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PubCon 2009 in Vegas I'm a newbie please help me.
I will be attending PubCon for the first time in my life this fall in Vegas

 1:51 am on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hello Webmaster World. This is my very first post so let me introduce myself a bit. My name is Eric and I have been a webmaster for about 15 years. I have created and still manage a couple very large internet forums. But for the last couple years I have also gotten myself into affiliate marketing and have enjoyed it very much.

It's time for me to learn more about this business!

I plan to go to PubCon in Las Vegas this fall.


Should I buy the entire convention package? (it's kind of expensive for me). Or would it be better to merely wander around the convention without buying the entire package?

My main interests are SEO and affiliate marketing info.

Is it best to stay in the official hotel or just stay wherever I can get a good deal?

Any other bits of advice for me? Things to make sure I attend or not attend?

Thanks in advance for your time and help!



 10:03 am on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld, Eric.

The complete package will allow you to come and go as you please, and, it's extremely good value, even at the on-the-day-rate. PubCon is one of the most affordable conferences around.
See this PDF: Keeping Conferences Affordable [pubcon.com]

Meeting up with other like-minded individuals is one way to extend the event. You don't need to be in the "conference" hotel as you could use a taxi, or walk, to your chosen hotel. However, if you are in the hotel most folks are in, you will save the additional journey time and cost. It really is worth maximizing the amount of time you are meeting with other conference-goers.

Always visit the sponsors and exhibitors. Their contributions always help to bring the events together. In addition, they often bring show special offers.

As to the sessions [pubcon.com], it's a good idea to build your show itinerary to ensure you get the maximum out of the event. There's a menu item on that page to help you do that.

Keep an eye on the conference blog for the latest information which will help you get the best from the conference.



 4:05 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks engine!

Is there a way for me to go to just a couple of the seminars without getting the entire package?

(I would also want the exhibit pass and Friday event pass)


 5:00 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Eric, there is no option to do that, sorry.


 7:04 pm on Aug 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

The sessions themselves are incredibly valuable as are are the discussions that happen "after hours."

While it's good to be able to do face-to-face meetings with the exhibitors in the Expo Hall, I think you'll really be missing out if you only bought the Exhibit Hall pass.

The best strategy for a Pubcon first-timer is to get the gold pass and to make sure you talk to people in between sessions, so you can arrange to go to dinner with a different group each night. Don't be bashful about it, the Pubcon crowd is a friendly bunch of people. :)

Don't worry about getting a nice hotel. If you're doing Pubcon right you'll be going to bed late every night and waking up early every morning and you'll leave with enough ideas, knowledge and insight that you'll be busy for a year just trying to implement what you learn. That's how I was after my first Pubcon. ;)

See you there!


 10:32 pm on Aug 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks for all the great advice guys. Much appreciated.


 5:37 pm on Aug 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

Treasure Island is 1 mile from the Las Vegas Convention Center. Is transporation provided via hotel suttle or should i just walk it?


 5:44 pm on Aug 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

There's no hotel shuttle, and walking a mile is not too bad, especially as the weather is usually very good. Or, hook up with others leaving from the hotel and share a cab.


 6:25 pm on Aug 28, 2009 (gmt 0)


is confrence registration at the convention center on monday? im trying to plan things out.


 3:49 am on Aug 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

Disclaimer: I am both a mod here and I am married to the founder of PubCon. :)

I joined WebmasterWorld in 2002, and attended one of the first PubCons in London. I was working at a dot-com at the time, and persuaded my boss to send me to the conference. At the time I was a search engine, web design and advertising newbie, and I really didn't know anyone in the community (including Brett!). I think I had about 100 posts when I attended my first PubCon.

I brought enough knowledge back that we were able to improve our site design and get 3x the customer conversions that we had gotten previously. When I left that company, I was able to branch out as a consultant, using this site and regular PubCon attendance to learn more and more. The contacts I've made through PubCon have been invaluable - and I'm not just talking about Brett (ha!).

I am working on three sites right now and I know they will all kick butt because of what I learned (and continue to learn) at the conferences.

Am I biased? Sure. I not only became a mod here, but I eventually married the founder. That's how awesome I think WebmasterWorld and PubCon are. Can you get a better testimonial than that? ;)

Worth the money for the full package? Absolutely. It will come back to you tenfold or more.


 9:09 am on Sep 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

I can completely vouch for what has been said above. I was with Hawkgirl in London (was that 2002?)

Unlike most shows where wandering the exhibit hall is fine Pubcon is the only show I go to when I am not speaking that I am actually in the other sessions.

In short I learn a lot from the speakers, they really do share actionable tips, it's not fluffy marketing talk and jazzy powerpoint (albeit some of the PPT is awesome).

In terms of value for money, even if you only went to a few sessions it would be worth it, but you get the opportunity to attend a load of sessions, network with some of the coolest people in the business (including people who work for the search engines) and make some new friends and business contacts.

Many of the Pubcon old-timers are great friends and always help first timers.

As for staying in the TI, it's a good hotel and as engine said it's not that far to the convention center and there are always a ton of taxis at the hotel. You MUST stay at the show hotel, you'll learn all of the good stuff in the bar over a few beers/wines/spirits.

I'm speaking at Pubcon on a variety of topics including affiliate marketing, and I have some great presentation content, trying to condense it down to the time we speakers get it always the hardest thing.

Go for the full pass, but get in at the early bird rate (by 30th September).

Look forward to seeing you at the show. Vegas Baby!


 3:21 pm on Sep 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

OK, here is the deal. There are three of us going to PubCon and we just don't have the cash to buy the full pass for all of us.

Can we buy one FULL pass and two exhibit passes and then send one of us into the seminar that interests them?

I.e., can we share the full pass so that each one of us can go to a couple seminars?


 2:20 am on Oct 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yes I work in a grey area of the SEO industry.
Yes I have been fortunate enough to experiment with plenty of WhiteHat, BlackHat and GreyHat techniques.

Hey guys,

I'm new to Webmaster World as well. Been following your great forum for ages but never got my act together to register...until now!

As I may be attending Pubcon next month (making the trek over from Australia) I would really like to meet anyone interested in exchanging ideas, sharing outsourcing partners, exchanging high quality links or anything that will justify my trip over :)

If anyone is interested in picking some brains over a beer or two (yes we aussies can drink too) please drop me a sticky mail.

If you are interested in what I do, I am in charge of SEO at a company based in Sydney Australia and I manage 18 different websites, across major European countries and languages. Keen to develop business relationships that can help my/your SEO efforts.

If I am going about this the wrong way, please point me in the correct direction ;-)

Many thanks.

[edited by: bill at 2:32 am (utc) on Oct. 6, 2009]


 7:23 am on Oct 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com], Adrian!


 9:59 am on Oct 27, 2009 (gmt 0)


I also would like to meetup. Especially on SEO/PPC and affiliate marketing topics. I am internet marketing manager for a company dealing with social security and I also have my own SEO company.

As for bar talk, I'm from Belgium, considered a must visit for all beer lovers, so I'd be happy to share some ideas while having a beer.

Kind regards,


 10:12 am on Oct 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

Who else is attending?



 12:20 am on Nov 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I ordered my tickets online. Does something come in the mail or do I just show up and they have my name or what?


 8:04 am on Nov 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have no tickets either. I assume they have it. I ordered through seomoz.org.



 8:54 am on Nov 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Make sure you have your confirmation of booking with you when you check in at the conference. Without your confirmation of booking, we won't know you've registered, and will have to register and pay again, on the day.


 9:34 pm on Nov 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

See you all at PubCon :)


 10:12 pm on Nov 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

"Make sure you have your confirmation of booking with you when you check in at the conference. Without your confirmation of booking, we won't know you've registered, and will have to register and pay again, on the day. "

Is the confirmation booking merely the number in the registration summary?

Shouldn't there be some instructions so people know what to do? There isn't a single thing in my purchase that tells me what I am supposed to do after the successful payment has been made i.e., "bring this number with you to the conference check in". (or something like that)

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