SBI Conference in Anguilla 2011

Posted by on Nov 25, 2011 in Site Build It

SBI Conference in Anguilla 2011

The SBI Conference in Anguilla was my fourth SBI conference and it was a blast.

SBI Conference in Anguilla 2011

Anguilla is a somewhat deserted place – it caters to people who want to get away from hustle and bustle. It also caters to people who look for luxury vacations.

Anguilla beach

So there’s not much to do on Anguilla – and that’s why it was so cool to be there.

We simply stayed around the pool (or in it) with a few drinks and had some great laughs, or we went together to a restaurant and spent the evening chatting about life as an online business owner, how we hate Pandas or how to A/B split test which rum punch tastes better.

Paradise Cove in Anguilla

And escaping from cold Europe or US and jumping into a Caribbean ocean with SBI friends is also something to remember…

Swimming in the Caribbean

Of course, we also had the honor of meeting Ken Evoy, listen to his thoughts on dealing with Panda and what the future of Internet is likely to be.

Ken Evoy speaking at the Anguilla SBI conference

The BBQ at Ken’s place on Saturday was the pinnacle of the Anguilla conference.

BBQ at Ken's place

The food was great and the excitement was almost palpable as so many people met Ken for the first time and had to chance to chat with him and Janice and express how much it means to all of us that they put so much effort in helping us succeed.

Ken and me

The conference presenters did a fantastic job of preparing their material and presenting it in a clear and concise way – although Antoinette’s A/B and Multivariate testing presentation caused some brain cells to overheat at some points… 😉 (Could someone please send me a pic of Antoinette presenting? Thanks)

Conference presentation

Each presentation included some golden nugget of information which will change how I approach certain areas of an online business like preselling better, building more credibility, being more effective, knowing how to split test Adsense and much more.

The full conference agenda can be found on the SBI Conferences website…

Kudos to Kim and Tom for organizing the conference and making it run smoothly from start to finish.

If you’ve never been to an SBI conference before, I can’t really explain what you’re missing. You have to experience it.

Lunch at Paradise Cove

It’s not just about the knowledge the presenters share (for free), it’s the feeling of meeting people who are on the same wavelength and on the same journey towards freedom that really deeply connects you with everyone you meet at the conference.

You know that when you sit behind your laptop and build those darn links again that so many of your friends are doing the same battling their way towards freedom and independence – and this gives you that extra motivation and energy that eventually helps you succeed.

Financial freedom

The 2012 SBI Conferences have been announced too – end of April or first part of May in New York City, May 25-27 in Rome and September in San Francisco.

You’ve got to do at least one – and see how that accelerates your journey towards freedom.

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    18 Comments

  1. Excellent write-up Tomaz! You’ve captured the Anguilla Conference moments well.

    Your last photo is perfect for the previous paragraph of “…succeeding” and then the pic of the hammock and beautiful sea…love it!

    I’m so glad and feel so fortunate that I was a part of it!

    Danika Dahl
    http://www.i-love-delray-beach.com/Delray-Beach-blog.html

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    Tomaz Reply:

    Yeah, success means financial freedom and that’s how I envision it…

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  2. Thanks Tomaz, just seeing this again sends a shiver down my spine. Wonderful memories, and I learned so much.

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  3. HI Tomaz
    It was really great meeting and getting to know you in Anguilla this past weekend! I am still sorry I caused you to fall off of your hammock! lol
    It was great getting to meet and hug Ken Evoy. I really got from his speech what it is that he is about..And that is success for everyone that takes on the tools of SBI and makes their business a success!
    Great post Tomaz!
    Melanie

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    Tomaz Reply:

    Ahh, the hammock fall! That was a fun one. Send me pics – before and after, haha!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this Tomaz. Though I didn’t get to go, I sure enjoyed hearing about it and seeing the pix.

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  5. Thanks for sharing, which you’ve already been good at. I would have liked to have been there, but the timing for me was just too complicated. I hope to make one in 2012.

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  6. You seemed to have forgot to mention that Ken Evoy actually broke down emotionally with tears of joy and gratitude… just goes to show how deeply and sincerely he cares and appreciates SBIers, and vice versus.

    I’ll be looking forward to the conference in San Francisco in September. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it.

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    Tomaz Reply:

    Yes, Ken and Janice were very touched. Not sure if CEOs of ordinary hosting companies care that much about their customers…

    I cannot imagine that people still choose “cheap” hosting with “dead” tools instead of SBI with a “living” community and such positive and active leadership.

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  7. Tomaz, you did a great job of capturing the essence of the Anguilla SBI Conference. Sometimes working on the web can be isolating and lonely, so it’s very reassuring to know that I have many friends just an e-mail away who understand what I’m doing and are always ready to offer encouragement and support. I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet you in person, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the “Tomazzzzhhh” shimmy! 😉

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    Tomaz Reply:

    Hey Janet,

    True, and it’s also great to know that if I attend another SBI conference I’ll meet some very cool and fun people. And of course, the purpose of the “shimmy” was that it makes Tomazzzhh unforgettable. 😉

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  8. Oh! Sounds like so much fun. Anguilla looks a bit like Lombok (that’s the Indonesian island to the east of Bali)

    I wish they would have one in Australia or Asia for the lucky folks like us who live in the southern hemisphere.

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  9. Tomaz…wow..thanks for posting..You sure made me envious! Lol

    Tomaz, would it not be nice if you updated us on some of link building activities. Yes, your article opened our eyes on getting links from the exact same source your competition does with high pr pages, but the issue remains how to find these in mass and how to approach these webmasters?

    Also are there any new link building ideas?

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    Tomaz Reply:

    Fred,

    I suggest you outsource research – finding blogs broadly related to your theme that also accept guest posts.

    Many openly advertise that. Here’s an example of one of my guest posts (as this blog openly invited guest posts):

    http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/how-to-measure-and-greatly-improve-your-productivity/

    Find blogs in your niche and contact them, write super quality content for them and you’ll get quality links.

    That’s my best link building tip at the moment.

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  10. I do have to say I am very jealous – it looks like you had a lovely time. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to meet everybody.

    Hopefully by next year I’ll make enough income from my site that I can go to one of the conferences – wouldn’t Rom be lovely!

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  11. Tomaz, Fantastic summary of Anguilla. Each conference I organize is successful as a result of one critical aspect, SBIers. On Thursday evening at all the previous conferences, the planning is complete and now the stars of the conference begin to shine. Every SBIer delegate attending brings the conference toward the end result, a smashing success. Anguilla was no different and went way beyond my own expections. Thanks to you Tomaz and every attendee, it is all of you that made Anguilla go off the charts. 🙂

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    Tomaz Reply:

    Thanks for stopping by, Kim! Will definitely see you in 2012 on at least one of the conferences!

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