Updated for 2024

Over the last 25 years, I have thoroughly enjoyed speaking at conferences worldwide. My first real out-of-the-UK speaking gig was in Vancouver. It was one of the best search conferences I ever went to, but not because of the conference itself. I took the chance to ski down Blackcombe Mountain and see Vancouver Island. I haven’t been to that one for a long time, though – so I don’t know how it fairs. Some conferences are better than others if you are trying to get onto the speaker circuit. Here are my favourites.

Dixon speaking at Brighton SEO
Speaking at Brighton SEO

No 6: BrightonSEO. This is now the most significant SEO conference in Europe! I have been going since it was (famously) a bunch of folks above a pub. The best reason to go to Brighton SEO is networking. But it is also a great place to try to start your speaking career. Kelvin, who runs the event, tries to give new speakers and diversity their chance to shine. They now also have a version in San Diego.

No. 5: InOrbit, Slovenia. The guys and girls that run this conference are really genuine. I was lucky enough to be the MC before and after covid. This year they took the speakers out on a lovely wine tasting and sightseeing tour. Slovenia is a BEAUTIFUL country. I cannot make the 2024 conference, but if you can, you should.

No. 4: SerpConf in Bulgaria will be happening this year in April 2024 and this will be my first time attending (and speaking). I was lucky enough to go to Sophia last year… it really is a lovely place and I am really looking forward to the conference.

No. 3: Pubcon. I like the diversity of speakers, attendees and sponsors here. Some people think this conference was for “mom and pop” companies, but they should have gone to the last few. After one talk I did, the people that came up to ask questions and shake my hands included Facebook and Ebay. It’s also in Las Vegas… if you like that sort of thing… In 2024, they are returning to Las Vegas, which is their most significant event, but you can still catch Pubcons regionally, mainly around the southern USA.

No. 2: RIMC in Iceland. You just cannot beat this conference as a speaker. I have gone three times at least, and I have been taken to Hot sulphur baths, Massive Ice-covered waterfalls and Geysers. I’ve been to Viking villages and eaten everything from Argentinian steak to rotting fish. The rotting fish was voluntary. It is THE event that speakers go for not as a means to an end but as an end in itself.

No. 1: My new adventure for 2024 is SEO Spring Training. I think this will probably be a slightly more initimate conference, but for me it will be good because the audience is (I expect) totally different to my usual “crowd”. The team seem really close to the “coak face” of SEO and like getting their hands dirty. I am also enjoying their AI generated images of all the speakers! So, this is my new number 1.

Tata for now.


Dixon Jones

An award-winning Search and Internet Marketer. Search Personality of the year Lifetime achievement award Outstanding technology individual of the year International public speaker for 20 years in the field of SEO and Internet Marketing, including: Pubcon; Search Engine Strategies (SMX); Brighton SEO; Ungagged; Search Leeds; State of Search; RIMC and many more.


Adam C · 24th February 2009 at 8:50 pm

Are you sure you didn’t speak at SMX Advanced?

Dixon Jones · 25th February 2009 at 12:01 pm

Ah. I should have been clear… Not the one in Seattle. SMX in the UK and Sweden, yes. [Editing the post now]

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