Blogger Conferences: Top Events to Attend in January & February 2020
Welcome to Blogger Events, a monthly column of what’s happening in the blog world. If you have an event you’d like featured, reach out to the Beyond Bylines team via Twitter at @BeyondBylines.
Is one of your resolutions to learn more about SEO for your blog? What about networking with fellow bloggers?
2020 will have plenty of opportunities to join other writers and improve your blogging skills. In just the first couple months, there will be events for travel, health, DIY, and dad bloggers, to name a few.
Jan. 18-19: Adventure Travel Show
Travel bloggers, this is a great event for you! The Adventure Travel Show is “the UK’s only event dedicated to experiences off the beaten track.” Boost your travel photography, writing, and filming skills at this two-day exhibit in London. Experts also will be on hand to help you plan your next adventure. The event takes place at the Olympia Exhibition Centre.
Jan. 27-29: Affiliate Summit West
More than 6,000 attendees are expected at Affiliate Summit West. Looking for ways to monetize your blog? Networking events will provide plenty of opportunities to form partnerships to help bloggers grow their business. The summit has courses for all levels of affiliate marketing experience, from beginner to pro. The event will be held at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.
Feb. 1: #BlogHer20 Health
BlogHer Health is returning for a third year to celebrate “the female storytellers who use their voices to raise awareness for our collective health.” Past speakers have included Jameela Jamil, Alyssa Milano, and Gwyneth Paltrow, so expect another jam-packed day of inspiring keynotes and networking opportunities. Attend #BlogHer20 Health at Rolling Greens, the highly Instagrammable and eco-friendly home + garden space in downtown Los Angeles.
Feb. 5-7: Southern C Summit
The Southern Coterie is an intimate event (300 people max) for entrepreneurs, creatives, and business owners. The two-day summit includes 12 education sessions, a networking lunch, mentoring sessions, and recreational activities like a beach walk. “Finding Your Voice & Commanding an Audience” and “Boundaries in Business: Etiquette in the Digital Age” are just a few of the session topics. Attend Southern C in Sea Island, Ga., at the Sea Island Resort.
Feb. 6: Pubcon Austin
The first of two Pubcon conferences in 2020, the Austin event offers one jam-packed day of the latest strategies in SEO, PPC, social media, content, digital marketing strategies, and more. Keynotes will include speakers from Google and Microsoft. Pubcon Austin will go down at the AT&T Conference Center on the University of Texas campus.
Feb. 15-16: Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
For travel writers, this is “THE place to get great travel story ideas, interview travel experts and show executives on travel trends, and capture amazing photos all under one roof.” A virtual reality experience, scuba diving pool, and rock-wall climbing are just a few of the fun activities in which attendees can participate. Check out the Travel & Adventure Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Feb. 19-20: SMX West
If you’re looking to boost conversions, increase sales, and maximize awareness for your blog, this could be the conference for you. SMX West offers more than 85 sessions covering SEO, search engine marketing (SEM), and digital commerce marketing (Amazon, Facebook, etc.). Session types range from one-on-one and panels to roundtables and clinics. The conference will take place at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.
WORKBENCHcon offers attendees the chance to “be a part of the growing network of DIYers, makers, influencers & bloggers discovering new techniques, products and skills all while learning how to take their businesses to the next level.” In addition to hands-on woodworking demos, class topics will cover tips for YouTube, Pinterest, and more. The conference will be held at the Waverly Renaissance Hotel in Atlanta.
Feb. 27-29: Dad 2.0
Attend the ninth annual Dad 2.0 to connect with influential dads, media, and marketers. The event is “an opportunity to learn the tools and tactics used by influential bloggers to create high-quality content, build personal brands, and develop business ideas.” The conference tracks — Entrepreneurship & Influence, Social Media & Marketing, and Fatherhood & Family — provide a mix of workshops, panels, and presentations. Dad 2.0 will go down at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 28-March 1: Playlist Live
Playlist Live is the “ultimate creator event of the year.” Pool parties, games, and fireworks are mixed in with the panels, Q&As, and workshops focused on the future of digital video and social media. The Insight Track is ideal for anyone looking to learn more about creating digital content. For the more experienced attendees, check out the full three-day Industry Track. Get down to Orlando, Fla., for Playlist Live at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
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Rocky Parker works in Audience Relations at PR Newswire. Check out her previous posts for Beyond Bylines and connect on LinkedIn. When she’s not working, Rocky typically can be found cooking, binge watching a new show, or playing with her puppy, Hudson.