Saturday

Amazon Associates Blogging Event

I've recently started using Amazon Associates, which is an affiliate scheme Amazon uses, allowing you to link hundreds of thousands of products to your blog and maybe make a little commission. After using the scheme for a couple of weeks, I was invited to a bloggers' evening at Amazon HQ in London, which was perfect timing!
Before heading to the office, I met up with Paige, Natasha, Natalie, Sade, Katrina and Laura so it was lovely to have a catch up with some new and familiar faces. Once we'd reached HQ, we were shown into the event room where there were heaps of fantastically dressed bloggers as well as tables strewn with cans of drink and biscuits.

Like the eager beavers we are, Paige, Natalie and I decided to sit at the front of the room (best place for photos!) for the speakers. First up was Ella of Coco's Tea Party, who had some really fantastic advice on becoming full time before Gem, digital writer at Cosmopolitan, used her experience to discuss writing posts and articles that engage and encourage sharing. Her ultimate tip was that people share posts because it says something good about them, so you need to think about how your reader wants to portray themselves and write around that. Gem's speech was particularly entertaining as she's naturally a very enthusiastic, funny speaker. 

After these two great speakers, it was time to break for dinner. Amazon had kindly put on an amazing spread including the most delicious prawn satays and, yes, mini burgers! Every event seems to have mini burgers lately, which is something I can totally get on board with!
Once we'd filled our tummies and had a chat, we headed back to our seats to learn a little more about Amazon Fashion before some great tips on styling photos for our fashion posts from Rachel Story, stylist at Hello! magazine. This was definitely one of the most helpful talks and I left feeling incredibly inspired! In fact, I've just bought a whole chunk of pretty rings on eBay to make my photos more interesting. Finally, Reena of Fashion Daydreams shared some of her top ways to earn money through affiliate marketing.


At the end of the night, Paige, Natalie and I travelled to Waterloo to get our trains. Funnily enough, Natalie only lives a couple of miles away from me so she was going to the same station and very kindly offered me a lift home (although we did end up taking the scenic route!). 

It was such a great evening and I came out with so much new information and a heap of inspiration to draw on. Thank you so much to everyone involved! 

15 comments :

  1. Gutted I couldn't make it to the event, it sounds like it was super inspiring and fab. Also, I can 1000% get on board with mini burgers too!

    Sophie x

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  2. So jealous! Sounds like a really interesting evening. I'm still learning so much and I've recently started using my amazon affiliates too, I'm still sorting through affiliate schemes to be honest and testing a few out. Shall keep my eyes open for the addition of rings in your photos :)

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  3. Glad you had a good time and left you feeling inspired! I really wanted to go but London is just a little bit far on a work day to only be in the evening, but it sounds and looks totally awesome! & aren't those burgers just so adorable!

    Kayleigh xoxo
    www.veryberrycosmo.co.uk

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  4. This looked like such a great event, I wish it had been one I could have attended! Gem's blog was one of the first I ever read and she's pretty much the reason I started mine. From the sounds of it there were some really interesting topics being discussed! xx

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

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  5. Sounds like a great event, would love to have gone.

    http://doinglifemyway.com

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  6. That event sounded like fun. I bet meeting all these other bloggers and getting to listen to them was pretty cool. Nice post :)

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  7. This sounds like such a fun and interesting event! There was a great variety of speakers :) & those mini burgers look delicious!

    Style Sunrise ☀

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    x

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  8. This sounds like a fabulous event and it's great that you've had some ideas for blogging from here too!
    Victoria xx thedaisyjaynes.com

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  9. Looks like so much fun!! Not sure if I'll be able to attend any events while I visit the UK in June :(

    ZoesSecretStyle.blogspot.co.il

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  10. I was really disappointed to miss this, because I had to sit through a two hour lecture on paper (the joys of studying Publishing!) It looks like it was really informative

    www.jessicainyourear.com

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  11. I hadn't heard of amazon associates but I've signed up now, it looks like a great program

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  12. I'm kinda gutted I couldn't make it to this. Sounds like it would have been really super helpful! :) xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  13. It was so lovely to meet you & learn about the Amazon affiliate scheme. Hoping to bump into you again soon :) xx

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  14. I most definitely have a craving for mini burgers now, how have I never had any before?! Sounds like you had a really good and informative night!

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