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One Million Things I Learned at PubCon Las Vegas

November 24, 2009 by  
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Notes from PubCon 2009 Las Vegas

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Brad Geddes, bgTheory.com PubCon-Brad_Geddes-Notes

Tim Ash, SiteTuners.com PubCon-Tim_Ash-7_Deadly_Sins

Christine Schachinger, SitesWithoutWalls.com

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Heather Lloyd-Martin, SEOCopywriting.com

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Alison Driscoll, AlisonDriscoll.com

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Michael McDonald, iEntry.com

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Mark Robertson, ReelSEO.com

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Gregory Markel, InfuseCreative.com

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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 digitial.

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

Google Insights

ExcellentAnalytics.com (Excel)

Tatvic

SEM Rush (Mark Jackson)

Google Trends

MSN Commercial Intention Tool

validator.w3.org

Bing Webmaster Tools

Landing Pages

RingLead.com Lead Management

Social Evaluation

Quarkbase

Woopra

Trackur (Andy Beale)

Brandseye

Twitter

Twitalyzer

WeFollow

Tracking Twitter

Twellow

Twilert

Facebook Apps

Sprout Publisher

AppBank

Involver

Facebook Notes

Site Design

MeasureIt Firefox Plugin

Aardvark Firefox Plugin

Colorzilla Firefox Plugin

Firebug Firefox Plugin

Headspace2 WordPress Plugin

WordPress Themes

Thesis ($)

Flexibility 2

Corrington

Affiliate Theme

eArtisteer (random theme generator)

Video

OneTrueMedia Video Editing and hosting

TrafficGeyser (use with care)

TubeMogul

12Seconds.tv

YouTube Insight

Google TV

YouTube Wonder Wheel

Handbrake Video Compressor

BYOContent Workshop

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  • http://www.homenetinc.com Gretchen Kennedy

    Great resource! Thanks for sharing!

    • http://conversionscientist.com/ The Conversion Scientist

      Gretchen,

      Thanks for commenting. Glad it was helpful.

      Brian

  • http://jovenelgarcia.easyjournal.com/ Pierre Elsworth

    Did you know that your site loads up somewhat weird in Internet Explorer 8? A few of the edges are chopped off. Awesome post whatever the case.