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