The Affiliate Summit East 2013 was another terrific conference. In this post, I will review and recap the Affiliate Summit. The Affiliate Summit East 2013 took place Aug 18-20 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. I had the privilege to attend the Affiliate Summit and be able to network, attend the exhibit hall, meet market, and keynotes. I spend all three days networking, attending sessions, and meeting new people who can potentially take me to the next level. The reason why I attended the Affiliate Summit East is to connect with people and companies that can teach me different revenues of making money online.
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Why attend the Affiliate Summit?
The main advantage of attending the Affiliate Summit is to network with different people and companies. The Affiliate Summit is a great place to network with different companies, affiliates, and sponsors. There are many ways people are connecting at the Affiliate Summit which include the Meet Market where people meet and greet companies looking for potential clients and affiliates. The Meet Market is where the different companies set up booth and display their programs. What to expected when attending the Meet Market?
- Companies looking to buy web traffic.
- Companies looking to sell web traffic.
- Affiliate Marketing looking for new affiliates.
- Social Media Agencies that handle your social platforms.
- Mobile Media agencies looking for potential business.
- Search Engine Optimization agencies looking for business.
- And many more.
Who attended the Affiliate Summit East 2013?
The Affiliate Summit had over 4500 + attendees the biggest number so far. While networking, I met tons of people who came from all around the world to attend the conference. The Affiliate Summit was filled with keynote speakers, top bloggers, affiliates, press, and first time beginners.
By attending the Affiliate Summit the benefits are:
- Learn all about the industry.
- Meet people with whom you are able to established potential partnerships.
- To gain insights into the experiences of others in the same industry.
- To generate ideas.
- To forge partnerships.
- To learn more about the industry of online marketing.
What to expect when attending the Affiliate Summit?
The Affiliate Summit usually starts off on a Saturday for early check in. The early check in allows individuals to pick up their badge and attendee bag. The Affiliate Summit East took place from Aug 18-20, which normally falls from a Sunday through Tuesday. The first day of the Affiliate Summit many people attended the first timers orientation. The first time orientation gives people advice for people attending the conference the first time. The very own founder of the Affiliate Summit East Shawn Collins directed the orientation. The session was open to all pass holding. In the attendee bag, you get the Affiliate Magazine called, “Feed Front.” The Feed Front includes brief descriptions of all the guest speakers, whom to follow, and the agenda of every day. The agenda gives you a quick overview of all the sessions, location of the sessions, and who can attend the sessions.
What type of pass do I need to attend the Affiliate Summit?
While attending the Affiliate Summit East there are fours types of passes to select. The different passes to buy for the Affiliate Summit are All Access Pass, VIP Pass, Networking Plus Pass, and Networking Pass. I have described a bit of each pass, so you are able to choose which one fits your need.
All Access Pass: All access passes includes breakfast and lunch for both Monday and Tuesday. The pass also includes admissions to Meet Market, Exhibit Hall, Keynotes, and all educational sessions. The pass also includes perks such as session videos, power point presentation, and your business logo in your badge.
VIP Pass: The VIP also includes breakfast and lunch for both Monday and Tuesday. The VIP pass gives admissions to all educational sessions, keynote, Meet Market, and recorded session videos.
Networking Plus Pass: The networking plus pass also gives admission to Meet Market Exhibit hall, keynotes and recorded sessions.
Networking Pass: The networking pass only gives admission to keynotes, Meet Market, and exhibit hall.
Depending on your budget these are four different passes available when attending the Affiliate Summit. I prefer the VIP Pass because it gives admission to every session and everything else.
Highlights of Affiliate Summit East 2013.
The highlight of the Affiliate Summit East was attending sessions with experts and networking. The sessions are a great way to gain insights from the experts. The sessions are composed of 30 min to 1 hour discussing the different ways to gain revenue streams of income. The sessions covered all different type of topics from experts teaching how to create a successful site to pay per click campaigns. After each session, there are Q&A questions that you’re able to ask the expert questions. The Q&A is a terrific way to learn from the experts.
Here is a quick preview of the different sessions in the Affiliate Summit East 2013.
- Creating Authority Blogs and Passive Monthly Income.
- How To Choose An Affiliate Marketing Program And Make Money.
- Growing A Mature Affiliate Program.
- Optimizing Affiliate Marketing Campaigns Using Mobile.
- Does Your Program Have Juice?
- Managing Organic Campaign for Small Businesses.
- Making The Most of Working From Home.
The session’s ranges from beginner, intermediate, and advanced. While attending the Affiliate Marketing my suggestion is to attend the sessions that will be the most beneficial for your business. I also enjoy the networking process of the Affiliate Summit. The best advice I can give while attending the Affiliate Summit is to network, network, and network. Many people attend the Affiliate Summit and sit in the corner playing with their phones and computers when they can be networking with others.
The #1 benefit of attending the Affiliate Summit is the networking with like-minded individuals. The person next to can be your next potential business partner. I strongly recommend attending an Affiliate Summit to broaden your horizons, meet new people, and getting more insights for online marketing.
I hope to see you at the next Affiliate Summit West 2014 in Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. The next Affiliate Summit is January 12-14, 2014. Find more information at AffiliateSummit.com
Beware Who You Trust for Advice
Sometimes I ask questions on Quora.
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I asked a question recently about shadow boxing while walking and if this practice burns calories.
Peep 2 answers.
I was a personal trainer and fitness nut for 20 years. I know shadow boxing does in fact burn calories and help you get more ripped because since doing it every single day during my walks, my arms are becoming as defined as ropes. True; shadow-boxing does not increase muscle mass. But the individual gave me a false, untrue answer because he fears what he looks like and cares about the opinions of others. He is not shadow boxing while walking or jogging because it is not effective; he fears people will look at him and believe he is a fruit loop, whatever that means.
This individual actually offers honest, truthful advice; shadow-boxing while walking burns more calories. If he ended it there, the advice would have been helpful. But he also fears criticism, aka, what people think about him, so his fears advise me not to do the extra calorie burning thing, because I would look like a Rocky wannabe jerk.
Two well-meaning guys who offer poor fitness advice because each guy deeply fears what people think about them. If I was not a fitness pro I’d have believed their inaccurate advice and would have cheated myself out of calorie burning. All because of the illusion of fear and its hold over most of humanity.
Before you trust blogging advice, check the source. Does the blogger:
- radiate happiness?
- radiate compassion?
- exude success?
- inspire you to succeed?
- uplift bloggers?
If so, awesome. Trust the advice because you know the person offers advice from love, harmony and truth.
But if someone adds a fear-based element to the advice – like the fitness guys above who fear what people think about them and allowed their fears to become a projection on me – you know it’s bad advice because fear is not real, an illusion, and stepping into illusion moves you away from truth.
If you burn more calories, you burn more fat and get ripped. This is truth. Shadow boxing while walking made me super ripped so the truth shines through. But if I stopped shadow-boxing while walking because I feared what people thought about me or what they’d say about me, I would step into the illusion of fear, away from truth, and would not be as ripped and cut as I am now.
Imagine if I listened to those 2 fear-fitness guys last month when I returned home? I’d look a lot more like Olive Oil and less like Bruce Lee.
Be careful about who you trust for blogging advice guys. Most people mean well – like the fitness dudes – but project their deep fears onto you and offer poor, or downright terrible, blogging advice. I have compassion for afraid bloggers but I won’t listen to their illusory advice.
One Such Example
Many top bloggers feel terror at losing email subscribers so offer advice based on the fear. Meanwhile, guys like me who have no such fear offer advice to help you bond deeply with your most rabid fans through email, exponentially increasing your success. Loss is impossible in a Universe of abundance.
Who do you think inspires you to live your dreams?
The blogger offering advice from the illusion of fear, pulling you away from truth, into smoke, mirrors, and appearances, not really there?
Or the blogger offering advice from truth and abundance.
Follow heart-centered bloggers.
Live your dreams.
Do You Establish Work at Home Boundaries?
Some people love attention.
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I know a few who do their best to grab my attention. Phone calls, emails, cryptic Facebook Messages.
I ignore everything and every one outside of what I do in the moment since I set up work at home boundaries. I close the door and go into my office. No way I stop working for anything or anyone who starves for my attention. The house could burn down and I would scoot out at the last minute because work time is work time and I do nothing else save work during work time.
If you do not respect your time, people will not respect your time. If you give people your time whenever they want your time, for:
- small talk
- general BS
people will gladly ask for favors, engage in gossip, engage in small talk, chat you up and BS for hours, because you chose not to establish work at home boundaries.
100% of the time, if people appear to be using you or eating up your precious time, it is your fault. People treat you how you choose to treat yourself.
How a Happy and Successful Blogger Sets Up Work at Home Boundaries
Easy; I close the door, walk into the office and get to work. I do not leave the office until I complete my work. My phone? I turn it off. I check email rarely. I only check Messenger 2-3 times daily for 5 minutes at a clip.
I set up definite, clear, work at home boundaries to respect my time. People reflect my time-respecting back to me. Easy peasy.
If someone tries to grab my attention through Messenger, or the land line, or through email, or at the door, I completely ignore attempts made to grab my attention and time. Boundaries folks; you need to be clear and firm on your work at home boundaries to ensure everybody else respects your boundaries.
You Are Walking into a Word Office
Would a friend, family member or casual neighbor barge into your 9-5 job office asking for a favor? Would said folks barge into your 9-5 job office to spread the latest gossip? Nope. Then why allow said folks to barge into your work at home office to do similar things? Nope. Put up boundaries. Door closes. Enter office. You are busy. You are working. Even my 3 year old niece understands when Uncle Ryan goes to work in the home office. Everybody else can easily grasp this concept.
What About Impatient or Desperate Online Folks?
I completely ignore impatient, fear-filled, desperate folks who demand I answer Messenger or email requests in 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or in 24 hours. I respect my time and completely ignore people who do not respect my time.
I built my blogging business almost completely on a passive income model so nothing I do online is time sensitive. I have answered most questions 1,000 to 10,000 times through my courses, eBooks, blog posts and videos. It is up to these awesome but unclear folks to find and use the answers I created, to improve their lives.
I am generous daily, publishing a blog post and/or video. Plus I published about 800 posts on Blogging Tips, and over 2,000 posts on Blogging From Paradise. It is on the impatient folks screaming for my attention to follow my blog posts, guest posts, videos, eBooks and courses because I answered their questions many times.
People treat you exactly how you teach them to treat you. I have posture so I set up work at home boundaries for offline and online folks.
Respect your time and work schedule and other folks will do the same.
Who Do You Surround Yourself with in Your Blogger Network?
Some bloggers cannot see the forest for the trees, like the beautiful, lush, thriving national park I visited in New Jersey recently.
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The masses tend to be caught up in fear, pain and struggle because they cannot see the big picture.
Birds of a feather flock together.
You have heard that one, right?
I circle the globe and change time zones like most folks breathe. Would I be wise to surround myself with people who tremble at leaving their home town or home neighborhood? Nope. Such people would teach me the world makes for a scary, dangerous place. I would get advice like play it safe, be comfortable, get a job, buy a home and take it easy, from such folks. Such folks also live a bland life because if you rarely or never leave your comfort zone, you cannot:
- face your fears
- serve humanity
- be a bright light for people to follow
- live your deepest, wildest dreams
Obviously, I chose to surround myself with bloggers who happily circled the globe as successful bloggers. I also surrounded myself with happy, successful, home body bloggers too; to learn the basics of building a rocking blog effectively. I learned how to succeed from my blogger friend network, sponging up their knowledge, inspiration and insight.
Meanwhile, if you surround yourself with new, struggling or failing bloggers you will get advice on how to struggle, fail, or flounder through your blogging day.
Do bloggers around you complain about losing $50 on blogging? Lose these zero’s immediately and surround yourself with bloggers who invest thousands of dollars on their blogs. High rollers teach you to succeed. Broke jokes teach you how to fail.
Do bloggers around you see making $25 as being a huge amount of money? You better lose the low-aiming crowd to surround yourself with bloggers who see $1000 and $10,000 and more as making coin.
Do bloggers around you circle the globe as swash buckling travelers? Check out this photo from my trip to Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island was filmed here.
Time to ditch the comfort zone crowd to hang with adventurous types.
Don’t get me wrong; I celebrate every cent I make online. But if you think I’m placing a sponsored post for less than $1000, you are insane. Like a famous super model who said she didn’t get out of bed for anything less than $10,000 a day, you need to develop a prosperity consciousness that demands big money and ignores appearance of poverty, lack, limitation and fear.
Who Do You Hang With?
Who do you count as blogging buddies? Happy, highly successful, prospering bloggers? You better, to increase your success.
For example, observe my blogging paperback on profiting. The aftermarket price is $45 USD. If most or all bloggers in your network would feel uncomfortable receiving $45 in royalties for a paperback, you better lose that network and surround yourself with bloggers who believe in abundance. I know John Chow feels comfortable receiving $45 for anything he offers online. Who cares? It is just money. It is only money.
Surround yourself only with bloggers who:
- have posture
- have authority
- charge top dollar
- profit freely
- prosper freely
- exude confidence
- have a highly developed prosperity consciousness
You learn from the best, gain inspiration from the best and become the best by surrounding yourself with the best bloggers on earth.
But you need to be honest in who you choose to hang with in your blogging circles. Be clear. Be truthful with yourself. Maybe you feel comfortable trading comments with struggling bloggers you befriended 10 years ago but nothing spectacular happens for you if you surround yourself with struggling bloggers, being firmly fixed in your comfort zone.
Release all bloggers who are not happy and prospering.
Fill your blogger friend network with empowered, inspired, happy, successful, prospering bloggers.
Just your blogging success at stake.
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