Focused Blogging Conference

Richmond, VA | May 18-20, 2017 Get monetizing strategies to make it happen

ABOUT

Focused Blogging Conference is a three-day, hands-on conference for bloggers ready to take their blog to the next level with qualified bloggers, as their mentors that work along side limited attendees in an environment that promotes community.

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THE CONFERENCE

IMPLEMENTING

Our mentors are there to assist you in implementing what you just learned before you leave that workshop.

NETWORKING

Face to face networking is priceless in the blogging world, which is why we offer more time to connect.

BRAINSTORMING

Brainstorming with your peers will prove to propel your blog forward because of all the idea sharing we offer.

2017 AGENDA

5 - 2 1/2 HOUR WORKSHOPS

Our workshops offer 45-minute teachings and 1 hour 45 minutes worth of implementing.

SPONSOR'S MINI-WORKSHOPS

Learn about our sponsor’s services or products and how YOU can use them on your blog.

3 LUNCHES & 3 DINNERS

Included in your cost of a ticket, you get three amazing lunches and dinners that include gluten-free and vegetarian options.

*Breakfast Buffet (Included in your room price for up to 2 people per room)

NETWORKING

We made sure to leave time for you to network with fellow bloggers.

3 BRAINSTORMING PANELS

You will be inspiration and idea-filled, so we want you to brainstorm with other bloggers on how to grow bigger, faster.

SOCIAL FOCUS (with giveaways)

We love giveaways, but to be entered, you have to be social and play the games.

SOCIAL MINGLES

We want to create a community full of bloggers who want to see each other succeed in their focused endeavors.

DAY ONE

*Agenda subject to change.

7:00 am – 9:00 am ~ Breakfast Buffet (Included in your room price for up to 2 people per room)

9:00 am – 11:00 am ~ Registration and Welcome Mingle in Conference Lobby (Only time to promote your personal sponsors)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm ~ Opening & Keynote

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Sponsor Networking Lunch (Included)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ~ Sponsor’s Mini-workshops

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Snack & Hydration Break in Conference Lobby

3:15 pm – 5:45 pm – Workshop One

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ~ Dinner (included)

7:30 pm – 8:15 pm – Social Focused

8:15 pm – 9:00 pm ~ Brainstorming Panel

9:00 pm – Until – Networking and Social Mingles

*Focused is a NON-ALCOHOLIC conference. No outside alcohol allowed in public areas of the hotel. Hotel bar is available after conference agenda.

DAY TWO

*Agenda subject to change.

7:00 am – 9:00 am ~ Breakfast Buffet (Included in your room price for up to 2 people per room)

9:15 am – 11:45 am – Workshop Two

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Lunch (included)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ~ Sponsor’s Mini-workshops

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Snack & Hydration Break in Conference Lobby

3:15 pm – 5:45 pm – Workshop Three

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ~ Dinner (included)

7:30 pm – 8:15 pm – Social Focused

8:15 pm – 9:00 pm ~ Brainstorming Panel

9:00 pm – until – Networking & Social Mingles

*Focused is a NON-ALCOHOLIC conference. No outside alcohol allowed in public areas of the hotel. Hotel bar is available after conference agenda.

DAY THREE

*Agenda subject to change.

7:00 am – 9:00 am ~ Breakfast Buffet (Included in your room price for up to 2 people per room)

9:15 am – 11:45 am – Workshop Four

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ~ Lunch (included)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ~ Sponsor’s Mini-workshops

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Snack & Hydration Break in Conference Lobby

3:15 pm – 5:45 pm – Workshop Five

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ~ Dinner (included)

7:30 pm – 8:15 pm – Social Focused

8:15 pm – 9:00 pm ~ Brainstorming Panel

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Closing & 2018 Announcements

10:00 pm – until – Networking & Social Mingles

*Focused is a NON-ALCOHOLIC conference. No outside alcohol allowed in public areas of the hotel. Hotel bar is available after conference agenda.

MENTORS

Do you qualify to mentor at Focused Blogging Conference?

Meet our 2017 Mentors

Kim Sorgius

Mentor & Keynote Speaker, as well as author of My Brother’s Keeper and To Every Nation

Short Bio:
Kim Sorgius is the creator of the popular parenting blog, Not Consumed. She has written over 25 family resource products, is a homeschool speaker, and a product creation coach. Without any business or marketing training, Kim grew her blog from zero to 100K pageviews in just 6 months. Today Not Consumed earns over six figures a year through strategic product launches and sales funnels. When she’s not creating, Kim can be found planning an awesome adventure with her 4 super cool kids.

Workshop One Details: How to Earn 30K a month with a Sales Funnel
We all want passive income, but often find ourselves running tired on the hamster wheel of business tasks. A sales funnel is the perfect way to sell more without adding more to your daily list. In this session we will explore the secrets of a sales funnel that sells more products while nurturing your customers without feeling spammy. You’ll leave with new ideas, a great plan, and resolve to finally get off that hamster wheel.

Workshop One Prerequisites:
Attendees should have a product or a strong idea for one.

Workshop Two Details: Authentic, not sleazy. Soft Sell Your Way to 6 Figures
Do you ever feel like your copy sounds like a starving used car salesman? You’re not alone. The internet is full of starving bloggers trying desperately to get their message heard. It’s time for you to stand out from the crowd. In this session we will toss out all of those bad marketing ideas and teach you how to soft sell your way to 6 figures. No sleazy gimmicks or infomercials necessary. Just real authentic goodness.

Workshop Two Prerequisites:
Attendees should have a product or a strong idea for one.

Kim Sorgius

Jessi Fearon

2017 Mentor and author of Master Your Mastermind

Short Bio:
Jessi is the founder of the popular personal finance blog, TheBudgetMama.com, where she shares her family’s real life on a budget in order to help others learn to manage their money better. Jessi’s work has been featured on Buzzfeed, Rockstar Finance, TIME/Motto Magazine, The Huffington Post, and DaveRamsey.com. Jessi resides in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia with her husband Pat and their three children Conner, Collin, and Charlotte.

Workshop Details: Master Your Mastermind: Harnessing the Power of Growth through Accountability
Behind every successful entrepreneur, is an accountability group. A mastermind group is key to success when it comes to business and if you’re a blogger, you’ve more than likely have already heard how having a mastermind group can greatly improve your chances of success.
In this workshop, you’ll learn:
– Why you need a Mastermind Group.
– How to find your Mastermind Group.
– How to set up and run an effective Mastermind Group.
Actions that you’ll get to take during the workshop:
– You’ll get to find your own Mastermind Group.
– You’ll get to participate in an actual Mastermind Meeting.
You’ll walk away from this workshop with:
– A clear understanding of an effective Mastermind Group works.
– A battle plan for your own Mastermind Group.

Workshop Prerequisites:
None

Jessi Fearon

Rosemarie Groner

2017 Mentor and author of The Core Affiliate Strategy and Pinterest Strategy Guide

Short Bio:
Rosemarie Groner started The Busy Budgeter in 2014 and grew it into full-time income within 10 months. Within 18 months, she was earning over $24,000/month from her blogging business by focusing on Pinterest strategy and affiliate income.

Workshop Details: The Core Affiliate Strategy
During the first 45 minutes of this workshop, I’ll walk you through the Core Affiliate Strategy and how to use your newsletter to maximize your affiliate income without overwhelming you (promise!) or being spammy. If you have an email list with more than 2,000 people on it and you aren’t making more than $600/month from affiliates, then you NEED this workshop. At the end of the session, you’ll set up your first launch with my help and draft your first emails. Everyone should leave the class with a clear understanding of how to make money (efficiently) as an affiliate.

Workshop Prerequisites:
While I’ve seen success with much smaller lists, the maximum benefit of this class will go to people with an email list over 2,000 subscribers. If you don’t yet have an email list, this may be advanced for you.

Rosemarie Groner

Kelli Miller & Crystal VanTassel-Lopez

2017 Mentors and authors of Skyrocket and Dominate

Kelli’s Short Bio:
Kelli began 3 Boys and a Dog in November 2006 because “everyone else was doing it.” In 2009, after a few years of flying by the seat of her pants, she received an email from a brand wanting to advertise on her site. Taking the search engine optimization knowledge that she garnered as an eBay Power Seller where she was able to turn out over 100,000 items a month, she quickly applied SEO to her site and took herself to ProBlogger status within just a few months. By 2010, she was mentoring other bloggers and met soon-to-become blogging bestie and LearntoBlog business partner, Crystal. Now, Kelli & Crystal are leading experts on the world of Search Engine Optimization for multiple female blogger genres and run several successful communities around the web, including the LearntoBlog community that was developed in 2013.

Crystal’s Short Bio:
Hey guys! It’s Crystal, Dallas-based blogger from crystalandcomp.com and co-owner of learntobloghangouts.com. I started blogging back in 2008 as a hobby and a few years later turned it into a business that now brings in right under 6 figures. I am Kelli’s prodigy student- her SEO knowledge and actionable task methods are what helped me take my blog from hobby to half a million pageviews a month. Fast forward to 2017, together, we have mentored hundreds of bloggers to help them dominate the search engines and make their blogs a business. I also speak at local mom groups, contribute to live morning show segments, and my work has been featured on sites like Parents.com, CountryLiving.com, People Magazine, Mashable, MentalFloss and Refinery29. My work has even been featured in print in the November 2015 edition of Good Housekeeping.

Workshop One Details: How to Make Old Content Work for You!
During this workshop, Kelli (and Crystal) will teach you how to reuse those old URLs to create Perfect Blog Posts that garner traffic and income. You will update at least one piece of old content following our proven-results, action task method during the implementation portion.

Workshop One Prerequisites:
You must have an existing blog with at least 30 current blog posts – the older your blog is, the more you are going to get from this workshop.

Workshop Two Details: The Power of Landing Pages for SEO
Do you know what landing pages are? Does the term confuse you? Landing pages serve two main purposes. When properly crafted they hold extensive weight in regard to search engine optimization and developing authority for your keywords. On the flip side, landing pages are essential for building a relationship with your readers, building pageviews, increasing ad profits and more!
It is time you understand landing pages, their power, and how to craft them correctly.
By the end of this course you will craft at least one perfect landing page as Kelli and Crystal walk you through it step by step. You will then be ready to apply the process to your entire site!

Workshop Two Prerequisites:
You must have an existing blog with at least 30 live posts. Bloggers looking to make their blog a business are ideal candidates for this workshop.

Kelli Miller & Crystal VanTassel-Lopez

Kim Vij

2017 Mentor

Short Bio:
Kim Vij is a Pinterest Consultant, Speaker, Blogger and Author. As a Pinfluencer and PinChat Host, she has created award winning boards on Pinterest with over 1.6 Million followers. Kim, a busy mom of 3, enjoys sharing simple ways to make every day moments into learning opportunities on her website The Educators’ Spin On It and in her new book 100 Fun and Easy Learning Games for Kids.

Workshop Details: Understanding How Recent Pinterest Changes Can Work for You
Kim Vij shares how Pinterest’s most recent changes may not only affect your pins and exposure, but can also be used to your advantage for your blog. Attendees will optimize their accounts to focus on how to stand out on Pinterest by optimizing your profile and pins through understanding Smart Feed, Visual Search Engine. Plus explore options for affiliate pins and promoted pins to help monetize your blog.

Workshop Prerequisites:
Verified Pinterest Business Account and Installed Print Rich Pins

Kim Vij

FOCUSED ELEMENTS

WHAT YOU WILL COME TO EXPECT AT THIS CONFERENCE, YEAR AFTER YEAR.

VENUE

The 3rd Annual Focused Blogging Conference will be held at Four Points by Sheraton Richmond Airport, a lovely and hospitable hotel located just minutes from the airport.
This hotel is offering the attendees of Focused a discounted hotel rate of $100 per night. The rate is available from May 17th to May 21st.
The hotel offers free shuttle service to and from the Richmond Airport, free parking, and 2 breakfast tickets per room.
Reserve your hotel room as soon as possible by using the dedicated booking site or by calling the hotel at 804-226-4300 and mention the Focused Blogging Conference group rate.

4700 South Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA 23231

804-226-4300

JOIN OUR FB COMMUNITY

Focused Blogging Conference is a community of bloggers and online influencers who are ready to take charge of their focus to tasks to see growth in strategic places that will make all the difference in their efforts.

The #Focusedbc Online Community is a place for implementing, networking and brainstorming all year long.

PROVIDING COMMUNITY EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

IMPLEMENTING

Implementing Challenges that will consist of occasional DAILY (15 minutes or less), WEEKLY (2 hours or less of focused work) and MONTHLY (4 hours or more) CHALLENGES.

NETWORKING

Networking Opportunities are a way for you to network with each other on anything blog related. To identify these opportunities, just start your post with NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES for others to quickly identify.

BRAINSTORMING

Brainstorming Discussions will happen TWICE a month, on the 1st and 3rd WEDNESDAYS of the month. Our team will post a topic that allows for an opportunity to learn from each other on what is working and how to do it.

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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Hands-down my favorite conference!

The Focused Blogging Conference is THE event for bloggers who truly want to create something meaningful for their audience AND provide for their family. Because of the small size and the caring and positive attitude of the event team, Focused is also a tremendous opportunity to make lasting connections with brands and other bloggers. Out of the half a dozen conferences I've been to, Focused was hands-down my favorite and the one that had the biggest impact on my blogging career.

Corinne Schmitt | Wondermom Wannabe

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Corinne Schmitt | Wondermom Wannabe

The Focused Blogging Conference is THE event for bloggers who truly want to create something meaningful for their audience AND provide for their family. Because of the small size and the caring and positive attitude of the event team, Focused is also a tremendous opportunity to make lasting connections with brands and other bloggers. Out of the half a dozen conferences I've been to, Focused was hands-down my favorite and the one that had the biggest impact on my blogging career.

It’s not about beating the next blogger…

I've attended other blogging conferences and few have focused on giving inexperienced bloggers personal access to the knowledge and skill sets of some of the more experienced bloggers. These mentors not only have been in the trenches where I'm at, but they also are willing to share what has and hasn't worked for them. It's not about trying to beat the next blogger, but how to grow so we all are successful.

Leann Warren | Hip Homeschool Moms

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Leann Warren | Hip Homeschool Moms

I've attended other blogging conferences and few have focused on giving inexperienced bloggers personal access to the knowledge and skill sets of some of the more experienced bloggers. These mentors not only have been in the trenches where I'm at, but they also are willing to share what has and hasn't worked for them. It's not about trying to beat the next blogger, but how to grow so we all are successful.

Wonderful Investment

The Focused Blogging Conference is a wonderful investment for any brands interested in connecting with sincere, quality influencers.  Before, during and after the conference, Dollie and her team make every effort to ensure that real connections are made between the sponsors and the attendees.  The entire atmosphere is one of positivity, fostering a real sense of community that is ideal for forming long-term relationships.

Jenny Guy | Venta Airwasher

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Jenny Guy | Venta Airwasher

The Focused Blogging Conference is a wonderful investment for any brands interested in connecting with sincere, quality influencers.  Before, during and after the conference, Dollie and her team make every effort to ensure that real connections are made between the sponsors and the attendees.  The entire atmosphere is one of positivity, fostering a real sense of community that is ideal for forming long-term relationships.

It was friendly and personable

The intimate number of attendees was fantastic as it removed any intimidation, fear of asking questions, being overwhelmed, being overlooked and the like. It was friendly, personable, easy to network and everyone was quick to share their resources and knowledge.

Sherrie Pilkington | A Life of Thrive

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Sherrie Pilkington | A Life of Thrive

The intimate number of attendees was fantastic as it removed any intimidation, fear of asking questions, being overwhelmed, being overlooked and the like. It was friendly, personable, easy to network and everyone was quick to share their resources and knowledge.

Atmosphere of community and education

The atmosphere at Focused is one of community and education. I left feeling that I had just turned a very important corner in my blogging business.

Melissa Langford | Blessed Simplicity

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Melissa Langford | Blessed Simplicity

The atmosphere at Focused is one of community and education. I left feeling that I had just turned a very important corner in my blogging business.

My Favorite Blogging Conference

This is my favorite blogging conference, because it is so different from any others. Because it's small, I didn't feel overwhelmed or awkward attending for the first time. The sessions were exactly what I needed, and the implementation time at the end of each one definitely makes Focused unique. I can put into practice what I've just learned instead of trying to remember it all when I get home. The networking times were instrumental in allowing bloggers a time to meet each other, brainstorm together, and interact with each of the sponsors in attendance. I highly recommend Focused for new and experienced bloggers!

Tara Mitchell | Embark on the Journey

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Tara Mitchell | Embark on the Journey

This is my favorite blogging conference, because it is so different from any others. Because it's small, I didn't feel overwhelmed or awkward attending for the first time. The sessions were exactly what I needed, and the implementation time at the end of each one definitely makes Focused unique. I can put into practice what I've just learned instead of trying to remember it all when I get home. The networking times were instrumental in allowing bloggers a time to meet each other, brainstorm together, and interact with each of the sponsors in attendance. I highly recommend Focused for new and experienced bloggers!

Planning on Attending EVERY Year!

Being a new blogger, it was important to me to feel welcomed. Focused went above and beyond to not only help me navigate to the right workshops but provided unlimited access to all of the mentors. No question was too small and the instructions were always clear. The sponsors were regular people who seemed very happy to be there. The location was easy to find. The menu and dining experience was lovely. I plan on attending all Focused Blogging Conferences in the future because they don't teach the exact same classes every year. The fact that their online community is more than willing to help me at any time is also a huge plus. I made so many friends that it's hard not to love it just for that perk alone.

Diona Culbertson | Mommy Ways to Win

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Diona Culbertson | Mommy Ways to Win

Being a new blogger, it was important to me to feel welcomed. Focused went above and beyond to not only help me navigate to the right workshops but provided unlimited access to all of the mentors. No question was too small and the instructions were always clear. The sponsors were regular people who seemed very happy to be there. The location was easy to find. The menu and dining experience was lovely. I plan on attending all Focused Blogging Conferences in the future because they don't teach the exact same classes every year. The fact that their online community is more than willing to help me at any time is also a huge plus. I made so many friends that it's hard not to love it just for that perk alone.

HIGHLY recommended!

I have never been to a blogging conference where the egos and cliches were left at the door. Everyone came together to really help each other. So many friendships were cemented and new ones made. Dollie and her team did a fantastic job with this conference. I HIGHLY recommend it!!

Trish Corlew | Hip Homeschool Moms

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Trish Corlew | Hip Homeschool Moms

I have never been to a blogging conference where the egos and cliches were left at the door. Everyone came together to really help each other. So many friendships were cemented and new ones made. Dollie and her team did a fantastic job with this conference. I HIGHLY recommend it!!
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Focused Blogging Conference

Richmond, VA | May 18-20, 2017 Get monetizing strategies to make it happen