When networking and chatting to guys in SEO I often get two reactions when I introduce myself as the BHW conference organizer. Number 1, after taking me to a space which isn?t within ear-shot of another human ?wow BHW! that site is friggin awesome I love it and have used it for years? sometimes followed by ?don?t tell anyone!?. Er OK. Number 2. ?I can?t believe BHW is putting on a conference?. ?Why?? I ask. I will not continue with chunks of actual conversations but the general feeling is the reality of meeting fellow blackhatters in real life seems to be bold, almost crazy. Really? A picture forms in my mind of BH forum members leaving their dungeons, tripping over empty pizza boxes and red bull cans, opening up their front doors and squinting in the sunlight like some prison escape scene in a movie. It makes me smile. I get it, we are on the darker side of the industry but so what? Millions are doing it. BHW is not a secret forum for murderers to swap notes. Well not yet, te he. OK so this is a BH forum but does that mean the members and visitors are cyber-criminals and wanted by the Google police? I could be wrong but I very much doubt it. Fact: the last time I saw Matt Cutts he was using a BHW slide for his presentation. Maybe you have been naughty but that?s on your conscience and frankly not our concern, a forum is for everyone, good or bad I guess. Since DD took it over I think you would agree things have continued to improve in many ways including the moderating etc. That improvement is probably best demonstrated in the monthly user increase of 400% and his willingness to react to the forum?s wish to attend a BHW conference. Anyway I digress, what I needed to assure you was your forum identity is private and when you register for the conference only your real name will be revealed. You can network all day long with nobody knowing who you are on the forum. Of course if you are a superstar you will probably have your forum name emblazoned across your limited edition BHW Conference T from your swag bag. So if you are afraid of the big bad wolf, I can assure you, he?s not on the guest list and if you ain?t on the list, you ain?t coming in.