Pubcon and Missing Casinos

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I am in Las Vegas this week, speaking at, and attending the Webmaster World Pubcon Conference.

I will be speaking at two different sessions, both on the first day of the conference.

The early session is going to be a round robin presentation on SEO 101, with Moderator Jake Baillie, and speakers Bruce Clay, Ash Nallawalla, and Jill Whalen, joining me.

After lunch that Tuesday, I will be joining Gordon Hotchkiss and Greg Boser as speakers, and moderator Jake Baillie, in a presentation on Universal and Personal Search – This Changes Everything.

I will be around the whole week, and look forward to meeting up with old friends and making new friends while at the conference. If you see me around the conference, please stop and say hello.

I arrived last night, and had a chance to tour a little around town before trying to catch some sleep. Last year, I had the chance to visit Las Vegas twice, and the casinos that I stayed at on those visits were gone. I’m a fan of local history, and I wanted a chance to see a couple of the older casinos on the strip that where home to performances from entertainers like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

The Stardust and the New Frontier are now both part of the City’s history and folklore. I knew when I stayed at both that they didn’t have much longer to be around. A couple of videos of the buildings coming down:

New Frontier Implosion

Stardust Implosion

An interesting article that I had the chance to read this morning that I enjoyed:

David completed part 4 of his series on Google’s personalized search in Making Personalized Search Work for You.

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12 thoughts on “Pubcon and Missing Casinos”

  1. Well…if it helps.. there is plenty of Snow up here. Good luck with everything and play safe…


  2. Thanks, Dave. Sorry to hear about the snow. If it’s any concilation, it is chilly in Las Vegas in December.


    I’ll look forward to seeing you. Hope you have a good drive.

  3. Jon,

    It would be nice to see you two. I’m hoping to gret a chance to see Penn and
    Teller later this week. Should be a good show.


    The SEO 101 presentation is going to be in a round robin format rather than a series of presentations, so I don’t know how easy it might be to get presentations out for it. Hopefully someone will blog about it, and try to capture some of the highlights of it.

  4. Ok. Thanks for the response.

    In addition, I have been meaning to ask you if you have any knowledge or opinion of the SEO eBook being offered at by Aaron Wall.

    I see it advertised on numerous web sites a lot, but no real reviews or opinions on it. Have you ever discussed it before? Are you familiar with it at all? Thanks.

  5. I’m surprised that you haven’t seen many reviews of Aaron Wall’s book.

    I would definitely recommend it as a source of helpful and useful information – it can provide you with a very good baseline knowledge of information about search engine optimization that you can build upon.

    The book covers a wide range of the fundamentals of SEO, and introduces a lot of the advanced topics in the area. I’ve used it before as a resource in training people on SEO. It’s also easy to read, and presents the material very well.

  6. Hi Bill!

    I’d love to see a summary of important takeaways that you got at this year’s pubcon!

    Sorry I didn’t make it.

  7. Exploding buildings are always great to watch :) ! When there’s an SEO conference round the corner that’s even better!

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