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  • Posted on: February 4th, 2014

Super Heroes and Super Villains was the theme of the Share A Sale party in Las Vegas at Affiliate Summit West 2014.
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All attendees of ASW14 were invited and many of them showed up in costume, ready to partake in the decadent desserts, free flowing drinks and fabulous ambiance of the Chateau Nightclub at the Paris Hotel.  As you see in the above picture, the Chateau is an open air club in the Eiffel Tower! The lower floor is indoors which is a good place to warm up if the temperature is chilly, but this years weather was very comfortable. image

There was no shortage of heroes and villains dressed in superb, inventive, fun costumes, and no excuse if you didn’t dress up as there were capes, socks, sunglasses and complete costumes available at every table.

Here are a few photos of my favorites!
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  • Posted on: January 21st, 2014
Day One of Affiliate Summit West 2014 in Las Vegas was crazy busy in the Meet Market where affiliates, vendors, advertisers, agencies, marketers, bloggers, OPM’s, networks and Hulk Hogan  interacted, creating business opportunities and networking.
At one point, the super energy generated knocked out the power in the room.  Backup lights immediately came on creating a comfortable, dim ambiance, but I had to wonder if all of Las Vegas was in the dark!  The lights in the hall were still on so we knew it was a temporary situation – phew…
I attended a session put on by John Chow, Syed Bhaki, John Rampton and Zac Johnson.  These are all 6 figure bloggers who enjoy sharing their success stories, failures, comebacks, favourite money making sites and how to start a successful blog. They all agreed there have been many failed projects in their pasts, much controversy, hate and love.  Learning to deal with the problems and move on rather than giving up was great experience, they said.
An interesting tidbit John Chow shared was that he now regrets naming his blog JohnChow.com because no one will ever want to buy it! So, keep that in mind when you’re starting your blog…
If you every wonder if blogging is profitable, I met a man who has over 350 blogs.  He outsources everything now, from the wordpress setup to writing posts and monetizing – and he only “manages” the whole production.  I’m thinking the management part would be a nightmare – lol!
I spent time in the Blogger Lounge, enjoying meeting Heather Diamani of BlendHappy, catching up with old friends and making new friends.
Day One ended with the annual Share A Sale party at the Chateau Nightclub – an indoor/outdoor venue in the Eiffel Tower.
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  • Posted on: January 11th, 2014

Hello Affiliate Summit Friends!  Are you ready to hit Las Vegas and the most exciting conference of the year?  I arrive in Las Vegas tomorrow morning so if anyone wants to hang out for the day, just hit me up, especially if you like playing Blackjack!

I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired from the bug I picked up during Christmas in Lake Tahoe and don’t want to share it with you all,, and I sure don’t want to catch the “Conference Crud”  so I went for a B12 shot and Myers Cocktail yesterday.  Hopefully this will boost my immune system enough to get me through the late night parties and early morning sessions!

This is the first time in 6 years I won’t be “working” as the Affiliate Summit Blogger Lounge Mistress and I’m really looking forward to attending sessions, learning from the experts and just hanging out.  You’ll definitely see me in the Blogger Lounge where Heather Diamani will be hosting the Press Pass holders.  I’m excited to meet the new “Heather!!!”

Speaking of Press Pass Holders, many people want to meet the elusive bloggers.  I receive requests for a “list” of bloggers every conference, and I receive spam emails from companies fishing for free coverage of their programs, or companies wanting to do blog post exchanges.  There is NO list of bloggers. The blogger lounge is set up for the bloggers to have quiet time to write their blog posts/press releases, relax, network, hold meetings and network with other bloggers.  It is NOT an area for agencies or merchants to pitch their products.  So, how do you connect with bloggers?

My advice is to talk to attendees wearing the pink “Press Ribbon” on the Affiliate Summit Badge, during the Meet Market, in sessions, in the hallway or in the Exhibit Hall  - those are the credentialed bloggers/press who are at the Summit.  They typically write about sessions, the Meet Market, the exhibitors, the products or services offered, and the events they find to be newsworthy.  Many bloggers will write about your product or service as long as there is no “heavy hitting” sales pitch and of course we all enjoy reciprocity, in the form of relevant links, products or cash!

See you at the BEST affiliate marketing, networking conference of the year!

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