Real estate bloggers from around the globe will gather in San Francisco for a two-day real estate blogging and networking event, July 31-Aug 1, to discuss changes taking place in the blogosphere and the best ways to use blogging in your business.

The first Bloggers Connect conference includes panel sessions on finding your voice, monetizing your blog, utilizing your blog for online leads, social networking, widgets and more.

The event also features a keynote speaker, tips from top industry bloggers and ample networking opportunities.

The full conference program is available online.

Confirmed speakers include Anil Dash, chief evangelist at Six Apart; Matt Heaton, CEO of ActiveRain; and well-known industry bloggers Dustin Luther, Teresa Boardman, Ardell DellaLoggia, Marlow Harris and Pat Kitano, among others.

Also at Bloggers Connect, winners of the Project Blogger contest will be revealed. The contest, sponsored by ActiveRain and Inman News, is a three-month project in which 12 blogging coaches took on apprentices to whip them into blogging shape. Contestants are judged each week leading up to the event.

Bloggers Connect, hosted by Inman News, precedes the publishing company’s annual Real Estate Connect conference where technology innovators and top brokerage executives meet for three days of networking, debate and exposure to the latest online innovations in real estate.

Connect takes place Aug. 1-3, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

This year’s Connect conference features Rich Barton, CEO of Zillow; Alex Perriello, president and CEO of Realogy Franchise Group; Craig Newmark, founder and customer service representative of; Pete Flint, CEO of Trulia; and many more.

To view the full Real Estate Connect program or register online, visit the conference Web site.

Also at Connect, winners of the coveted Inman Innovator Awards will be revealed. Winners are selected in five categories, including most innovative brokerage or franchise, most innovative real estate blog, most innovative technology, most innovative real estate media site, and most innovative Web service. In addition, one individual who embodies the spirit of innovation in real estate is honored each year.

Nominations for the Innovator Awards close on June 15. To nominate a company or product, visit the online application page.

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