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“Why Am I The Only Woman Speaker?”

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This was a great impromptu type presentation.  Kristina Halvorson was on stage and gave a talk on Web Content.  Then ended her talk and everyone clapped.  I thought wow 15 mninutes that was short. Then she walked back on stage, and said I want to talk about something else.

The title of this post is what the slide said as she told us what she wants to talk about.  This is a great eye opener.  Chris Messina and Ryan Carson are joining her onstage to discus not just the fact that all men are speaking , but they are also talking about diversity.  They are talking now about the "White Boy’s Club".

This is a talk that I want to talk about more and certainly something we are tuned into at Blog World Expo and what we can do about it.  I’m hoping we can get Kristina to agree to talk to us on our radio show.  I will try to flag her down to discuss this very issue.

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Blogworld Speaker Interviews: Patrick O'Keefe

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Yeah, I know, I’m a bit late with this one. Somehow Patrick’s interview fell through the cracks but he’s an interesting chap and I wanted to get this out. So let’s just secretly agree we’ll pretend this was posted just before the Expo, not afterwards, okay? 🙂

Q: In two sentences, highlight your background and professional experience to date. One bonus sentence: how’d you get started blogging?

I own the iFroggy Network, a network of websites, and I’m the author of “Managing Online Forums“, a practical guide to managing online communities and social spaces. I’ve been developing websites for about 10 years and managing online communities for around 8. For me, blogging is an extension of what we’ve been doing for a very, very long time – creating content – but as far as calling it “blogging” specifically; 2004, I guess.

Q: How often do you blog?  What platform do you use?  Why?

Patrick O'Keefe

Patrick O'Keefe

I blog multiple times per day. I blog at YanksBlog.com, ManagingCommunities.com, Bad Boy Blog, my personal blog and elsewhere. Right now, I use Nucleus CMS and WordPress and I am very slowly converting my Nucleus CMS sites to WordPress. I like WordPress due to it’s ease of use, reliability and excellent plugin community.

Q: Point us to one or two recent postings on your blog that you think were superb, and tell us a bit about your writing process. How long did it take for you to come up with the topic?  How long to write?

Post #1: “Five Things Bad Boy Needs to Do to Improve it’s Online Strategy” on Bad Boy Blog

In this post, I took a good strong look at what Bad Boy Entertainment, a record label and company that I’m a big fan of, could do online to improve it’s strategy and, as such, make more money. This post is the result of my years of watching the company and how it operates, as well as the network of contacts that I have made within it. My writing process was rather straight forward, as I have a great deal of knowledge about this subject. I came up with the topic randomly while working and the article itself took me probably 4-5 hours to write and tweak.

Post #2: “Has Anyone Called You Hitler, Stalin or Gestapo? (or “How I Know Iím Doing My Job”)” on ManagingCommunities.com

I like this post just because it’s so true. The topic came to me randomly and it took me an hour or two to write it up. The writing process pulled upon my experience managing communities and being the one that people direct their anger at, when they are told that they are unable to do something.

Q: How often do you leave comments on other people’s blogs?  How do you find their entries in the first place?

I would say on a virtual daily basis. I do most of my blog reading through my feedreader, Bloglines. So, that is how I find the entries.

Q: Tell us a bit about your talk at Blogworld Expo. Topic, key points you’ll cover, etc?

I have a book signing and two panels, all on Sunday, September 21. The book signing is at 10:00 AM PT. After that, the first panel is at 12:15 PM PT and it’s called “How to Deal with Trolls, Spammers and Sock Puppets.” I’ll be joined by Rick Calvert, the founder of Blog World Expo, John Chow of JohnChowDotCom (http://www.johnchow.com) and Jeremy Schoemaker of ShoeMoney (http://www.shoemoney.com). We’ll talk about how to deal with these difficult types of visitors and members. How to view their comments and how to manage them.

The second panel is at 3:00 PM PT and it’s called “Avoiding Disaster: How Not to Use Social Media.” On this one, I’ll be joined by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger (http://www.problogger.net) and b5media (http://www.b5media.com), Lee LeFever of Common Craft (http://www.commoncraft.com) and Jason Falls of Social Media Explorer (http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com) and Doe-Anderson (http://www.doeanderson.com).

I really feel that you learn as much from what not to do and who you don’t want to be, as you do about best practices and examples. So, that’s what this panel will focus on. We’ll talk about ways that you can damage your brand through your actions on social media outlets, such as communities, forums, blogs, social networking sites, social bookmarking and everything in between.

Q: How do you recommend new folk best experience a major conference and expo like Blogworld Expo?

This sounds funny, I guess, since I have a signing and two panels, but don’t get overly caught up in following a schedule and going to panels and being here and there. Mark your must haves and get to them, but for me, the best part of these conferences has been in networking and meeting people. And some of the best networking you do is in the hallways, at the parties, etc. Panels are great, but you don’t want to be running from place to place and forget to actually meet people and network.

I admit that I’m not the most experienced conference attendee, though. This will be just the second tech conference I’ve been to, following this year’s South by Southwest. I attended 1 panel, 1 core conversation and a handful of book readings or portions of them (mainly so that I could see what they were about before I gave mine). And yet, I don’t regret it. I had a great time and I met a lot of people. It was great. I’m looking forward to Blog World Expo being similar.

Q: Easy ones: Mac or PC?  Ipod or Zune?  Iphone or Blackberry?

I use PCs. I use Windows Vista Ultimate on both my desktop and laptop. My MP3 player is actually a Creative Zen Xtra, but I do have an iPod Nano that I received for free, in a giveaway, that I keep plugged into a speaker next to my bed. Cell phone wise, I don’t use one! *gasp*


Thanks for playing our game, Patrick. Hope you had a great experience at Blogworld Expo 2008.

Blogworld Speaker Interviews: Patrick O’Keefe

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Yeah, I know, I’m a bit late with this one. Somehow Patrick’s interview fell through the cracks but he’s an interesting chap and I wanted to get this out. So let’s just secretly agree we’ll pretend this was posted just before the Expo, not afterwards, okay? 🙂

Q: In two sentences, highlight your background and professional experience to date. One bonus sentence: how’d you get started blogging?

I own the iFroggy Network, a network of websites, and I’m the author of “Managing Online Forums“, a practical guide to managing online communities and social spaces. I’ve been developing websites for about 10 years and managing online communities for around 8. For me, blogging is an extension of what we’ve been doing for a very, very long time – creating content – but as far as calling it “blogging” specifically; 2004, I guess.

Q: How often do you blog?  What platform do you use?  Why?

Patrick O'Keefe

Patrick O'Keefe

I blog multiple times per day. I blog at YanksBlog.com, ManagingCommunities.com, Bad Boy Blog, my personal blog and elsewhere. Right now, I use Nucleus CMS and WordPress and I am very slowly converting my Nucleus CMS sites to WordPress. I like WordPress due to it’s ease of use, reliability and excellent plugin community.

Q: Point us to one or two recent postings on your blog that you think were superb, and tell us a bit about your writing process. How long did it take for you to come up with the topic?  How long to write?

Post #1: “Five Things Bad Boy Needs to Do to Improve it’s Online Strategy” on Bad Boy Blog

In this post, I took a good strong look at what Bad Boy Entertainment, a record label and company that I’m a big fan of, could do online to improve it’s strategy and, as such, make more money. This post is the result of my years of watching the company and how it operates, as well as the network of contacts that I have made within it. My writing process was rather straight forward, as I have a great deal of knowledge about this subject. I came up with the topic randomly while working and the article itself took me probably 4-5 hours to write and tweak.

Post #2: “Has Anyone Called You Hitler, Stalin or Gestapo? (or “How I Know Iím Doing My Job”)” on ManagingCommunities.com

I like this post just because it’s so true. The topic came to me randomly and it took me an hour or two to write it up. The writing process pulled upon my experience managing communities and being the one that people direct their anger at, when they are told that they are unable to do something.

Q: How often do you leave comments on other people’s blogs?  How do you find their entries in the first place?

I would say on a virtual daily basis. I do most of my blog reading through my feedreader, Bloglines. So, that is how I find the entries.

Q: Tell us a bit about your talk at Blogworld Expo. Topic, key points you’ll cover, etc?

I have a book signing and two panels, all on Sunday, September 21. The book signing is at 10:00 AM PT. After that, the first panel is at 12:15 PM PT and it’s called “How to Deal with Trolls, Spammers and Sock Puppets.” I’ll be joined by Rick Calvert, the founder of Blog World Expo, John Chow of JohnChowDotCom (http://www.johnchow.com) and Jeremy Schoemaker of ShoeMoney (http://www.shoemoney.com). We’ll talk about how to deal with these difficult types of visitors and members. How to view their comments and how to manage them.

The second panel is at 3:00 PM PT and it’s called “Avoiding Disaster: How Not to Use Social Media.” On this one, I’ll be joined by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger (http://www.problogger.net) and b5media (http://www.b5media.com), Lee LeFever of Common Craft (http://www.commoncraft.com) and Jason Falls of Social Media Explorer (http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com) and Doe-Anderson (http://www.doeanderson.com).

I really feel that you learn as much from what not to do and who you don’t want to be, as you do about best practices and examples. So, that’s what this panel will focus on. We’ll talk about ways that you can damage your brand through your actions on social media outlets, such as communities, forums, blogs, social networking sites, social bookmarking and everything in between.

Q: How do you recommend new folk best experience a major conference and expo like Blogworld Expo?

This sounds funny, I guess, since I have a signing and two panels, but don’t get overly caught up in following a schedule and going to panels and being here and there. Mark your must haves and get to them, but for me, the best part of these conferences has been in networking and meeting people. And some of the best networking you do is in the hallways, at the parties, etc. Panels are great, but you don’t want to be running from place to place and forget to actually meet people and network.

I admit that I’m not the most experienced conference attendee, though. This will be just the second tech conference I’ve been to, following this year’s South by Southwest. I attended 1 panel, 1 core conversation and a handful of book readings or portions of them (mainly so that I could see what they were about before I gave mine). And yet, I don’t regret it. I had a great time and I met a lot of people. It was great. I’m looking forward to Blog World Expo being similar.

Q: Easy ones: Mac or PC?  Ipod or Zune?  Iphone or Blackberry?

I use PCs. I use Windows Vista Ultimate on both my desktop and laptop. My MP3 player is actually a Creative Zen Xtra, but I do have an iPod Nano that I received for free, in a giveaway, that I keep plugged into a speaker next to my bed. Cell phone wise, I don’t use one! *gasp*


Thanks for playing our game, Patrick. Hope you had a great experience at Blogworld Expo 2008.

Blogger's Night Out Details!

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First of all a huge thank you to Joe Morin and Brett Tabke from Pubcon for making this happen. Second a Huge Thank You to the folks from MGM/Mirage, Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil for their generosity in donating all of the tickets and for being such a cutting edge company that realizes the influence of the Blogosphere and new media.

This program was a huge success at last year’s Pubcon and I was immediately jealous when I saw what they had done. Completely by coincidence Joe and I met about a month ago at New Media Expo and he said we might be able to pull this off for BlogWorld. About three weeks of hard work and organization from Joe and Brett and off we go.

So here is the deal, the tickets are free to all BlogWorld attendees on a first come first serve basis. Every show is certain to sell out so sign up ASAP. I would highly recommend going to the Thursday night showing if you can as there will be fewer bloggers in town then vs. Friday.

All the MGM/Mirage folks are asking is that you write an honest review of the show you see. It is not required but if they are cool enough to give you a $100 + ticket I hope you are decent enough to follow up and write the review on your blog. They don’t want puff pieces. They want your honest opinion if you loved it let them know, if you hated it, then explain why.

When you post your review, please link back to this post.

Here is the Blogger’s Night Out Schedule with all of the available shows and times:

Thursday September 18th

Mamma Mia

7:30 p.m.

Carrot Top

8:00 p.m.   (tickets must be picked up by 6pm or they will be released back to general sales pool)

Friday September 19th

Roller Coaster at NYNY

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Blog World attendees can ride the coaster for free with their conference badge – up to the first 200 attendees each day. Be sure you bring your badge if you want to ride the roller coaster!

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Between 12:00 p.m.  and 4:00 p.m. BlogWorld attendees may obtain free admission with their badge. Be sure you bring your badge if you want to get in!

Blue Man Group

7:00 p.m.

Zumanity

7:30 p.m.

Now how do you get your tickets?

Go to this website and sign up, you will get an email verifying you have registered. Click the link and log in. You will then get an email from Brett asking which show you want tickets for. Just reply with your request.

The pubon folks will be at Blogworld Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. You will need to pick up your tickets directly from them.

Counting the roller coaster there are over 1,000 tickets available. This is a huge program that MGM/Mirage has put together for us. So if you feel inspired to just thank them in general please be sure and link back to this post with anything like that as well.

Blogger’s Night Out Details!

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First of all a huge thank you to Joe Morin and Brett Tabke from Pubcon for making this happen. Second a Huge Thank You to the folks from MGM/Mirage, Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil for their generosity in donating all of the tickets and for being such a cutting edge company that realizes the influence of the Blogosphere and new media.

This program was a huge success at last year’s Pubcon and I was immediately jealous when I saw what they had done. Completely by coincidence Joe and I met about a month ago at New Media Expo and he said we might be able to pull this off for BlogWorld. About three weeks of hard work and organization from Joe and Brett and off we go.

So here is the deal, the tickets are free to all BlogWorld attendees on a first come first serve basis. Every show is certain to sell out so sign up ASAP. I would highly recommend going to the Thursday night showing if you can as there will be fewer bloggers in town then vs. Friday.

All the MGM/Mirage folks are asking is that you write an honest review of the show you see. It is not required but if they are cool enough to give you a $100 + ticket I hope you are decent enough to follow up and write the review on your blog. They don’t want puff pieces. They want your honest opinion if you loved it let them know, if you hated it, then explain why.

When you post your review, please link back to this post.

Here is the Blogger’s Night Out Schedule with all of the available shows and times:

Thursday September 18th

Mamma Mia

7:30 p.m.

Carrot Top

8:00 p.m.   (tickets must be picked up by 6pm or they will be released back to general sales pool)

Friday September 19th

Roller Coaster at NYNY

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Blog World attendees can ride the coaster for free with their conference badge – up to the first 200 attendees each day. Be sure you bring your badge if you want to ride the roller coaster!

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Between 12:00 p.m.  and 4:00 p.m. BlogWorld attendees may obtain free admission with their badge. Be sure you bring your badge if you want to get in!

Blue Man Group

7:00 p.m.

Zumanity

7:30 p.m.

Now how do you get your tickets?

Go to this website and sign up, you will get an email verifying you have registered. Click the link and log in. You will then get an email from Brett asking which show you want tickets for. Just reply with your request.

The pubon folks will be at Blogworld Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. You will need to pick up your tickets directly from them.

Counting the roller coaster there are over 1,000 tickets available. This is a huge program that MGM/Mirage has put together for us. So if you feel inspired to just thank them in general please be sure and link back to this post with anything like that as well.

Blogworld Expo Speaker Interview: Jason Falls

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We’ve pulled together an extraordinary lineup of speakers and panelists for Blogworld Expo this year and are really excited as the event draws closer. To help you learn about our great participants, this is the first of a series of fun interviews with speakers we’ll be doing. This first is with Jason Falls of Doe-Anderson, who writes the splendid Social Media Explorer blog and is on a panel entitled “Putting Social Media in the Newsroom: How New Media can help Old Media Maintain Relevance”.  Here we go!

Q: In two sentences, highlight your background and professional experience to date. One bonus sentence: how’d you get started blogging?

I’m a public relations professional by trade who advises clients on the use of social media, including blogging, as an effective channel of communications with their customers. The biggest selling point I have is probably that I’ve proven that blogging can be an effective promotional and thought leadership tool since Social Media Explorer is really only a year old and I’m already presenting at Blog World Expo. I got started blogging, however, in 1998 when I started self-publishing my local newspaper column online for those outside my hometown to read.

Q: How often do you blog?  What platform do you use?  Why?

Social Media Explorer generally has new posts three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) but we often have timely or too much information and probably publish around four days each week. (I say “we” since Kat French, Doe-Anderson’s social media manager, joined me as a staff blogger a few months ago.) For the longest time, I published five days a week but I shifted to a quality over quantity focus in the sprint time and backed off my everyday emphasis a bit. We’re still fairly prolific, however.

I use WordPress because the open-source community makes the platform so powerful and robust. You can literally find a plug-in to make it do just about everything. And it’s free, which is always a bonus.

Q: Point us to one or two recent postings on your blog that you think were superb, and tell us a bit about your writing process. How long did it take for you to come up with the topic?  How long to write?

I’m always most proud of the posts that cause a great deal of conversation because the engagement level is the most meaningful measure of my blog’s success to me. The more conversation that results shows that I’ve caused people to think about an issue which always leads to learning and growth. If there is a promise I make to my audience, I think it’s that: you’ll think about things and pick up a few thoughts you didn’t encounter before.

That said, I think, “Is it time to re-think e-mail marketing?” from August 1 was a good pot-stirring post. I’m also partial to “Social Media Is The Responsibility of Public Relations” from mid-July. While a lot of the comments misconstrued my point – that PR, as the primary professional communicators in organizations, need to take responsibility for social media education, training and strategy, it sparked a good deal of discussion, disagreement and discourse.

For almost all of my posts, I come up with the topics in the course of daily thinking and work. I’ll file a topic away as something I want to spend more time thinking about and, when I have time, search for articles on the topic, research a bit online, take another day or so to just mull over the topic when I have time, then sit down to put the thoughts on paper. Once I sit down to write, I normally pound it all out in under an hour – the result of writing on deadline for years. But I’m normally chewing on 3-4 topics all at the same time, so it’s not a real linear process.

Q: How often do you leave comments on other people’s blogs?  How do you find their entries in the first place?

I comment frequently on several blogs. It’s not only good form in promoting your own blog but also actively participating in the greater conversation about the topic. My blog isn’t the only good social media blog out there. I like to read the others to balance my own thinking and discuss the issues of the day I may not be focused on. Finding the entries is fairly easy. I subscribe to just about all the social media blogs out there. New ones surface from pointers in posts I read. When I’m researching a topic, I also find some new blogs via search.

Q: Tell us a bit about your talk at Blogworld Expo. Topic, key points you’ll cover, etc?

The presentation I’m responsible for the most is the session, “Putting Social Media In The Newsroom — How New Media Can Help Old Media Maintain Relevance.” I essentially wanted to talk about how, in the face of a shifting media marketplace, many traditional media outlets are tapping into social media to change their approach to business and journalism. The audience shift away from newspapers and television to the online realm has many traditional media struggling to maintain their audience and their revenues. We’ll look at media outlets that are finding social media useful in turning the tides, talk about how other media outlets can capture that momentum using social media and talk about some of the potential issues media outlets will face moving forward.

Q: How do you recommend new folk best experience a major conference and expo like Blogworld Expo?

As much as there really is a great deal of knowledge to gain from the sessions, the most use I get out of Blog World Expo is the professional and personal networking that occurs just in the halls, the parties, at lunch and milling about the exhibit hall. So much of the connections we make blogging and through social networking occurs online. This is our chance to meet face-to-face, get to know each other and find those friends in the business that can serve as professional and personal counsel, folks to bounce ideas off of, potential business leads and more. Some of the best friends I have in the business I met at Blog World Expo last year, so I recommend folks stick out their hand, introduce themselves and get to know each other. You can do that the whole weekend and not meet everyone, but it sure is fun trying.

Q: Easy ones: Mac or PC?  Ipod or Zune?  Iphone or Blackberry?

I’m non-denominational, but use a Mac most of the time. I have a SanDisk MP3 player I like just fine. I’d prefer to have an iPhone, but my office supplies me with a Blackberry, which I find pretty useful.


Interview conducted by Blogworld Expo co-host Dave Taylor, who you can find on the podium giving a talk during the conference, on Twitter as @DaveTaylor or blogging about either tech support or business blogging.

Winners Of The Problogger "Free Pass To BlogWorld" Contest Announced

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A couple of weeks back Super Star blogger Darren Rowse asked me if he could run a contest on Problogger to give a way a Full Conference Pass to BlogWorld to one of his readers. It took me about 2 seconds to say “YES LETS Give AWAY TWO!”.

Well The contest is now closed and we had to do the hard work of picking two winners out of the 60 some add entries.

This was a hard choice. Do we give the pass to Katja whose post really tugged at my heartstrings? but to be honest I had to wonder if it was real or just a ploy to get a free pass.

Or to Nathan Driver? His tag line “Driven In Life” is fantastic! and his post was witty.

Then there was Chris. I had to ask myself, do we want to give this guy a pass just so I can say he traveled all the way from Thailand just to buy me a beer?

Linda Bustos’ post was very clever spelling out BlogWorld in her short 9 line plea but she get’s DQ’d for spelling Darren’s name wrong.

I briefly considered Jack’s entry which was good. Then I thought to myself he writes for Gizmodo he can afford his own damn pass. On second thought maybe not; it is Gawker.

In the end Jennifer Taggart won me over with the offer of free cookies.

I don’t have a sad story about my health or finances to persuade you that I “deserve” a pass. But, I would love to win one – would bribery help? Can I send you homemade cookies from scratch? I’ve been blogging for a year, focusing on green and non-toxic solutions for the home, focused on babies and kids. I’d love to go to learn and to network. I know it will take my blogging to the next level. I’ll blog and tweet about it. I’ll also drag my husband, who absolutely refused to attend BlogHer’08 (he commented that he would rather sit on the curb outside the entire time) to Vegas without our kids! Plus, my birthday is just 2 weeks after the conference. Is that a good enough reason?

That and having attended BlogHer myself, I think her husband deserves the trip to Vegas.  Just bring the cookies along with you and we can share them at the show Jennifer 8). I promise to put a good word in with your husband about BlogHer.

Our second winner is Katja whose story is true and having gone through so much recently definitely deserves the trip!

Congratulations Jennifer and Katja!

For the runner’s up mentioned in this post. You each have a consolation prize of 50% off on a full conference pass. Honestly I hope you all decide to come. We will have a blast.

Oh and Ron Meyer you get a 50% off pass as well. A guy who starts blogging at 57 about dirt track racing just has to be at BlogWorld so I hope that is enough to motivate you to join us.

Thank you again to Darren Rowse for organizing and hosting the contest and to everyone who participated.

 

Blog on!
Rick

June 20th Last Day To Save up to 50% Off On Your BlogWorld Registration

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That’s today. So what are you waiting for? Go register now and save your cash for the tables, or for drinking money, or to buy yourself a nice dinner, or a nice present for your spouse that you so thoughtlessly left at home while you went gallivanting off to Vegas to hang out with your freaky blogger friends!….

Did I say that out loud? Seriously register today and save some cash. If you insist on giving us more money wait until tomorrow. It’s all good…..

Yes I need sleep.

BlogWorld 2008 Affiliate Program Now Open

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That’s right. If you are planning to come to the show and you want to earn some extra spending money for Vegas, then sign up for our affiliate program provided my our good friends at ShareASale here.

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For every person you refer through the affiliate link on your blog who registers to attend BlogWorld you earn a 10% commission. The average registration is $300 which means you earn $30 for every person you sign up. Not bad.

For many of you this might the first affiliate program you ever tried. Honestly I was surprised at how simple the process was. It takes about 10 minutes to sign up as an affiliate, then you pick which program you want to offer on your blog, copy and paste the code onto your blog and you are off to the races. ShareAsale has a great FAQ page here.

Jim Kukral to Lead Monetization Track

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One of the lessons we learned last year from the first BlogWorld & New Media Expo was that coordinating over 100 seminars with 130+ speakers is too much for one man to do. Don’t get me wrong we were very proud of what we accomplished with the world’s largest blogging conference last year and the All Star line up of speakers. Dave Taylor did an awesome job and will be back this year but we wanted to get him some help.

So this year we will have “Track Leaders” for some of the critical content. The “Monetization” track would be at the top of that list. By far our most popular track last year it was important we found the right person to lead. Award winning blogger, affiliate marketer extraordinaire and international man of mystery Jim Kukral is that person.

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**Obligatory Bio info here**

For over 10-years, Jim has actively participated in the Internet marketing industry in multiple roles. Because of his wide range of work experience during those years, Jim is able to bring a well-rounded perspective to the industry. Jim has been blogging since 2001 and has established himself as a leading expert in the field. In 2006, Jim was awarded the Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards “Best Blogger” award. He is also the former publisher of ReveNews.com, a group blog focused on the billion-dollar online monetization industry. Jim is a graduate of The University of Akron where he studied public relations and marketing. In the time since finishing his education Jim has started to own web firms and projects and has marketed and promoted thousands of websites, blogs and other online ideas. Nowadays Jim focuses on the business of online video and online publishing tools, as well as actively participating as a speaker and presenter at industry events. Jim is also the owner and operator of Scratchback.com, an online ad publishing system to help website and blog owners make money online.

**end obligatory bio info**

To summarize Jim has been walking the walk earning money via his blog and teaching other bloggers how to do the same for a long time. On top of that he is an all around good guy and eats his spinach. For those of you who don’t know Jim take a quick look at his introduction of last year’s closing keynote speaker at BlogWorld Mark Cuban. This was the first time the two had met in person after Jim had created the infamous “Mark Cuban Please Call Me” website about a year earlier.

Please join me in welcoming Jim to the team.

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