Think Visibility March 2011, The Jaamit Award & Pick n Mix

It doesn’t seem five minutes since I was sitting on the train back from Leeds writing the last review of Think Visibility in September. Once again it has been a great weekend and one of my favourite UK conferences, the fact that it is held over a weekend makes a big difference to the attendees I think.  Everyone genuinely wants to be at the conference to learn new stuff and meet new people, they wouldn’t give up their weekend otherwise!

This time around I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak on the topic of link building.  This was sandwiched in the middle of my talks last week at SES London and the Distilled Link Building Seminar which is in two weeks.  Big thanks to Dom for asking me to speak again and thanks to all of you who came.

You can see the slides below (with a few slides taken out).  My talk was centered around finding link building techniques for sites that had been submitted by the audience.  It was a lot of fun working on these sites and I hopefully gave some new ideas to them.

There were a few ideas I gave away and one which generated the most questions afterwards was the tool / scraper that I built to get the websites of your Twitter followers.  You can see the slides for this below but I’ll also be doing a follow up post very soon on this blog with more details on how to do this yourselves and build your own scraper.  For now, I’d point you towards this great post by Tom which talks about using Google Docs to scrape the web.  My own tool was based on the same techniques that Tom talks about.

Other Coverage -

  • Pete over at Vertical Leap has written up a summary of the presentations that he attended which is well worth a read
  • There is also this very cool tool called Social Enhancer which has recored who tweeted and what throughout the weekend
  • Kieron Hughes at Pushon also live blogged the sessions here
  • You should also check out the photos from Steven aka Sk8geek over on Flickr

The Jaamit Award

For me, this Think Vis will be remembered as the one where the Jaamit Award was announced.  Dom and his team worked on coming up with an idea to always remember Jaamit and recognise his huge contribution to the industry.  The Jaamit Award was the result and is an annual award and each year a new challenge will be set for someone to complete.

The first winner of the Jaamit Award was Rhys Wynne for winning the competition placed in the Think Visibility Robot.txt file.  Here is a picture of Rhys with his award.

On a personal note, I wanted to say well done to everyone involved in making this idea happen.  It is a very fitting way for us to remember Jaamit and everything he did for the SEO community.

Dom announced that Jaamit’s donation page had so far raised over £3,000, I felt very proud to be part of the SEO community that had done this.  We then saw a recorded video message from Jaamit’s wife Negar which was very moving, the feeling in the room was one which I’m finding hard to describe.  Suffice to say, it was emotional.

There is also which has been setup in memory of Jaamit by Alex Moss which Jaamit originally helped to get going.  All proceeds from this site will also be donated to the fund.

My Presentation Slides

Here they are with a few edited out, I’ll be doing a follow up post soon on some of the techniques I talked about.

Pick n Mix

I couldn’t write about the conference without making reference to the pick n mix :)

Great idea Dom!