Meeting up with Problogger & Guy Kawasaki at Blog World Expo

The first day of Blog World Expo kicked off this morning with an opening keynote from Dave Taylor on “How We Got Here” and the state of blogging and where it’s headed. After the keynote there were a few sessions I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss.

The first session I attended was with Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. It was really great to meet him in person, since he usually only makes it to the US once or twice a year. His session was also very information and got the mind thinking on ways to send traffic to a blog. Once Darren gets his slide presentation online, I will link to his “30 Ways to Increase Traffic to your Blog!” presentation. Some ideas I walked away with from his session were to focus on what your readers are already interested, what your top posts and how to entice readers to leave comments and subscribe to your rss feeds. A lot of it was stuff we already know, but being reminded and given new methods and ideas are key to actually taking action and making the changes on your blog.

Tomorrow morning I will be speaking with John Chow, Jim Kukral, Darren Rowse, Jeremy Schoemaker and Brian Clark at our “Make Money with Blogging” super panel.

The next keynote was during lunch and was a Q&A session with Guy Kawasaki and Steve Rubel. I first met Guy back at Elite Retreat a few months ago. Guy has done a lot over the years and he’s always fun to listen to. From talking about AllTop, to bashing Apple for what they could be doing better, Guy covered a bunch of different area. Key point taken away from this session… “Just write good content!

I met with Guy afterwards and instead of the usual picture, Guy wanted to take a picture at the same time… it made for an interesting picture to say the least.

The last keynote of the day is Gary Vaynerchuk, then there are three Blog World parties going on tonight. Stay tuned for more pictures and Blog World 08 related posts.

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  1. That seems like a great opportunity. Getting to sit down face to face with Darren would be so helpful. Enjoy the rest of your time at the expo and fill us in the juicy details! Nice post.

    – Jack Rugile

    Simple Sapien

  2. Meeting Darren and Guy NICE. I really wanted to attend this one but oh well maybe next year. I got to ask though, you going for a semi-mohawk look there big guy?

  3. One sweet thing i like about you Zac is that you always give us photo updates…theres nothing as interesting and fun as looking over event photos….keep it up and show us some more interesting pics buddy! Thanks!

  4. Gosh i am sooo jealous, not only because you're having such a blast, but because it must be so wonderful to meet all of these people and such a great learning experience.

  5. Hi Zac,

    I enjoyed Darren's presentation(s) and panels too!

    And I appreciated your taking the time to speak with me at the Market Leverage dinner with Darren, John Chow, Shoemoney and Jim Krukal. As one of the winners I was really pleased to find out that you all were just as real in person, as you appear on your blogs.

    Thank you so very much for your informative panels at BlogWorld, even though I am exhausted from 2-1/2 days of non-stop run and gun videography…

    Respectfully, Nicholas ' The Video Guy' at BlogWorld Expo 2008.

  6. I'm sure it was. The photos just prove it again and again!

    I feel like being a part of it too. 🙁

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