This is an entry for Shoemoney’s “Come To The SEO ThinkTank 2008 ON ME!” contest, coming up soon in San Diego on September 26th, 27th and 28th. (see details here)
First let me say… I love SEO, I love to learn, I love to share, and I love San Diego. But I’m guessing that probably won’t be enough to get me a free ticket to this event, so let me share how I think I could contribute to and help the other guests at the Purpose Inc ThinkTank.
I have a lot I’d like to discuss and share: I work for a company / website in one of the most competitive industries when it comes to ranking in Google. I do a lot ( programming, server management, SEM, etc..), probably too much, but I do have the benefit of working on a high traffic site, which is perfect for SEO testing. Over the past year, I have been fortunate enough to not only study the rankings and traffic for this site, but I’ve also had the opportunity to review reports and suggestions from several professional SEO and analytics consultants (including some of the top firms out there). It’s been an enlightening experience, in so many ways.
I have a lot of experience: I’ve been a web developer for just about 10 years now, and I’ve been studying SEO the for the past 4 years. I’m good with dynamic websites ( LAMP (Linux,Apache,MySQL, and PHP), Ruby on Rails, Ajax, etc…), and can contribute my thoughts on SEO from that perspective.
I’ve attended the standard Search Marketing conferences: Yes, they are fun. And Yes, it’s inspiring to hear industry pros speak, but I never really learned anything mind-blowing from the official conference “SEO sessions”. It was all pretty standard stuff.
I’d love to share and help others: This was the best part about attending standard SEM conferences. It was what I learned while chatting and networking between sessions and after hours pretty much changed the way I looked at SEO.
I have a positive atitude: You probably know that I spend a lot of time creating and maintaining several of my own websites. My ultimate goal is for my personal/ web income to match and beat my “day job” income. I actually came very close to reaching that goal recently, but had to put things on hold due to a family crisis. As of the past couple of months, things are pretty much back to normal, and I’m working hard again to reach my goal. Maybe I just need to take a leap, but a little help/ guidance would definitely be nice.
This is why I think SEO ThinkTank 2008 would be such a great opportunity. You said “I feel it can really be a life changing event for the right person”. Well, I’m definitely looking for that sort of event.