The Johnston Family (my ancestors) and the Bell Witch of Robertson County, TN

If you are not from Tennessee, you may not know the story of the Bell Witch.  And, if you do not, the tale is worthy of a read.  My 4th great grandfather, James Johnston (1759-1851) and my 4th great grandmother, Rebecca Porter (1759-1802) , were central characters in this Tennessee legend. If you are interested in reading more about […]

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Challenges of Mobile in the Affiliate industry

I remember going to conferences back in 2006, 2007, 2008.  Every year, you heard the same message:  MOBILE IS COMING!  And, then, another year would pass.  (sigh) No dice.  Here we are in 2014.  Mobile is indeed everywhere.  People seek out ubiquitous and multi-device access on the web.  Mobile device interaction is a factor across a […]

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Do as they do – not as they say

Years ago when I was getting started in this industry, I was enamored with the Internet marketing gurus. You know who I am talking about. These are the guys that have the huge lists and they email affiliate offers to those lists. I bought some of those courses in my early days of learning search […]

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Toolbars: The greatest threat to the affiliate marketing industry

In the last 5 years, I have observed a proliferation of toolbars within the affiliate industry.  While some do not understand what they do or why they are harmful, I believe that toolbars are the absolute greatest threat to the future of the industry. Let’s start with… What are they? Toolbars come in many forms. […]

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Phil Ayres post 1

Recently, I had the good fortune of being able to purchase this domain.  This domain is now the new home of Phil Ayres.  I am the Director of SEO and Affiliates at Travelocity.

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