Once again Affiliate Summit has come and gone and I am filled with information overload as I am sure the other 4000 + people that also took in the Summit are feeling. We got in to Las Vegas on Saturday morning and settled in before we headed over to the Rio for registration.
After meeting up with a bunch of affiliates and affiliate marketers it was time for dinner and some networking at the parties. We went over to the Palms for dinner at N9ne and then to the party with the nice people from Buy.at up at the nightclub “Rain”. It was a great place for a party as we took up on the second floor which had soundproof rooms for networking, that was a great place to meet others and discuss affiliate marketing and meet the people at Buy.at.
Sunday it was time to get up early and head over to the meet market which was very crowded with merchants trying to meet with affiliates. This is as always my favorite part of summit. I always seem to meet some new programs that I usually wouldn’t talk to but the face to face meeting is huge. This summit was a little different for me as working as an outsourced program manager I was not there to talk to merchants I was there to meet new affiliates to bring into our programs. Just walking around the meet market I met quite a few affiliates that will be joining our affiliate programs.
I probably met more affiliates in sessions and outside the sessions then I can count. In between the sessions I could be found in the Bloggers lounge which was a nice retreat from all the traffic in the hallways. I met quite a few bloggers that I had been following on twitter for a while and some that I am now following. Heather did a great job as the blog mistress, I hope she is the blog mistress for all summits to come.
As you could probably figure out I was in the session that Loxly was the moderator for on Mommy Bloggers. The mommy bloggers in the session discussed how mommy bloggers work together to spread the word for each other. It is in such contrast to everything I learned as an affiliate it blows my mind. I was taught to not share my sites with other affiliates as they may steal your ideas and make their sites outrank yours.
This session has opened my eyes a bit and I am now putting together a little “sports affiliates club” where we will not only share ideas we will share our sites with each other and help each other by leaving comments on each others blogs and tweeting them out for each other.
After the session it was back to the meet market and then to the bloggers lounge where I seemed to have about 5 coffees lol.