Monday and Tuesday of this week I attended AFFCON2010 at the Denver Convention Center. This 2 year old event is the brainchild of Daron Babin. Daron is the co-founder of WebmasterRadio.FM and is well know as one of the top SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SEM (Search Engine Marketing) experts. Check out the AFFCON2010 site (www.affcon2010.com) and his online radio (www.webmasterradio.fm).

The event was targeted at Affiliate Marketers. They are Entrepreneurs who have created a web presence (a Blog, E-commerce Site, etc.) and link to providers (known as Merchants) who offer products and services for sale and pay the affiliate a fee or commission for every sale they drive to the merchant’s site.

What I saw at the show were people from all walks of life, from young to old, conservative in style and dress to “creative” in style and dress. But they all had the same thing in common. They were small business people. People who saw an opportunity to free their inner entrepreneur. It made me think of all the people I’ve encountered lately who, through choice or lay off , are looking for what to do next. It dawned on me, being an affiliate marketer could be the answer may are looking for.

A common thread through many of the presentations was the advice, “Do what you are passion about. That is the secret to success”. There were several examples of people who blog about their passion and have successfully built businesses, business that generate their revenue by driving people to another’s site to buy.

So to all you looking for the next step, consider being an affiliate marketer. The barrier to entry (how much it will cost you) is extremely low. Your first step is to create your site. Go to WordPress (www.wordpress.com). You will be amazed at how much they offer (for free) to build your site. Once you get going you might find that you want to spend some money on your own domain name, etc., but for now start free, you have no excuse for not starting. Pick something you love. Something you are passionate about. Then, start writing. If you have experience in something and a passion for it, you will be amazed at how it flows out of you.

Some other places for you to check out:

http://www.affcon2010.com check out all the vendors
http://www.scmrush.com
http://www.crazyegg.com
http://www.browsersize.com
http://www.lowhangingloot.com
http://www.wordvision.com

Ask not what the Government can do for Main Street, but what Main Street can for the Government. Read more at: http://wp.me/pDwNy-7

June 16, 2010

The Self-Employed Push to Repeal the ‘Health-Care Tax’. See the entire store at http://ow.ly/1Zjy4. In the meantime you could consider incorporating. Not as daunting a task as you might think.

The Self-Employed Push to Repeal the ‘Health-Care Tax’. See the entire store at http://ow.ly/1Zjy4. In the meantime you could consider incorporating. Not as daunting a task as you might think.

June 15, 2010

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

June 14, 2010

The tough job market continues to prompt would-be entrepreneurs to consider joining the ranks of the 9 million self-employed. Here, advice and ideas for getting started http://ow.ly/1YfUn

The tough job market continues to prompt would-be entrepreneurs to consider joining the ranks of the 9 million self-employed. Here, advice and ideas for getting started http://ow.ly/1YfUn

June 8, 2010

Do you agree that the Feds and SBA are doing what they need to, to help small business? Read and see if you agree. http://ping.fm/RzS2j

Do you agree that the Feds and SBA are doing what they need to, to help small business? Read and see if you agree. http://smallbiztrends.com/?p=42496