04 Nov 2008

Getting Psyched For PubCon 2008

Next week is PubCon Las Vegas, which means I once again have to abandon my two cats in a brand new apartment and hope they don’t destroy the place while I’m gone to remind me just how much they hate and resent me for making them move twice over the past month.

Sigh.

Cat hate aside, I’m actually really excited for PubCon. It will be my first grand-scale public outing as a ninja. I wonder if Jim will let me wear the ninja suit to Vegas? That’d be fun, right?

If you’re going to be at PubCon, please come find us and say hi. Jim, Pat, Rhea and myself will all be there, not to mention a few extra ninjas that we’d love to introduce you to.

Stick around on Thursday afternoon to catch Pat Sexton speaking on the Wonderful World of Widgets panel with super smart folks like Lawrence Coburn, Peter Adams, Will Price and Peter Yared. Pat has already given me this unbiased promise that this will be one of the best panels of the entire show, so I certainly hope you make it. I know I’ll be there liveblogging it and (based on his speaker photo) probably mentioning a few hundred times how dreamy Peter Adams is. Did I say Peter? I meant to say Pat. Pat is dreamy.

And in case you were wondering, yes, We Build Pages will be providing liveblogging coverage for the show. Huzzah! You’ll be able to catch me covering a dozen or so sessions, and Rhea’s going to be providing some additional conference coverage, as well.

We Build Pages is also one of the sponsors for Purposeinc’s 2008 SEO Poker Tournament happening on Thursday night. It’s sure to be a fun event and the proceeds will be donated to two great charities: Heaven Can Wait (puppies!) and the Xtreme Couture GI Foundation.  I also hear the girls have to show up in cocktail dresses and look pretty.  That means you may not recognize me since I won’t be holding a laptop and looking incredibly stressed out.

Below you’ll be able to find my (tentative) liveblogging coverage. And really, is there anyone who liveblogs a session like The Lisa? I don’t think so.

Tuesday, November 11

10:00am-11:20am: Effective Affiliate Strategies
11:30am-12:45pm: Being an Effective SEO Within Your Organization
1:30pm-2:50pm: Keyword Research, Selection and Optimization
2:50pm-4:04pm: Is Social Media & Search a Love Story or War Story?
4:10pm-5:30pm: Tag, You’re It! How to Leverage Your Visitors

Wednesday, November 12

9:00am-9:45am: Keynote Address by George Wright of Blendtec
10:15am-11:30am: Real-World Winning Tactics for Content Creation
11:30am-12:45pm: Competitive Intelligence: Know They Competitor Well
1:30pm-2:50pm: Reputation Monitoring and Management
2:50pm-4:05pm: Conversation and Word of Mouth Marketing
4:10pm-5:30pm: Five Bloggers and a Microphone €“ What’s The Worst That Can Happen [You think I should have been on this panel, right? Right?]

Thursday, November 13

9:00am-9:45am: Keynote Address with Satya Nadella of Microsoft Live Search
10:15am-11:30am: CSS and HTML Coding Today
11:30am-12:45pm: Linkfluence: How to Buy Links With Maximum Juice and Minimum Risk
1:30pm-2:50pm: Real-World Low-Risk, High-Reward Link Building Strategies
2:50pm-4:05pm: The Wonderful World of Widgets

See you in Vegas!