It’s been more than half a year since my last update and I know you’re all probably wondering where the hell I’ve been (sarcasm).
Honestly, I just had so much going on and somewhere in there I kind of lost the desire to write. But I’m back now, and here’s a quick run down of what I’ve been up to:
March 2012 – Moved to NYC near Time Square. This was a blast while it lasted and after living there I honestly don’t think I can live anywhere else. Unfortunately, I was in Barcelona at the time my lease was coming up for renewal and I lost it and I had more traveling to do ahead so I decided to take another look at NYC when I’m done traveling.
August – Affiliate Summit East was definitely a memorable one and it didn’t hurt that I lived close to the conference.
September – Headed to the Adsimilis meetup in Amsterdam, which was as always a great time. We decided to get an apartment off of AirBnB that was right on the canal in the Red Light District and were right in the middle of everything. Adsimilis did a great job of treating us with a boat trip around the canal and had a solid panel of affiliates as well as the CEOs of WhatRunsWhere and HasOffers. This is definitely not a meetup to miss and if you haven’t been to Amsterdam before, here’s your excuse
Following Amsterdam, I headed to ad:tech London with a short stop in Brussels with a few NJ affiliates including Ian Fernando and met up with Oliver Kenyon from CPAFix and got to check out what the show in London was all about. Truth be told it was way smaller than NYC, which was to be expected, but it was still productive. There were lots of agencies and networks present, along with the usual representatives.
After London, I flew to Barcelona where me and a friend checked out for about a week. Barcelona was a cool city and we actually got to connect with a few big affiliates there that we had actually met in Amsterdam at the Adsimilis meet up. Barcelona seemed like somewhat of a haven for affiliates other than the usual ones you hear about in Thailand. The weather was perfect, the women were gorgeous, and the beaches / nightlife were incomparable. We got the check out an FC Barcelona game which was pretty cool after showing up to the stadium and buying the tickets off of some street hustlers. Surprisingly, they worked.
After Barcelona, we took the high speed train to Madrid where we stayed for about 4 days. Madrid was a much more historical and metropolitan city. There was a famous painting by Picasso that everyone told us we had to check out so we did that and soon afterwards joined in with the Madrid protests, which was honestly more like a party with people smoking and drinking while holding up signs. It was nothing like what they were showing on TV here in the US – way more calm even though there were helicopters swirling around and a barrage of SWAT and police vehicles around us. We got to check out a Real Madrid game towards the end of our trip, which was an awesome experience (try comparing a soccer stadium full of fans to a baseball stadium full of fans and you have no comparison).
Finally after Madrid, it was time to go back home. Here are some pics from the trip.
November – Ad:tech New York was right around the corner so I checked that out while I was there and got to connect with some new and familiar faces. After this I was completely conferenced out. For the rest of November and December I did nothing but work on campaigns. In fact, I was part of the Hunger Games on the StackThatMoney forums, which was an awesome experience. If you ever get the chance to try to compete, then definitely do so. I got to connect with some really solid affiliates and we had StackMan as our mentor which was priceless.
December – I traveled to South Asia for a wedding which was an interesting experience nonetheless. I always tell people that they should try to travel somewhere off the beaten path because it truly gives you some perspective. We truly are lucky to live where we do and I most definitely realized I took a lot of things for granted while living there. Not knowing whether or not you’ll come back alive after leaving the house because there might be an attack or being constantly paranoid because you could get robbed at any moment kind of makes you think about how lucky we are to not have to worry about those things. I enjoyed my time there and I would do it again, but all in all, I was glad to be home for the two days that I was before ASW.
January – Having just got back from ASW, I have to say it was worth it. Even though I was dead tired from traveling, I still tried to make the best of it, because as we all know picking up even just one tip from ASW or ASE can pay for your trip a hundred times over. Look for a dedicated post on ASW soon.
In addition to getting burnt on some campaigns, he past year was also rough because I was in an up and down relationship, but now I have a lot more time to focus. It sucks, but it’s the reality of the fact that not everyone can or should have to handle the lifestyle that comes with this business or any business. The fact that affiliate marketing is not a one time and done thing and that offers always come and go makes it unstable but lucrative when it does work. There’s also no time clock and I could literally work every waking hour and often times I do. It sucks to not have something you put a lot into work out, but I know what I want from life and I have to work towards it.
I am starting fresh now having lost my Facebook accounts and having had a few tough learning experiences this year. It feels like I’m back to where I started, but I know what I have to do. I am looking forward to rebuilding my business with an intense focus and working on what I’m good at instead of trying to chase every rabbit and work with every network. I have the capital and the experience behind me so now it’ s just a matter of making it happen.