Jason Calacanis Confirmed as Keynote Speaker for Affiliate Summit West 2008

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Sam Harrelson broke the story over at ReveNews that Jason Calacanis, CEO of Mahalo, has been confirmed as the keynote for this winter’s Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas, NV (February 24 to 26, 2008 at the Rio Hotel and Casino).

He must have received notice of that via email or twitter, because the official Affiliate Summit blog does not report anything yet. It does not surprise me though, because I can imagine how busy the Affiliate Summit staff is now, because of the first Summit in jolly old England, which is currently being held in London.

That will be an interesting keynote. Considering Jason’s history and opinion about search engine optimization, which Is also an important subject for affiliate marketers, am I eager to hear what nice things he might has to say about the industry that is infected with adware, email spam, trademark abuse and typo-squatting hehe.

I remember the keynote conversation with Danny Sullivan at SES Chicago 2006. “SEO is bulls$#@!” is how Barry spelled out what Jason actually said in his keynote transcript for Search Engine Roundtable.

[SEJ actually covered this first, but nice citations for SERoundtable 🙂 – Loren]

You can download the audio from the Daily Search Cast web site or watch keynote conversation video on YouTube (three parts: part 1, part 2 and part 3). Search Engine Marketing Gurus made a condensed version of the keynote available for anybody who does not want to spend 40+ minutes watching/listening to the whole thing.

The keynote followed another attack on the SEO industry from his blog, which remains a recurring thing since then. If he really means it or if it is just a marketing trip to draw attention to his own search project Mahalo is not clear, but no matter what the case might be, one thing is sure. Jason did not make many friends in the search engine marketing space since end of last year.

Affiliate marketers are still somewhat neutral when it comes to the opinion about whether or not Jason is a good or bad person. I wonder if that will change next year. If he had that kind words for the SEO industry, which had far less issues than affiliate marketing, I would honestly be surprised if he turns out being an evangelist of performance marketing. I can’t wait to see that.

Carsten Cumbrowski
Internet marketing and web development resources portal at Cumbrowski.com for small-business entrepreneurs and corporate marketers.

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  • Hmmm…. I’m not sure what I’m going to talk about just yet. I think the pollution of the internet is a key issue so maybe I’ll work on that angle over the next couple of months. I can tell you that many, many people will shocked, offended, and disturbed after my presentation. 🙂

  • Hehe.. thanks for stopping by Jason. I am really looking forward to that keynote.

    The affiliate marketing crowd is a bit different though. They are used to the pounding. Some of it is deserved while some of it is not.

    At the end of the day remain the facts that affiliate marketing works and that there are a lot of things that must be cleaned up as well.

    Criticism itself is not a bad thing as long as it is deserved at hitting the mark. Luckily for you is there a lot to criticize on virtually all sides of the game so you can criticize everybody in the room equally without picking only on one 🙂

  • So this is not a joke as I hoped it to be.

    I do not get it. Jason had placed spammers, seos and affiliate marketer under one roof on a few occasions. I do hope some one will ask him a question about it.

  • Hi Vlad, Jason got a a copy of your comment and question too (see comment #2), so he might answers that one by himself in his keynote. 🙂

    Don’t worry, It will be fun for sure and hopefully interesting as well. Cheers!