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    Can we talk about the Aquarium for a minute?
    I am wondering what different peoples experiences have been with the ShareASale Aquarium? Both from the merchant and affiliate side.

    What does the message and friend request notification look like?

    Merchants- have you found quality affiliates there?
    I spent some time in there yesterday and it felt like 80-90% of the websites affiliates had listed either did not work or did not exist anymore.
    Is the aquarium dead?

    Affiliates- Have you found any value in being apart of the aquarium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanC View Post
    Affiliates- Have you found any value in being apart of the aquarium?
    Been there twice - once when it launched and then when someone asked about it years later here on ABW.

    See no value as an affiliate. Why? Because do not like to go to multiple 'social network-like' platforms for information or interaction. Email us and post on ABW. Not going to bother elsewhere...
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    ...and a Pirate's heart. Convergence's Avatar
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    Should add: if ABW continues with their lousy changes will be down to just reading emails...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Convergence View Post
    Should add: if ABW continues with their lousy changes will be down to just reading emails...
    It's interesting you say that. I have not been here long, but it seems to not be all that active around ABW. Have many people left recently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanC View Post
    It's interesting you say that. I have not been here long, but it seems to not be all that active around ABW. Have many people left recently?
    People come and people go. Each time iNet does something someone doesn't like - more go.

    Tough industry, too. ABW is not for the 'get rich' crowd. Solid place if they would get the platform functionality where visitors don't have to trigger excessive amounts of page views / ad impressions to find anything - but, that's what happens when bean counters run businesses...
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    You won't need the whole minute to talk about it:-)

    It has not much value for average affiliates.

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    I never got into it - as someone said... we already have forums and social networks. I wouldn't be surprised if it went away.
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    ...but, that's what happens when bean counters run businesses...
    It's a shame, but that's pretty much what's happened.
    I mostly use email and a couple of Facebook groups for business updates. I still come here because of some personal relationships and I do hope that this place can be saved/rebuilt. But this last "upgrade" has trashed the way I usually read and respond to posts/threads. One step forward, two steps back.

    Oh, yeah, Aquarium? What's that.
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    Well those comments do make me feel better. I was concerned I was missing some key piece to it. There are a number of interesting blog posts out there that about the aquarium... not much positive talk though.

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    Just by reading this thread title, I thought it is about fish supplies.

    To be honest, I have no idea what SAS Aquarium is.

    As to ABW, although I don't approve all these lousy interface changes lately, I still hold my moderate high hopes on ABW as a serious social place for affiliate marketing business.

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    Can we talk about the Aquarium for a minute? (Reported by Convergence)
    Tech people have been working to return the "new posts" linking display to what we had before and I have forwarded this thread on so that everyone is fully aware of the importance of this feature.
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    It hasn't been as active as we had hoped, certainly. There are some good highlights but just depends on usage - like anything else.
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    The "New Posts" link queue problem has been fixed - a bit more info here - it's back to the way it used to be, resolving many of the problems Convergence and Bill described.

    Let's keep this thread on SAS Aquarium and post any further comments re ABW and this particular problem of finding threads here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sam_park View Post
    The ipad/tablet interface of Abw is hosed now after the upgrade. Their default skin shows the vbulletin logo in place of the abw logo:-) No one bothered to change it. Two out of the three buttons at the top of a forum page are idiotic. You can't guess what they are. Buttons need to be intuitive, but not these.

    There used to be a link to turn off the tablet skin and load the desktop interface. That link is gone.

    It's no more worth visiting the site on a tablet. So overall fewer visitors. makes no business sense.
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