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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!



 6:14 am on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)


Thanks for my first experience at PubCon. It is what I expected and more. The orginization of this informative event was great and benefitial to my business. The people are great and the Social Networking is definitely one of the key elements of this event.

It is not about everyone giving out secrets because each industry is different, but the exchange of relevant knowledge in a panel discussion or a one on one conversation with a conference attendee. The nuggets are there to understand and piece together for any web industry.

Definitely a must attend event for those serious in the industry. I will be Leaving Orlando in the morning.

Thanks again.



 6:48 am on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the concise summary Brett. Sounds Awesome.


 7:37 am on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)


Congrats on a successful conference.

>Matt Cutts said that Google is trying over a half dozen scoring techniques a month.

Hmmmm....why? Are they the best or are they trying to find their feet in this new world?


 9:51 am on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks Brett - nice summary, looking forward to hearing more :)


 9:51 am on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Aww every thing sounds great.
Congrats Brett. I find it really interesting that so many WW members made presentations .. very sorry to have missed.



 11:26 am on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)


Great Cliffs notes! Thanks for the summary and pics.

Anyone want to share any in depth info? In particular ... "Most talked about presentations: DaveN and SeGuru. " and "Matt Cutts said that Google is trying over a half dozen scoring techniques a month." and "Most requested presentations thus far: Dan Boberg, Christine Churchill, and Tedster. "


 12:00 pm on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Oh, great Brett! Next time, I will be there!


 3:01 pm on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Where do we download the presentations? :)


 4:19 pm on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

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


 9:17 pm on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Glad to know presentations/cliff-notes/nuggets will be available for download/review.

Hats off to Brett and other speakers for making the presentations and Cliff-notes available to us -the NAPCon attendees.

Looking forward to upgrading from NAPCon to PubCon the next time around.




 10:20 pm on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well done Everyone, shame I missed it. But I see the
European search engine panel were the winners in the ugly europeans. Well done to all of you.....I'm sure your speeches were very good and I look forward to peace in the world.



 10:56 pm on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Orlando was an inspired choice of location.

Thanks to everyone who "shared a nugget". Thanks Brett as well - you looked so calm and collected, as if the whole thing was a breeze.

<changed because Shak pointed out a spelling mistake>

[edited by: Receptional at 12:43 am (utc) on Mar. 1, 2004]


 11:20 pm on Feb 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks for that Brett, looking forward to the presentations.



 2:24 am on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Looks like I missed alot :(

Any chance the next one coming North to Montreal?
Let it be known that finding a bar to accomodate 500+ will not be an issue.

Are the presenations by the SE reps available anywhere?


 2:27 am on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Come on fashezee, I know there's an airport in Montreal -take a few days off and take a long weekend next time :)


 3:05 am on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Awesome Conference, I met so many cool SEO people and learned something huge from each one. I tried to impart some of my own expertise in media buying and affiliate program management. More merchants should attend this conference, I was glad I did!

I will be posting around looking for a few more answers on building out our google pages and inktomi feeds.

Evan Weber


 3:27 am on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Man, after all that fun, I think I'm legally eligible to park in handicap spaces now :)


 4:10 am on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sounds great - when's the next one scheduled?


 8:39 am on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

was definitely good to be there at my first pubcon .. meet a few of the 'big dawgs' .. still to meet a lot of people but there's always round 2 later this year, right :-?


 9:13 am on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hats off to BRETT......really cool stuff the way he presented things......Brett do let us know when we can get the SE presentations for download....


 5:56 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Ditto on the Hats off to Brett

A Super Conference.

PubCons are a good thing

Thanks to everyone I met



 6:20 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Aaaw.. I missed out on the adwords coupons?

I started to get sick the second day of the conference... Left to go home around noon with a fever. I was sitting right in front of the giant presentation screen and it was starting to make me swoon. Thought it would be wise for me to head out before I threw up in front of 500 people.

Im mostly better now. :)


 6:28 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Great conference. I now see that Pub in PubCon stands for bars and not publishers. ;)


 7:24 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Haha.. guess my cold chased me away from the fun. :P

I was the big red-haired guy lurking about and trying not to share my germs. :)


 9:06 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thanks to Brett, Hawkgirl, Web Guerrilla, Oilman, and the people behind the scenes that made PubCon happen. Putting on a conference is no small feat and you pulled it off with style.

This was my first PubCon and I’ll definitely be back. PubCon is unique in the conference world. Sure, it had sessions and formal speeches like other Internet marketing conferences, and yes, it even has a party in the Pub, but PubCon is more. Unlike most conferences that are “generic” and impersonal, the atmosphere at PubCon was akin to being at a family reunion or a gathering of friends. You could feel the genuine admiration and mutual respect people felt for each other. It was a great experience.

I also want to thank Brett, Mike Grehan, Anne Kennedy and everyone else who attended PubCon for making my birthday so special. I was truly touched by the cake, the song, and the many birthday wishes. You guys are great. You made it a birthday I’ll never forget.


 9:38 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Looks like we missed ANOTHER good one. Nice to see Shak and Jim keeping up the European end of things.

Look forward to the updates when you guys get back.


 10:13 pm on Mar 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

What a great time! Thanks, Brett and everyone who worked so hard.


 12:07 am on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

The setting: The canopied outdoor red carpet entrance to the Clarion hotel.

Scene 1: Late Friday evening. A crowd of mildly to moderately intoxicated technotypes, standing on each side of the red carpet, forming a sort of human bulkhead through which a steady stream of intense looking men in black accompanied by women wearing their favorite designer invitations to sex traveled to the doors of the swinger's party taking place in the Clarion hotel that evening.

Scene 2. Brett Tabke sauntering up the red carpet, amidst the swingers, cradling what is obviously a room service dinner for two in his arms: 2 large Cokes from McDonalds with a bag of burgers and fries.

Some men just know how to treat their women.


 2:27 am on Mar 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Oh my. How I wish I could have been there! When did you say the next one was?

I trust my warm wishes to all y'all were conveyed by the Googlers present. ;)


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