Affiliate Summit Survival Guide

Just like most major fields, affiliate marketing has its own super-convention. Affiliate Summit is one of the biggest conferences with dates on both the east and west coast and throughout Europe. People gather from all over the world in locations like New York, Las Vegas, and even Dublin to talk shop and sell their wares.

Similar to any big event, you may find yourself overwhelmed and a little confused. In order to make you feel a little less lost at your first Affiliate Summit, I have created a simple guide to surviving this conference:

1.  Get there early

If you can get an early check in, I highly recommend it. Just like any other big conference or event, people are going to be wildly hungover in the morning. If you can afford to cut your night a little short to get an early start it is totally worth it. 

You don’t want to be arriving at the same time as the rest of the convention attendees. And I promise you that being hungover in the morning on the first day will make your life even more miserable.

2.  Go out! (But Pace yourself…)

Yes, listening to the amazing speakers and roaming the convention floor is important, but so is socializing. Everyone will be looking to mix a little networking with pleasure, so take advantage!

Be sure to form those valuable relationships and remember they do not have to form at the convention itself.
Check online for a list of exclusive parties. A lot of affiliate blogs and marketing magazines will be throwing their own exclusive parties for their readers and/or an in-group. Try your hardest to get into that in-group and network your ass off!

While partying is important, do not forget you are networking. You are also going to be out in a town filled to the brim with people from your field. Do not make a fool out of yourself. So make sure you practice some self-control and enforce a drink maximum on yourself.

3.  Dress to impress 

Your image is everything. When you’re out on that conference floor, you need to make sure you look your best.
Dress nice. Make sure you smell good – this goes double for your breath.

Make sure you do not dress too casual and not too formal. You are going to be constantly on the go, so wear comfortable but well-kept shoes and maybe carry around some essentials (such as deodorant and gum) to keep yourself fresh as the day goes on.

4.  Be flexible

The last thing you want to be is too rigid with your scheduling. Your plans will inevitably change depending on what conversations you have and where you are throughout the day.

Be reasonable with your time management. Sure, try to get to as many events and hear as many speakers as you can but do not try to do everything in one day. Prioritize which events you need to go to verses want to go to.

5.  Start Networking Now

One of the best ways to thrive during Affiliate Summit is to start networking before the actual event. This way you’ll already have people to talk to and will already be familiar with some people at the event.  If you’re a nutra affiliate, go check out some of the nutra booths, or if you’re one of the affiliates in the adult space then head over to the justcash booth to check out the new hot dating offers.

Use twitter and search for hashtags relating to the event and search through Facebook groups to try to make a few contacts before the event itself.

3 Ways to Escape the Friend Zone

If you’ve ever been trapped and hopelessly devoted in the friend zone, suffer no more! I am here to rescue you because there is only one way to go and it’s up!
We all have that good-looking friend that we secretly hope will confess their undying love but let’s take a trip down reality lane real quick. The reality is you need to make yourself a potential candidate to win their heart and get a fair chance before they’ve labeled you as one of their siblings.
Regardless of how far in the friend zone you’ve become, just start one step at a time.
Create some distance:
If you’re always available and solely relying on their response for any of your plans then STOP. If you’re the least bit interested in this person, make sure they’re not the only aspect of life you’re interested in.
There’s something extremely attractive about someone who’s ambitious and unavailable. Trade your lonely puppy dog aroma into a noble steed that is hard to tame. If they know your play by play at all times, you haven’t left anything to the imagination. Keep them guessing about what possible dates, friends, and events you could have been doing instead of your usual .2 second responses.
I’m not saying drastically cut them off but make yourself a little less available. Your presence will be missed, and the invites will skyrocket. Change up the repetitive Friday night out by not even showing up. Even if that means you spend a night in alone, it’s a much better than digging yourself in a little deeper.
You’re allowed to say ” no” every once in awhile, so practice, repeat and stop being a pushover. It forces them to take you seriously and acknowledge the fact that they might not be your top priority anymore which now they realize they want to.
Change your attitude:
I’m now putting the smallest violin away because your pity party is over. Stop obsessing over how perfect they are and how badly you wish they would give you a chance. You have more of a chance being a friend than a random stranger sliding in the DM’s.
Confidence is key, and if you take them off the pedestal and put yourself on, you’ll realize they’d be crazy not to go for you. Instead of consistently boosting their ego, start investing your time, energy and love into yourself and what wonders it will do! Not only will you realize you’re a catch but they will too. The spotlight is now on you, and you’re one step closer to breaking the barrier.

Realize you’re a hot commodity:
Now don’t go and get all cocky but sometimes you need to toot your own horn and realize that you could just as easily be out there dating up a storm but you’ve put yourself on reserve.
I encourage you to stop waiting for the day they show you the slightest bit of interest and start dating. There is a fine line between being friendly and flirty so you should work on your skills with possible connections and gain some of that confidence back.
Once you’ve found the balance of being flirty yet not too overbearing, affectionate but not too touchy, and available but not too desperate then you can take your new found talent out for a spin with the one you want!  Learn more about the friend zone below.