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Nice rant from Donna about the escalating costs of SEO conferences
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from mwilton13 2304 Days ago #
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This is a great post that shows just how ridiculous SEO conference pricing has got.  I think Donna makes some great points.

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from DanaLookadoo 2304 Days ago #
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In our excitement for this post, 3 of us Sphunn it at the same time! Vangogh got it first and is worthy!  Note to SEO Chicks, maybe add a Sphinn button so we can see if your hot content has been Sphunn.Love this line by DazzlinDonna:"no longer justify the ginormous costs of these events any longer."...and the new keyword, "ginormous!"

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from Dugdale 2304 Days ago #
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I totally agree, the conferences are getting too expensive. I remember when PubCon was $450.Is the information that we get from the conferences better than what we get online and in podcast format - not really. It is getting harder to justify the ROI on just the networking as the prices increase.

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from Dugdale 2304 Days ago #
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Oh, I forgot to add that Donna is looking hot in that bathing suit. :)

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from bbcarter 2304 Days ago #
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Funny post Donna!  By the way, tho, if your company is paying, easier to justify the cost of a conference than to get them to pay for a trip to Aruba ;-)

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from vangogh 2304 Days ago #
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Not everyone works for a company willing to foot the bill, though. In my case I am the company and as much as I’d like to make to a conference just to meet everyone I can’t justify the expense to myself.In all fairness it’s not just the price of a ticket to the conference. The related costs in travel, hotel, food, etc. add up. I know in the near future the only way I could even consider a confernece is if one comes back to Denver or even right here in Boulder.

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from evilgreenmonkey 2304 Days ago #
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I love conferences, so don’t agree with this post personally. It’s all well and good learning over the internet, although meeting SEOs in person that you’ve chatted with online is really priceless. Travelling from the UK puts the price up even more, although if you’ve got the money available then it’s well worth it. Saying that, I haven’t had a proper holiday since Ireland :o("Note to SEO Chicks, maybe add a Sphinn button"I recommended this to Cookie ages ago. I iz root though so could sneak it in ;o)All your blogs belongz to me :oD

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from ANOnym 2303 Days ago #
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Now, apart from free, add the format of "Unconference" and you get a killer conference that we are going to attend right now at Donna’s house.

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from DazzlinDonna 2303 Days ago #
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Trust me, Yura (ANOnym), the thought has crossed my mind to build a bunch of cabins on the back part of my property, so I could host "camp-outs" here for free.  Not quite the same "ambience" as Aruba though.  :D

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from scottclark 2303 Days ago #
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For those of us who are independent or in very small agencies, this is a huge huge issue.  It’s probable that I’ll miss all SMXs next year except advanced.  Rising airfares, hotels, and conference costs will keep me stuck in this flyover state.  I was going to three per year, but for 2009, it’ll be one.

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from yojpotter2 2303 Days ago #
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For me, I personally agree with Donna..co’z SEO conference doesn’t have to be that expensive..they could have lower their fees a little so that lots of ordinary workers who are also wanting to attend such events can have opportunity..^^ oh and by the way..just imagine if 100 people willl attend the conference it would probably earn them around $400,000 or like 16,000,000 pesos..whoah! here that amount is just too much..^^

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from justfred 2303 Days ago #
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Very very true, conferences are way too expensive. However, there is still hope! My first and only conference so far was SMX West, to which I drove. Free-to-register Expo Only pass, $150 gas for 900 mile round trip, and I crashed at my cousin’s place in mountain view.Total cost: ~$190Total gain: 68 buisness cards and a peek into the minds of some really amazing people.

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from neyne 2303 Days ago #
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and this is why we need a spam button on comments

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from MikeDammann 2303 Days ago #
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very simple: If you are the owner or representative of a high budget marketing firm, I suggest you attending all of them or sending someone for the purpose of networking. No, I am not making this post cause someone bribed me, but I have not been to conventions in a while and can tell you that the connections made have been great. If they are too costly for you, then pick and choose one per year, maybe 2. The high cost will also ensure serious attendees. Yes, whoever runs the conventions is not going to go broke any time soon and most of the speakers may talk the same stuff reheated over and over again. Boring for those who have been in the business. I just believe that what you get out of it in terms of connections and private conversations is more than worth it.

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from demib 2302 Days ago #
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I really don’t think 11 grand is a lot - but then again, I don’t make a lot of my money in dollars. I guess we do have some advantage here in Europe, when it comes to the value of currencies :)But really, I understand that 11,000 may be a lot for a small firm but then go to fewer ones, or find creative solutions like jusfred described. There is a big difference between 4k and 190.

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