Help HubPages Make it to SXSW!

If you’re a fan of music, film, technology, and the tech scene, you probably know about SXSW, an Austin-based set of conferences and festivals that take place every March. Last year, Paul Edmondson spoke at SXSW about bringing back the love when Google hates you (remember the Panda days? I try not to), and this year we’d like to speak again, though we can’t make it without your help and support.

This year, we’ve proposed two different talks- one led by Paul and the other by Yours, Truly (we had multiple cool ideas- why not give both a shot?).

Paul’s proposal: Why You Should Pay People to Learn

My proposal: Blogging is Dead: Long Live the Individual

Do those sound intriguing? We hope so! I’ve provided the detailed summaries below, but first, I’d like to show you how you can help us:

To support a HubPages presence at SXSW, you can help us out by:

  1. Going to our proposals (Why You Should Pay People to Learn and Blogging is Dead: Long Live the Individual) on SXSW’s Panel Picker interface
  2. Creating an account if you don’t have one already (it takes about 30 seconds, and I will adore you eternally)
  3. Voting
  4. Leaving a comment (comments = yay!!)
  5. Sharing our proposals with your friends and encouraging them to vote for us, too!

Here is the official summary of each proposed talk, should you be curious to learn more:

Why You Should Pay People to Learn

Online communities have become big business- so big that many social media and publishing platforms are making huge investments in teaching their users to become more active community participants. In some cases, companies are even directly paying community members to participate in educational programs.

This approach diverges from the traditional means by which education is delivered (an exchange in which learners pay and educators earn). Why switch things up? Websites should pay their community members to learn for the same reasons companies should invest in employee development.

HubPages CEO Paul Edmondson will share how online communities aren’t so different from the companies we work for every day, and will also detail the multifaceted benefits of shifting our educational payment paradigm, which include more vibrant, evangelistic communities, effective and empowered users, and a virtuous cycle that benefits all parties involved.

Blogging is Dead: Long Live the Individual

The world of blogging as we once knew it is dead and gone. Independent websites run by single, mostly amateur individuals have given way to large internet media houses featuring re-blogged and syndicated content.

Where have the individual personalities gone? What happened to unfiltered content presented by non-professionals? This characteristic form of online information has largely transformed into short posts (tweets, comments, questions, answers, forum posts, wiki updates, etc) shared on large, external websites and social media platforms, which are now the most powerful (and in many cases, only viable) platforms for user-generated content.

Does this mean that high quality user-generated content tied to an influential online persona is a thing of the past? Hardly! Join user-generated content expert Simone Smith as she discusses how the individual is coming back to the world of UCG- and sharing work that is richer and more comprehensive than ever before.

 

We hope you’ll help us out!

South by Southwest and HubPages

A very BIG THANK YOU to everyone who voted for Paul to speak at SXSW a couple of months ago. I am so pleased to be able to tell you that your hard work and commitment to HubPages paid off in spades – Paul has been named one of the speakers for 2012, and will be speaking in Austin on March 10th!

For those who are new to HubPages or haven’t heard of the SXSW (“South by Southwest”) conference, it’s an annual conference in Austin, Texas, that brings the most cutting-edge interactive, music and film innovators to one place for over a week of interesting discussions, product releases, and concerts. Our Hubbers voted for our idea at the SXSW PanelPicker, leading to Paul Edmondson being named one of the speakers at the conference. Given that there were 3200 proposals submitted, we are very thankful for your support.

Paul will be speaking to a crowd of web developers, designers, writers, and artists on how to recover their traffic, if their site has been hit unfairly by Google’s algorithmic changes. Thank you again, for liking our idea and taking the time to vote for it on SXSW’s site!

For those who may be interested, here’s the rest of the idea:

Bringing back the love when Google hates you

In a world where Google guards the gates of the Internet, the Panda update proved beyond reasonable doubt that every website is vulnerable to the search giant’s changes. While Google does a very good job, the vagaries of search algorithm updates result in decent sites losing a huge chunk of their traffic, leading to distractions of resources in trying to recoup their search traffic. In this discussion, Paul Edmondson will talk about unsuspected insights from his Panda-update experience and offer 5 key best practices that will help your site remain stable during future changes.

Vote for the HubPages Panel for SXSW 2012!

Have you ever had the chance to attend SXSW?  Otherwise known as South by Southwest, this annual conference which takes place in Austin, Texas is the place to share, see, and discuss cutting-edge technology, entertainment, products, music, and film.

HubPages has proposed a panel for SXSW 2012 at which our CEO Paul Edmondson would talk about bringing back the love when Google hates you.  Only YOU can make this happen- we need your votes!

The gist of this panel is as follows:

In a world where Google guards the gates of the Internet, the Panda update proved beyond reasonable doubt that every website is vulnerable to the search giant’s changes. While Google does a very good job, the vagaries of search algorithm updates result in decent sites losing a huge chunk of their traffic, leading to distractions of resources in trying to recoup their search traffic. In this discussion, Paul Edmondson will talk about unsuspected insights from his Panda-update experience and offer 5 key best practices that will help your site remain stable during future changes.

And he would answer these questions:

  1. What strategies should writers, bloggers and content creators follow, to keep their sites stable during Google’s routine search technology changes?
  2. What best practices should web designers and web developers follow to retain the health of their traffic during Google’s algorithm updates?
  3. How can writers, bloggers and online content creators diversify their traffic sources in a world dominated by Google?
  4. How can independent sites remain stable during sudden algorithm updates from Google search?
  5. What are the best quality standards that sites should adhere to?

Tell me that does not sound interesting.

You can vote for this panel on SXSW website.  To cast your vote and leave a comment, you’ll need to sign in or create an account, but doing all of those things only takes about a minute.

Vote now!!

Twitter officially hits the bigtime with some CNN love

 

There I was in Las Vegas, just chillin’ in my hotel room when I saw this come up on the TV. Apparently CNN has integrated Twitter as a new way to get some real-time questions on air. The Twitter account that CNN uses is @Issue1cnn and they seem to be using the micro-blogging tool more and more as time goes by.

You can see more thoughts on this Twitter/CNN lovefest over here on Mashable.

Also, it’s probably worth noting that Twitter was very deeply rooted in this past weekend’s Blog World Expo. Many blogs have been mentioning the great application of Twitter at the event, such as the Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid blog who thinks Twitter is the news stream of the future by saying, “These days, I find stuff out fastest on Twitter.”.

Hmmm, where will Twitter end up next? I can still remember back in the day when SXSW was pushing Twitter via plasma screens all around their event. My how our little web app has grown the past couple of years…if I could squeeze Twitter’s cheeks I would.