverse community of affiliate marketers and merchants, ABestWeb has earned a solid reputation in the affiliate marketing industry.


    It is due to these outstanding characteristics that have led iNET Interactive to acquire ABestWeb. What follows is a set of frequently asked questions to help the community better understand what the acquisition means to ABestWeb.


    Who is iNET Interactive?
    iNET Interactive is a media company operating a portfolio of prominent online communities in the Internet professional and technology enthusiast categories. You may have heard of some our sites like Web Hosting Talk, the largeset online community serving the web hosting industry, or Hot Scripts, the largest directory of scripts and other resources for web developers. You can learn more by visiting www.iNETinteractive.com.



    Is Haiko, the founder of ABestWeb, going to remain involved?
    Yes. While Haiko is stepping away from his day-to-day administrative duties, he plans to continue to be an active member of the ABestWeb community. He will also serve as an advisor to iNET Interactive.



    How will ABestWeb change?
    In the short-term, it won’t change at all. Before implementing changes, iNET’s objective is to listen and better understand the current and future needs of the community. Part of the learning effort will include a community satisfaction survey which will be distributed in the next few weeks. iNET will also be consulting with the community’s leaders to determine the best path forward.


    Who will moderate the site?
    The existing moderation team will continue to moderate the site.


    Who do members contact if there is an issue/concern/suggestion?
    Members should continue to work with the moderation team just as they have before. The moderation team will be in continuous communication with the iNET corporate staff, and issues will be escalated through this channel as needed.


    Who do advertisers contact?
    The iNET sales team is reaching out to existing ABestWeb advertisers starting on Tuesday, October 20th. Each advertiser will be assigned an account manager. New inquiries should be directed to sales@inetinteractive.com
    Continued Success,

    Haiko
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    I'm looking forward to seeing where iNet can take ABestWeb and continuing to be a part of this growing community.
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    Omg

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    congrats, haiko.

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    Congrats Haiko!

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    Congrats Haiko - I look forward to seeing what the future holds here.
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    Wow.. this is quite a big 'change'.
    I made many great friends on here and hope that it changes for the better.

    Congratz Haiko

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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    Thank you rcjordan & Scott.

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    Rhea et al.

    I have complete faith and trust in iNet to continue to grow ABW into what it should be, it's the perfect fit with their others sites creating a completely symbiotic relationship between the communities. Within time, I assure everyone that they will see that this is the best for the community, the affiliates, merchants and the industry as a whole.
    Continued Success,

    Haiko
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    Congratulations Haiko!

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    It's a real chore being aquired by a third party Haiko ...

    Been there and Chickened Out!

    Millions involved, but the thought of giving up my sites scared the crap out of me. -

    I know you had to expose EVERYTHING about you and your business and put it ALL on the line.

    Of Course, you came out smelling like a rose and worth every penny that I am sure you negotiated your butt off for to stay as a whatever it is that you are now. lol

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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    It took me 5 years, but I'm glad I finally learned the correct pronunciation of your last name before you moved on (in a way).

    Onwards and upwards, Mr. de Poel. I very much look forward to following your new adventures.

    Lastly, thank you for starting this place. At the risk of sounding overly romantic, it really has changed my life.
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    I'm sure it will be an interesting change. Congrats!

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    Wow! Nothing really stands still. I'm glad for you Haiko.


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    My sincerest congrats, Haiko!
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    Thought!

    We aren't going to have to train a new set of mods are we?

    I might be in trouble.

    EDIT: Never seen 3 lines of registered people in one thread.

    Methinks this will be a huge post.

    SHOCKING -

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    I'm thrilled for you. Congratulations!
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    Congrats Haiko and iNET! I'm looking forward to see where this will lead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RemodelingGuy
    Thought!

    We aren't going to have to train a new set of mods are we?

    I might be in trouble.
    Press release stated that current mods will be staying, but I am sure there will be some new ones coming along.

    And yeah Kevin, I have enough sappy posts/threads here that highlight how much ABestWeb has meant to me personally and my business.

    I wouldn't be "Team Loxly" without ABestWeb. And I wouldn't be in NY
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    Haiko, congrats!

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    Congratulations Haiko! Way to go!
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    Congratulations!

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    Wow - I'm a little shocked but so very happy for you, Haiko! Kinda like selling your child but I understand it's a good thing, so congratulations and WELL DONE!

    Haiko, I'm happy you'll still be involved with ABW. Wishing you all the very best with your future ventures. I'll bet you have great plans now that you have an empty nest.

    Haiko, you rock like no other and we all love you.

    Looking so forward to seeing what you create next!
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    Press release stated that current mods will be staying, but I am sure there will be some new ones coming along.
    Wouldn't be ABW without our current mods.

    They make the site what it is.

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    Congratulations Haiko!
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    Congratulations Haiko!
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