Sunday, January 18th, 2009

ASW 09 – My Point-of-View

Would I be where I am today if I had not attended the Affiliate Summit in Boston back in August of 2007? Probably not and there is no way of describing the growth I’ve seen in my own business since that time. What were my expectations of attending ASW 09 in Vegas, other than it being in Vegas? Honestly, I didn’t really have any expectations, my main purpose of attending was to refresh and continue to build the business relationships/friendships that I had begun in Boston. I get energized and always come back with new ideas with all conferences I go to, even those not related to affiliate or internet marketing. The point is, in business you can only go so far without having business contacts. How did I find a mentor/person to ask my questions to? I definitely wasn’t able to afford one in the beginning, so I made as many friends as I possibly could. Friends help friends. Maybe I’ll write a post sometime in the future on how to go about making friends with other affiliate marketers while not seeming to be a blood thirsty, question asking Newb.

Anyhow, moving on. Some of the key highlights of the show for me actually took place just before and after the show. Kris and I had the pleasure of meeting a gentleman on the plane as we were getting off in Vegas who was from our local area and a very bright guy. And on the way back from Vegas, we met another local guy who was heavily into domaining, which was very coinincidental because I was talking to Kris about a situation I’m dealing with and that guy was like an expert in the field, so we talking immediately. I love meeting local people, those that I can reach out to or see on occassion. Helps ease the hair pulling frustration of working in your apartment all day. Some other highlights of my trip were a few of the workshop/panel sessions at ASW. Although I didn’t learn anything new, I did receive a few ideas and had a few points refreshed in my mind. I plan to discuss and share some of the thoughts in upcoming posts. I would also have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the keynot speaker, Gary Vaynerchuck from Wine Library TV. Not only is an an really awesome dude but he also runs a $50 million wine business! He had lots of great things to say.

If you’d like to gain access to the Affiliate Summit videos and session information, just visit: Affiliate Summit. It was truly fun in Vegas. Lots of parties, fun, no sleep and anything else that would capture your interests. I met alot of people that I’d talk to online and hadn’t met in person yet and met alot of awesome people randomly. Some interesting people that I met while in Vegas:

Bob Buskirk @ – Very down to earth guy with a great personality. He wasn’t actually there for ASW but rather the CES expo but I met him one night at a dinner. He makes a living from conducting reviews on his website of various computer related products.

Daniel Wiafe @ – I’ve known Daniel for quiet a few months, although we have never talked too much online, it was great meeting Daniel in person at ASW. He is a straight up PPC’er and very smart. A man of God like myself :)

There are so many other I could mention as well. A call out to John Hasson for hooking me up with his awesome KWGrouper Tool! A freaking amazing tool for all PPC guys/girls. Here are some pictures of our trip.

Kris in Limo

CashTactics Style – Limo to Hotel from Airport

Andrew in Limo

Me in Limo

Crazy Pic - Andrew Wee and Kris

Crazy – Andrew Wee and Kris


Me, Kris, Joel Comm & Benny

Kris 1

Kris – Bling Bling from C2M

Kris and I have some big plans that will be coming out sometime soon, so be sure to stay tuned. Also, I will be sharing with you some more indepth things in the coming posts. Doing sorta a tutorial style guide for various pieces of a PPC campaign and more! So strap in and get ready to ride!


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6 Responses

January 18, 2009

Sounds like an awesome time. Can’t wait to read about your growth from this AS.

January 18, 2009

haha nice nice – I got an SUV back to the telly from the airport – they ran out of limos when I did the reservation… bah

January 20, 2009

Hey guys, thanks for the opportunity by hosting the contest. I had a blast – it was everything you guys said and more. Saw Ryan B & seemed to have a great time as well.

how to go about making friends with other affiliate marketers while not seeming to be a blood thirsty, question asking Newb.

I’m definitely going back this year, so a post on this would be helpful. While I made a ton of contacts on the business-side, getting the ball rolling on friendships with people I will likely not see in person until next year was more difficult. Very close community which was encouraging, but flip-side it was a tougher nut to crack.

Fortunately I did sign up for the mentor program and got hooked up with Scott Jangro who was SAS’ aff of the year and super-sharp. Great experience because he builds retail-focused sites with future branding and return visitors in mind, but that still left a ton of after-hours time that I’d like to do better next year.

Great meeting you guys over at the expo & look forward to the posts in ’09.

January 23, 2009

Looks fun! I have never had a chance to network with anyone in real life, would love to do something like this sometime!

January 24, 2009

You guys had a SWEET limo ride to your hotel… that’s what I’m talking about!!!

It was great meeting you and Kris, hope to meet up with you guys a couple times this year in your neck of the woods (Dallas)… and I’ll try to be a little less shady, and be on IM more often (lol)

February 21, 2009

If the summit in 2007 changed you alot, then I believe that this upcoming ASW will change you from what you’re standing on right now! Am I right?