Las Vegas Pubcon 2009
Wpromote was fortunate enough to attend this year’s pubcon in Las Vegas in a slightly different manner than the previous two years we’ve attended. This time Christian (@itsxtian) and I (@KRONiS) had different agenda’s as I had a speaking gig on a great SEO Tools Panel and was armed with my new Zi8 Kodak HD camera. After having lots of experience with our SEO team, Christian was looking for more interesting and specific advanced SEO tactics to take away from pubcon, while supporting my efforts of speaking, networking and also enjoying our time at Pubcon.
Now that we’ve attended several of these events and I’ve spoken at BlogWorld, 140character conf, and the Wordcamp LA/Vegas confs, our world of SEO and search-related networking has expanded such that we know who most of the movers and shakers are in this industry. This gives us some piece of mind in knowing who we are looking to meet up with at these events and what we wish to accomplish.
I was asked to speak on a SEO / SEM Tools panel with Rand Fishkin (@randfish of SEOMoz), Jon Henshaw (@RavenJon of RavenTools), Jim Boykin (@jimboykin of WeBuildPages) and at first I was simply introducing myself to the community, explaining the things I did to become an SEO.
For example: Going to as many conferences as possible and meeting the guys like the ones on this panel and exchanging information, asking the burning SEO questions I had for my clients and also becoming a go green blogger as well.
Video where matt talks about malware, international domains and more.
I decided to put together a video compilation of what I could film at pubcon, including some candid moments where Matt Cutts was shaving people’s heads and answering SEO questions. That inspired this graphic:
Which you can pass around with this link: http://bit.ly/3baldmoon
Part 2, matt shaves another SEO, Nelson James who has questions, Matt answers several International questions for others as well as one for me about Canadian .ca domains hosted in USA.
Then he gets into Malware and Hacking being really on the rise and how webmaster central will help you diagnose your hacked sites using ‘fetch as Googlebot’ to combat sneaky hackers who don’t show the hacked page unless it is Googlebot coming to fetch it, and if you have a noarchive meta tag, you would never know you were hacked.
(note: Matt says “.ca we already know is relevant to Canada and the US IP should still be fine. You can have the TLD and then host it somewhere else, in theory we might think that you are relevant to both the spots…usually i don’t recommend that sort of granularity and tinkering with that stuff because people make mistakes and can shoot themselves in the foot if they are not careful“)
This next clip is from the PUBCON part of pubcon…
Till 2010! – thanks Brett Tabke and Joe Morin for doing such a great job with everything from the conference to the parties.