Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Money on Sunday 13th March

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  • Making Money with WordPress (Without Working at Automattic)

    by Alex King, Brandon Jones, Shane Pearlman and Sonia Simone

    WordPress is free! It does astounding things out of the box. But it doesn't do everything. Therein lies the opportunity. Tons of people are making serious money with WordPress, why aren't you? In this session, each panelist will cover a core business opportunity with WordPress: Customization Services, Design Products & Premium Themes, Premium Plugins, Hosting Services and Content Properties. I'll share how Peter & I grossed close to a million in revenue last year from WordPress related design and development services with the help of a small team of talented freelancers. We'll explore the approach that Brandon, the #1 premium theme seller in North America, used to gross $250k in the last year (not bad for one dude). There are no shortages of opportunity. Get insight into how you can be successful from someone in each of these categories who is killing it and making real money (without working for Automattic).

    1. How do I make my WordPress theme or plugin product stand out in an app marketplace?
    2. How do I land 100k+ WordPress design + development projects?
    3. How do I make money from WordPress support without hating everyone I talk to?
    4. Where does the real revenue in blogs actually come from?
    5. What makes someone pay for something thats free?

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Sunday 13th March

    In Salon C, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • How to Make Money Traveling Around the World

    by Jason Boehle and Tynan .

    On Jan 3rd 2010 I left the country and spent time exploring Africa and Europe returning exactly 7 months later on Aug 3rd 2010.

    During that time I was able to visit 25 countries and make on average 3k a month working about 1 - 2 hrs a day remotely.

    I am 26 years old, live in the Austin area, and have spent the last 6 years in the internet marketing industry, mostly dabbling in affiliate marketing.

    The purpose of the trip was to backpack around Europe and Africa on the lowest budget possible, mostly staying in hostels and traveling around via bus, train, and hitch hiking. I was supposed be gone only 3 months but ended up staying 7.

    My presentation will have 2 sections. One catered to business the other catered to traveling.

    Section 1: How to Make Money While Traveling (Tips to automate your business)
    Section 2: How to Save Money On Traveling (Tips on finding the best travel deals)

    If accepted to speak at SXSW my presentation will be catered to 20, 30, and 40 somethings who enjoy traveling on a budget and making a bit of money to extend their stays.

    I will give this exact speech at the local SEO meetup (http://www.meetup.com/seo-austin/) on Oct 27th. I expect a turn out of about 100+ attendees. I believe this will be a good tuneup if accepted to present at SXSW. You can find my blog at www.goldenbooktraveler.com

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Sunday 13th March

    In Rio Grande B, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Mobile Payments: My Smartphone Just Bought My Beer!

    Is it true that if consumers had to choose then they would prefer to lose their wallet rather than their mobile phone? Making secure transactions a reality on mobile devices relies on a complex dance between chip makers, device manufacturers, software developers, content developers, carriers and the banking industry. How is technology and the industry moving forward to ensure consumers can rely on their mobile devices as their mobile pocketbook and how will these changes shape consumer behavior and content consumption.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 13th March

    In Salon E, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Profiting in Adult: The Recession is Over

    by Jay Kopita, Michael Brandvold, Allison Vivas, Connor Young and Kathee Brewer

    The last few years the adult online industry saw a perfect storm of the recession, content piracy, and lack of innovation that caused some companies to lose as much as 90% of their profit margins and several others to close up shop entirely. While many are still reeling and struggling to make ends meet, now that much of the smoke has cleared, who is left standing and why? Once considered recession-proof, the adult industry is starting to see a bounce back, with an influx of motivated, mature and organized individuals with startups.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 13th March

    In Salon D, Hilton Austin Downtown