It’s no secret, I love talking and reading about all things blogging. So when I discovered only a few days ago that there were still five tickets left for the ProBlogger Event in Melbourne, I decided to put the last of my Frequent Flyer points to good use and attend.
The full-day workshop was totally my idea of fun. A room full (150, to be exact) of blogging enthusiasts, with presentations by ProBlogger himself, Darren Rowse and super-blogger Chris Garrett (or Chris G, as he’s known).
One of the highlights for me was finding out the tools and resources other bloggers use to run successful blogs. So I thought I’d share the ones I came across from the lead up to the event until now.
1. Event Brite
The ticket-booking website Darren Rowse used to sell tickets to the events. Never having organised a function or requiring the need to sell tickets, I hadn’t used this before, but it made buying a ticket a piece of cake.
How I – and I’m sure many others – found out about the event. If you’re not using Twitter, you’re missing out big time! Twitter was a great tool to communicate with other attendees pre, during and post the event via the #pbevent hashtag.
Mentioned in the car on the way to the event…
The lovely Kate from Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily attended the ProBlogger Event with me. She’s been running her site for a number of years now, with a whopping 20,000 readers per month (you can check out her blogger profile here). She’s used Elance to outsource work and has been pleased with the quality, cost and results of the work she’s received thus far.
Mentioned at the event…
Disqus is a comment system, that helps you to manage comments left on your blog. Good at helping reduce anonymous comments.
Flippa were (I believe) sponsors of the event. Flippa is a website where you can buy or sell websites. So if you’ve ever thought of giving up your blog, perhaps try selling it instead of just leaving it to sit in cyberspace. Who knows, you might make some cash to fund your next blogging project.
6. 31 Days to Build A Better Blog
This wouldn’t be a “useful resources” list for bloggers without mentioning the ebook of Mr ProBlogger himself, Darren Rowse. It’s hugely popular and every blogger worth their salt knows about it. Have you got a copy yet? Another of his books is Secrets For Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income co-authored by Chris Garrett.
7. Market Samurai
Market Samurai is like a keyword tool on steroids. I’ve been using it recently, and the information you can get out of it is rather impressive, especially if you’re seriously into internet marketing.
8. How to Build A Successful Blog Business
This book is just one of Collis Ta’eed’s many, many, projects. As I’m an ideas woman (25 domain names registered and counting), I totally got this guy. He’s not afraid to try new things, and lucky for him, they’re hugely successful. He runs Envato, which is a porfolio of all kinds of useful blogs and websites. The presentation of his sites is immaculate.
Aweber is the e-mail marketing tool of choice for at least three of the ProBlogger Event speakers. I can totally understand why, having used it myself – it makes setting up emails and auto responders tres easy.
10. OpenX Ad Server
This was something mentioned by Yaro Starak, a guru when it comes to the make-money-online niche. A quick look at the OpenX website, and I learn that OpenX is, “[The] world’s leading independent ad server. It provides you with the simple tools you need to make money from advertising, whether from direct ad sales, OpenX Market, or third party ad networks (like AdSense)”.
11. Remember The Milk
This website wasn’t actually mentioned by any of the speakers, but was used by the blogger sitting next to me (Kat from Body Incredible – hi, Kat!). It’s an online to-do list and task-management website.
12. Tick Tock Timer
I wish I could remember exactly who shared this tool with me. It may have been Kat from Body Incredible again (honest Kat, wasn’t trying to watch everything you did on your screen!). It’s essentially an online stop-watch. Good if you’re trying to set (and stick to) goals (eg: “I giving myself 20 minutes to write my next post”).
Referenced a number of times throughout the day, SitePoint is a website with a plethora of resources for bloggers big and small.
Mentioned at the post-event drinks…
14. Wishlist Member
This tool came up during a conversation with Emma from $30 Date Night. The Wishlist Member plugin is a WordPress plugin that helps you to set up paid membership sites. For example, if you were going to create a members-only area of your blog that your readers paid to join.
Mentioned on Twitter using the #pbevent hashtag…
UPDATE: You can read part two of my ProBlogger Event coverage here
Which blogging tool or resource do you most like to use and why?