This 20 Year Old Pisher Speaking at SMX West; Are You Going?

Author: Gab Goldenberg

Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West Speaker badgeVanessa Fox and the team at Third Door Media have given me an incredible opportunity – the opportunity to speak at SMX. Following Danny’s great explanation of what they were looking for in terms of pitches, I thought about my experience and what I could share with attendees. I pitched some ideas for local and voila – I’m in for the local panel 😀 ! So Third Door: Thanks a lot for taking a chance on me. I can’t predict the reception, but I can promise you I’ll be working like mad to make that presentation worth it for your attendees.

I highly encourage you guys to grab the early-bird special before it expires – you save $400!  It’s THE search marketing conference, and besides, I’ll be there ;). Not to mention that you’ll be able to hear Eric Lander on the same panel as yours truly, plus three reps from the major (*cough incompetent cough*) SEs. Eric’s written at SEJ, SEG (does anyone else get them confused a lot too?), the ISEdb (hey, me too! :D) and SEO Today. SEO Today? You know the man’s an OG.

In the meantime, see my latest post on how Google Maps have updated their SERPs with a booking engine, pics from their Panoramio site, and inserted reviews directly below each listing. This item on local-oriented domaining with Google Trends might also appeal to you. Did I mention my old blog also covered local search, and that it ranked for ‘local seo,’ in the not too distant past (if you’re wondering, that’s a useless keyword traffic wise).

I was trying to figure out how to make this post more informative and share some tips, but I’d have to get more info from Vanessa and co. on what they liked about my pitch. Considering how busy they are with preparations and organizational work, I think that can be best left to asking at the conference, in person.

Besides that, I’d like to ask if any of you other internet marketers (*cough Sphinn/SU/Youmoz friends, commenters, etc…*) who are going might care to share a room? I may be speaking, but $200+ a night is still expensive for me. FYI: I’m a clean guy, sociable, won’t wake you up if you like to hit the sack early and we might even trade some good tips ;). (On a related note, my sister used to rent a 1 and a half apartment here in Montreal for $800 a month

Please write me at gab at this domain if you’re interested in sharing a room.

P.S. A pisher is Yiddish for a [usually little] kid. “Hey pisher,” is a phrase my older sisters frequently use ;).

P.P.S. For those of you wondering why I haven’t posted lately, there are 2 answers.

One is that my site’s technology has a bug; it’s supposed to output on a /blog page but doesn’t. Only posts categorized a certain way show up here on the homepage, but if I want the permalink to use a different category, I have no choice but to leave the post off the homepage. Hopefully it’ll be resolved soon. In the meantime, see what these credibility failures taught me about linkworthiness/linkability.

The other answer is that I’m working on a large SEO audit that’s taking up most of my free time, and what little I have left is going into working on a longer, more value-added post on motivation and influence.

Update: Motivation and Influence aka Be Nice to the Loner Kid is posted. Also, I had a blast at SMX and met a bunch of people, largely thanks to SEOmoz.

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  1. You don't have to divvy up USD 200 to stay at the main hotel. Sure, stay in their bar until 2 am talking SEO, but save a few quid on a bed by shopping around. In London, I usually stay about 5 minutes walk from the conference venue for about a third of the price, or 12 minutes walk from the venue for a fifth of the price. Last year I got 4 nights for the equivalent of about USD 225 at the latter, and that included an all-you-can-eat breakfast.

    Comment by g1smd - January 9, 2008 @ 8:51pm
  2. Congrats Gab!

    Comment by James - January 9, 2008 @ 9:22pm
  3. Hey g1 - thanks for the tips. I think you're right... the convenience is not really worth an extra few hundred bucks. Now if they wanted to comp my room... ;). I'm shopping around now. James, appreciate it :).

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - January 10, 2008 @ 1:32am
  4. wow Gab, i m more that happy for you ! this is great news. have a great party on the west coast ;)

    Comment by nicolas cossette - January 10, 2008 @ 9:33am
  5. Congrats Gabriel! That's great news!

    Comment by Jonathan Villiard - January 10, 2008 @ 9:37am
  6. Thanks a lot Nic! You should get Guillaume to send you - I'm sure you'd learn a lot that would be useful to NVI, plus it'd be a great time. I know Guillaume spoke there (his bio's on the site at least), so he should be inclined to it... Thanks for the congrats Jon. What's new in the online comedy world? By the way, I don't know if you saw this, but I think you'll enjoy this post from Maki at Dosh Dosh:

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - January 10, 2008 @ 12:47pm
  7. Well done, Gab! I am very glad you did it! Honestly, I never doubted that your enthusiasm and intelligence! Congrats!

    Comment by Ann Smarty - January 11, 2008 @ 3:46am
  8. Nice job Gab - sounds like it will be a great panel

    Comment by Chris Winfield - January 11, 2008 @ 9:20am
  9. Thanks Ann - support from people like you help keep me going on a regular basis :). Chris, appreciate the compliments. Will you be on any social media panels or linkbait panels, by any chance?

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - January 11, 2008 @ 12:21pm
  10. That's awesome news Gab! I'll admit, I thought the headline said "Phisher" when I saw it on Sphinn :P BIIIIIG difference.

    Comment by Linda Bustos - January 12, 2008 @ 6:21pm
  11. Hehe not quite, Linda, not quite ;). Even my fishing skills aren't that good anyways ... all I get are crab so stupid that they would take bait labelled "eat this and die."

    Comment by Gabriel Goldenberg - January 12, 2008 @ 7:59pm

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