Recently, there is the 2013 Affiliate Summit Meet Market which is held in Philadelphia, USA and it is one of the biggest IM event. My favourite blogger John Chow was attending the event: http://www.johnchow.com/2013-affiliate-summit-east-meet-market/. This is a good event because Networks and affiliates do quality face-to-face networking but it costs a lot of money The Meet Market is also popular with upstart networks that can’t afford the cost of going on the trade show floor. It is an event I want to attend one day.
To be honest, social networking, blog commenting are good things but believe me, face to face networking is even better. Face to face networking will allow you to discuss with people in the same field as you and learn! You should attend trade shows, live events, and masterminds because it’s a very profitable thing to do.There is an old quote saying: “It is not what you know, it is who you know.” You can significantly increase your chances of success in almost any field if you know the right people. Most of the time, I feel like I am not properly informed on a lot of things such as WordPress, affiliate marketing or blogging but someone might just help you with all of that. Most jobs are not advertised, they are filled through personal contacts for example. I have a personal friend who has a bachelor in engineering but doesn’t have a job because he doesn’t know anyone that can help him. Also, most important business deals are done person-to-person.
In short, whatever industry you’re in, networking can play an important part in career success. The web has made it easier than ever to connect and maintain contact with useful connections, but it’s still not a substitute for building relationships in a more traditional, face-to-face manner.I would recommend all of you to attend events that reunite bloggers or affiliates, it’s gonna be a new experience for you! Good networking is all about mutual interest and mutual benefit but make sure you are properly listening and responding to the people you meet rather than talking at them. I would suggest you to go alone because to attend functions/conferences/industry events as part of a group or with a colleague, this can sometimes be inhibiting. You should branching out and talking to other people or even make you less easy to approach. Anyways, I think the affiliate summit is really interesting and you will meet people that are also in Internet marketing. Meetup.com can also be a good way to find out if there are Internet marketing meetups near your area.