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Conference Round Up

 4:44 am on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)
Speaking on the Paid Inclusion panel from right to left: Tim Mayer (Yahoo), Kevin Lee (Did-it.com), Joe Laratro (MoreVisibility.com), Warren Duff (INeedHits.com) What an outstanding conference. Although I am swamped with follow up work and travel, let me share a few notes:
Gokul Rajaram from the AdSense Team said they are working hard on updating their partner payment distribution system. He left the strong impression that we would see some changes and adjustments in the system very soon. Matt Cutts also reiterated the same in his talk on the search engine panel q&a session.
Most requested presentations thus far: Dan Boberg, Christine Churchill, and Tedster.
Kanoodle talked indepth about a new contextual advertising program they will be launching shortly.
Booth guys were giving away all sorts of great freebies from Tshirts to skate boards.

Swamped with work over the new Yahoo PI program, Position Tech pulled out at the last minute.
Affiliate programs were new arrivals to Publishers conference. The big turnout was in the travel sector with affiliate programs such as Ian.com

Most talked about presentations: DaveN and SeGuru.
AskJeeves/Teoma is alive and well.
Personal award for service above and beyond in the line of duty: Hawkgirl! She was outstanding in dealing with a bulging crowd that was almost double what was expected a few weeks ago.
Matt Cutts said that Google is trying over a half dozen scoring techniques a month.
The European search engine panel featured some major players from the Euro scene: left to right: Jim Banks (Webdiversity.co.uk), Barry Lloyd (MakeMeTop), Shakil Khan (Shak) (freesearch.co.uk), Rasmus Sorensen Notabene.net, Derek Preston (Mirago.com
Other big give aways were from Pacific Poker who gave away a Palm PDA, and Moniker who gave a domain name to every attendee. Lastly, no PubConference would be complete without GoToast - who gave away one of those $400 toasters! Great Show! Thanks Folks!



 2:39 am on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Brett (and assisting staff, volunteers and speakers)...

Wow! Congratulations on an outstanding event!

This was my first PubCon. I live in Orlando (as if you couldn't tell from my handle ;> ) and for me, it all began when I decided to stop by the hotel Wed. evening "just to see if anyone had arrived early" -- little did I know!

About 40 folks were already standing outside the hotel, talking and having brewskies. No swingers arriving on that night, just a great meet and greet that lasted til the wee hours of the morning.

The crowd reassembled early the next morning, and at every break between sessions, and again all night long. What a really cool way to hang out with some really cool people from all over the world.

I highly recommend this event to all Webmaster World members. You will not be disappointed. The level of knowledge and friendly spirit was truly beyond what one finds at other Internet conferences today.

I made many new friends from all over the world and even bumped into a few old ones living right here in Orlando who I haven't seen in years. And I made some great new business contacts.

The speakers and presentations were excellent, without exception. My only complaint - the sessions seemed to end too quickly! Many topics deserved at least another hour, especially the panels with s.e. managers. Oh well.

Of course it was great to hear directly from the product managers of the world's leading search engines. You just can't beat that kind of direct communication. I found all the s.e. managers to be forthright and as direct in their answers as one could expect from any company that is making comments in the presence of its competitors not to mention circling s.e.o.'s listening for any "inside" info that might be revealed :). Not to mention the daily changes that are continuing to shape this still young and evolving industry.

And given that, well let's admit it, it's kind of a "geekfest," I have to say that the SE managers' respect toward SEO's reminded me of the best of the top notch developer program managers that I have met from Microsoft, Intel, and eBay. Which is the way it should be, given that SEO's are as beholden to SE's as developers are to their software platforms. And where would SE's be without SEO's anyway?

By the way, I stopped by again this evening, and what do you know? A couple of PubCon folks outside the hotel entrance waiting for the airport shuttle, and a couple more making plans for dinner. PubCon continues!

If you attended this PubCon and you're ever back in Orlando for business or vacation, feel free to drop me a line and we'll hoist a brew to Brett!

Best regards to all,



 6:20 am on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

> Some men just know how to treat their women.

You're darn right they do. Especially when the aforementioned dinner was at her request and he hopped to it. What a keeper!


 1:49 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

HawkGrrl, I'd say that the woman who traveled 1000 miles to spend her days in the sunshine state playing logistics supervisor to the WW overlords, and who demands nothing more in return than burgers and fries from the hamburger joint next door, is the keeper ;-)


 5:42 pm on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Brett, thanks. And to the other 500+ people, new friends, and Old friends. (some as old as me :)! )

Thanks for the laughs and ideas. I hope I was able to offer some help but as ever on this board, the wealth of knowledge and understanding of the internet was tremendous, with as many ways of making money from the internet as there were attendees!

Biggest disappointment:

Only getting one adwords voucher ;)


 12:11 am on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

>Biggest disappointment:

Can you imagine if you were one of the first in the conference room to check out the google table (unattended) FULL of them, and didn't read what they were because you noticed the google toolbar next to them, and didn't bother to read only to discover the value of those pretty blue discs later...never did find one. Grrrrr....kicking myself.

Almost as good as the conference...
see link on profile.


 2:52 am on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

>> apologies to anyone who happen to be attending both

You didn't?!


 8:54 am on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

This conference was incredible!
I suggest that everyone who recieves any info at all from the forum attend the next pub con. I would say that it has changed my life. Not just the great info i received but also the great people that i met.
It was incredible to talk about what i do for a living and to have people understand what i was saying. Death will be the only thing that will keep me away from the next one.
BTW next time i am bringing my black light and glow stars, just in case.
thanks to all


 10:51 am on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Count me in for next year. (Darn darn darn, I shoulda gone!)


 1:01 pm on Mar 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

Great conference,
Learnt loads. Great to meet up with folks from past conferences again.
good show
thanks WebmasterWorld


 7:03 pm on Mar 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

Brett had mentioned that the presentations would be up towards the end of the coming week at /thursday & /friday.

I'm tuning in late...have the presentations from Pub Com been uploaded yet?


 8:31 pm on Mar 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

What an amazing conference! We had a great time. Come back and visit us any time and next time we'll try and line up some more transportation. :)

Special thanks to Brett for assembling this amazing collection of pros & major SE reps in one location.


 5:17 pm on Mar 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

Nice piece bob, I agree wholeheartedly


 3:56 am on Mar 7, 2004 (gmt 0)


working on getting the permission slips from home on those...


 1:00 am on Mar 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

BTW next time i am bringing my black light and glow stars, just in case.

That goes down as one of those "guess you had to be there" quotes, but I know what you mean totally HarleyGuy!

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