My Presentation At WordPress Camp Vancouver

Here are some video highlights from my presentation at the Tazzu WordPress Camp at the Network Hub. With the exception of the venue being too small, the event went off amazingly well. Originally, Tazzu was expecting between 30 to 40 people to attend. However, once word got out about it, the RSVP went through the roof. Almost 100 people showed up and it was sitting/standing room only.

Most of the famous local bloggers came out to the event, including Miss 604, who talked about adding Flickr images to WordPress, and Lisa Bettany, the Internet’s 5th to 7th sexiest geek depending on which list you read.

I started the presentation by asking how many people have a blog and watched most of the hands go up. Then I asked how many make money from their blog and watched most of the hands go down. That’s about what I expected. You can watch my highlights below or check out the photos uploaded to Flickr by some of the attendees. I especially like this photo taken by Amanda Abrams.

Tazzu WordPress camp – Part 1

Tazzu WordPress camp – Part 2

46 thoughts on “My Presentation At WordPress Camp Vancouver”

  1. David S says:

    Wish I could have gone… I launch in a month or so and look forward to implementing the strategies your articles (and ebook) and other bloggers discuss. Should be a fun experiment. Thanks John!

    1. Nice presentation, John! It looks like the crowd is made up of many different age demographics, which is great to see.

  2. Thiago Prado says:

    You’re getting better and better. I hope next year I can attend to all of the blog events in U.S.
    When are you gonna be a speaker at any event in NY? I wanna see you talking live.

  3. I like the advice on the advertising page. I hate having to email for prices. I want them on the site so I can buy now. If they are not up I usually go to the next site and buy with those that do have prices posted.

  4. Thanks for the info John… I wonder, what is the #1 reason why people don’t make money from their blogs?

    1. Something about eating less and exercising more I think. 🙂

  5. When will you be in NY speaking?

  6. Are those devil ears in the pic of the first video? I always knew you were pure evil 😈

    1. Terry Tay says:

      Yep your on the right track, Devil Horns 😈

      Evil just pure evil that John Chow 😈

    2. Paolo U says:

      Those horns are genuine! 👿 😆

  7. team ray says:

    john much respect

    you are one few bloggers whose teaching are actually useful
    not typical topic of what is blog lol

  8. david cheong says:

    hmm.. the first photo really looks like 👿 is out there… not sure who is it 🙂

  9. I think the “missing link” for people is not knowing what activities they can do on a daily basis to actually bring traffic into their Blog. I don’t think there are many blogs out there that get insane amounts of traffic but don’t make any money because they don’t know how to monetize. I think those are rare.

    Most often people have no clue how to bring traffic to their site. John, maybe you could write more articles on that topic.

    1. Agreed… I’m just getting started in the blogging world, I really am not a great writer, my main focus is to make changes for the better in our society in the US and believe that there are many people like me out there. However, I need traffic and would like to know the best way for a newbie to get traffic.

  10. Rebecca says:

    It was great to see you again, I really like your straightforward approach and man, that photo is *priceless* 🙂

  11. Some Random Guy says:

    This Chow character seems fake. I don’t believe the numbers of how much he makes. Call me a hater, but it just doesn’t make sense.

    1. John Chow says:

      Bush doesn’t make sense either but you guys still voted him President, TWICE! 😈

      1. ROFL… John Chow has a sting.

      2. Lot’s of things don’t make sense in this country John… I urge everyone to stand up to the fanatics and idiots that are destroying this country. Put up a post once a month or once a quarter about an improvement you would like to see in the US, or about a law, policy, social norm, that is absurd. I believe awareness will help make changes.

      3. Terry Tay says:

        Are you sure they “VOTED” for Bush John?
        They still talk about the shanaigans that took plays first in Florida and then in Ohio.

      4. Paolo U says:

        I never voted for him! 😈

    2. Thiago Prado says:

      Why don’t you show your face? Perhaps because you’re the competition and just come to the site to leave bad comments or because you’re a loser and are jealous of John Chow.

    3. Sha says:

      You wish you were making this kind of money. Sit down.

  12. kellex says:


    Yes those horns are perfect for you Chowie.

    1. Paolo U says:

      Those are real ones!

  13. bambooclat says:

    John, it seems like you had lots of fun at the presentation. that is what it is all about. Love what you do

  14. make150aday says:

    John –second video is not available….

  15. make150aday says:

    it works now.
    It wasn’t a while ago..

  16. Joe says:

    That Lisa is hotter than iJustine. She was robbed.

  17. Gary Lee says:

    no Pho after? you need a Pho Sponsor for this stuff . . . . btw, when’s the SoCal edition!?!?!?!

  18. pileofblogs says:

    hey john, wish i could have made it! was planning on going but somethign cme up.
    your presentation was good though, thanks for posting the video so i coud still see it anyway. Would have been good to hear all the other speakers as well, but not to worry, there is always next time.

  19. Pyjammez says:

    LOL awesome photo

  20. Paolo U says:

    I only wish that I could be there!

  21. Possibly a stupid question here, BUT, out of all the people who said they weren’t making money of their blog, do you think most (if not all) of those in attendance had a desire to make money off their blog?

    Or, do a lot of people blog for fun and the sense of community ???

    Stanley Bronstein
    Attorney, CPA, Author, Blogger & Professional Motivational Speaker

    1. John Chow says:

      I would say most of the like the idea of making a living by blogging. However, I doubt most have a desire to do it.

      1. nerissa says:

        Your right, specially when you have a passion and skills. Don’t limit your imaginations. Be creative to make other empress on you.

  22. Wade says:

    Thank you john for bringing the highlight of WordPress Camp to us at home. I have a little but more of JC catching up to do, then I will click play.

    Shudogg Dot Com – Make Money Online Blogging

  23. Mostly Lisa says:

    maybe you should spend more time doing yoga and eating granola.

    ps. my horns are way bigger than yours 👿

    1. John Chow says:

      At least I don’t charge people to touch my horns. 😈

  24. David Chew says:

    Those presentation sure does help people.

  25. Syed Balkhi says:

    i like the picture taken by Amanda …. makes you look like a devil lol

  26. Sha says:

    I like the “Devil horns” in the first picture. Looks like your presentation went very well.

    I liked what you had to say. And I definitely agree about being upfront with the prices & whatnot when it comes to the advertise section. I see so many people that don’t have complete information & then they wonder why they hardly get any advertisers.

  27. Thanks for the good advice in the video! I specially liked your advice about using as many advertising programs as possible in order to maximize revenue (but still making sure that the site is usable). Good stuff

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