If you have visited any of my social media on even here on the blog you would know that I have been at the annual Problogger event on the Gold Coast for a few nights.
It’s like a reunion, we all get a bit excited, some of us nervous and some like myself try to juggle doing all the things day and night. This year I did reign it in a little, a little little.
If you aren’t really interested in the ins and outs of bloggers gone wild, you might prefer to read this post instead.
What I thought I would do is share my top 5 takeaways from Problogger 2016. It is a hard task because my mind is exploding with information this year. For that reason, I am asking other bloggers to link their posts about the event below and those that weren’t there might just be able to get a snippet of it all.
1. I am not doing OK with SEO.
So I know I am not brilliant at SEO but thought that because I had the Yoast plugin installed I was doing ok. Well, wrong Karin! It seems that you will also need to adjust a heap of settings to get it working its best. My favourite session of the whole event was Jim Stewart‘s Top SEO Tools and How To Use Them. Wowzer, did I get so much information from this session alone it was worth my ticket. I can’t wait for the recorded sessions to be released as I will be listening to this one first. Again. And again. And again.
2. Have faith in Facebook ads, they’re not so bad.
Angela Ponsford took the stage and made me believe in the power of Facebook and Instagram Ads. Sometimes I will be in their clicking and swiping different things and not really know what I am doing. Angela showed me how to work the system in the best possible way with multiple adverts and by setting a clear goal first up then creating the appropriate ad type to match.
Plus she has the best accent to listen to!
3. The front row is not the best place to sit if you don’t want to get emotional.
Listening to Sarah from Rafiki Mwema speak about the beautiful boys and girls her charity supports in Kenya will always tug at the heartstrings. When she speaks of the reason why those children are in the homes Rafiki Mwema has built, you can’t help but cry for them and are driven to do something to help.
The Using Your Influence to Make a Difference session walked us through the stories of three people who are working to help other people through the power of the internet.
4. Podcasting is even more fun than I thought!
I did quite a few sessions on podcasting because, well, have you checked mine out?
I sat in on sessions with Rachel Corbett, Brooke McAlary, and Colin Gray and fell even more in love with Podcasting. Yes, I also discovered that I could have probably launched The Mummy Soul Sessions a little better but I also discovered how important it is for listeners to leave a review on iTunes. If you have a minute I would love you to drop me a hand full of stars.
5. Beware the eye roll.
I am a big fan of getting to any of the breaks fast. Give me all the delicious food that RACV Royal Pines puts on every year. I plan my workshops and seat placement around how fast I need to get out to eat. I wish I was joking!
At a bloggers event, this could be detrimental to your wellbeing. I was nearly struck down by a few tilted head sighs and one enormous eye roll (that I thought could possibly flip this blogger’s entire body) when I picked up food from the tables prior to them photographing it. I always took from the corners and I even photographed it myself, just not before tasting.
I am more concerned about refueling than #instafooding and if the san choy bow is good (and boy was it good) no eye roll will stand in my way!
Didn’t get the chance to go and feel like you are missing out? This year you are able to grab a PBEvent Virtual Ticket which gives you access to the recording and slides from 50 sessions from the day plus you get access to all the recording from 2015. You can pick up your ticket here*.
*This is an affiliate link. What that means is that if you purchase a ticket via this link I will get a bit of commission to keep me this blog and my podcast hosted.
Have you written about ProBlogger Event 2016? Share your post in the link up below.
This ProBlogger Event 2016 link up is co-hosted with other event attendees, Rachel from Toilets Aren’t For Turtles and Rebecca from Seeing The Lighter Side. By linking up here you will be seen across all three blogs. Go around and check out what others are saying about this year’s event.
Perhaps someone is complaining about the crazy woman who just wanted to eat all the yummy food instead of taking photographs of it?