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.
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.