Out and about – places to find Internet Marketing types socially

If you are an Internet Marketer who does not get much chance to meet other like minded people, you are missing out. There are plenty of places to meet up socially and with more of a business agenda. You’ll often find some pretty well known people at these kinds of events.

Here re a short list of events – most of which I’ll be at – which are available to you over the next few months. They range from the “I’ll need to check my bank balance” to free. Hope to see you at one?

Thinkvisibility 4th September in Leeds. This is clever. It’s on a Saturday. That’s because plenty of the audience are only part time blogging or “dabbling” with websites and have another job during the week. Don’t be fooled though… some of these guys turn up in rather nice cars!

Re:Fresh £195 (but look out for discount codes) London. This is one I haven’t been to before – but the speaker list looks pretty nop notch. John Straw from Influence Finder is on the Keynote – which works for me!

London Blogger Meetup – September 14th. Free in London. You can’t argue with the price – but when I looked there’s only 20 places left, so do go and sign up. It’s usually a talk in a pub, followed by drinks in a pub. We’re thinking of buying the drinks at one of these events, so I’m going to pop in and have a chat with the organizers.

Social Media Advertising day. 20th September in London. £149. This one is a bit more heavy duty – but I would imagine taht there will be some useful information and some great contacts to be had. I’m sadly at another event in Bormingham that day, but by colleague Alan McIvor will be going along to pick up all the tips and tricks.

A4U Conference and Expo 12th-13th October. This one is the “big” event as it runs over two days and is usually chocablock with parties. I recommend the party the night BEFORE the event if you get the chance. The cost is going up, and the hotels at London’s Excel aren’t cheap though. But fear not… I happen to be speaking at this one, so use my discount code “SPKLON50″ to get £50 off or just go to the Expo, rather than the full conference and then slip into a party after hours.

There. That’s your diary sorted for six week. After that, I’m off to Vegas.

Yahoo Site Explorer and Ninite. My World Today

I had an interesting day. As I sit here repairing my PC with a complete clean installation, I thought I’d share the interesting bits. I promise not to take too long.

Using Ninite.com to REALLY make a PC reinstall easier.

I think I used this once before, but it has come on a LONG way since then. Ninite.com let’s you select which packages (all free or trials) you want on your PC by just checking them on a screen, then… instead of having to download and install everyone individually… something which woudl really take me days to do, frankly, it downloads one file and installs everything at once. Simple to use and simply brilliant!

At the touch of a button I am installing everything from Silverlight to Dropbox as I speak. In an instant I have an FTP program, a CD burner, iTunes, an HTML editor and in all I selected 20 programs which frankly every Internet professional could hardly live without. OK… I COULD have lived without iTunes and installed Spotify instead, but I’m there now.

It even lets you install a trial version of Office.

Even if your PC is up and running, I woudl recommend having a look if you always wanted to download those extra programs but never had the time.

Ninite also has a professional version. I think this must be brilliant for large organisations who want to always set up PCs with certain specs. Highly recommended.

So why did I need to format my PC?

Every now and then, my PC seemed to lock on startup. I could pull out the plug and reboot it, but what a pain every other morning. In addition… and in the end the straw that broke the camel’s back… it looks like one of the major firefox toolbars was passing lots of information about me back to someone somewhere. This had the effect of occassionally bringing my Firefox to a grind for 10 seconds or so. Now I can’t say for sure which plugin it was, but I would suggest that if you find your Firefox going slower than your Internet Explorer then you have a problem and it may need fixing.

Oh… and Yahoo Site Explorer stopped working

I probably should have mentioned that first really. Yahoo announced two days ago that they were moving forward with their Bing integration and that has already meant that the “linkdomain” command in Yahoo has stopped working for US internet users. I hear that it will be cut off in Europe next week.

This is really significant, because practically anyone with tools that gove backlink data to you for free is scraping Yahoo using this command to get the link data. Not everyone, but most. Even people using Yahoo’s API are in no better shape, since this is dying too. From here on in, Yahoo is showing BING results and that means using BING operators. Bing does have one useful operator that you can try though. The “Linkfromdomain” command. It’s not the same (the clue is in the name) but does have some uses.

Right…. Ninite has installed all my apps… off to see if Windows 7 really is that much better than XP.