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How to Connect at BlogWorld

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We have less than 3 months left until BlogWorld 2010. If we want to ensure we don’t miss a thing, make all the connections we’ve been looking forward to, and have an all-around great time, the time is not to start planning to connect.

Here are a few tools and tips for what you can to today, and during BlogWorld to meet and connect at BlogWorld.

Plancast
Before BlogWorld:

  • Subscribe to the main BlogWorld event to see who else will be there and join the conversation.
  • Search “BlogWorld” regularly for notices of lead-up events like Tweet Ups.
  • Connect your Tungle.me account to your Plancast profile to invite others to book time with you.
  • Subscribe to people you want to connect with.

During BlogWorld:

  • Keep searching “BlogWorld” for side events that popup.
  • Watch for alerts from people you want to connect with – see where they’ll be next!

Facebook
Before BlogWorld:

  • “Like” the BlogWorld page to follow updates.
  • Scan the list of others who’ve liked it for people you want to connect with – is their profile professional or personal? If it’s professional, go ahead and send a friend request.
  • Looking to speak with people on a certain topic? Put the word out on the Wall with a link to your Tungle.me page so people can connect with you.

During BlogWorld:

  • Regularly update your status with your whereabouts so people can find you easily.

Tungle.me
Before BlogWorld:

  • Post your Tungle.me link on all your social profiles – You never know where someone will find you.
  • Connect your Tungle.me account to your Plancast profile so others can book meetings with you.
  • Blog off slots where you’ll be at panels, keynotes or meet ups so you don’t get double booked (If you add them directly to your calendar, they’ll be blocked off on Tungle.me).

During BlogWorld:

  • Hand out business cards with your link printed on them. Scheduling meetings through your page is faster than by phone or email, and you can reply to invites on your smartphone.

Twitter
Before BlogWorld:

  • Follow BlogWorld and BlogWorldExpo on Twitter for updates.
  • Follow the hashtags #bwe10 and #blogworld to see what other people are saying.
  • Tweet with the hashtag #bwe10 (that’s the official one) to get conversations started.

During BlogWorld:

  • Keep watching the hashtags and the BlogWorld stream so you don’t miss any impromptu networking opportunities.

How are you preparing for BlogWorld? Please share your tips and tools in the comments.

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Paying for BlogWorld, part 2

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Brain dump =/= dumpster. These tips are not garbage!

Earlier today, I posted some ways yous can bring in a little extra cash to go toward paying for your BlogWorld ticket. I know some people are still frustrated, though. So, I’m going to do a brain dump right here, right now.

Growing up, my family didn’t have a lot of money. We weren’t living in a cardboard box or anything, but we certainly couldn’t afford the latest fashions or eating out very often. I credit my ability today to save money to the wonderful skills my mother taught me. Sharon Boyer knows how to clip a coupon.

Beyond buying items on sale and clipping coupons, though, what are some things you can do to save up money for BlogWorld? Brain dump commencing in three…two…one…

  • Have a yard sale. I recently participated in my community’s yard sale and raised $50 or so getting rid of old junk. I didn’t even have any big-ticket items to sell. You can also sell items on Craig’s List or eBay to raise some cash.
  • Get a library card. Even used books can start to add up if you buy a few every month. The library is free!
  • Give up your gym membership and instead look for natural ways to work out at home. I run at my local park, for example. You can also check out your community center – many have an exercise room that you can use for free.
  • Switch your hosting. Often, if you shop around, you can find the same or better hosting for slightly less money. Even if you’re just saving a few dollars, remember that you’re working toward a goal. It all starts to add up. Sometimes if you call your host, they’ll give you a discount if you ask just to keep you as a customer.
  • Change your cell phone plan. Do you really need unlimited texting? Can you live with half the number of minutes for the next few months? If you use your cell phone for business, the answer might be “no,” but if your phone is primarily for pleasure, you might be able to save some money on the monthly bill.
  • Ask for no ice. This is my favorite “save money” tip, and I use it every time I pick up an iced coffee or soda at a fast food place. Ask for no or light ice and you’ll get double the amount, half of which you can save for later instead of buying a second drink.
  • Downgrade your television service. Like with a cell phone plan, people are often paying a lot for cable or satellite because they want it, not because they need it. Can you survive a few months without the movie channels? If so, you can save enough to pay for a night or two at one of the BlogWorld discounted hotels.
  • Turn off the AC and get outside. Yes, it’s summertime. Yes, it’s hot. Put on some shorts and sit outside unless you absolutely can’t stand it. The AC will eat up your electricity, skyrocketing your bill. If it really is too hot to function, consider going to the library or another WiFi area to work (but skip cafes where you spend money on lunch!).
  • Skip the pre-packaged snacks and make your own munchies. At the beginning of the week, cut up veggies and put sandwich baggies of them in the refrigerator. You can also make trail mix, bake cookies, or otherwise create your own snacks. It’s much cheaper than packaged treats.
  • Take shorter showers. You’ll save on both your heat and water bills.
  • Start a dinner club with your friends. Instead of eating out, go to someone’s house once a week for dinner, with that person cooking for everyone. You still get the benefit of not having to cook for the night, but you don’t have to pay high restaurant prices. Cooking dinner for your friends every few weeks is much less expensive than eating out every week.
  • Check out your local hair salon instead of a chain at the mall. You’ll often spend just a fraction of the cost by choosing a small business owner.
  • Shop for seasonal ingredients. Fruits and veggies that are out-of-season cost more since they have to be shipped in from afar. Added bonus: seasonal ingredients are fresher, tastier, and better for the environment!
  • Trade baby-sitting. For those of you with kids, instead of hiring a baby-sitter so you can have date night, work out a deal with some other families in your community. If everyone hosts neighborhood movie night once a month, couples can enjoy some alone time for free.
  • Combine errands to make one trip. You’ll use less gas if you go to the grocery store, post office, library, etc at once instead of splitting up the trips. You can also take your bike to places close by to avoid using gas completely.
  • Check out community center activities for the kids. Many neighborhoods have free or very inexpensive programs during the summer or after school, which is much less expensive than paying for a sitter or day care.
  • Look for local drive-in movie locations. This is a personal favorite of mine! You get two movies often for a price lower than what it costs to see one at the movie theatre. Plus, you can make your own snacks instead of buying high-priced treats.
  • Check out the Salvation Army or Goodwill before you buy anything. Second-hand stuff can be just as good as new stuff, as long as you give it a good scrubbin’ when you get home!
  • Pump your own gas. You’ll save money on tips if you go to a self-service center. Of course, this isn’t possible in all states, but if you can, take a moment to get out of your car.
  • If you live in the suburbs, take the bus into the city instead of driving. In general, take the bus whenever you’ll have to pay for parking.
  • Give up smoking. Yes, this is a tough one for some of you…but you’ll spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year on cigarettes if you don’t! At least cut down in over the next few months to save up some money for BlogWorld.

The key to all of this is that every time you save a dollar, put it in an account as though you’ve spent it. Otherwise, you’ll spend it somewhere else if you’re anything like me!

Ok, I’ve spent 1000+ words telling ya’ll how I save money. Your turn – leave a comment with a few of your best money-saving tips.

Allison Boyer is a writer for BWE’s blog and the owner/manager of After Graduation. She is still waiting for someone to buy her a tiara.

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Paying for BlogWorld, part 1

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I follow the hashtag #BWE10 on Twitter to keep my finger on the pulse of what people are saying about BlogWorld. Sadly, it seems like a number of people are making the decision not to come because they don’t have the money for it.

I understand that completely. I’m not someone with deep pockets, and a trip across the country isn’t cheap. It’s not a matter of whether or not a ticket to BlogWorld is worth the money. Although the upfront price may look expensive at first, you’re getting a ton of value for the cost of a ticket. I think you all realize that. The problem is, no matter how good of a deal something is, if you don’t have the money, you don’t have the money.

If you’d like to go to BlogWorld, even if you think you don’t have the cash, I’d like to help you brainstorm some ideas to pay for the trip. I recommend booking your BlogWorld hotel room right now. Go on, I’ll wait. Your card isn’t charged until October, and you can cancel for free before then if you honestly don’t have the money in the end. You don’t want to get stuck without a discounted room if you decide you can go at the last minute. Booking a hotel room, even though you can cancel if you change your mind, makes things see more official, so it’s a motivator to actually make money to go.

OK, let’s get into the meat of this post. How can you go about paying for this trip? Here are some fab tips – and not a single one involves taking off your clothing, joining a pyramid scheme, or

  • Sign up on shareasale.com‘s* site to be a part of the BlogWorld affiliate program and start encouraging your friends and readers to attend BlogWorld. You’ll make $30+ for every person who attends through your affiliate link, and it’s something you can easily promote not only on your website, but also on your social networks.
  • Contact companies directly to ask for sponsorship. I’ve seen some people tweeting about wanting a sponsor, but not having much luck. You have to man up and contact companies directly. Look for companies that aren’t attending BlogWorld and come up with a comprehensive sponsorship package. Maybe you’ll wear their t-shirt for one day in exchange for paying one night of the hotel room or maybe you’ll hand out their business cards with your own in exchange for buying the actual ticket. Give companies options to fit any budget. Don’t forget to approach local business that have an online presence.
  • Sell some ad space on your blog specific for BlogWorld sponsorship. Again, this involves cold-calling companies directly, which can be uncomfortable, but is much more successful than simply posting a notice on your blog. Note that you expect more traffic than normal as you’re blogging about BlogWorld and again, have multiple price points for different budgets.
  • Offer some blogging services to companies to help cover costs. For example, you could approach local businesses in your area and offer to set up free WordPress sites with their theme of choice for them for a set amount of money. Or, you could help a company optimize their site for search engine traffic. Or, you could help a company edit their stylesheet to customize a theme. Draw on your own skills. Note that you’re raising money to get to BlogWorld. People are more likely to jump on board if they’re part of a cause of some sort.
  • Put a tip jar on your blog. I’ve never had a ton of success with these, but if you mention specifically that you’re trying to raise money to attend BlogWorld, some of your readers might donate. Make sure to add some affiliate links as well and note that they can also tip simply by buying a product they were going to purchase anyway, since you’ll get a cut of the money. Amazon is a great affiliate program for this, since they have so many items people buy anyway.
  • Create an information product, like an ebook or video series, to sell on your blog. You can go all-out and do a huge project, but if you simply don’t have the time, create something small and sell it for $10 – $20. If just 100 people buy your $20 product, that’s $2000 to put toward your trip, which is almost enough to pay for it completely, depending on your travel costs.
  • Find bloggers in your area and arrange a carpool. This isn’t really relevant if you are flying, not driving, but for bloggers who live within driving distance of Las Vegas, spliting the cost of gas/parking for a van or SUV between six or so people can really cut your costs.

I know, I know – a lot of you are looking at this list and thinking, “this doesn’t help, I’m doing these things already and still don’t have the money to go!” Don’t worry! I’m compiling a list of other ways you can cut costs in your daily life to save up money for this trip. This list was blogging-specific, but never fear. I am the Queen of Pinching Pennies, and I have some cool tricks to share with you.

Keep in mind that all of the tips in this post (and my next post) can be used not just for BlogWorld, but for any trip you want to take, even a vacation.

*Disclosure: That’s an affiliate link.

Allison Boyer is a writer for BWE’s blog and the owner/manager of After Graduation. As the Queen of Pinching Pennies, she thinks she needs a crown and a cape. Or at least a tiara.

BlogWorld Flickr Photo of the Week: Chris Brogan and Charnell Lucich

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We’re starting a new feature – BlogWorld Flickr Photo of the Week! If you have a photo and story you’d like to share, please email me with a link to the photo and your story. Don’t forget to join our BlogWorld Flickr Group too!

Chris Brogan, Charnell Lucich

This week’s photo is from Kevin Blalock:

Social media was a little unfamiliar to me and I never really got a good grasp of it until I attended the BlogWorld Expo in 2008 for the first time. I had heard about social media here and there, and had seen the buzz online. I even registered an account on Twitter, yet I still couldn’t figure it out.

This first trip to BlogWorld was a great experience for me as I wandered around the floor. I watched people connecting, learning about each others business, and hearing tips and tricks about social media in general and how it can be used in a positive way.

The key piece of knowledge for me was learning about blogging. Blogging was another buzz term that I figured only artists and poets used to document their daily life or something. To my excitement, asking many silly questions resulted in many very helpful answers from the other attendees and exhibitors. I quickly learned what exactly all this social media and blogging stuff was all about!

The experience this first year made me want to learn more and get involved myself. Now, I will be the first to say I am not the best at keeping my blog up to date on a regular basis, but I am working on it. I have a new project/business that gives me a reason to blog now, other than just the things I have been up to in my personal life.

Because of what I have learned by attending BlogWorld Expo, not only do I know how to leverage the tools of social media such as blogging; I can now share what I have learned and hopefully teach others as the wonderful people of BlogWorld have done for me.

Part of the BlogWorld experience is getting to meet many great people. One such person is the man who took the time to allow me to take a photo of himself and Charnell Lucich, Chris Brogan. Since leaving BlogWorld 2008, I started following him on Twitter and keeping up with his social media presence.

To my delight, Chris was once again at BlogWorld 2009 and was signing his then new book release titled “Trust Agents”. One minute, I was with Charnell Lucich who keeps up with Chris religiously, and is one of his biggest fans. The next minute she was in front of his table talking with him. So, I ran over to say hi as well since it is very rare that you do not see him surrounded by fans!

This brings me to the greatest part about BlogWorld. We all know who Chris Brogan is; and to be honest with you, I was expecting a better than thou attitude. Let me tell you, Chris is one of the most down to earth people I have ever met. He sat there looking us in the eyes talking to us, focused on the conversation and really made me feel that he was truly interested in our conversation.

I am really looking forward to attending BlogWorld 2010 in October. I look forward to seeing the friends I have made over the past two years as well as making new ones. To me, this is what BlogWorld is all about.

Kevin Blalock
Blalock Photography
Email: kevin@blalockphotography.com
Twitter: @kevinblalock

Attend the "How to Sell Your Blog” Panel, Even if You don't Want to Sell

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Earlier today, Deb announced the that there would be a “How to Sell Your Blog” panel at BlogWorld. It’s a topic that doesn’t really blow my skirt for one main reason: I don’t actually want to sell my blog. I like writing posts for my blog. I like having control over the blog’s direction. I like using my blog as a home base. If someone offered me a million dollars for my blog right now…well, I’d probably say yes, because damn that’s a lot of money. BUT if someone offered my the fair value for my blog right now, which is considerably less than a million dollars, I wouldn’t be interested.

The more I think about it, though, the more I am actually hope that this panel fits into my BlogWorld 2010 schedule. Even though I don’t want to sell my blog at the moment, I’m excited for the panel for a number of reasons – and you should be, too:

  • You’re going to want to sell someday.

No one lives forever, so even if you blog at a single site for the rest of your life, eventually, you’ll have to hand over control to someone else. I’m guessing that a good 99.9999999 percent of people won’t want their children to inherit their blog on their deathbed. No, you’ll want to sell it long before then. All of the tips covered in this panel will prepare you for when that day comes, be it next month or ten years from now.

  • The panel will cover some great content tips.

Deb already announced that one of the topics covered in this panel is “how to have a blog people want to buy.” Even if you aren’t selling, having a blog that garners interest is definitely a good thing. If people want to buy your blog, it probably means you’re driving traffic, ranked high on Google, etc., so the content tips you can learn from this panel are in valuable, even if you don’t want to sell right now.

  • You’ll get to meet some movers and shakers.

People on this panel have sold their blogs…for a lot of money. Some of them may not be as well known as popular social media and Internet marketing bloggers presenting at BlogWorld, but they are innovative people with strong business senses. They’re the cream of the crop. They’ve done what we all want to do – created super successful blogs. So successful that other people bought them! I’m willing to bet you’re going to see a lot of movers and shakers, so to speak, in the audience too. You’ll benefit from the questions they ask, and maybe even get to meet some of them after the presentation. They should call this panel “How to be the Most Successful Blogger You can Possibly Be.” It’s going to attract people from every niche and at every experience level.

I’m pretty sure that I won’t get to attend half of the panels, speakers, etc. that I want to see while at BlogWorld. When Deb announced this panel, I thought, “Oh good. That’s something I don’t have to worry about adding to my schedule.” Except now that I think about it…I do. I want to be there, just like I want to be at every other session announced so far, even in niches unrelated to my own.

Guess it’s time to start working on that cloning machine.

Allison Boyer is a writer for BWE’s blog and the owner/manager of After Graduation. She’s quickly realizing that she’s not smart enough to build a cloning machine in three months. She should have started working on this earlier this year.

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Don't Let Your Speaker Proposal Go to Waste!

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Deg Ng and the rest of the team are busy bees getting the schedule for BlogWorld 2010 squared away, but as she’s noted earlier this week that some of the best speaker proposals weren’t accepted simply because there aren’t enough hours in the day. Good proposals also weren’t accepted due to duplicate panel ideas, ideas that were too generalized, late entries, etc. In short, most of the the people who received (or will receive) rejection letters don’t suck.

If that’s the case, we’re missing out on a lot of great content simply because BlogWorld can’t be a 24/7 event every single day of the year.

That is, we’re missing out…unless you, as the rejected speaker, do not let your proposal go to waste!

Sure, you can shelf the idea, work through the concept more or tweak it, and resubmit next year, but if your content really was good enough for a slot at BlogeWorld, there’s no reason you have to wait for another chance to get the concept out there to the masses. We want to learn from you! Here are a few things you can do with the idea and any content you’ve already created:

  • Host a webinar.

Earlier today, I went to a free webinar hosted by Sean Malarkey, Chris Garrett, and Lewis Howes about their new training product, Magnetic Webinars. It was actually a webinar about webinars, which is kind of like reading a blog about blogging, but they made a good point – if you market a webinar correctly, you can make a lot of money. If you were proposing a panel with other bloggers, but didn’t get accepted, there’s no reason you can’t come together to do a panel anyway – just do it on your own time as a webinar. You can also do a webinar solo for your market. Post it online for free to help promote your blog or products, or consider putting together a more comprehensive class-type set of webinars about your topic that you charge people to attend.

  • Create a video series.

Like webinars, a video series can be used to promote a blog or product, or you can charge people to view in more of an in-depth class-type session. Videos aren’t live, so you don’t have the same level of interaction with views, but if you’re new to public speaking, this is a great way to get out there the first time, eventually working your way up to doing webinars.

  • Sell an ebook.

You already went to the trouble of writing up a speaking proposal; use that as the source material for an ebook. Ebooks don’t have to be 100 pages to sell. Sure, if you’re going to charge a grand for it, there better be a ton of content, but you can easily create a short, informative ebook that sells for $20 or so a pop.

  • Offer to speak elsewhere.

BlogWorld isn’t the only blogging and social media event out there. It might be the best (cue sucking up to the people who sign my checks), but bloggers at networking events about as often as fat kids gather at McDonalds. Which, in case you’re not big-boned like some of us, is often. Don’t think of it as “this wasn’t good enough for BlogWorld.” Think of it as “this is a proposal that was heavily considered by BlogWorld.” Propose it for another event, be it something equally large or a smaller local event. Remember, sometimes with a little modification, you can make the idea work for a non-blogging crowd. For example, Amy Parmenter is presenting “How to Get Media Coverage for Your Blog.” If she wasn’t chosen, she could have tweaked that idea and presented “How to Get Media Coverage for Your Business” at a local business association meeting.

  • Break up the idea for blog posts.

If you can only create a single post from your speaker topic, chances are you were rejected because the team didn’t think you could fill an hour or your idea wasn’t fleshed out well enough. Chances are, however, that you can create an entire series of blog posts about your topic. Heck, your topic might even be launch pad for you to start an entirely new blog/business about the topic.

We, the readers, want to hear from you. Don’t get caught up in the mindset that you are not good enough. You are and we want to hear about your speaking topic even if there wasn’t enough room for your topic at BlogWorld this year. Don’t let it collect dust.

In fact, if your proposal was rejected and you create something awesome from it anyway, be it a short series of blog posts or a year-long intensive training course, contact me (allison-at-abcontentonline-dot-com or @allison_boyer) and let me know. Not only will I considering watching/buying/reading/attending/etc, I am more than happy to promote what you’ve created and would even love to write a post about it to share with other BlogWorld attendees.

Allison Boyer is a writer for BWE’s blog and the owner/manager of After Graduation. She feels like she may have just opened herself up for a giant wave of emails…but that’s a good thing if it means quality content to share and promote. Bring on the flood!

Calling All BlogWorld Alumni!

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Have you attended BlogWorld & New Media Expo over the past few years? We’re looking for yourhelp! Share your photos, videos, and stories with us, other previous attendees, and give advice to those heading out to BlogWorld for the first time this October (*waves hand*).

DSC_0269Photos:
We’re looking to build a Flickr community of BlogWorld fans,
so please hop over and share your photos in this
central repository BlogWorld Flickr Group/.

Videos:
Do you have video from BlogWorld that’s not yet featured
in our Youtube channel and playlist? Send us an email
with the link and we’ll get it added!

Stories:
We’re hoping that our past attendees will be willing to share their advice and favorite memories from BlogWorld events on our Facebook page.

Deb writes: “Attending the BlogWorld ’07 was a scary big step for me as it would be the first time I traveled alone to a place where I wouldn’t know anyone, except for talking with them online. My favorite BlogWorld memory took place the night before the first ever BlogWorld, when Liz Strauss, who was my bloggy hero, called me to invite me for drinks with her and MaryJo Manzanares. I had planned on a lone dinner at my hotel, but now I had company. To this day, I have no idea who gave Liz my cell phone number but I’m so glad they did. That spirit of friendship and community set the tone for the next few days and is the reason I have attended every single BlogWorld since its inception.”

What memories do you have?

How to Make the Most of the BlogWorld Monetization Super Panel

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Yesterday, Deb Ng announced the line up for the BlogWorld Monetization Super Panel. This year, you’ll spend over two hours with Jeremy “ShoeMoney” Schoemaker, John Chow, Anita Campbell and Darren Rowse, learning their best money-making secrets and hearing them answer your questions. Of course, there will be countless other amazing panels at BlogWorld, but this is one you should be especially excited to attend. Here’s how to make the most of the panel:

  • Be prepared to take notes.

Whenever I go to an event and attend panels, I’m always amazed at the number of people who just…sit there. Do you know how much it would cost to work with any of these panelists as a consultant for a few hours? Take some notes! Yes, you want to soak in what they say, but trust me – after spending a few days listening to speakers, you’re not going to remember everything they covered. You’ll thank yourself for taking notes. Personally, I prefer pen and paper for note-taking, but you could use your computer too if you’d rather type your notes.

  • Apply to have your blog critiqued.

Every panelist will be critiquing a blog from one of the members of their community during the panel, and while this benefits everyone, it will be especially beneficial for the specific blogger being critiqued. In the coming weeks, each panelist will announce how they’ll be choosing the blog they’re going to critique, so whether they have some kind of application process or run a contest, make sure you sign up for a chance to be critiqued.

  • Read their blogs in the months leading up to BlogWorld.

You probably already do read the panelists’ blogs, at least from time to time, but if not, make a habit of it. Even though they’ll be presenting and answering questions for over two hours, they can’t possibly cover every tip they have about making money with your website. During the panel, they might also reference things they’ve written on their blogs, so knowing what they’re referencing will help you get more out of their advice.

  • Come armed with questions.

After their panel, the experts are going to spend at least 30 minutes answering questions. You’ll likely think of questions you have during the panel, which you can certainly jot down, but sometimes with a panel like this, you just end up with information overload and it takes some time to process. So, take some time in the months leading up to BlogWorld to jot down questions that you want to ask these bloggers about making money. Come to the panel with an entire list, since they might answer many of them during the panel, and try not to ask questions that are easily answered on their blogs.

  • Take action.

The panel might be a good experience while you’re at BlogWorld, but it really doesn’t mean a thing to you unless you’re prepared to implement their tips on your blog when you get home. You scheduled time off to attend BlogWorld, but you should also schedule time off in the weeks after to make use of everything you’ve learned at the event. Stay motivated, whether you’re a full-time blogger or you haven’t yet taken the step to quit your day job and work solely as a blogger. Otherwise, you’ve wasted a trip. That goes for every panel you attend or speaker you see – when you get home, use what you learned to boost your blog’s income.

Allison Boyer is a writer for BWE’s blog and the owner/manager of After Graduation. She’ll be the girl with the seven pads full of presentation notes at BlogWorld, all old-school style.

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How to Be The Best BlogWorld Speaker You Can Be

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To offer value as a speaker at BlogWorld & New Media Expo, you don’t need to run a million dollar business or have 10,000 followers on Twitter or have written a bestselling book or any of those things. Those are nice, but not necessary. No, you need two things:

1. To have experience and knowledge that other people want to learn about.
2. To be able to communicate that knowledge clearly.

That’s all you need. Really. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have various measures of success – and we all have them in one way or another – but when it comes down to it, that is what it’s all about.

So, if I’ve convinced you of that, and speaking is something that you want to do more and more in the future, please allow me to offer some tips to help you be the best BlogWorld speaker that you can be.

This advice comes from my experience as a speaker, which includes participating in three panels in the last two years of BlogWorld. Last year, I led the “Social Media: The Bad and The Ugly” panel with Robert Scoble, Amber Naslund and Wayne Sutton.

Prepare for Your Session
“We’ll meet up for lunch on the day of our session” is NOT acceptable preparation. In fact, it’s completely unacceptable and disrespectful to BlogWorld, the organizers of the event, the attendees and everyone involved.

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BlogWorld is Thrilled to Welcome Our New Blogger – Allison Boyer!

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BlogWorld is thrilled to announce that Allison Boyer has joined us as a full time Blogger!

Allison Boyer

I had the pleasure of working with Allison at b5media, and although we blogged in different channels, she came highly recommended by her channel editor when I went in search for staff bloggers for BlogWorld.

I can see why.

Allison has a wealth of knowledge and information to share – for all levels of bloggers. She has launched her own websites, has implemented strategic monetization tactics, and knows the ins-and-outs of content creation. Look for some thought-provoking posts, and newsworthy headlines from Allison as she gets her feet wet with us.

Allison has been a freelance writer for several years, working for companies like Indy Posted, b5media, and is a founding member of Binge Gamer. She also created and runs After Graduation, a website for people new to freelancing online.

We’re working hard behind the scenes, so look out for our amazing new site redesign – coming soon! And thanks to Allison for hanging in with us while we got BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2010 registration up and running before announcing her position.

You can learn more about Allison via her After Graduation bio, and make sure to follow her on on Twitter!

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