Back to Vegas for Affiliate Summit

All of UBD will be heading up to Las Vegas this weekend for Affiliate Summit West. This will be our first time to vegas where we are not exhibiting, which is kind of a relief given the hassle and stress of setting up and managing a booth.

Yep, this goal of this trip will be exclusively to network, hang out, and party with our dot com mogul friends. I am especially excited to sit down with a certain dot com mogul to talk about possibly starting a new venture that will take over. I can’t say anymore now, but you will definitely be hearing about it in the next few months.

I am going to take a lot of pictures and video as I just got a new Flip Mino HD which takes outstanding video. I plan on doing mini interviews with the likes of ShoeMoney, Shawn Collins (founder of Affiliate Summit), Jim Kukral, and hopefully even Gary Vaynerchuk.

If you are gonna be in Vegas this weekend, make sure to hit me up! There is no limit to the size of our group, so feel free to tag along if you want to meet some cool people!

Yep, it’s gonna be fun times! I will definitely keep you updated!

Blog World Expo ’08 – What A Blast!

Just like last year, Blog World Expo has come and gone way too quickly. This was my second appearance to the second annual Blog World Expo, held in Las Vegas Nevada. Overall, the BWE08 weekend far surpassed last year!

Last year was our first conference ever and first time we exhibited, as well. This year, UBD designed and implemented the official Blog World Expo Blog, so we were upgraded to a 10×20 booth (twice as big as last year). KA POW!

On Friday afternoon, only four days after returning from Orlando (IZEA Fest), we packed up our monitors and UBD supplies, and we drove the 4.5-hour trek from Phoenix to Las Vegas.


We arrived in Vegas around 9:00PM, right when the Tech Set party was kicking off. We first met up with our Blog World Expo buddies from last year, Ms. Danielle and Greg Morgan.

New friends Gary from and Derek Semmler also joined us and we went to the Tech Set party at the Mirage where we met up with our Market Leverage home girls, Dina and Debby, and ShoeMoney.

At this point, the bar was closing at the Tech Set party, so we went another bar in the Mirage where we saw IZEA CEO Ted Murphy and also Pete Cashmore from Mashable. After a few drinks with everyone, we basically called it a night. 😉

Greg Morgan, Matt Blancarte, Nate Whitehill, Gary Ng, Dina Roccobono

Josh Mullineaux, Ted Murphy, Nate Whitehill

Jeremy Schoemaker, Nate Whitehill, Danielle Nagami

Debby Phillips, Ian Fernando, Nate Whitehill, Dina Roccobonno

Nate Whitehill, Jeremy Schoemaker, David Brim, Pete Cashmore


Saturday was the first day of the conference, so we spent the majority of the day at the conference hall talking to a wide range of different businesses and individuals. As you can see, I look a little more tired than the night before. 😉

ShoeMoney and Ted Murphy stopped by to let us distribute some of their t-shirts, stickers and buttons. Did we mention we love IZEA?

Ted Murphy, Josh Mullineaux, Matt Blancarte, Nate Whitehill, Jeremy Schoemaker

Later that night, the fun started when we went to the Market Leverage-hosted Super Panel dinner with Internet stars such as Zac Johnson, Ian Fernando, John Chow, Jeremy Schoemaker, Brian Clarke and Jim Kukral. We had dinner at an awesome steakhouse. Big thanks to Market Leverage!


Sunday was the final day of the expo, but luckily, I was much better rested than the previous night. We exhibited all day, and afterwards, we had dinner with John Chow, ShoeMoney, the Market Leverage girls at the Red8 Chinese restaraunt in the Wynn.

Unfortunately, my camera died earlier that day so I wasn’t able to snap any more pictures.

Overall, it was an incredibly productive weekend and some of the best networking I have done since, well, the week before. 😉

Sometimes people ask me if I have any tips or tricks for people looking to get started online and how they can become more well known in their online field. My answer is always:

The best way to network online…is to do it IN PERSON!!!

Remember that next time you are thinking about going to an industry conference/tradeshow.

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