Speaking at the a4u Expo and a bit of news


My first speaking gig has been confirmed at the a4u expo, I have a mid-day spot on day 2:

Million Dollar Blogging Strategies for Affiliates
Speaker: Al Carlton • Founder, coolestgadgets.com
Learn from Al Carlton as he shows you how he made $1m from blogging as an affiliate. Discover how to use blogging as an affiliate platform, learn strategies, tips and monetisation methods that you can use on your blog whether established or yet to be born!

I can’t take any credit for the title or description

I am really looking forward to the conference as there are a load of speakers that I want to listen to and learn from, though I’m pretty nervous about my bit. If you want to attend and haven’t registered yet use the code SPK10 for a 10% discount (wonder if other percentages work 🙂 ).

Also in the news on the Internet grapevine this week is that eBay are suing Shawn Hogan AKA Digital Point (and others but I don’t know them) over cookie stuffing (big thread on DP). Going back a few years (well 4) when DigitalPoint was not quite as busy and you could read most threads (and the majority weren’t shit), I remember seeing (and being inspired) by a post from Shawn (a guy I like and have a lot of respect for) where he explained how he lost $4,500 when the eBay affiliate tracking was down for 8 hours. Back then he was on Google’s first page for ‘ebay’ and #1 for ‘eBay registration’ which I’m sure netted him a fair amount, those ranks were achieved somewhat black hat from an SEO perspective back then but I’d be very surprised if he knowingly broke eBay terms with the cookie stuffing, time will tell I suppose.

Game courtesy of Scott, Sling Jumper, he’s stuck on level 14 can you beat him?

About Al Carlton

Al quit the 9 to 5 rat race in January of 2007, before then he was a software engineer and systems architect of financial system. Nowadays Al spends the days running his various businesses and experimenting with different ideas and opportunities.
Al can be found on twitter at AlCarlton.

Comments

  1. Al,

    Looking forward to your session, I think SelfMadeMinds is probably most undervalued of the UK affiliate marketing blogs – from the advice you have given so far you should be winning Top Blog of the year 🙂 It will be my first conference that I will be paying out of my own pocket so 10% discount is a good news :).

  2. Looking forward to meeting you there Al 🙂

    I’m not speaking as such but I’m moderating one of the panel discussions on day 1. Hopefully that’s going to be less scary than having a hour to fill like you 😉

    Fraser Edwards’s last blog post..Affiliate Launch has Launched

  3. Damn, tempted I am.
    “SPK100” is not a valid discount code

  4. It’s quite an honour to be invited to speak at an event like that. I look forward to the day when I’m speaking at an event where I’m considered an expert in something.

    Admittedly, $1m in affiliate earnings is a hell of an achievement in anyone’s book. I hope it goes well for you Al.

    Dan’s last blog post..Outsourcing your Link Building: SubmitEdge

  5. Congratulations on your first speaking gig, they can be a lot of fun! Being a bit nervous is natural, in fact it’s probably a good sign. I remember reading an acting coach saying something like, “All performers get butterflies – the good ones get their butterflies flying in formation!”

    Cheers, Jon

    Jon’s last blog post..Salons for Sale – Business for sale websites

  6. It benefits everyone. Companies get larger growth, and people can put food on their plates. I see no harm here…

  7. So what if a lot of people don\’t like it? Tell me you\’ve never stolen anything. Cookie stuffing will always be around.

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  9. Looking forward to your session, I think SelfMadeMinds is probably most undervalued of the UK affiliate marketing blogs – from the advice you have given so far you should be winning Top Blog of the year It will be my first conference that I will be paying out of my own pocket so 10% discount is a good news :).

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