This is a video of a panel discussion shot over a year ago (Jan 2010 in Las Vegas) at Affiliate Summit West 2010, but only posted last week.
I was embedding it in another post I’m writing about a different subject because it illustrates the use of multiple blogs, but it has SO much meat in it for travel bloggers, it is worth highlighting by itself.
The speakers were:
- Deborah Carney, CEO, Team Loxly (Moderator)
- Wendy Limauge, Blogger, Sweeties Swag
- Carrie Rocha, President, Pocket Your Dollars
- Kim Rowley, President, Key Internet Marketing, Inc.
- Heather Sokol, Proprietor, Inexpensively
The discussion covers multiple niche blogging; ethics and disclosure; engaging with readers, not SEO’ing traffic; recognising your own value (so much so that big brands are going direct to the mommybloggers, bypassing the networks); challenging merchant restrictions; how do companies find (mommy)bloggers. Answer: “we all work together, once you find one of us…” (Gosh, doesn’t that sound familiar?!); revenue streams (inc public speaking); guest posting & sponsored posts; how much time spent working on blogs; ‘blogsitting’; Coupon code exclusivity; printable coupons (hard, but not impossible to see how that might apply to travel bloggers)
You know that scene at the end of the first Matrix film where Neo flexes after consuming Agent Smith, and the two remaining agents look at each other before retreating?
This was a year ago and you can sense the mommybloggers flexing with a strength they didn’t know they had and the affiliate networks & traditional SEO/PPC affiliation publishers looking at each other.
There’s no reason why travel bloggers shouldn’t be doing a little flexing, is there?
Image: Grace Family