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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    Contest #3 - Free Full Pass to Affiliate Summit 2007W
    Once again, the passes are only available to ABW members who must be affiliates (not merchants). The winner may not transfer the full pass under any circumstance and lastly, travel and lodging are the winner's responsibility.

    OK here is this contest ...

    Best "sob story" as to why you should get the ticket.

    * Note: Dog eating your other ticket doesn't cut it! I want some heart breakers here people, you gotta earn it!

    This contest is open from today 11/30/06 'till 12/3/06, winner will be announced in this thread. Open to Affiliates and ABW members only. If you feel like posting a sob story but not want to be considered for the prize, please post "no prize" after the entry.
    Continued Success,

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    I'm sobbing already . . . after picking a date I felt would be close for the number of new members, Haiko started more contests that would accelerate the joining of new members!





    no prize (I've been called that before)

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    What a difference a week makes...
    Dateline: September 2006, Aruba

    Life is good! I'm in beautiful Aruba, competing in an Ultimate Blackjack Tour event, vying for serious prize money at a final table that will eventually air on CBS. That final table is my 10th "TV" table over the last few years.

    My tournament career is booming, and my BlackjackInfo.com and BlackjackTournaments.com websites are thriving community sites. In addition to a healthy income from casino affiliate programs, I've just accomplished a feat that is new in the blackjack tournament world. I've landed a multi-year personal sponsorship deal with one of the biggest names in the online casino world.

    While in Aruba, I also learn that I'll be featured on the cover of All-In magazine's next issue (on newstands now).

    Frankly, I'm on top of the world.

    Then, on my last night in Aruba, I hear rumblings among many of those present about some sort of late-night Washington trickery on the last scheduled day of Senate proceedings. I dismiss it as more of the same posturing that the online casino industry has weathered for years.

    Dateline: October 2006

    My, how a few weeks changes things. The last-minute addition of the "Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act" to a completely unrelated port security bill has had a catastrophic effect on my personal situation.

    By the time President Bush signs the Port Security Bill (and the attached UIGEA) on October 13th, I've removed every single casino affiliate link for the 75% of my traffic that is US-based. My multi-year personal sponsorship deal is terminated. When I look at the damage, I expect an 80% reduction in income. Well, at least I'm still on the magazine cover, and you'll still see me on CBS a few times in coming months!

    Dateline: November 2006

    I'm here at ABW learning more about non-casino affiliate marketing. I've been very successful in the casino affiliate world, and that's an extremely competitive niche. With a new optimism, I'm working hard to diversify my sites. I look forward to the new challenges.

    This could easily be a "sob story", but I won't allow it to be. But a ticket to Affiliate Summit 2007 might be just what I need. And, hey, it's in Las Vegas!

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    Life is Supposed to be Fun! Rexanne's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackjackInfo

    This could easily be a "sob story", but I won't allow it to be. But a ticket to Affiliate Summit 2007 might be just what I need. And, hey, it's in Las Vegas!
    Oh hell, give it to him Haiko!
    Peace,

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    I left my heart in Las Vegas.

    Just four weeks ago I used up all my frequent flyer miles and made my first trip to Vegas ever. I met so many wonderful people and I found a really cool slot machine and I really really want to see both of them again.

    I'm still not sure how I will find a plane ticket or a place to put my head down for a nap, but at least if I had a pass I could start selling stuff online or something to make a few $$$.

    It has always been my dream to attend Affiliate Summit (well, since July, 2006) I actually had a pass to that one and gave it to an Affiliate Manager to give to someone else.

    I'm not really sobbing, yet, are you? But I would like to go and if I can put the little pieces together like this - I'll see you in VEGAS, baby!

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    My Sob Story

    Because I'm a poor Puerto Rican in the Middle of Brooklyn, and I like M&Ms and they didn't have any at the corner store and I know there is a M&M store on the vegas strip. I need my chocolate covered nuts

    Oh and If I get tickets I promise to give the finger to every BHO CEO I see.

    End Sob Story

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    The affiliate formerly known as ojmoo
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    Well lets see, I promote cow, horse and dog themed gifts, but I have never owned nor lived with cows, horses and dogs. I actually live in an apt in NYC what doesn't allow dogs...let alone cows and horses. Anyway b/c of my sites, I get emails that go like this. I saw this cow and it mooed at me and it looked like such and such what breed is it and they expect me to answer.

    The worst part is that I do have the answer. I must be the only person to have lived in NYC his entire life who can tell the different between an ayrshire cow and a milking shorthorn cow. I deserve the ticket to add some excitment to my life. :-)

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    The slot machine that IS paid! Billy Kay's Avatar
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    I lost my favorite keyring - with the Linkshare logo from last year - and I've been miserable ever since.

    I can only get a replacement at Affilliate Summit.

    (I already have a ticket, so someone else can use my sob story)

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    OI VEY, have I got a story for you!

    ....but I'm not an affiliate so i can't share :-(
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    Sob Story Number 2

    The Porno Convention is going on around the time the Affiliate Summit is, and I really want to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susan_ShareResults
    OI VEY, have I got a story for you!

    ....but I'm not an affiliate so i can't share :-(
    You can share, you just can't win
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    ABW Founder Haiko de Poel, Jr.'s Avatar
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    OK, This was a tough one.

    I gotta give it too The user who says MOO!

    But ... I'd also like to give one to Judi, I can't but reward such determination.

    The others were good, but not "over the edge". Thank you all for playing, Judi and Moo please email me for instructions.

    Enjoy Vegas

    PS. Do tell Susan, an OI VEY is too much of a dangling participle to leave out there with out telling ...
    Continued Success,

    Haiko
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    Life is Supposed to be Fun! Rexanne's Avatar
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    YAY Judi & Ojmoo! Congrats to both!

    Haiko, you're such a sweetie ... always taking care of your family.
    Peace,

    Rexanne

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    The affiliate formerly known as ojmoo
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    This is such an honor, thank you all. I want to thank Haiko for giving me this award.

    I would like to thank the cows, horse and dogs out there without whom I couldn't have won. MOO, NEIGH and Bark to all of you. I also want to thank all the people who have emailed me pictures of cows asking me what type it is (9 times out of 10 its a belted swiss or belted galloway). And also those dog walkers who I see the dog and have to determine the breed. Thanks to all of you who proved I now have no life.

    MOO to everyone,
    I love ya all.

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    Haiko - I want to join the millions of ABWers who adore you.
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart, the bottom of my purse, etc.

    Now I am sobbing (well, not quite, but I did tear up a little)

    Thanks a million - I'm going to Vegas !

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    Yeah glad to see moo got it. Maybe he'll get, ummm, "lucky" in Vegas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardwareGeek
    Oh and If I get tickets I promise to give the finger to every BHO CEO I see.
    I thought for sure Mike would win with this!
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    The affiliate formerly known as ojmoo
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    Mike did win it, since I am Mike.

    MOO

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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ojmoo
    Mike did win it, since I am Mike.

    MOO
    Congrats, Ojmoo, on winning the ticket.
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