I thought I would let all my readers know that I will be heading to Affiliate Summit East 2013 taking place in Philadelphia from August 18th-20th. I was fortunate enough to win a Network Plus Pass courtesy of eBay. They had a contest on the eBay Partner Network Blog, which is their affiliate network, and I gave the best answer to the question, “What is the biggest opportunity in Affiliating Marketing today?”
Here is my response using the username CarNewsCafe, which is my new auto news site that you should totally check if you haven't.
This might sound strange to some but I think the best opportunity in affiliate marketing is educating people about it. I've met a number of successful bloggers that surprisingly don't know what affiliate links are. Someone I know with a successful photography blog and YouTube channel didn't know that eBay had an affiliate program. I recommended he check it out since his audience buys a lot of gear on eBay.
I thought my answer was the best and pretty well thought out. What do you think? Have another answer to that question you think is better? Leave a comment below and prove me wrong.
The reason I said this is I recently recommended the eBay Partner Network to my uncle who runs a successful photography blog and has a Youtube channel with almost 2 millions views. People that are into Lo-Fi photography buy a lot of stuff on eBay and he didn't even know they had an affiliate program.
The ironic thing to me is that eBay and other affiliate marketing programs ‘preach to the choir' but don't to people, like my uncle, who could really benefit from these affiliate programs. I've met a number of bloggers who are quite successful and have a lot of traffic and large social media following and they don't do affiliate marketing. They mainly do paid ads or sponsorships which always surprises me.
Anyway, I am excited to be going to Affiliate Summit East and learn about affiliate marketing which is something I know how to do but not that well. Hopefully I can pickup some advice and tips at Affiliate Summit East this year from expert affiliate marketers to help grow and take my online businesses and websites to the next level. I will share my thoughts about Affiliate Summit and some of the tips and tricks I learned on this blog, so stay tuned for those posts.
If you will be attending Affiliate Summit please send me an email – cool AT adamyamada.com – or catch me on Twitter @AdamYamada. I'd love to meet and connect with you if you are a blogger, publisher, advertiser network, or just want to talk.
If you have been to Affiliate Summit East in the past please let me know what I should do to maximize my time and get the most out of the conference. With a Networking Plus Pass I can only attend 1 session per day but I still think I should get a lot out of the conference. Partying included! 🙂
[Source – eBay Partner Network Blog]