Well 2012 is now in full swing which means it’s time to start making deals and putting-together partnerships for the year. One of my absolute favorite conferences to kick-off a new year is Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas. This will be my third year attending the conference and if you’re interested in Domain Development and Monetization – this is the go-to conference of the year.
Since I know that many of my readers might not be familiar with this conference I wanted to provide a brief introduction to the show and what value it has provided to me. First and foremost, Affiliate Summit is the largest Affiliate show out there which means you get just about every single Affiliate Marketing company on the planet. This means that really no matter what niche your site(s)/domain(s) are in, there are probably one, two, or ten affiliate programs out there with products to sell.
So how could you possibly meet all of these companies? Affiliate Summit has figured that out as well with the Meet Market. This is my favorite part of the show and happens on the opening day. Affiliate Marketing Companies setup tables in a large ballroom where attendees can then go from table to table meeting each company and understanding what they do.
I find the Meet Market is also a great place to get a better feeling for what’s hot in the Affiliate space. After spending an hour walking around the room there’s a good chance you will have met over 50 companies and have some excellent options for monetizing your sites. The great thing about having the Meet Market the first day of the show is that then for the next two days you know a lot more people and you can easily schedule meetings with some of the best companies you met with.
Affiliate Summit has seminars on topics that are incredibly relevant to Domain Developers. Heck – the first talk of the show is called “The Future of Content Monetization and Publishing” and going on simultaneously is a talk on “25 ways you can improve your website.” It doesn’t get much better than that and with three days of seminars you can learn what takes most people a year or two, in a matter of days.
Every year I leave Affiliate Summit with some great new contacts and all my monetization partners set for the year. It’s a great way to start-off 2012 and as always I’ll be bringing all of you along for the ride. Stay-tuned, I leave for Vegas tomorrow night! If you’d like to learn more about Affiliate Summit and why you should be there you can take a look at the video below: