It´s yet again a very special SEOktoberfest this year! After the big 5th Anniversary of SEOktoberfest in 2012, this year is going to be even more special, because one week before I´m going to marry my fiancée Becci
Last September she said "yes" when I asked her to marry me, so this September it´s time to get married!
We always try to make SEOktoberfest an unique event each year, so this year`s theme is going to be "Wedding Bells"
No worries -> the wedding won´t be during SEOktoberfest (as I said, it´s a week earlier at an enchanting Austrian Castle) – SEOktoberfest is still a conference! (we´ll sure raise our glasses to this joyous occasion though!)
Check out the SEOktoberfest VI Video Trailer
I think it´s a great theme, since Oktoberfest originally started out as being a wedding celebration – in 1810 (!) King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event (Source: Wikipedia). We @ SEOktoberfest value the 203-year-old Bavarian traditions of Oktoberfest which is one of the reasons why we buy the whole outfit for everyone – Lederhosen for the men and custom-made Dirndl for the women – it´s just a whole different Oktoberfest experience when you roll with locals, so we want everyone to look like true locals (a "Münchner Kindl" as we would say)!
I´m psyched that we got a great line-up again this year with Greg & Barbara Boser being 6th year SEOktoberfest Experts, so the only ones that have been to every single SEOktoberfest so far! Joe "Cygnus" Sinkwitz, Bob Rains, Joost de Valk and Robert "RSnake" Hansen will be at SEOktoberfest for their 5th time this year, so they´ll be visited by SEOktoberfests very own Lord of the Rings
We´re also having some new faces joining us this year – International & Technical SEO Expert Aleyda Solis and Grigory Bakunov, who´s Director of Technologies at Russian search giant Yandex and also founder and anchorman at Radio-T, a Russian-language podcast for geeks with 500,000 weekly listeners (!). You can check out all current Experts of SEOktoberfest VI over here. Joining these 23 SEOktoberfest Experts are 23 Attendees that are just as savvy about SEO & Online-Marketing. I´m really thankful that this event is more then just 23 Experts but a whole group of skilled & experienced SEOs that LOVE this game as much as I do personally.
Unfortunately there are only these 23 tickets for Attendees – since we don´t make any profit with this event and don´t intend to make money with it in the future, we don´t want to make this event any bigger to ensure that everyone can talk openly & freely! Right now there´s over 70 people on the waiting list for a SEOktoberfest ticket! Last year we had 3 Attendees who had to wait 3 years for their ticket! So this year we can´t do "1st come, 1st serve" anymore, but we offer the opportunity to apply for a ticket and answer 3 quick questions within an anonymous application that all of the SEOktoberfest Experts & Attendees will vote on to find new people that fit our little SEO ThinkTank the best! I know it sounds completely and utterly insane to have to apply for a 5.000 Euro conference-ticket, but that´s just how it is.
At SEOktoberfest we don’t care where you’re coming from, we don’t care about your age, your gender, your race or even if you drink beer or not – we just care about how SEO savvy you are! You have to LOVE SEO - that’s about it! If you just want to party at Oktoberfest this conference is definitely not for you, don’t bother to apply if you’re just looking to drink & party.
But even if you aren´t lucky enough to score a ticket, you still have the chance to Meet & Greet with all SEOktoberfest Experts & Attendees at this years SEOktoberfest Charity BBQ – it´s going to be on the 25th of September from 2pm till 10pm, so please save the date! More info coming soon, but it´s definitely once again going to be a Charity Auction just like in the past years!
Last year we raised 37.942 Euros for Charity – that´s incredible! But we all hope we´ll break that record yet again
Thanks to the generous SEOs contributing in our Charity Auction one of the supported charities – the Münchner Tafel – was able to buy a brand new refrigerated truck to collect groceries for people in need! Thank you all so much for helping us support this great cause! I hope to see you all again at this years Charity BBQ #YouGuysRock