If you’re interested in monetizing your photo blog (or any website for that matter), then I definitely recommend you attend one of the Affiliate Summit conferences. The first event for 2014 was Affiliate Summit West held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. I was fortunate to be able to attend this year’s conference and came back with tons of great ideas and tips on how to make money with my website.
I arrived in Las Vegas on Saturday evening and went down to check in and pick up my conference badge and material. If you do attend the conference, it’s a great idea to check in the night before to avoid the long lines the first morning.
On Sunday, the first education session I attended was Adam Riemer’s “How to Rank an Affiliate Site in Google”. Adam covered all of the critical on-page factors for improving your website’s chances of ranking higher in search engine results.
Next up was Secrets of Top Six Figure Bloggers where four of the most successful members of the blogging community shared their thoughts and tips on how to start a blog, how to build an audience, and the best ways to monetize your online efforts.
While my primary focus is on websites or WordPress blogs, one of the best sessions at ASW was Luke Kling’s “Generating Massive Traffic and Profit using Facebook Pages”. Luke showed how he’s has created entertainment pages on Facebook and how he’s acquired tons of fans, and how he monetizes that traffic. In addition to your photography sites, you may indeed want to consider tying in Facebook pages with your interests.
On Monday, the Exhibit Hall provided tons of opportunities to network with affiliate companies and to discover new ways to promote your online business. One of the highlights was the appearance of Hulk Hogan, there to promote Hostamania web hosting.
The popularity of Affiliate Summit has skyrocketed with over 5,000 attendees in Las Vegas this year. For those looking to add affiliate monetization to your blogs, I highly recommend you attend these great conferences. The next event is Affiliate Summit East to be held in New York this summer. For more information, see the Affiliate Summit Website at http://www.affiliatesummit.com.