Wow – there’s a great discussion going on over in the google group on sessions for #TAL10 in Leeds on Saturday 17th April. All this in addition to my roundup of Friday. For those of you who don’t do google groups here’s a quick update.
Matt from the great MyTunstall in Stoke-On-Trent has written a wonderful piece on making websites pay – it details his experiences with affiliate marketing and is brutally honest about what works and what doesn’t:
‘I have however, had more success when I write the odd article with the
affiliate market in mind. Back in October I published the Peter Kay
tour dates for Manchester and ranked highly in google, so over those
few days, site traffic was way up, and people were clicking through to
ticketmaster and buying peter kay tickets. This is the most luck I’d
had with affiliate publishing, but because the tickets sold so quickly
via other means, again I could have made more money for the site.’
There’s reassurance for those who haven’t come out before as hyperlocal that #TAL10 will be open, friendly and welcoming, appealing to all. Ray says some very kind things about the event we ran in Stoke-on-Trent last year, TAL09:
‘Can vouch for the friendly nature of TAL09. It was also one
of the most inspiring events I’ve been to. It has certainly influenced
me on a day-to-day basis and led to an enjoyable and steep learning
curve! I even understand some techie stuff now!’
A session on basic skills and how to get started is coming into focus – Suzanne from Skillset is coming along – nice to see the sector skills council acknowledging the hyperlocal sector.
Good chatter continues about a session on covering the 2010 elections from a hyperlocal perpsective – from how to stay neutral through to getting a local site recognised by the candidates.
And we have two volunteers to contribute to a session on bringing media newsgathering techniques to hyperlocal sites.
As well as the mainstream stuff, it seems like a geek session is firming up for the deeply technical data wizards – Chris aka CountCulture of openly local will co-ordinate. The geek stuff always makes me dizzy but some will love it – Clare White was waxing lyrical.
And remember you can find other sessions in my Friday post.
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