Blogger Boot Camp – 16 August 2014

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UPDATE: Although Blogger Boot Camp is over, you can now get the digital download with over 3 hours of video and 30 pages of handouts – click here for details!

Come join well-known genealogy educators Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee as they team up to offer a unique education event: Blogger Bootcamp! On Saturday, 16 August 2014, you’ll be able to learn from two experts on how to get started with your own genealogy and family history blog using the Blogger platform by Google (also known as “blogspot.”)*

Thousands of genealogists and family historians have discovered how a blog can not only assist them with their research, but also connect them with other researchers and even long lost cousins! In addition, some genealogists have successfully monetized their blogs – meaning their blogs make money each month – so they have some “mad money” to support their genealogy habit!

  • Learn the basics of using Blogger including how to set up a blog, what design elements and layouts to consider, how to pick the best name for your blog and more.
  • Understand the best ways to include photos and images as well as videos; learn the importance of comments and discussion as a way to attract readers.
  • Ramping it up a notch by focusing on SEO (search engine optimization) and other marketing techniques. Adding advertisements and affiliate links to generate income without driving away your readers.
  • Taking your Blogger blog to the next level by understanding the blog life cycle and dealing with issues such as starting additional blogs, changing domain names, moving to WordPress or another platform, and other technical issues

You’ll receive over 3 hours of educational content, handouts and freebies for the low price of $12.95! You’ll also receive access to the recorded versions of each webinar for up to one year!

Register by Monday, 11 August 2014 and receive $3 off the registration price for a low $9.95! Space is limited and if you register but can’t attend, you’ll still receive the handouts, the freebies and access to the recordings!

* While some general blogging issues will be covered, this event is specifically focused on the Blogger platform. A Boot Camp event in the near future will specifically cover using the WordPress platform.

Win A Free Registration!

That’s right. You could attend this Blogger Boot Camp for free if you are selected as our Registration Rebate winner! Simply register and pay for the upcoming Boot Camp by the early-bird deadline of 11 August 2014. We’ll select one person from the list of registrants and refund their entire registration fee!  No contest forms to fill out! We’ll announce the winner here at Hack Genealogy on Tuesday 12 August 2014.


Saturday 16 August 2014
Duration: 3.5 hours (with a 30 minute break)

  • 11:00 am EDT /10:00 am CDT
    Welcome / Meet & Greet
  • 11:15 am EDT / 10:15 am CDT
    Get Up and Running with Blogger
    Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.
  • 12:30 pm EDT/11:30 am CDT
  • 1:00 pm EDT /12:00 pm CDT
    Taking Your Blog to the Next Level: Blogger
    Thomas MacEntee
  • 2:30 pm EDT / 1:30 pm CDT
    Closing and Thank You


Get Up and Running with Blogger
Presented by:  Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

Have you been thinking about starting a Blog but don’t know where to begin? Discover how to use Blogger, a free weblog publishing tool from Google, to connect with family and other researchers to share your genealogy research, photographs, and more.

A blog is a great place to share your genealogy research findings, connect with cousins, or promote your society or organization online. With Blogger, a free weblog publishing tool from Google, getting started is as easy as 1-2-3. In this session, you will learn the basics of Blogger including how to set up a blog, choose a relevant blog name, create and edit your postings, add photos and video, interact with readers, and much more! You’ll also get tips on how to generate ideas and create engaging content, general guidelines about copyright and privacy settings, as well as hints and tricks, and key resources to help get your blog up and running in no time*

*    Attendees will also receive a free Blogger Cheat Sheet.

Taking Your Blog to the Next Level: Blogger
Presented by:  Thomas MacEntee

Having a blog is like maintaining a garden: you can’t just scatter seeds and expect it to thrive without some care and maintenance. New bloggers are often puzzled by the tools and techniques needed to take a blog to the next level of success. In this session you’ll learn about the “must have” gadgets for your Blogger blog; why blog content is the most important factor in blog success; how to market your blog and finally, how to manage the life cycle of your blog.*

*    Attendees will also receive access to a Blogger Ramp Up Kit with tools and tips as well as an Editorial Calendar Template.

Presenter Bios

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, Writing Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Lisa has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, Lisa blogs as “The Accidental Genealogist” blog For more information see

Thomas Mac Entee

Thomas Macentee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more.

Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started building his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He’s also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.”

How To Register

Ready to join in this great educational event? Here are the details on the registration process:

  • Click the button above to go to PayPal and make payment or click here. You do not need a PayPal account to make payment.
  • Once payment is processed and received, you will receive a confirmation email. You will also receive links to register for each webinar. You must register for both webinars if you want to participate in both webinars.
  • Then you’ll be reminded via e-mail at least one day prior to Boot Camp.
  • Within 24 hours of the start of Boot Camp, you’ll receive the passwords for each webinar as well as links to all the handouts and freebies to you can review them before we start.
  • After the webinars, all registrants will have access to the recordings for personal use for a period of one (1) year. Recordings will be hosted on Vimeo and set to play only on a specific page here at Hack Genealogy. A password will be required to access the video pages.

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