Here’s a second chance for anyone who wanted to attend the 2018 Financial Blogger Conference (aka FinCon18) but couldn’t: The FinCon18 Virtual Pass is now available.
I’m sorry you missed it. Attendees heard speakers like Rachel Cruze, Liz Weston, J.D. Roth, Jean Chatzky, Chris Hogan, Mr. Money Mustache and, ahem, me. They networked with other writers and podcasters, making guest-post and “wanna be on my podcast?” connections.
They checked out writing opportunities at the Freelancer Marketplace, and learned about the latest financial products and services from tons of vendors. Quite a few of them sat in a 16-foot inflatable flamingo that was set up in honor of the Orlando location (and which was rarely empty).
They met other people who also nerd out over personal finance, and to learn about aspects of blogging and podcasting: writing, creating a niche brand, financial independence, interviewing, creating great YouTube videos, writing and publishing books, affiliate marketing, social media, demystifying Google Analytics and many other topics.
It’s true that the FinCon18 Virtual Pass won’t get the in-person experience (or the 16-foot flamingo). But here’s what you will get:
Keynote presentations by Rachel Cruze (Dave Ramsey’s daughter) and Chris Hogan
Big Idea talks by Tai & Talaat McNeely (His and Her Money), Mr. Money Mustache and Emma Johnson (Wealthy Single Mommy)
FinCon Central talks from Joe Saul-Sehy, Stefanie O’Connell (“The Broke and Beautiful Life”) and Joshua Becker (Becoming Minimalist)
Half a dozen 90-minute workshops, such as “Demystifying Google Analytics”
Eight video-focused sessions with topics like “YouTube: How to Create Videos That Convert” and “How to Rapidly Create Quality Videos”
Eight podcasting-related sessions, including “How Small Shows Can Profit” and “Creating a Niche Brand and Active Community that Sponsors Adore”
Nine discussion panels on topics such as “How to Successfully Transition From Employee to Solopreneur” and “Building a Blog and Brand With Multiple Revenue Streams”
Nine advisor-related programs, such as “Understanding the Mindset of Social Media Users”
Eight “money conversations,” in which experts discuss subjects like “Financial Independence Through Real Estate Investing and House Hacking”
Nine “success story” programs, with presenters sharing wins such as “$0 to $15,000 per Month with Online Courses”
13 sessions on topics like “MBA for Digital Entrepreneurs” and “How to Flourish With Facebook Ads”
22 bonus programs, including “How to Write and Launch a Best-Selling Book on Amazon” and “Hiring a Virtual Assistant”
The keynote presentations are available for one month. Everything else is available forever.
See you on Facebook?
Those who buy the virtual pass also get access to the FinCon Facebook page, which keeps those conference connections humming all year long. I’m on it myself (probably too often, some days) and have gotten writing tips, information and, sometimes, interviews with experts. If you have a question about anything money- or writing-related, you can ask it there.
Anyone who’s interested in becoming a personal finance blogger, vlogger or podcaster – or who is already one or more of those things but wants to step up the game – should try to attend FinCon.
And if you couldn’t go this year and want to see what you missed? Consider the virtual pass. It costs $199, which is a business expense.
Next year the Financial Blogger Conference takes place in Washington, D.C., and I hope to keep my attendance streak alive. Maybe I’ll see some of you there. But I don’t think the flamingo will make it.
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