Over the weekend, Ed and I went to NY to attend the Affiliate Summit East 2017. It was an amazing event. I heard someone mention that there were about 12,000 people in attendance. Overall it was very educational, and extremely well organized. Being new to blogging, and it’s potential, we wanted to learn more about affiliate marketing and what it has to offer.
We met a lot of great people blogging their way to blogging heaven. Many have been blogging for a number of years, and naturally they’ve developed a large following. We had a chance to listen to John Chow, who interviewed a panel of successful bloggers who make an incredible living blogging. A few suggestions I took away from their talk in particular were:
- Build an audience before you try to monetize it.
- Send out a reader’s census to find out what people want to read about.
- If you want to get a blogger interested in your site–retweet, share, or comment on their blog to show (genuine) interest.
- Learn more about the blogger you’re focused on contacting.
- The best time to contact a fellow blogger is 5:30 to 6:30 AM.
- To capture your audience’s email address, offer an e book regarding info from your content.
There were many great speakers at the Summit. I will share additional info in the blogs to come, but just wanted to tell a funny story about something that happened while at the event. It just goes to show that no matter how well you try to plan everything, things don’t always go as planned.
To stay on our eating program (The Plant Paradox), I dehydrated various meats and veggies and packed them in a small lunch bag, along with water and various snacks that were compliant. As we were checking in, we had to have our photos taken for our badges. Since I had my handbag, the lunch bag, and the special “event bag” they gave us across my shoulders, I decided to put them down for the photograph. We had to walk from one booth to another to register, and somewhere along the way, I left the lunch bag behind. A couple of hours later, we were ready for lunch…… but no lunch bag.
We returned to where we “thought” we left it, and it wasn’t there. We talked to the people at the hotel where the Summit was being held, and they said if anyone found it, it would be at least 2 hours before they’d have it in the office. I checked with the event staff at various locations, but nothing could be done for a while. Instead of going hungry, we sought a local restaurant and requested a simple salad for me (without the items that were not compliant) and a shrimp sandwich (with gluten free bread) for Ed. No one got sick, so that was good.
Later in the day, I decided to check with the Summit organizers again. (I was determined to find that bag!) Before I had a chance to call them, I noticed there was a message on my phone. Believe it or not, the registration desk called me to say they had my lunch bag! Needless to say, we were thrilled to have a truly compliant dinner that evening!