Bloggers are used to going to conferences for bloggers. It's important to network with other bloggers and learn. However, some bloggers aren't as business-minded as they could be. Or they hear the same things over & over. That's why I recommend Affiliate Summit.
Affiliate Summit is a conference all about affiliate marketing. It's a great place to challenge yourself to learn from another industry. Plus, there are different sponsors than you usually get at blogging conferences (less competition).
I get new clients and make friends at Affiliate Summit. Shout out to Will at Travel Blog Breakthrough and Wendy from Sweetie's Sweeps! I believe Wendy was the first blogger I ever met at Affiliate Summit.
You probably already know that I love affiliate marketing for bloggers. You don't have to wait until you have a certain number of pageviews to get started. Even a new blogger can start earning money with affiliate links. Plus, you can associate with larger brands that you'd otherwise might not have a chance to work with, through their affiliate program. There is plenty of opportunity, if you go after it.
Bloggers usually have high quality content and an audience that is appealing to affiliate managers. Many just lack the know-how. That's why you should go to Affiliate Summit.
Affiliate Summit is a big conference. It's full of entrepreneurs and self-made people (just like bloggers). You find the high and low rollers all coming to do deals. The guy sitting next to you (the majority of attendees are men) may be a multi-millionaire but you'd never know it.
Do you know every year Shawn Collins blogs about scholarships for Affiliate Summit and every year they are begging for applicants? If you're a blogger and this is your first time, be sure to apply. Or, just get a ticket. The early bird price is lower than it's been in years.
Ticket Prices to Affiliate Summit Have Dropped For the First Time in 10 Years
For 2016, Affiliate Summit lowered the price for the two highest passes. The VIP and All Access passes cost less – by hundreds of dollars each.
The VIP pass (my favorite) was $879 (early bird). It is now $579. It includes all of the sessions, meals, videos, etc. The food is always really good. It's really nice to eat at the conference and save your feet from walking the Strip looking for a place and waiting in long lines.
If you are already a successful blogger and want to have even more opportunity, here's the next step up. The early bird price for the All Access pass went from $1,879 to $1,379.
Make sure to book your pass before prices go up after October 23, 2015.
I go to most often to Affiliate Summit West – I've only been to Affiliate Summit East once. Vegas is close and I learn so much at Affiliate Summit. Not just about affiliate marketing but marketing in general. I'm planning to go this year too.
If you go, look at the sponsors and decide which ones you want to meet. Some of them will reach out beforehand to schedule a meeting time with you. Or you could reach out to them. Come with ideas. Talk to the speakers.
Let's say the affiliate manager from Under Armour is speaking. You can go up after and introduce yourself and what you blog about. Ask how the brand works with bloggers. Ask questions about their presentation. Many are very willing to help. The more experience affiliate marketers don't attend classes – they're there to network and meet with affiliate managers.
Affiliate Summit West 2016 is January 10-12, 2016 at Paris hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I hope to see you there!
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