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The Premier Event for Bloggers Comes to Orlando for Three Days of Education and Networking with Fellow Content Creators and Marketers.

IZEA, the world’s largest social marketing network, today announced the dates and schedule of events for IZEAFest ’08, the year’s premier event for bloggers being held September 11-13th in Orlando. The event includes a “who’s who” list of today’s most well-known bloggers, exciting online marketers, and leading social media experts, along with a comprehensive selection of informative sessions and panel discussions covering everything that today’s active blogger needs to know. Advertisers and other marketers interested in reaching and influencing the growing “blogosphere” and online social networking industry will also gain valuable insight and networking opportunities. Blogging is growing at an incredibly active pace, with more than 175,000 new blogs appearing every day. Bloggers update their blogs regularly to the tune of over 1.6 million posts per day, or over 18 updates a second, according to Technorati, the recognized authority on tracking and indexing blogs. As the space evolves, many bloggers are now utilizing their blog as a monetizing platform, promoting advertisers through a variety of mediums. IZEAFest is designed to help bloggers become better bloggers, while connecting educating them about advertiser needs.

IZEAFest features keynote speeches from 2 of the top 100 bloggers in the world. Jeremy Shoemaker, the famed blogger who went from unemployment to 8 figures in only 4 years, using his blog “ShoeMoney” will kickoff the event. Merlin Mann, an independent writer, broadcaster and author of 43folders.com will keynote the second day. Susie Gardner, author of “Blogging for Dummies” will lead a session on improving blog content. Other sessions will be conducted by leading personalities in the blogosphere and include “Improving Your Content”, “Growing Traffic”, “What Advertisers Want”, “Blog Design and Makeover” and “Big Money Bloggers.”

The sessions will be conducted in a fun, open and interactive manner, and bloggers are encouraged to bring their specific questions with them for expert discussion and analysis. Every item on the agenda was designed specifically to either enhance a bloggers’ experience; to better market and promote a blog; or to do both. Attendees will have the benefit of direct interaction with some of the most experienced and knowledgeable bloggers on the Web.

“We are incredibly excited about IZEAFest’08,” said Ted Murphy, CEO of IZEA. “With all the informative content available, direct access to key blogging personalities, and the extraordinary networking opportunities, this really is a can’t-miss event for bloggers of all kind – from those who only post once and awhile to the real hardcore daily bloggers.”

The event will take place on the grounds of the beautiful Grand Bohemian Hotel in sunny downtown Orlando, Florida. Registration information can be found at www.izeafest.com. IZEA has partnered with the Downtown Orlando Partnership, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and economic development of Downtown Orlando, to help promote IZEAFest.

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