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August 21st, 2010

Affiliate Summit East 2010 = Epic + Connections

Well… It came and it went.  Affiliate Summit 10′ was definitely one for the record books.  I don’t think I’ve made so many connections in my life.

Let me give you a brief play by play of what when on. I sat down to give you a play by play of what went on… But to be honest with you… I don’t remember too much about the order of events.  I just remember what we did…

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Saturday 14th

Arrived in NY around 2:30.  I was exhausted so I caught a cab to the hotel and crashed for a couple of hours.

Benny Tejeda was staying in the hotel with me so I called him up to let him know I was in the room.  He was mid transit to the hotel.

Benny ended up meeting up with me at Rue 57 with Brian (Winley) and his business partner AJ.  Brian I’ve known since December and has really taken off in his affiliate marketing.

At some point I met up with my buddies Ian Fernando and AdHustler.  We ended up heading on over to “Faces and Names”.  Somewhere along our little 2 block march we ran into some kid that… well… seemed to want to argue the whole night…Anyways, at some point, NickyCakes met up with us at “Faces and Names” and well… We took a picture for my mom.

Yeah… That’s for you mom… For some reason… My mom has an obsession with Nicky.  So when I saw him I had to get a picture with him… And boy does she love it. Here’s her comments left on the pic in Nicky’s Facebook account (Yes… They are FB friends…)

AdHustler hit that one on the head “This is getting weird”.

After we left “Faces and Names” we meet up with Jason Rubacky and did a little more… Hanging out :)

Sunday 15th

Benny and I headed to breakfast/lunch around 11:30.  The restaurant in the hotel has some decent food… But for a $20 meal I would rather eat street meat (Food vendors on the corners of Manhattan streets).

After breakfast we headed over to the “Meet Market”.  If you aren’t familiar with the Affiliate Summit, the meet market is the perfect opportunity to walk around, see who will be exhibiting, and to make brief connections with people that you plan on meeting with during the week. During the meet market I bumped into several affiliate that I have known online for months online, but never had the opportunity to meet them in person.

Lunch came courtesy of Eric at ClickBooth!  Thank you Eric :) There we talked about none other than… Well… I don’t remember… It was sports at one point…

The meetup202 group in NY had a get together. Lot’s of good contacts there.  John Hasson, his wife, and I talked about Mormons, milk, sprite with lime, and missions to South America.

After the Meetup202 event it was time to eat so Ian, Brandon and I headed over to Capital Grille for Ian Fernando’s famous “Affiliate Dinner”.  Other notable names include Morgan Thomas aka HeavyT (creator of 2 girls 1 cup!), Ryan Gray (Super Affiliate Twins), Brian (DailyConversions.com), Mike Chiasson, Wes Mahler (Creator Tracking202), Brandon Hoffman (AdHustler), Bryn Youngblunt, Ian Fernando (of course… it’s his dinner), Matt Wasserman, and the crew of Kitara Media (Sponsors for the dinner).

Dinner was good.  Probably the best I’ve had in all of my Affiliate Summits.

After dinner we hit up a rooftop party… Don’t remember who sponsored it.  But met up with some really good people.

The night was still young…   This was NY of course.  So… We headed out to where the Elite Clicks Media crew was…  Their hotel :) There we hung out, talked marketing, and well… had an overall good time. I got to hang out with some good friends that I’ve known for a long time and I even got to meet some new people. NJ, Steve Howe, Thy, Justin, Greg and Kim Davis, Tyler,  Ryan Machara, Raphaela Bazalgette, Luke Samples, Ricco, Jon Fisher, Nicky Papers and well… too many to name. At some point in the evening the hotel security came up and kicked us out… So we went to none other than… “Faces and Names”.

Do you see that guy in that last pick on the far left?  He’s some random french dude.  No one could figure out who he was and how he got there.

Anyways, I could be missing some details in there… but you get the jist of what happened.

Monday 16th

FOOD… When you go to these events and you stay up till 4:30 in the morning you tend to sleep for a LONG time.  Man was I starving by the time I woke up.  Luckily for me so was the Elite Clicks Media team and Ian Fernando. We… it was time to head over to Old Castle and grab some food.

Our service was terrible.  The poor waiter knew it too.  It was so bad we had to call the front desk to send reinforcements.  But in the end we ate, talked, and left full.

When we got done eating I had a couple of meetings with AMs.  I walked around the show for a little bit to catch other people I knew.  Stopped for about 30 minutes and talked with my good friend Ruck (Owner Convert2Media).  It was nice catching up with him after these last few months.  I also met up with Ryan Eagle (Owner EWA Private Network) for a few minutes and had a chat at some point (might have been during the meet market).

Later that day I was conducting a round table on PPV advertising.  It went pretty well. People were crowding all around just to hear a couple things about PPV advertising.  It was a lot of fun though.  There were networks, affiliates, and merchants all sitting in to listen to some PPV tricks of the trade. The only problem I had was that I was still tired… and my voice was almost gone.  I was going to record it but my flip mino was dead when I got down to the round table.

After the round table I went to grab some food.  Wish I could remember where.  Probably street meat.  Headed over to Morgan’s affiliate get together. Then the NeverBlueAds party (weak…), then took a cab across Manhattan to the ClickBooth party. Met up with Brian (Winley) and well… Had a good time.  Street meat, parties, all the fun stuff.

Tuesday 17th

Woke up hungry again… Called around to see what everyone was doing.  Finally got a hold of Brian (Winley) and his partner AJ. We headed over to Old Castle to grab a bit to eat and talk business.  We had some really good conversations.  I was explaining to Brian and AJ the best way that I have found to deliver email without using a third party autoresponder. It was a very good productive conversation.

After lunch, I headed back to the conference, hung out in the press room to get some work done (way behind) and then… headed home

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Overall… ASE 10′ was a huge success.  I made plenty of new connections to help my business grow and I cultivated connections that I have made in the past.  These event’s aren’t necessarily just a place to learn… These events are essential to your networking in this business.  It’s not about what you know.  It’s all about who you know.  AND… Who you can leverage or who can leverage you.

May 3rd, 2010

ASE 2010 Session Votes and 3 FREE silver passes!

UPDATE: Affiliate Summit has taken down the voting page.  Unfortunately you will not be able to  vote anymore. The Winners have been selected from the votes.

Hey guys and gals,
I have a couple Affiliate Summit East 2010 passes to give away. Here is what we are going to do…

I am on a possible speaker panel: >>Click Here<<
And we need votes to be able to secure our spot at the event!

Here are the other candidates:
Ian Fernando, IANternet Media, LLC
David Ford, PPV Playbook
Corey Bornnman, Affportal.com

So… if you would like one of the 3 tickets to the event then please follow these steps

1. Click this link: http://affiliatesummit.slinkset.com/items/Pay_Per_View_Traffic_and_Techniques

2. Click the up arrow to vote

3. Register your account

4. Leave a comment on the voting page stating how one of us four has helped you online and/or why you would like to attend this event.

That’s it… it really is that simple.

I’ll come back through with the input from Ian, Corey, and David and we will pick our winners!

Thank you all for voting and participating!

http://affiliatesummit.slinkset.com/items/Pay_Per_View_Traffic_and_Techniques

April 2nd, 2010

Ian Fernando’s $1.2 Million Dollar Mistake…

Optin CommentsOkay not really $1.2 MM… But it was a BIG mistake if you ask me.  About 2 weeks ago Ian made a blog post, in that post he briefly mentioned that he was putting some of his sites up on Flippa.  So, naturally I jumped on there to see what he was listing.  Fortunately for me he put OptinComments.com for sale. So…  I contacted him and worked out a deal.  So… To make a long story short…

I NOW OWN OPTINCOMMENTS AND I’M GIVING IT AWAY FOR FREE!

Yeah you heard that right.  You can now own optincomments for Zero down and Zero monthly.

Let me explain to you a little about this plugin… When someone comes to the blog and leaves you a comment you can essentially send them directly onto your autoresponder.  Imagine with me for a second that we have a blog in the “Internet Marketing” space.  Now, when someone leaves a comment on the blog they can be subscribed to my mailing list as well.  This is a great way to continue a relationship with your readers.  Send them a thank you email and maybe a link to a survey.

The possibilities are really limitless here.

I sunk in about $4k more after I purchased this product to make it really top notch and seamless. So… Without wasting anymore of your time… You can grab OptinComments.com FREE by clicking this banner:

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March 12th, 2010

Interviewed by Volk

Hey CT readers. Jonathan Volk posted an Interview that I did for him.  You should check it out.  :)

Volks a good guy infact… He is such a good guy that he put together a 17 section book with tips and tricks for affiliate marketers.  I’m not lying to you when I say I even learned a trick from the ebook.  I suggest you pick it up and read what you can from there.  >>>CLICK HERE<<<

I don’t get anything for sending you off to Volks book.  You will see there is a referral tag there…. That is just so he can know he is showing him some love.

If you don’t know about Volk he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.  I recently had the opportunity to meet with him at Affiliate Summit West in Vegas.  This guy knows his stuff.  He is young and very successful online bringing in around $300,000 a month in affiliate commissions.  Anyways, to make a long story short… Pick up his guide if you haven’t already!

February 12th, 2010

VIDEO – Site Flipping for Profit

Click Here for better quality!

Here’s the webinar we had with Ryan Moran. I apologize for the audio issues. The first 8 minutes have no sound except mine… Weird I know… Then we started to pick up the audio.
If you have any questions feel free to jump into the members forum and ask away!

ENJOY!

OH HEY… Thank you Nick and Jesse for the audio. (Mine didn’t record Ryan’s half of the conversation.) I used their audio recording for this vid.

February 8th, 2010

WEBINAR – Flipping sites for profit!

I’m pumped.

Here’s what I’ve got for you.

I was able to snag Ryan Moran (Flippa.com’s authority on site flipping) for an exclusive webinar THIS WEDNESDAY (2/10/10) at 9PM Eastern!

Here’s the Webinar link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/861127474
Click that link and join in as I grill Ryan on how his $6,147 mistake turned into one of the best marketing lessons, even if it was the hardest to learn… We’ll also talk about:

  • How to skip most of the hard work in building online campaigns…
  • How to sell your websites for three times market value…
  • What a “Site Snowball” is and how it allows you to build momentum in any niche market…
  • The quickest way to infuse a website with a ton of cash…

Here’s what it will do for you.

Ryan will literally be sharing some of his secrets to how he makes a HUGE 6+ figure a year business buying and selling websites.  This is only going to benefit you as you will be able to learn new time saving and wallet padding tricks. Imagine if you could save hundreds of dollars and dozens of hours on website development.  Skip that step and go straight to buying a traffic generating website WITH the a functioning mailing list!

Here’s what I want you to do next.

Sign up to join us on the webinar. I won’t be recording this so you don’t want to miss out. Here’s the Webinar link: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/861127474

On Wednesday, February 10th, 2010, I want you to log onto the webinar at 8:50pm (Eastern) with a coke in hand.  This is going to be GOOD!

Join us on the Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/861127474

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October 1st, 2009

Top 5 September Posts

Well… Its October 1st now so I thought I would get this out to you right away :)

Here are the top 5 posts in September.

  • 40 Minute Video on Niche Research– Once again…  This is a hot hot video.  I frequently get told about how people are refered to this video by their affiliate managers.  This is an EPIC video! It’s a great video that covers some very basic techniques in researching your niche before you jump in to it. Watch it… and please leave a comment!
  • CPA Offer Search– This is a new one to the top post list.  It’s actually not a post but a tool for searching CPA offers.  Here you can compare different offers in the same niche. There are currently over 25,000 different offers that can be search with this nifty little tool!
  • Check out Revolution 202 Right Now– This is a post I wouldn’t have expected to make the list.  But it did.  With a couple thousand visitors too… I was surprised.  Anyways, this post is short and just explains how the Tracking202 team has started their own CPA network.  Not only do they provide you with quality tools to use in your marketing efforts, but now they provide you with a place to find offers.
  • 9 Marketing Methods– I think this is the only post from September that made the list. This was posted on 9/9/2009 so I had to play on the 9s theme and post 9 different methods for marketing. This post very briefly touches on PPC, SEO, Media Buying, Social Marketing, and more.
  • The Landing Page Example-Just a simple little example of a very basic landing page.  This isn’t rocket science, but you can get an idea of some of the landing pages that I use and have success with.  The biggest contributor to this post is 5 star affiliates.  Thank you Linda for sending people to the blog :)

Thats it guys and gals.  Those are the top 5 posts in September.  Please remember we have a members forum.  There is a lot of good information in there.  If you have questions please post them in there.  If you have comments please post them here.

Let’s have a good October!

September 1st, 2009

Top 5 August Posts

Hey guys and gals. I totally forgot to share up the top posts for June and July so I’m going to jump in and do the August ones right now. The last set of tops posts was shared in June for the top 5 May posts. So with out further adieu… Here are the tops posts in August.

  • 40 Minute Video on Niche Research– I get more comments via email about this one video. It suprised me how many people didn’t know about Google Insight. I’m also amazed at the lack of using Google Sponsored Search. It’s a great video that covers some very basic techniques in researching your niche before you jump in to it. Watch it… and please leave a comment!
  • The Famous Question– In all honesty I didn’t remember this post… Until I read it. I still get asked the question posed in this post. Now that I remember this exists… I’m going to begin referring people to read it when they ask the question. The main point of this post can really help you grow your business 10 fold.
  • $25,000 drawing – What would you buy if you won?– This is the only post actually written in august that made this top 5 posts list. Here I was giving some information on a contest we are running with Karaktr Media for $25,000. Everyone can win. This isn’t one of those contests that is slanted towards the “biggest fish” in the industry. The great thing about this contest is that the sign-up forum is now even shorter!
  • The Landing Page Example!– This post is always in the top somewhere. This is a very basic example of a landing page. I’ve provided a link to download the actual landing page from within the “Free Reports” section of the blog.
  • Sneaky Links – Meta Refresh Vs. PhP Redirect– This post is a Ruck original. During the end of 2007 beginning of 2008 many people were asking the questions on using a meta refresh. So Ruck went ahead and created a pretty useful post on using Meta Refresh or PHP redirects. Maybe I should create a post on different methods for blanking the referrer…

That’s it guys and gals. Those are your top 5 posts in August. What did you think?