I rang in 2009 in laid back style with my wife and kids. A little champagne, Wii playing and throwing shredded documents in the air as makeshift confetti were the action for the night.
After all, it’s almost time for Affiliate Summit West 2009, so no time to get crazy and sleep in like the old days.
Since I’m kicking off day one of 2009 behind my desk, I figured I’d finally work out some resolutions for the coming year.
One thing I’d like to do is post more content over at EzineArticles. If you’re not familiar with the site, it’s a great place to syndicate your original content and get links back to your site.
I’ve had an EzineArticles account for a while, but was surprised to see yesterday that I hadn’t posted anything since January 2008. I made my way back there yesterday when I saw a post in Twitter about their new feature, a sort of leader board of article authors who are on Twitter at twitter.ezinearticles.com.
It’s cool to see their social media enhancements, and I’ll definitely get on the ball in taking advantage of it – you should, too.
Another thing I want to do even more is to track and respond to any mentions of my blog, Affiliate Summit, me, etc. I’ve been doing this via various tracking tools to monitor news, blogs, Twitter, and other places, but haven’t always followed up.
I was watching a video from Gary Vaynerchuk yesterday, “Ego Searching or Caring?” and I realized those searches have been heavy on ego in the past.
2009 is the time to close the loop and always follow up with the caring.
Finally, I want to get into live video. I’ve been posting plenty of videos to YouTube over the past couple years, but haven’t really played with live video.
I’ve created a channel on Ustream.TV, “Affiliate Marketing with Shawn Collins,” and I will be getting some material up there. Stay tuned.
Speaking of Ustream.tv, we are going to broadcast the Gary Vaynerchuk keynote at Affiliate Summit West 2009. So be sure to subscribe to the Affiliate Summit channel on Ustream.tv if you can’t make it to Las Vegas.