2010 22/02

Affiliate links? Affiliate marketing? What?

Despite the fact that I’ve been blogging for five years, I’m quickly realizing I have so much to learn!  And that is probably a huge understatement!

I should probably begin by saying that the first three-ish years of blogging my purpose for writing was to keep family and friends updated on what was going on in our lives (i.e. the kids) and to vent.  It has only been the last year year or so that I really took my blogging seriously.  And by seriously, well, I’m not sure exactly what I mean by seriously.  All I know is that I really enjoy writing and I am now becoming more deliberate about it.

Back to the whole ‘learning’ thing…

As I work with more PR companies and guest post at other amazing sites, I’m often these crazy questions about my site stats and unique visitors; my Google ranking and affiliate links/affiliate marketing.  Imagine me sitting at my computer, reading those emails, with a ‘deer-in-the-headlights’ look on my face!  My affiliate-ranking-stat-visitor what?  Apparently I have a lot to learn yet!

Of course, my first instinct is to head to Google and start researching these things.  But then I’m swimming in an overwhelming amount of knowledge.  And not all knowledge is good knowledge.  There are some marketing blogs and affiliate blogs that have some great information but not every site on Google has my best interest in mind.  Not every ad network or affiliate network is a fit for me.

So the next step for me is to go to the people who have been doing this and the people who have been making it work for them.  That’s where conferences come into play.

As I write this I am heading down to the Mom 2.0 Summit in Houston, TX.  I’m hoping to get some of my many questions about all of this answered while I am there.  I’m also hoping to attend BlogHer 10 this year.  I went to BlogHer last year but really feel like I have so much more I could take away from that conference by going again.

If those don’t work for me and I still feel like I’m drowning in all of this information, then I’m just going to show up on the doorstep of some of the bloggers who have got a grasp on it all and say TEACH ME!!!

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