One Million Things I Learned at PubCon Las Vegas

Notes from PubCon 2009 Las Vegas

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Brad Geddes, PubCon-Brad_Geddes-Notes
Tim Ash, PubCon-Tim_Ash-7_Deadly_Sins
Kristine Schachinger, S@schachin image
Heather Lloyd-Martin,
image Alison Driscoll,
image Michael McDonald,

Mark Robertson,

Gregory Markel,

Gillian Muessig, SEOmoz image

Books to Read

When I first started doing conversion science back in 2006, I ruined several laptop screens. You see, it is very important that I be able to markup pages for my clients.

I started with crayons. However, it became more and more difficult to get the colors off of my laptop screen. Plus, the markup didn’t travel with the image.

Eventually, the crayons left ghosted images on the screen, like a burned plasma display.

Then, I found the pen computer. Now, I can create, markup and take notes analog style, with instant conversion to digital.

A Snapshot of Pubcon

One benefit of the modern pen computer is the ease with which analog input can be shared. So, I thought I would share some of my notes with you.

I chose these based on the following criteria:

1. I took notes

Many presenters don’t realize this, but you have to be “note-worthy.” You have to tee us up to take notes. You’re presentation has to be somewhat logically organized. You can’t throw too much at us too quickly, because we’ll just give up.

2. I was able to take notes on my computer

Props to PubCon for providing extension cords and power strips for us.

3. My notes are somewhat legible.

You be the judge.

Some People Prefer This

Some people prefer this mix of visual cue and text. You may find it helpful.

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Some People Prefer Summaries

Here are some of the things I gleaned from notes that didn’t pass the three-point test:

Tools to Check Out

Organic Keyword Search
SEO “Quake” Plugin
SEO for Firefox
Yahoo Site Explorer
Adwords Preview Tool (Excel)
SEM Rush (Mark Jackson)
Google Trends
MSN Commercial Intention Tool
Bing Webmaster Tools

Landing Pages Lead Management

Social Evaluation
Trackur (Andy Beale)

Tracking Twitter

Facebook Apps
Sprout Publisher
Facebook Notes

Site Design
MeasureIt Firefox Plugin
Aardvark Firefox Plugin
Colorzilla Firefox Plugin
Firebug Firefox Plugin
Headspace2 WordPress Plugin

WordPress Themes
Thesis ($)
Flexibility 2
Affiliate Theme
eArtisteer (random theme generator)

OneTrueMedia Video Editing and hosting
TrafficGeyser (use with care)
YouTube Insight
Google TV
YouTube Wonder Wheel
Handbrake Video Compressor

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