Why Being a “Guru” at Startup Event Is Like Being the Pretty Girl at a Bar

Hey guys, this post is written by a friend who wishes to remain anonymous against my advice to publish under his own name.

I accidentally discovered something once.

There’s no better place than a car dealership if you’re feeling a bit down about yourself.

How do you deal with a breakup? A few years ago, I’d just broken up with my girlfriend and was feeling pretty shitty about myself. In between my thoughts of self pity, I decided to buy myself a car – and that’s when I made the discovery.

The dealership was nearby and I was warmly welcomed. The salesman shook my hand, offered me coffee, asked me questions about myself and for some reason, everything I said seemed to be incredibly interesting or hilarious to him.

I felt like a pretty girl at a bar.

What Is SEO and How Do We Define It? Expert Opinions.

Insight on how to explain SEO to everyone, including your Mom.

SEO is often misunderstood, and I have found that its definition varies dramatically from practitioner-to-practitioner. So, what is SEO?

I asked some experts (primarily via our /r/BigSEO AMAs) how they define SEO and how they would explain it to various people; specifically, I asked the following questions:

  1. How do you personally define SEO?
  2. How do you define SEO to your colleagues?
  3. How do you define SEO to the C-Suite?
  4. How do you define SEO to your mom?

The 44 Nightmare Responses Your Agency Will Get When You Ask a Simple Question… (A Satire)

This is a satire of the type of responses you sometimes hear from clients when working at an agency, and is a collaboration of some awesome people on Reddit, who request to remain anonymous. The views expressed in this post absolutely do not reflect a particular agency or client.


Hi, we’re about to launch your campaign. We just have a quick question for you. What time is it on your office wall clock?

Named One of the “the 58 SEO Authorities on Twitter You Need to Follow”

I was very pleased to be included among the list of “The 58 SEO Authorities on Twitter You Need to Follow”, recently in a post written by Brian Dean (@backlinko) and Kevin Raposo. It is very flattering to be included among many people in the industry that I have long respected, and some that I have gotten to know personally. I definitely recommend you check out the list and follow these guys.

Check out the list here.

I accept the ego-bait with open arms.

Use Your Employees as a Network of Link Builders and Content Marketers

Over at the Content Marketing Institute blog, I examine the idea of using your employees as an untapped marketing resource to aid in SEO and Content Marketing by devising a system where they help contribute to link building and content creation efforts. It’s all about incentive. Read about it here.

Sharing Other Peoples Content and Simultaneously Promoting Your Own

I share content created by other people and do not exclusively self-promote.

Social media is the main marketing channel that I use for personal branding. I frequently share content written by my competitors, content created by friends and acquaintances, content that I find interesting (but written by strangers), and sometimes, content that isn’t at all interesting to myself, but that I feel may be of interest to my audience.

There are plenty of reasons why one should share work that is not their own. It’s an easy way to foster online relationships, create a valuable experience for your audience, improve your visibility (by increasing your appearance in people’s social network feeds), and create a very human-image of yourself. It’s an image of a person that is a reliable source of information and an expert in his field- he is sharing all relevant information, not just items he created. This is how one can continue to earn trust and credibility.

Sharing Other Peoples Content and Simultaneously Promoting Your Own