Recently a person made a comment on my blog:

I allready had to deal with the FBI because of some jackass that almost got very hurt at this last ASW because he decided to scam people out of thousands of dollars because his ways of making money were different then thiers……. Yall need to chill on the shittalking because if you cant do it face to face with the readyness to FIGHT till someone is NOT getting up, then shut the mouths.

wow… sounds crazy huh?

But it reminded me just not to long ago getting this email:

I need to speak with you on the phone, its about some chaldean’s in
vegas who are starting to setup a attack at Affiliate Summit West, and I need your
advice in if I should have someone contact the police or let the
person know who they are going to attack.

My name is XXXXXXX X

Only reason im sending you this email is because I know that what you
say to some people has a pull effect and I think this could be nipped
in the butt before anything happenes.

Ya Geez… I told the person to email the FBI and also carbon copied Shawn Collins.

Now last year at Affiliate Summit East at the Sagamore hotel there were these 2 guys half naked grabbings ever girls ass that walked by. And if my wife, sister, or daughter would have been one of these girls there would have been a massive problem.

So lately I have been asked a lot why I no longer attend affiliate summits. Well this is basically it. I think I would have had a lot more fun at the affiliate summit back a few years ago when I used to love to get drunk and crazy but that is not really my thing anymore. Mix that in with the fact each time I was asked to speak it was a complete train wreck. Then mix in the death threats, and the fact its kind of become a thug conference … well I just have a hard time justifying paying money to experience that… if that makes any sense.

I know Shawn Collins loves all this controversy and its all good press right? Well I guess until someone dies…

By Jeremy Schoemaker

Jeremy "ShoeMoney" Schoemaker is the founder & CEO of ShoeMoney Media Group, and to date has sold 6 companies and done over 10 million in affiliate revenue. In 2013 Jeremy released his #1 International Best selling Autobiography titled "Nothing's Changed But My Change" - The ShoeMoney Story. You can read more about Jeremy on his wikipedia page here.

121 thoughts on “How Long Until Someone Is Killed At An Affiliate Summit”
  1. Shoe- I was there and when one of the wickedfire guys was bragging he had a gun on him. It made me very uneasy.

  2. Its not just the wickedfire guys. The affiliate summit conference seems to attract the trash of the affiliate industry. I have never seen more drunken idiots and will never go again. I am glad you posted this show so other people know.

  3. Half naked dorks grabbing every girls ass? LOL I guess it must have been their first time away from Mommy and Daddy. What is it with the scumbags in this industry? Affiliate marketing is starting to get down there with organized crime in terms of occupational reputation.

  4. I will be honest I don’t know what the “chaldean’s” are. I just forwarded it on to the proper people.

  5. If I remember correctly they wanted to kill jon from wickedfire because of his racist statements about muslims and indians.

  6. TBH this is the difference between affiliate summit and ad:tech. Ad:tech is where the professionals go.

  7. I do not think this was the case… As much as I really don’t care for Jon lets be factual.

    As crazy as he is I have never seen Jon make a racist statement about Muslims OR Indians.

  8. Someone killed? Sure that’s not a bit over the top. Sure there’s a lot of smack talk online from kids but when they get to AS (if they even go) they tend to be a bit more civilised.

  9. Lots of crazy kids out there with guns. Its probably the law of averages until the wrong crazy one is smacked talk to about Affiliate Summit. I do not want to be there if someone goes on a shooting spree. Do you?

    Im sure that people thought a gunman at virginia tech, the omaha mall, and other places were over the top too. How many warning signs do you need though?

  10. umm what about him calling Amit the “camel” he definatly has said some racist things about indians

  11. Sounds dangerous. I attended a affiliate marketing show in the UK, and it was terrible, everybody seemed so agressive to grab every penny from the show. I’ve also had threats from people who I refuse to advertise their BANS affiliate link on my other blog :S

  12. Has Shawn Collins ever commented on this? This is the first time I’m hearing about the “thug” attitude at his conference.

  13. Wow, things are getting pretty serious then. It’s probably going to become a pretty big issue at some point because competition is getting seriously tight and the bitching is almost constant. It’s just greed driving people to do stupid stuff…affiliate marketing online is starting to look really shady….

  14. I didn’t notice anything too crazy at ASW08, but maybe I just wasn’t hanging with the hard core party crowd or something. The fact is that at most of these events that involve a good number of twenty-somethings, there will be a percentage of people who are wilder than the majority, and there will often be someone who got too drunk and did something horrific or something. I agree, though… If an ass-grabber got my wife, there would be blood shed and I wouldn’t stop her, either. =)

  15. I have talked to shawn about it in emails. He has told me that the dudes that were grabbing ass are banned from ever attending again

  16. How many affiliate summits have you been too? Since the wickedfire/affilaite summit merger its been like this.

  17. I am all for hard core partying… hell last pubcon I played in a poker tournament until 4am then hit 2 strip clubs with friends and got on a plane with no sleep.

    Its just the violence part that is scary.

  18. Sounds CRAZY for sure – but when you put a bunch of Type A personailities in a single room together… guess what?

    This leads me to another question though – if I were to attend my FIRST ever affiliate conference, which one would anyone recommend?


  19. I would probably still recommend affiliate summit. Its cheap and there are some good sessions

  20. I just hadn’t heard anything about the violence until now. Years and years of programming have made me old. I leave parties early these days.

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  22. I agree. My first one was Affiliate Summit West in Vegas last month and it was very rewarding.

  23. Shoe you are one crazy motherf*cker but you keep it real thats why we love you. Hope you realize how many Shawn Collins lovers are going to bash you now

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  25. Wow…. this is some crazy stuff. Surprisingly such serious stuff would happen within an industry like that.

  26. I’ve been to the last 5 Affiliate Summit’s and I’ve never felt threatened. The conference is well organized, informative, and a great opportunity to network. It’s 1 of 3 events on the calendar that I would consider “can’t miss”.

    I think it’s unfair for you to brand the conference with such a negative label, when it’s clear from your post that it’s only a few bad apples acting like dick heads. When you have 2600 people in attendance, you’re bound to have a few idiots in the mix.

  27. I saw that comment and that guy seemed pretty agitated. My attention span for these conferences is limited anyway. They bore me. I find most of the presentations could be about half as long and could use a little more content. If I want to go to vegas I go and hopefully avoid the convention people

  28. Sorry if this comment appears like a duplicate. Lost my connection.

    I’ve attended the last 5 Affiliate Summit conferences and have never felt threatened. Affiliate Summit is a great place to network and learn.

    I think it’s unfair to cast the conference in such a negative light, when it’s clear from your post it’s a handful of people (out of 2,600) actlng like idots. It happens at every show, from Ad:Tech to SES. Why single out Affiliate Summit?

  29. Jeremy –

    I think it is irresponsible to base your “thug conference” premise on two unsubstantiated sources.

    A supposed fight at the last conference with the FBI involved? Funny how I never heard about it – please provide more details. You would think the Rio Hotel and/or the conference organizers would be contacted about it.

    And this message re: “chaldean’s”. What was that response from the FBI on that one?

    The reality is that there has been no violence at any of the 9 Affiliate Summits.

    The closest we’ve come to somebody dying was three years ago when Wayne Porter had a seizure.

    The next closest was the first time I tried to ride a Segway in Vegas last month.

    The two individuals that hassled women at the Miami show were banned as soon as we heard about it.

  30. I think it’s the same ole story. A few bad eggs with big mouths and little respect for others. I would venture to say it’s an injustice to characterize the entire industry by the actions of a few immature idiots.

  31. I think affiliate summit brings all types of people from the lowest to the highest. one because there is a lot of free tickets given out and two The range of companies runs the gammit from fortune 500 to one man show or maybe 3 man shows… so with that it brings in all types of people… I have to agree that AS is more geared for the partying type BUT some of the AS I have had the best networking ops at… so its a tough call… I can understand why you wouldn’t attend but also see the pluses… I don’t drink so i definitely dont go for the partying.

  32. I was surprised by this post (commented earlier) since news of threatening people at AS would have been blogged about everywhere.

  33. I know every loves talking crap back and forth but never realized how violent these conferences are!

  34. I have to second with Jeremy Palmer on this one

    We attended the last 4 affiliate summits and have been fortunate to find new clients and partners that are with us to this day.

    In an internal cost-production review, we found the ROI on attending Affiliate Summit, in terms of new business generated for us as a company, is significantly higher than AdTech and SES.

    Some of the greatest minds in the industry make it a habit to attend every single Affiliate Summit event and if you plan your time right (hint: Avoid late night parties. Network like crazy), you’ll find no other conference even comes close. Be a professional, Network and engage others.

    Partying after midnight, getting drunk and grabbing ass, is not on the agenda.

  35. Maybe all this is, is a Digg experiment.

    Or a build-up towards Jeremy’s April fools day post.

  36. Wow I’ve never been to AS but that does sound crazy. Nothing like that happened at JV Alert Live.
    The Story Lady of and

  37. Chaldeans are Iraqi Christians. Most are in areas of Michigan north of detroit, and Canada. I personally don’t get it, but a lot of people in those areas dislike them a lot.

  38. I went to the Affiliate Summit in Miami and was less than impressed with the professionalism. I wrote about it on my blog (no affiliate links or anything). I was just amazed at how much money these companies were throwing out the window by going to the conference and using it as a play date. Guys, you only get to party when the work is done.

    When you see a company that sends complete morons across the country to represent them I know that I would not trust my affiliate sales to them.

  39. “The reality is that there has been no violence at any of the 9 Affiliate Summits.”

    Not to be a spoiler but fondling women is called sexual assault. re:violence

  40. Carl – this wasn’t reported to us during the show.

    When we found out afterwards, we promptly banned them from future shows.

    I was referring to Jeremy’s comments about fights and death threats.

  41. well I would like to attend just to get the experience but they dont make any exception to the rules.. I really wanted to attend the one this year in boston

  42. I will bring my battle rifle and some grenades and start grabbing ass. I will also try to get some networking in and maybe hit the black jack table. But definitely a lot of ass grabbing. Could I get a vip pass or something to keep from getting banned?

  43. This is all very far removed from the experience I had at the last affiliate summit. Everyone I met and hung out with was extremely professional and overall the event was the most well organized conference I have been to.

  44. Funny Jeremey that you neglect to mention the num-chuck riot at the last Elite Retreat!

    I thought AS West was a solid enough event, though the level of professionalism was all over the map. (How is no one mentioning the latex-clad nurses?) However, I did find it amusing and slightly disconcerting that the well-advised 21+ age limit was such a hot topic. I was disappointed that more than a few kids somehow circumvented it.

  45. Looks like the writer of that email is a little racist…

    Shoe – I understand this is your blog, and realize that it is were you come to voice your opinion (duh). But I think anyone that has met Shawn knows that he’s a good guy. It baffles me why you’d make such slanderous remarks based on questionable emails…

    I may not agree with what you do morally, but as a person and a marketer, I’ve got a great deal of respect for you.

    Its statements like this post that makes it hard to take you seriously anymore.


  46. As I am planning to attend my first IM conference, hearing this is a bit of a concern. am in Australia and am looking to attend am IM conference in the US which of course which involve considerable time and finanicial investment. I am looking for a high level of professionalism in the presentation of the event which I attend. Can anyone suggest a high quality IM event in the US or otherwise which is would be a good investment of time and money for an IM relative newbie?

  47. Clearly you didn’t attend the same conference I did… the very worst I saw were the occasional booth babe or dude during a cocktail hour that took the “open bar” invitation a bit too seriously.

    I can’t imagine violent geeks. I call shenanigans.

  48. I have to agree with Jeremy Palmer. I’ve been to almost every affiliate summit and not once have I experienced or heard of anyone experiencing any type of violence at all. Occasionally there is a heated debate, but nothing I would ever classify as violence. I would bet that if there were, Shawn and Missy would take care of it.

  49. I want to say first off I disagree with the statement about the show being dangerous…

    As a professional affiliate marketer for years it kills me to say this but I think the bigger problem I personally see is the fact that affiliate summit has become simply a more “dirty show” in general. I don’t think anyone here can deny this statement..I know some of us old timers (such as myself) are very loyal to the show…however with its obvious “partnership” with Wickedfire none of us can deny that they have bit the evil greed apple and are now feeling the repurcussions.

    What they don’t realize is the average affiliates are hard working, innovative, and self starting individuals that are out there trying to create a credible industry.

    Companies such as Wickedfire belong in the porn industry and when they partner up with heavyweights such as Shawn Collins it degrades our entire industry. That is what we should be talking about.

    I fear for my future in this industry if this continues. How am I supposed to look at my family and friends in the eye when I talk about going to a show with supporters of a forum whose sole purpose for existing centers around illegal and/or questionable activities.

    If Shawn really cared about the industry and its future he would ban wickedfire from the conference.

    Just my 2 cents.


  50. I wonder how they handle the crowds at the annual adult pornstar awards?

  51. Hyder – Stop being a sheep and realize that nobody has even come close to losing their life at AS.

    Shoe – Its funny you say that. I’m sure people like Hyder take you seriously. The rest of us on the other hand, those of us that know anything about AM, typically don’t.

  52. “Its just the violence part that is scary.”

    This coming from a lover of MMA and the brains behind!? It smells like a linkbait experiment to me;)

  53. Glad youre in the know Paul – Ive never been To ASW cause im on the wrong side of the world, but I plan on hitting up the US of A for all the affiliate conferences next year

  54. Wow. I would have never guessed anything like this would go on at an affiliates conference…weird…

  55. After reading many comments on this site, in seems like maybe the “violence” is getting blown out of proportion? (minus the death threats). Perhaps it’s more of the environment- a more rowdy crowd?

  56. man, some bloggers need to start paying attention before they link to ridiculous crap like this.

    this is like the 3rd time I come to this site through linkbait.

  57. Its very sad to know all about this, Good old days are gone, now its about naked guys and killing threats, ghosh……who need this

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  59. Pretty crazy. I wanted to attend my first AS this year at Miami. Kind of sad to hear that, ruins the anticipation for me. Can this all just be overhyped? A few drunk guys in their early 20’s with big ego’s, or is it a serious thread? I’d imagine if it were serious the events would be called off, or their would be a larger police presence.

  60. I’m a 38 yr old husband and father who doesn’t drink, gamble nor go to strip clubs. I often wonder if the networking aspect would even work for me at one of these events based on those facts. I’m cool with hanging out with people who enjoy drinking, but if it crosses over into being drunk, I’m pretty much out the door. If what Shoe says about AS being a Thug Conference is true, I guess it’s not the atmosphere for me.

  61. Wow, that is taking it too far. I guess that proves to keep your earning methods legit, and not to scam people.

  62. Affiliate Summit is, in my opinion, the best show in our industry – and there are several great shows. The idea that it attracts an element of violence is absurd.

  63. Carl, those dudes were idiots for sure… but in all honesty, I have been to all but the Cruise to Nova Scotia Affiliate Summit and that was the worst behavior I have seen.

    It was clearly a couple of guys hwo were away from Mommy or the Frat House for the first time and didn’t know how to act.

    Most of the interactions at Summit – even the parties, are much more positive than this.

    This last Summit in Vegas seemed to have turned a bit of a corner. Although it was the biggest show yet (by far) in terms of attendance, there weren’t a ton of big parties that were open to all. There were a lot more very controlled networking events where companies targeted their clients or prospects and actually focused on the Networking.

    The industry is growing up –

    All of the official Summit events were really nicely done. Propos to Shawn, Missy, Amy and the rest of the team.

  64. Other than those a-holes in Miami – never seen an issue.

    I for one would am not a huge Wickedfire fan either… seem like they would be more at home at the AVN show or something… but have never had physical confrontations with any of them.

  65. Affiliate Summit not professional or potentially dangerous? Be serious! | Christian Affiliate Marketers says:

    […] Some people will write anything to get attention Written by admin on March 22, 2008 – 3:42 pm – I just got an email from Shawn Collins alerting me to a thread at ShoeMoney’s Blog posing the question “How long is it until someone is killed at Affiliate Summit?” […]

  66. There’s always going to be a few people who act stupid; it doesn’t matter which event.

    I still plan on attending ASE08 in Boston.

  67. That’s exactly what it is. I’m sure lots of people will link to it.

  68. what does all this mean?

    there’s definitely something wrong with the industry that needs to be addressed.

    we go to affiliate summits to learn something, to meet new people in the industry, and to have fun. we don’t go there to get arrested or to have our wife get but slapped.

  69. Like airlines offten charge security surplus fees, perhaps conference organizers should charge a security fee for extra confidence.

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  72. Wow, I thought the summit was a place for interaction and making friends. Didn’t know thuggery exist in such manner and thanks for present the ugly side of this glam event.

  73. I know Jeremy and Jon don’t get along but some of these comments about wickedfire are hilarious. It’s like watching fahrenheit 911 internet style.

  74. …I used to love to get drunk and crazy but that is not really my thing anymore. Mix that in with the fact each time I was asked to speak it was a complete train wreck.

    Those definitely sound connected to me 🙂 And I think that’s the kind of culture that ends up spiraling into violence, whether it’s on the ass-slapping scale or all the way up to planned attacks. I think it’s tied to the “get rich quick” urge, with low impulse control, low sense of cause and effect, and high demand for instant gratification – which unfortunately draws a lot of people toward affiliate marketing. (And those people often drop right back out when they realize it doesn’t work that way – so they don’t have an emotional investment in the community or in keeping it great for everyone.)

  75. Actually the hotels that host those have openly said they get more trouble from weddings than they do from the porn shows.

  76. throw a VB developer into a room full of perl or C developers and see what happens…

  77. Me either, I thought affiliate were just interested in making money and making more money. I know I am.

  78. A few drunk guys in their early 20’s with big ego’s, or is it a serious thread?

  79. Give me a break, there is no violence at Affiliate Summit. In any group you will find drunken people acting stupid. To avoid that just don’t go to the parties (usually sponsored by 3rd parties, not Affiliate Summit.) I have made many friendships and business partners at Affiliate Summit.
    This is all wahh wahh on Shoemoney’s part. He didn’t get the worship he has come to expect from himself and his followers so now he whines. Just because the Summit keynote speaker mocked him. I think he is just trying to badmouth Summit.

    Perhaps Shawn and Missy need to look into defamation or slander issues?
    If there is no proof of the violence or death threat claims I woudl say so.

    If you get threats and fear violence I would venture to say it has nothing to do with Affiliate Summit but rather how you are conducting yourself or who you are associating with.
    I have never had one problem at any Affiliate Summit. I have never seen any problems. I do go to the parties, but I guess I don’t invite trouble. You get what you give.
    Wickedfire is not partnered with Affiliate Summit. That is stupid. Everyone pretty much who pays can go. I have never once had any troubles with anyone from Wickedfire nor have they acted in any inappropriate way in my presence. But then I don’t open my mouth and ask for it either.
    I am however a little pissed that not once has anyone tried to grab my ass at Affiliate Summit.

  80. Looking at most of the photos makes it appear that it’s more of a giant party than anything else.

  81. ha i hope no one is going to do anything terrible…Aff Summit shouldnt be attracting horible people it is for aff industry!

  82. But seriously is there not always a security check on there? do they just do the summit in the open or in the hall and stuff? come on what is you guys talking abt?

  83. not even the dudes grabbing asses but the dudes talking about guns…dude come on ass grabbing is better than a rampage in a gathering like AS!!!!!

  84. hahahahahahaha how about someone putting a bullet through your head then a bullet proof vest would be a coolio! lol

  85. Holy Fuck don’t tell me i fell for this! APRIL FOOL FROM SHOEMONEY! Damn it shoe you are an ass…:Dlol God i cant believe how hard im laughing over here!

  86. hahahahahahahahaha oh my goodness! What in God’s name was i looking at and how the hell did i land on this post? geez been laughing like hell!

  87. I tell you how? There would be some serious ass grabbing and fondling and shits!~ lol hahahaha:D

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  89. This all sounds like the older days of Rap of west coast vs. east coast. Such a waste of time!

  90. Why is it that when people are away from home or on holiday – usually with friends – they think it is ok to act like a moron? Why is that? Its usually guys, and us Aussies are amongst the worst. I would haye for my kids to see people carrying on like a drunken dildo at a business meeting of all things. Fun is good, by why waste your time and money going to something just to get pissed.

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  92. I know this is really boring and you are skipping to the next comment, but I just wanted to throw you a big thanks – you cleared up some things for me!

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