Introduction Thread - Who Are You? What do You do?

Dec 17th

With about 4,000 members signed up so far I figured it would be good to have an SEO Book introductions thread. Please use this thread to introduce yourself, and give feedback on how we can make this site better for you.

Published: December 17, 2007

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December 17, 2007 - 8:58pm

CK Chung here from the OC. I'm an Independent SEO Consultant / Competitive Webmaster. I don't want to look spammy, so you can find more info about me and what I do if you click through to my profile...

As for making the site better for me, you are already doing an excellent job as it is. I was going to try to be funny and say that it would be better if you sent me a lot of money... but the ideas and strategies that I have gleaned from you are making me money. :)

December 18, 2007 - 7:44am

Glad to hear this site helps you CK. Also great chatting at the conferences when we met.

December 17, 2007 - 8:57pm

Well I'll kick it off then :) My name is Joost de Valk, SEO, Blogger, coder, and avid reader of SEO Book :) Making stuff better: you should go into podcasting, that way I can consume your stuff while on my way to work etc. :)

December 18, 2007 - 7:45am

Hi Joost
One fear I have with doing audio is that I might get tired of saying the same thing in many formats. Pretty soon there might be some cool technologies that will help aid cross-format production though.

December 17, 2007 - 9:01pm

My name is Corey Creed and I am an Internet Marketing consultant and trainer in Charlotte, North Carolina.

We offer classes on SEO, PPC, Blogging, etc at our "Hippo Internet Marketing Training" website.

SEO Book is a great resource for me to stay informed on SEO trends and offers excellent insight. I agree with the idea of podcasting. I follow several from Webmaster Radio every morning.

I appreciate the tools and information. Other than that, I have no recommendations. The only other thing I would like is the opportunity to meet more local webmasters and SEOs. Not sure how that could be done, though.

Keep up the great work Aaron!

Corey

December 18, 2007 - 7:47am

Hi Corey
You could always try MeetUp. Also, going to some of the broader conferences and being really noisy there should help more local people find you.

December 18, 2007 - 8:46pm

Keep off meetup ;) LOL

December 20, 2007 - 5:34pm

Hey Corey,

Just saw your post and I couldn't believe someone from Charlotte, NC actually posted on this site - just because I didn't think anyone around here was doing so. Anyway, I'm here in Charlotte and actually joined a meetup.com group for E-Commerce owners, but the organizer stepped down and no one wanted to take over - so it's now defunct. I thought about taking over, but the membership looked a little lacking. Please contact me to chat and we can exchange contacts that we do have and whatnot. My email is in my profile.

December 17, 2007 - 9:02pm

Hey Aaron, congrats on 4000 members.... Peter Davis here, I go by the same handle (petertdavis) in most relevant communities. I've been webmastering for nearly a decade now, doing not only SEO but also community building and domaining.

December 18, 2007 - 7:47am

Glad to hear from you Peter. We have seen each other on and off in forums for years now!

December 17, 2007 - 9:07pm

Congrats on 4k members!
Mike Piper here. Use seobook for strategies for marketing my small business tax books. Avid seobook reader since I learned about it. Loved the videos the most perhaps, but all of the content is wonderful.

December 18, 2007 - 7:48am

Hi Mike
I am hoping to do some more videos soon. Maybe in January I will get on another big video kick.

December 17, 2007 - 9:12pm

Hello all - Doug Cress from NYC. Long time reader - always enjoy your commentary and insight.

December 18, 2007 - 7:50am

Thanks for reading Doug. If you ever run into Frank Watson up that way tell him I said hi.

March 12, 2008 - 2:28pm

I am verry much in SEO.I want to know the SEO very strongly.can you refer me hoy can I learn this?

December 17, 2007 - 9:12pm

Todd Mintz: Internet Marketing Director / Corporate SEO and Board Member of SEMpdx (Search Engine Marketing Professionals of Portland).

Your site is great and I want to particularly acknowledge the awesome (and free) tools that you provide for webmasters. I also like the Q&A threads you are doing...so long as you have the time to answer folks, it would be great to keep the up.

December 18, 2007 - 7:51am

Hi Todd
Good chatting with you online and at conferences. I am looking to create a qna service that is maybe a bit more formal sometime in January.

December 17, 2007 - 9:20pm

Hi I am Didier and I've been reading SEO book for as long as I've been a SEO consultant. I own a couple of websites and mostly just work on my own projects.

Thank You

December 18, 2007 - 7:52am

Thanks for sticking with me for so long Didier. I love working on my own projects more than client stuff as well.

December 17, 2007 - 9:24pm

Hi I'm Nick and fairly new to SEO, but have been reading the blog for a couple of months - I too like the Q&A posts you're doing and the videos.

December 18, 2007 - 7:53am

Hi Nick
I will try to do some more videos in January. Thanks for reading.

December 17, 2007 - 9:34pm

Top Rank Internet Marketing SEO (etc) consultant since the wild west days of 1997.

English male born in the Torquay, Devon area.

Moved to San Francisco with my Missus (who's from Detroit) in 1995.

Started tinkering around with HTML and websites then fell into SEO when Alta Vista was big ;)

Gradually built up a steady clientele including some big names (in Northern California) and the local window cleaner.

Moved to Huntersville NC (joins on to Charlotte) in 2005 and continued to build my solo op business which is kind to me.

I have a 400 sq ft home office and love the daily challenges I face

Recently I opened up as a corporate trainer for all things search and am enjoying meeting and training some smart smaller businesses.

My football team is Chelsea (it's football not soccer)

I am a green belt in Judo, have a degree in Graphic Design ++++ , love toilet humor (in the right company) and kayaking on the local lakes.

Oh yes I have a few money making blogs out there that I work on too ;)

Best

David

December 18, 2007 - 7:55am

Sounds like you are well rounded there David. And I bet it was a blast beating up AltaVista back in 1997.

I once went kayaking with my wife. She talked me up as an expert to the kayak rental place. Within 5 minutes I almost got ran over by a boat and flipped my kayak over. I am sooo uncoordinated. :)

December 17, 2007 - 9:39pm

I am an internet marketer that got involved with search engine marketing back in the late 90's.

One thing I would like to see is how others optimize live websites for competitive keywords.

December 18, 2007 - 7:57am

I love the username there bathroom hero. Makes me think of some funny cartoons.

I would like to do the live test stuff, but after a search engineer blew up one of my sites after reading about it on my blog I really do not trust them anymore. Plus, in many verticals where I am new in it does not make much sense to draw competition into the marketplace until my site already has a firm footing.

If I make a best of breed site that I don't think Google will toast just because I blogged about it then I will likely share more info about it.

December 17, 2007 - 9:51pm

Hi, I am Ari Shohat and I am based in New York City.

I manage a popular Internet-radio music network called Digitally Imported Radio (DI.fm), I've started it as a hobby 8 years ago.

I have a number of other things on the side or in the works, too many to mention. But SEO and domaining is my new-found interest as of late, hence why I am here.

SUGGESTION:
Aaron, what I think you might have great success with is if you launch some kind of a resource center. Like a relevant jobs, industry services, or even for sale listings (services / domains). I guess there are a few others like it in the space lately, but your reputation would also make this a good niche hub for such things. Just my two cents.

Cheers everyone.

December 17, 2007 - 10:05pm

Ari, take a loot at seobook.com/jobs

December 18, 2007 - 8:08am

Hi Ari
I might be looking to add some more services like those soon. I was already planning on some of them, and am looking at a January launch date on one of them.

December 17, 2007 - 9:55pm

Hi,

I'm an in-house sem (ppc, seo, affiliate). I work in a fast growing b2c brazilian company. I would love to find here some tips about SEOing outsite US, ranking factors differences, these kind of things.

I'm a musician, brazilian Air Force Fighter Pilot (reservist), have 2 cats e no blogs or websites (!).

December 18, 2007 - 8:16am
December 19, 2007 - 2:00pm

Hi Aaron,

I've read this post back then, and liked it very much, but I would like to see more of these kind os posts. I konw, it's not your market and I don't expect you would spend hours writting about this.

But... You asked!

Thanks for the great content.

December 17, 2007 - 10:05pm

I'm an emmerging internet marketer. I graduate in May (BA Business) and have for the last six months really started focusing on internet marketing as a skillset. I appreciate all of the information that I have gleaned from you through your sites and will continue to read and learn.
A suggestion...perhaps you can include an advice section on the foundations of internet marketing. Critical skills to build upon in the future.

December 18, 2007 - 8:19am

Hi James
I sorta provided an overview with IMME, but my big problem is that I sorta see how x patches with y and z and it is exceptionally hard for me to categorize and chunkify everything.

To me domaining might be a subset of branding and it might be a subset of SEO. And SEO might be a subset of public relations and marketing. And public relations might be a subset of SEO, etc. My mind is very weblike with how it connects ideas.

December 17, 2007 - 10:17pm

I am that I am.

December 18, 2007 - 8:23am

You should have said

I am that am I.

BTW... did you know that according to letterology,
Aaron Matthew Wall creates a perfect Kondratieff wave, which occurs in fewer than 1 in 12,480,961 full names.

December 17, 2007 - 10:35pm

Wow so many professional SEOs here. I actually feel honored reading from the same sources as the pros.

I work at an entry level position for a real estate hosting company called Advanced Access in Anaheim, California. I mainly do customer service & help desk related tasks. However the company I work for does have an in house Search Engine Marketing department that I been trying to get in.

Really I am just an SEO geek. I love learning about it, even though I'm not a SEO expert. I figure we have to start some where and in the past 8 months that I have been learning about SEO I have learned a lot. So someday I may be doing this as part of my profession. For now I'm just having fun learning.

December 18, 2007 - 8:24am

Hi Chris
A few years ago I was just an SEO geek. This industry is so new that there is not much that separates passionate geeks from professionals if you are willing to stick with it and keep learning for a while.

December 19, 2007 - 9:15pm

FYI - I actually started out in Direct Sales at Advanced Access. That department no longer exists. From there, I moved on to Support, then Website Marketing...

Seems so long ago, but it was just March 2006 when I left. :)

I'm still good friends with Audrey. Say hi to Justin for me! :)

December 17, 2007 - 10:39pm

I'm from the UK, and I am an alcoholic.

I have no interest in SEO, and found this site when I typed 'searching gin' into Google.

December 18, 2007 - 8:25am

Cheers to gin, and the pine trees worldwide from which its flavor comes! :)

December 17, 2007 - 10:42pm

Hi Aaron (and all of the other readers). After 20 years managing ERP software consulting organizations, last spring I made a career change and am now working in an advertising and branding agency in Canada, managing their online services - SEO, web site development, online advertising, and any other related activity.

My name is Harry Bishop. I have a few consumer facing clients, but most of my customers are in the B2B world - manufacturers selling to and buying from other firms. For the first group I'm doing promotional sites, e-marketing, corporate sites. For the second larger group I'm running SEO programs, attempting corporate website redesigns to at least not be so fundamentally counter to SEO goals :-) , negotiating and executing online advertising from basic banners through rich media and viral, direct marketing, corporate web sites, etc, etc.

Thanks Aaron for your ongoing posts and the book.

December 18, 2007 - 8:26am

Hi Harry
Yeah...that design setting a site back a few years is a big big problem, but at least it gives you plenty of work to do if you wish to. :)

December 17, 2007 - 10:59pm

Hi Aaron, been reading your blog/site for 1-2 years now. About six months ago I took the plunge and turned my Salt Lake City, Utah based branding/web dev/web design/advertising/marketing/copywriting/graphic design firm into just an seo/web design firm, and things have never been better.

December 18, 2007 - 8:27am

Focus is a great thing and this industry is still growing like a weed. Congrats on the quick success after the change.

December 17, 2007 - 11:09pm

I'm mostly a website developer, but obviously SEO is an important part of any website so I do read your blog among others to understand SEO.

Of interest to you and perhaps your readers, I just finished a series of videos of SEO tips for Drupal.

December 18, 2007 - 8:30am

I am doing a lot of work with Drupal that is not public facing yet. Drupal is great stuff. It is the wave of the future as far as I see it. In another year or two Drupal will be about as well known as Wordpress is.

December 17, 2007 - 11:22pm

Aaron, your Book has been great. I have only made it through page 85, plus the supliments and have recieved my $79.00's worth 10 times over. My profile is my introduction also, however, I do look forward to learning and sharing on yet another great site. Peace, Mike

December 18, 2007 - 8:32am

Thanks for the kind words Mike. Glad to hear you liked SEO Book so much!

December 17, 2007 - 11:24pm

HI I am Lance
Currently I am a mis tech

Love To Program
Love Learning new Stuff
Love your blog and your site

Thanks for all the free tools and info.

December 18, 2007 - 8:33am

Hi Lance
Great to see you get into so many exciting fields while you are still in school. I am sure that will create lots of opportunities for you going forward.

December 17, 2007 - 11:34pm

Hey Aaron,

I'm a long-time reader, first-time commenter.

I have been studying SEO intensively since mid-2005 when a developer friend turned me onto RSS and some forward-looking statistics about the future of online advertising.

I have a degree in sociology and a background in copywriting and PR, so I am really into KW research, social media, linkbait and link building. (I like the linguistic and sales part of SEO.)

I worked for a local SEO firm for almost a year but I found I couldn't relax unless I was working on building my own business, so now I provide SEO and social media consulting services to clients and I enjoy it very much.

My new year's resolution is to take a serious stab at building an authority site of my own. I've been sitting on a domain for a while and it's time to make something out of it. Thanks for the inspiration!

December 18, 2007 - 8:36am

Hi Brett
Building your own site from the ground up can give you a sense of satisfaction no other project can. Sounds like you are into many of the same fields that I am in or would like to be in. :)

December 17, 2007 - 11:45pm

Hi Aaron,

I'm Matias Bulox. I bought your SEO book like a year and a half ago and I gotta say it has really given me a boost in this field. I am from Argentina but I've lived in Houston, Texas for 5 1/2 years now. I've been always related to Real Estate and 2007 was my best year...I created an online system that generated over $90,000 in 10 months for a local Realtor so I think I got something!!!...Congrats for the 4K members!!!...Keep up the amazing work you do.
God Bless You, your wife and your SUCCESS!!! Happy Holidays.

December 18, 2007 - 8:37am

Hi Matias
Congrats on the success! Thanks for the comment and for buying my book.

December 18, 2007 - 12:06am

Hello Aaron,

I'm James Burns from CMS Website Services, LLC. We have a team of 25 and specialize in Drupal Development. Since your site is also Drupal, would love to see some Drupal specific SEO info posted in your blog.

December 18, 2007 - 8:38am

Hi James
Now I know who I can bug if my current Drupal developer becomes unavailable.

At the moment I do not have any Drupal specific tips, but I might ask my developer to draft a guest post sometime soon.

December 18, 2007 - 12:44am

My name is Stuart Hughes and I discovered seobook a few months ago and have been reading the blog pretty much everday since. I've been a professional graphic designer for about 20yrs, but about a year ago kind of changed gears. I've got a hotel reservation site (competitive industry much??) and am spending more time marketing it really than trying to go after graphics business. I've learned a lot by reading your site, because you have a truckload of knowledge ... and are honest and open as to what's happening around the web. Thanks, it's great.

December 18, 2007 - 8:39am

Hi Stuart
Indeed travel is an ugly competitive marketplace. But the good news is that if you can compete there, you will dominate many other markets with little effort.

December 18, 2007 - 1:18am

Hi Everyone, my name is Carlos and am based in Vancouver Canada. I have a SEO firm with my wife and I also work at HealthPricer.com as the in house SEO. I find the SEObook site to be the best source of up to date information.

December 18, 2007 - 8:39am

Hi Carlos
Thanks for the comment. I work with my wife too. Such a good deal to get to spend so much time together. :)

December 18, 2007 - 1:26am

Hi All

I'm Dave and I don't sleep that much, so can often be found catching up with SEO work at night.

Married to a South African fashion designer, work as a pro photographer / web host / web and graphic designer (bit lazy on that score, so always looking for cheap flash templates and add-ons (am I allowed to use the 'F' word on an SEO site?!)).

Always willing (when available)to talk shop with fellow pro SEOs and learners alike. Contacts on profile page.

Thanks for a great site Aaron.

December 18, 2007 - 8:41am

Hi Dave
Please don't use the F word. ;)

Seems like many of us here have a hand in a half dozen different trades. Though few of us use the F word so gratuitously!

December 18, 2007 - 2:45am

Hi Aaron:

I'm Mario Sanchez and I've been following your blog since the early days of your "Google Steals Christmas" article in 2003.

I am an Internet marketing geek although I work full time as a product development director for a 160 year old hardware company. As of now, Internet marketing is just my hobby but I'm expecting it to become a full time gig once I decide to take the plunge.

I'm now on my second site (see profile), a relatively new blog that revolves around branding and social media.

Thinking of what I would like to see in your blog, I envision a series of posts called "one day in the life of Aaron Wall" where you share all your daily professional activities with us, namely, how much time do you spend reading blogs, researching and writing posts, building your social media profile, working on customer's sites, updating seobook, etc.

I remember once reading "The Art of the Deal" by Donald Trump and talking about it with other people, and the part of the book that everybody enjoyed the most was the first chapter called "A Week in the Life" where Trump shared with his readers the details of a typical week of work for him. It would be great to read the same kind of chronicle about you.

All the best and thank you for all the help you give us every day.

Mario.

December 18, 2007 - 8:42am

Hi Mario
I remember you from the very beginning. Best of luck if and when you go it alone. I am sure you will do great.

I might post more personal stuff in January or February. Also we are going on our honeymoon next year, so after that I should have lots of personal stuff to post.

December 18, 2007 - 3:08am

ok, you finally got me to register! Hi, I'm Jim Boykin....have we met before? You blog is just tooooo good aaron...you should charge at least 3 times what you currently do ;)

December 18, 2007 - 8:43am

Hi Jim
I took a pool amongst members not from your IP address and we all voted for you to pick up the tab :)

Good to see you commenting over here buddy. Would love to see more of it!

December 18, 2007 - 3:22am

I'm Elvis, and I'm and SEO/Internet Marketer although I'm just getting into the web marketing thing now.

I'm also involved in the Real Estate business and love working on computers. It's no wonder I like SEO :)

I do web design (CSS XHTML), graphic work and I'm just getting into PHP coding to make the sites more interactive. Plus there is some good stuff you can do with landing pages with PHP (and other languages too, I just prefer PHP)

I may as well state I'm 22 years old, going on 23 this year and am looking forward to my future on the net and to continue reading SEOBook pretty much daily!

December 18, 2007 - 8:44am

Hi Elvis
I wish I was into web design and PHP when I was that young. Oh man did I just say that. I feel old.

December 18, 2007 - 3:45am

I'm Ross (rosshill.com.au). I do a bit of seo work for web design clients but am looking into everything with fresh eyes again before I make a much bigger local business reviews site.

December 18, 2007 - 8:45am

Best of luck with the launch of that local review site. I recommend pushing public relations hard at launch so you can get enough PageRank and rankings to make your site get active feedback and stick in the SERPs.

jbspartners
December 18, 2007 - 4:09am

Great idea here Aaron,

Jim Spencer, from the Boston area where social media has strong roots.

JBS Partners designs, develops and hosts web sites and blogs for small businesses and solo entreprenuers

Always on the look out for new talented individuals to partner with on a project basis.

SEObook was recommended by a colleague about 2 years ago and has proven valuable. I mostly lurk on the blog. Thanks for all of the great work here. Thanks for suggesting RoboForm.

Curious. Why do you think folks don't comment on comments? The ability is now here (reply) and it happens on other blogs.

Has anyone ever used the "Subject" section of the comments?

I continue to find key word selection a curious task and would appreciate more specific cases studies/examples on live sites. I could donate a client site, if need be.

December 18, 2007 - 8:46am

Hi Jim
Yeah I love RoboForm. Saves me a half hour a day.

I think the formatting of the comment section does not change formatting for replies hurts that aspect, the fact that I don't have any employees, and the fact that this site looks so similar to the old one makes people less likely to reply to comments.

I might be looking for some case study stuff in January.

December 18, 2007 - 5:50am

My name is Bill, I've been doing SEO and SEM since 2004. I have a few websites of my own, and I blog on my art website.

Right now I'm doing SEO and SEM for a company in NJ.

December 18, 2007 - 8:48am

Good to see you here Bill. I think we used to chat a lot on some other forums like V7N.

December 18, 2007 - 6:27am

David Norris here, SEO/usability/e-commerce consultant & site manager. Yours is only e-book I've ever bought or recommended to others, and I still find it a valuable resource after years in the business. The one thing I'd like to see more than anything is a recommendation on a keyword management program... something that will allow me to categorize thousands of terms, export (but not list) permutations, and allow imports from google analytics or other programs to add to the list. I've never found anything even close.

December 18, 2007 - 8:49am

Hi David
The best publicly available program for the keyword grouping and management settings is probably the Google AdWords Editor, but you still probably have to find a way to tie in testing new keywords with that.

December 18, 2007 - 6:50am

Im, Gino Carpio... Cebu City.

December 18, 2007 - 8:50am

I Gino
I think I was just out by your way recently. I got married in Manila in October.

December 18, 2007 - 7:07am

Hi my name is Evan Jerkunica and I'm an American living in Taiwan.

I first heard about SEO from a guy in a coffee shop. In fact it was Pat from seoish.com and he told me to buy your book.

I've read the whole thing and I now have my first real net marketing/seo gig over in Taiwan at a Chinese educational company Taiwan.

Currently I don't have any recommendations for the site, but I will let you know if I do.

Love your blog!

December 18, 2007 - 8:51am

Hi Evan
Pat is a great guy. Tell him I said hi.

Best of luck on the new project!

December 18, 2007 - 7:33am

My Name is Willi I am Swiss living in Novosibirsk Russia. I work for movavi.com
I just like to read your blog and to be current to new trends.

December 18, 2007 - 8:53am

Hi Willi
Cool site. I could really use some work on the video production and editing front.

December 18, 2007 - 7:39am

Hi all, I am Sufyan living in Pakistan and doing SEO stuff of my own. It's much better to do own stuff than working for corporate firms.

And I don't think I would be where I am now without Aaron's support and help. He is the man! The MOST HONEST AND KNOWLEDGEABLE PERSON IN THE SEO INDUSTRY I HAVE EVER SEEN. Thanks for being a friend! I would love to meet you in person. :)Keep rockin!

December 18, 2007 - 8:53am

Thanks Sufyan. Glad to hear you are doing well. :)

December 18, 2007 - 8:19am

I'm Raja Sekharan from India. I am a web developer.

December 18, 2007 - 8:54am

Hi Raja
Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.

December 18, 2007 - 8:26am

I'm Ari, and I'm neither here nor there.
I'm a competitive webmaster and seomainer (cross between seo and domainer), and I don't consult, for anyone :-)

Aaron - will you being going out to vegas for ASW?

Ari

December 18, 2007 - 8:56am

Hi Ari
I will not be going to vegas for ASW. Thanks for the kind comment. Seomaining is a favorite pasttime of mine too. :)

December 18, 2007 - 8:33am

Hey Guys,

My name is Craig and I am the in-house SEM and general tech guy for a web design company based in nottingham, England. We do a pretty large amount of sites and we share offices with an e-commerce company.

I enjoy reading this blog as it actually gives me SE news instead of news that has been copied/pasted from somewhere else.

Keep up the good work team Wall.

December 18, 2007 - 8:55am

Hey thanks for that comment, and the bluntness of it too Diablos. One of my mentors who goes by the nickname NFFC (after the football club) lives somewhere near your parts. If you know him please say hi to him for me.

December 18, 2007 - 9:00am

Nice to read about the background of your readers. My name is Gemme, an independent SEO Consultant. These days I'm focusing more and more on the Chinese market as I live in Shanghai and probably will be here for the years to come.

What I most appreciate of this blog is, besides the useful tools, the passion in your writing and the insights that come with it. The fact that you don't follow the pack is a great bonus as well as there are already enough GG groupies at the moment.

I have no suggestions for improvements of the site at this stage, just keep blogging:)

December 18, 2007 - 9:42am

Hi Gemme
Lots of growth yet in your market...living there right now is probably like being in SEO back in 1997...more opportunity than you know what to do with.

Thanks for the kind comments as well.

December 18, 2007 - 9:13am

Hey Buddies,
This is Ramesh from India. I was in the US for quite a while and started my online operations from there while doing a job many years ago. But currently I am operating from India. I work mainly on my own projects including sites selling information products as well as affiliate offerings. I am also trying to do some JVs with local offline vendors.

Though I see lot of SEOs in India seling their SEO services as the manpower is cheap. But I am not a huge fan of selling lot of low value commodity products in large volume. Hence I focus mainly on my own projects and try to create value out of them.

Really, not much suggestions to improve this site as it already rocks. Recently videos, Q&A sessions were great. Maybe you may cover a little bit more on domains. Something like Domaining Guide for SEOs on the lines on the Blogger's Guide that you did earlier.

December 18, 2007 - 9:44am

Hi Ramesh
Believe it or not I was just writing the draft of an article about domain stuff, but it did not come out all that well, so I had to scrap it. Will try again soon.

I totally agree with your brand strategy. As soon as people tell me about outsourcing and cheap man-hours I start thinking about increasing computing speed and more powerful open source software commoditizing the value of cheap down to next to nothing.

December 18, 2007 - 9:27am

Hey Aaron

My name is Jason and I'm a graphic/web designer from the UK. I have been designing websites for a few years now but only got into the SEO side of things when I launched my own photo site at www.fotoviva.co.uk which I hope to make into a second business.

Your book is full of very valuable SEO knowledge that I keep reading again and again. Keep up the good work!

December 18, 2007 - 9:47am

Hi Jason
You have some beautiful prints on that site. I am sure it will go well if you stick with it.

Thanks for buying and reading the book. :)

December 18, 2007 - 9:50am

Hi Araron, Unsuprisingly I'm a SEO (from London). Have been for 3 years now. As for improvement to the site, post more often, you only update once a day, now that just lazy!

December 18, 2007 - 7:34pm

Hi Nixies
London is an expensive town.

I do a lot of work that is not public facing. 1 original post a day almost every day is a bunch of work to me.

December 19, 2007 - 12:49am

Just Kidding Aaron, I've been in awe of your work for over a year now. You must be one of the most prolific givers in the SEO community. Thanks for everything!

December 18, 2007 - 10:28am

Hi Aaron,
I work in this business in Spain. Most of the information I get is from the US, but too little for other markets. My suggestions would be to give more information about international markets.

December 18, 2007 - 7:35pm

Hi Pmonjo
I think I might need to recruit a guest editor for international markets. Seems like a no brainer honestly.

December 18, 2007 - 10:33am

I am one of the owners of Tupela, who own a few travel sites and dabble in web development for friends.

December 18, 2007 - 7:36pm

Hi Sam
I like your username. Thanks for saying hi.

December 18, 2007 - 10:36am

Hi Aaron,

I'm an inhouse SEO/SEM for a French travelling company in Paris. Two and a half years ago I knew nothing about SEO and all began with your book. You, your book and your blog helped me a lot showed me the way. When I need some inspiration, new ideas I read your blog and I always find something extraordinary.

Thank you for being.

December 18, 2007 - 7:37pm

Hi Didi
It is great to hear you are doing well and that I was able to help you. Stories like yours inspire me to want to do even better and help more people.

December 18, 2007 - 10:53am

Great thing here Aaron, good nice link bait going..

I learned a lot from your SEO Book and love the updates!
And the Blog works great for me as well.

I just do SEO on the side next to my normal job as an ICT Manager for my own websites and for a few clients.

Your Blog an that of Joost are on my feed-reader list for a long time now and I am still learning from you guys as well as by testing my own ideas.

Thanks for the great resources you supply!

On the Internet I go by the name Hummerbie, short for Hummingbird and Busy bee :-).

December 18, 2007 - 7:40pm

Hi Hummerbie
Thanks for liking the book and the blog. I like reading Joost's blog too. :)

December 18, 2007 - 12:45pm

I'm Martijn Anschutz from the Netherlands, besides giving tours in Amsterdam ;) I make my living with being an independent Internet Marketeer.

As for making the site even better, I really liked the video's, nice to hear you're gonna make some more in 2008!

December 18, 2007 - 7:59pm

Hi Martijn
Long time no see. Lots of fun hanging out when we did. Hope to meet again at a conference one day. :)

RKF
December 18, 2007 - 2:27pm

I'm Ryan Freeman, from Toronto, Canada. Online, I use the handles "RKF" and "Infinite."

I started working with "internet stuff" in 1994 with a local computer store that had a BBS and was one of the first ISPs in the area. Eventually they grew into the largest privately owned ISP in Canada, but by that point I had opted to pursue the big bucks of the family flower shop (doh!).

I've moved into SEO as a natural progression from website development which was a hobby/side business since the mid 90's. Now I'm hoping to expand my SEO business in 2008 by contracting / hiring a couple more people to share the workload and allow me to spend more time with clients and sharing basic SEO knowledge when the opportunities present themselves.

Congrats, Aaron, on reaching 4,000 members! I wish you continued success and thank you for continuing to provide excellent advice and insight with balanced opinions. I look forward to congratulating you soon on 10,000 members!

December 18, 2007 - 8:01pm

Hi RKF
Congrats on your recent growth. Have been trying to expand a bit more myself recently too. I am trying to grow fast without growing too fast. :)

December 18, 2007 - 2:55pm

I am Omar Mariño and I make money online by selling advertising and investing on some online projects.

I think this site is really good and I think you could enable a section like YOUMoz in SEOmoz.org where people can contribute.

December 18, 2007 - 8:03pm

Hi Omarinho
I like asking for guest posts by specific experts more than enabeling a content backfill part of the site, but I am looking at expanding the interactivity of this site in the coming month.

December 18, 2007 - 3:16pm

Just another daily reader. No one special.
Web Specialist for www.innersightdzinestudio.com in Tampa, FL.

December 18, 2007 - 8:04pm

Hi Fireflycreative
A guy named Jason, one of my first clients and better web friends, lives near you.

December 18, 2007 - 3:41pm

I am a SEO analyst for a company in Mobile, Alabama as well as a semi-professional musician who has an interest in the future of search as relates to the music industry.

December 18, 2007 - 8:06pm

Hi Bingraffia
I am surprised by how many SEO people there are that have roots in the music business. I think I have come across hundreds of you guys and gals. :)

I am wondering if the mass transition is due to the decay of music business models, or if many people in the music industry are already deep into creative marketing techniques.

December 18, 2007 - 3:41pm

Hello All,

My name is Mike Tekula. I've been involved, though sometimes loosely, in web development since 1999 when I started a web development company with two high school friends. However, my college career took me all the way from programming to philosophy to creative writing. I did a lot of fiction writing for a few years - still a love of mine.

I've been doing SEO full-time for about 1.5 years now - for two different Long Island Internet Marketing firms. However, I'm in the beginning of striking out on my own. I simply have found other people's business models to be less than honest, and what I personally love about SEO/M is that I can help people and still make money - a novel concept apparently. I've realized running my own show is the only way I can ensure clients are truly getting what they pay for.

I've been reading SEOBook.com since I started learning about SEO about two years ago. Aaron is one of the few sources of consistently insightful and truly helpful information not just on SEO but on all things Internet Marketing, and I don't think I'll stop frequenting this blog any time soon.

Thanks for years of inspiration and great advice, Aaron, and congratulations once again on finding someone great to share your life with!

-Mike

December 18, 2007 - 8:10pm

Hi Mike
Sounds like your experiences are a bit similar to mine...there appears to be some form of an honesty tax in the business world. Some people who are too honest don't get referenced by others who are less so. Some people who are too honest have thinner margins off the start, but after years of grinding it out do better than the fraudsters.

We are both lucky that the web and SEO allows us to say whatever we want and still be able to help people out while making enough to live well ourselves.

Happy holidays and thanks for the kind words. :)

December 18, 2007 - 3:44pm

Hi All,

I'm an SEO Director for a top 10 UK Agency, heading up all SEO activities from strategy, delivery, implementation and reporting.

Also working on European SEO and working with key providers in the market such as Wordtracker...

Previously a Web Developer, I naturally evolved into SEO approx 5 years ago. I wouldnt do any other job in the world.....

I always find SEOBook a resourceful site (Thanks Aaron).....

Thanks

December 18, 2007 - 8:12pm

Hi Shahid
Sounds like you have your hands in a number of cookie jars. I couldn't imagine doing anything but SEO either.

December 18, 2007 - 4:32pm

Hi, I'm Martin and I'm co-founder of Supernatural Agency Inc., a company that invests in and develops domain names. My partner and I are SEO/SEM marketers who got tired of doing it for others and watching them make the real money. So we started a company that doesn't require customers or clients- go figure...

One interesting thing I've learned is that domainers in general are really weak when it comes to SEO so part of my mission is to get the word out in that world.

Aaron, SEObook is the best.
We blog at http://blog.supernaturalagency.com

December 18, 2007 - 8:15pm

Hi Martin
I am working in the same direction you are. I have been on quite a bit of a domain binge the last year. I wish I would have started it a year or two sooner. :)

December 18, 2007 - 4:47pm

In-house marketer for Cars.com in the Chicago Loop. Spoke at over a dozen industry conferences over the past few years (which is nothing to Aaron, but a pretty big deal for me), and a former Board of Director of SEMPO. Love my job, love my industry, and never thought I'd be able to say that, as a former Steelworker in Michigan.

December 18, 2007 - 8:20pm

Hi Dan
Great job marketing on Cars.com ... they are everywhere in the SERPs. Congrats on the speaking too!

SEO is an easy job to like because there are so many different things we can work on.

December 18, 2007 - 5:00pm

Farmer here. I started following every aspect of the industry over 3 years ago. I've been active and doing my own thing for over a year after taking the leap.

This is one of the few blogs I still read and I've concluded it's because I love your template...I think.

December 18, 2007 - 8:21pm

Hi Farmer
Thanks for reading. Yeah Chris Pearson did an amazing job designing this site. Outside of buying the domain name for $8, his site design was probably the best investment I ever made.

December 18, 2007 - 5:04pm

Hi All,

Just became a member (don't know why I didn't do this sooner), but since I started in SEO over a year ago for the first company I worked for(i am not going to drop names but it is a UK company based in Manchester) I have found Aaron site one of the most consistant and useful resources on the web for the industry I was put onto it on day 1 when I started and still have it in my bookmarks today.

I know work for another SEO company (if you really want to know you can look at my profile) and still use your site Aaron.

As far as the site goes I can't think of any improvements but if I think of any I will let you know.

Regards

David.

December 18, 2007 - 8:23pm

Hi David
Thanks for finding me so soon, sticking with the site, and dropping by to say hi.

December 18, 2007 - 5:15pm

It's amazing that you answer everyone, Aaron. That shows how someone really cares about their readers.

I am a web developer and small entrepreneur. I used to freelance few years ago, but recently moved ahead into doing consultations. I have few sites and services and am interested in SEO just for getting more traffic to them (have no plans in being professional SEO).

I've read your book and have to say it was one of the most refreshing things to read, especially after I've read several "make money online" crappy books by the most popular "gurus".

Cheers to all,
Bobby

December 18, 2007 - 8:24pm

Hi Bobby
Thanks for reading my book and for the kind comments. Best of luck marketing your sites!

December 18, 2007 - 5:46pm

Hi Aaron,

I'm Kay Frenzer, and go by SEO Diva on one of my blogs. I built web sites on the side for 10 years, then got into SEO a couple of years ago and found my niche.

I currently work as SEO strategist for a marketing agency. There's nothing I like better than to see myself or a client on the first page of Google! My goal is to make a comfortable living from my web sites, and I've made a pretty good start.

I read your blog regularly and learn a lot from it. I really appreciate all your tools and your book. Thanks for all you do!

December 18, 2007 - 8:31pm

Hi Ken
Thanks for the kind comments. I love ranking too. The novelty of it wears off over time, but it still feels cool knowing you can market just about anything you are interested in.

December 18, 2007 - 5:48pm

Hola,

I'm an SEO, Semi-professional race car driver and an amature tattoo artist.

I love bear wrestling and PBR drinkin'! ;)

Love the site, Love the book and the tools are the shizznit!

Thanks Aaron!

Keep on keepin' on!

December 18, 2007 - 8:32pm

Hi SnoopBloggyBlog
Be careful with that race car driving...dangerous stuff there. But you can't go wrong with bear wrestling ;)

December 18, 2007 - 7:37pm

Hello,
Since the Berlin Wall (1989) came down I have been sw engineer and entrepreneur.

With Seo Book and e-commerce I have finally started to learn, after this time, what internet really can do. Manytimes your seoblog entries have been really helping me some way or another. yep.

When there is a community of 4000 people. That is a lot of knowledge if put all together to project, information gathering etc. Next Google? Open discussions for projects?

"You don't just realize what people are willing to do for a good cause for free."

- ex amazon.com 'gu ru' - a man that leads us to the (unknown) future.

(This entry changed will be also in Lifetime Scope Journal)

Summary: Aaron keep on rockin'

December 18, 2007 - 8:38pm

Hi Blogtheristo
Glad to hear you find the site helpful. What made you decide to start your business when the Berlin Wall fell?

December 18, 2007 - 6:56pm

Hey, Andrew aka "Gareth" from italy here.
I'm a lurker, working as a php programmer and webmarkering specialist in an advertising agency in Torino (Italy).

I'm also a part time internet marketer and Seo entusiast... i've been trying to introduce "Seo awareness" into the company for the past 9 months without much success... i wonder how can the customer be aware of Seo if my sale department people are unaware of the matter. ;)

December 18, 2007 - 8:33pm

Hi Gareth
Indeed workplace awareness is important, and a lack of it hints that you may likely have a run in with management over their management style. Realistically though, who in marketing hasn't heard the Google story by now? At one point do they pick up on search?

December 18, 2007 - 9:02pm

Hey Aaron,

Long time reader, and probably the guy who has been the slowest to put the rubber to the road :) I do have a website that is starting to rank because of some of the ideas gleaned from SEOBook :)

I think that I have good insight and knowledge about SEO, but I'm having a hard time breaking out of cubicle nation to really practice! Too bad I didn't find your site in college!

As always, thanks for the great content.

~NickB

December 18, 2007 - 9:24pm

Hi NickB
Gald to hear the rankings are coming in. It is a big jump to go solo, but if you believe in yourself and are willing to work hard you will do well. I quit working for others when I was making about $100 a month from the web.

December 20, 2007 - 11:37pm

I still think about moving in with my parents again (ARGH) so I can work for $100/month and learn to dominate the web ;)

December 20, 2007 - 11:58pm

Hi Nick
I had a roommate and lived in a mobile home. I actually only finally allowed myself to move out of the trailer last year (when I met my wife). Low living costs are key to being able to take big risks so you can watch the big rewards come in.

December 18, 2007 - 9:34pm

Hi Aaron, new reader, about 3 months.
I think the tools are a great benefit.
I'm a renaissance man myself, between software support, client setup, websites, fatherhood, and online gaming, I tend to stay quite busy, with 3 full fledged ideas floating in my head with neither the time nor money to have them come to fruition. Can anyone else relate?
Looking forward to getting the book for my uncle as he breaks into this industry at the beginning of the year.
Nice touch on commenting on everyone comments, World Class!!!!

December 18, 2007 - 10:25pm

Hi Youfoundjake
I think most of the people who read this site are just like you and I with ideas...way too many ideas, and not enough time for them all. But having too many ideas is better than having time and nothing to work toward.

December 18, 2007 - 10:16pm

I am Alexander Tsatkin,

Learned the basics of SEO from SEO book and decided to drive across the country to start working at an agency in San Francisco.

I work on large clients where PR and gaining link equity isn't as much of a problem. What I would like to see is more solutions for large established clients. For example, international KW research, international duplicate content issues, brand name searches etc.

On the side I mess around with a bunch of domains and websites to run some SEO experiments. One thing I noticed, but not through a controlled experiments is Google scanned my gmail account and indexed what I thought was an orphaned page... would like to run the test again or maybe I can get some confirmation here that this in fact occurs.

I also run googlesearchsucks.com where I rant and rave and let out some steam on the end of a long day.

December 18, 2007 - 10:21pm

Hi Alexander
I would love to see you test that gmail orphaned page test again too. Congrats on the move!

December 18, 2007 - 10:38pm

Hey Aaron - LOL - I'm a GIRL! It's Kay, not Ken. The only chick here so far, I guess!

December 18, 2007 - 10:40pm

Sorry about that Kay!

December 18, 2007 - 10:53pm

Andrew Shotland, loyal SEOBook reader and presiding pundit over at LocalSEOGuide. SEO/SEM consultant and general client handholder (it's just business I assure you). I am also the proprietor of the East Bay SEO Meetup. Hope to see you at one of our future events in Oakland. Muchas muchas gracias for your great work. It is much appreciated.

December 18, 2007 - 11:13pm

Hi Andrew
I am sure we will meet in person pretty soon at one of the meetups.

December 18, 2007 - 11:51pm

Hi Aaron,

I've read your blog everyday (well nearly) for the past 7 months. I gave up a well paid directorship at a blue chip in London to start my own business, Globaledge.co.uk, a trade portal for the overseas property industry. I launched 2 weeks ago and I've already sold over £10k in advertising and employed 2 full time staff.

We've never met and I've never posted on your blog but you have significantly influenced both me and the development of my business. Here are a few things I've learned from you.

1. If you can, consolidate an industry. I evaluate other businesses (real estate search engines)to help estate agents choose the best marketing partners.

2. Build a site that is genuinely citation worthy to get links. Early days, but lots of people are talking about me. 753 direct visitors in first two weeks (trade PR and DM campaign to key influencers.

3. Build a one-stop-shop for your audience. Overseas agents differ from domestic agents because they need to work with international partners (Spanish developers need to find agents in the UK for example). They can find partners quickly on our site and get free independent advice on the best online tactics and real estate search engines. It's a complete solution for all their partnering needs.

4.There is huge value in being concise and making things simple for your audience. I use analogies and examples to explain key concepts.

5. High value activities are content and relationship building. I've written well over 50 000 words of concise content. I haven't paid myself in 7 months but I've learned a lot and I'm proud of what I've written. I've also made great contacts which is making things easier for my new sales person.

6. If you're serious about building a brand, it must pass the "radio test". Not sure if you said this exactly but after reading your posts I bought www.globaledge.co.uk for £1650. As well as the branding benefits (I had www.global-edge.net which doesn't pass the test) it's a 1997 domain and I rank already for competitive 3-word phrases like "developers in spain".

I could go on. Thank you for everything you have taught me.

Ashley

December 19, 2007 - 12:00am

Wow Ashley
Sounds like you are doing awesome. Congrats on the near instant success. Imagine how well you will be doing another year or two down the road!

December 18, 2007 - 11:56pm

Look forward to sharing a bowl of pretzels and a brew Aaron.

Aaron Harding
December 19, 2007 - 12:01am

Hi Aaron from another Aaron. I currently work as an inhouse seo / web designer for a large UK pet housing firm. I've been building websites for the good part of 10 years now, 4 years as just a part time hobby along with my photoshopping addiction and 6 years as my day job. I got into SEO through your site 18mths ago while looking for ways to improve my employer’s site sales. Ended up buying your book and that was it. Now totally hooked on anything SEO related after seeing the results.

Aiming to do it for myself in 2008, setting up on my own as an SEO / web designer along with working on my own projects where I’ve developed a taste for mobile search and web design also toying with Googles custom search. Just want to take the opportunity to say a big thanks for unintentionally steering me into a career which I really do enjoy.

December 19, 2007 - 2:27am

Hi Aaron
Glad to hear you are doing well and are hooked on a fast growing field. Best of luck when you decide to go it alone.

December 19, 2007 - 12:39am

Hi Aaron,

I am a SEM Consultant that floats between agency, in-house, free lancing and my own side projects! I am doing just the last three at the moment and enjoy the mix!

Firstly, your tools are great! However, there is one SEO tool that I do not know exists and would personally find it really useful. It is hard to describe... although you would use it when you are deciding which pages to optimise and which have the highest priority.

Ideally it would extract all the pages in a csv file through spidering a site and each page would have key attributes such as the number of inbound internal links linking to it, the internal anchor text that is associated to it, the hierarchy of where the page sits in the site and perhaps even the average (toolbar)PR of the page linking to it. This combined with prior keyword research would provide a good model for mapping out keywords across pages that are important. It would also help identify poor internal linking on a site.

I hope I don't sound like I have gone mad. Please let me know if you know of a process or a tool that could help.

Have a good xmas,

Joe

December 19, 2007 - 2:32am

Hi Joe
I am sure tools like that can be made, but the closest I have to something like that is Backlink Analyzer. One of the hardest problems with creating such a tool is that most of the search engines only let you search 1000 results deep. For large high authority sites you are limited on both links and pages by that 1000 result limit.

As far as how to get all pages from a site, you could use something like Xenu link sleuth or Google Webmaster Central to get some of that data you want, and then process the rest from there.

December 19, 2007 - 1:57am

Hugo here. I'm a professional SEO, writer, and content builder. My pride and joy is www.realfootball365.com (24% stake) but my main source of livelihood at this time is an interactive agency in NYC.

December 19, 2007 - 2:28am

Hi Hugo
Good seeing you again. Best of luck with the football site. :)

December 19, 2007 - 2:05am

Hi Aaron and everyone else,

I'm Patrick from Germany. 24 years old. I used to program computer games during most of my free-time in elementary, then had the same kind of passion for the stock market and then for foreign languages (though I spent more time playing sports - you can imagine Im a bit crazy, I guess).

When I graduated from high-school (4 years ago), I was wondering what to do with my life and thought it'd be extremely important for me to spend more than the average 50-100 hours researching what major I want to pick/field I want to work in (considering you spend like another 80,000 hours of your life working in that field).

During the next three years, I must have spent more time reading about possible career paths I could choose than I spent on studying and dropped out (with a major in business). That's how I found out about SEO and web analytics a bit over a year ago and realized I had finally found the right thing (which is what I'm most interested in when it comes to the web).

I overanalyzed way too much trying to find perfect ideas, which is why I only started my first site a month ago, but I think I've finally overcome that problem :-). I also started to major in business again trying to get a bachelor's degree just to be on the safe side. I'll be in college for the next 3-4 years and will have up to 20 hours/week to put into actually practicing not just reading about SEO (your blog is the only SEO blog I'm still reading, btw).

My first goal is making around 100 Euros/month from my website(s) until the end of next year and hopefully a bit more by the time I'm done with college. Having 'lost' three years of my time, I hope I can get a well-paying job as soon as I'm done with college.

I also plan on moving out of Germany to a sunnier place (southern France or Spain or...), because the sun hardly shines here, which makes me pretty depressive at times. Hopefully I can get to travel a bit and can do the mandatory internship for my degree abroad and also spend a semester or two abroad to get to know a few more places.

I'm wondering how I'll feel about all that in say 2 years from now?

What I would love to see you do on this site is cover PPC more. I really like your posts on internet marketing stuff in general (not just SEO) and would love to see more about that on PPC.

When it comes to reading about SEO, I think I 'know' about most things I need to know about SEO already having read your book and having been a daily reader of your blog for a year, etc. (I said 'most' (not all) and 'know', but still have to learn to apply it, of course!) and am mostly reading this blog to keep up with changes/news.

However when it comes to PPC, I'm not very knowledgable, yet and would love to learn more about that on the side w/o having to find yet another blog about PPC and reading that all the time.

P.S.: Is your chapter on PPC up to date with the engines' PPC algorithms? or does it lag behind a bit? (I read it about a year ago and am not sure if there have been any updates)

December 19, 2007 - 2:36am

Hi Patrick
To be honest my PPC section could probably be more in depth, but I did not want to write 300 pages about PPC stuff, and I should start practicing using PPC on a wider array of sites to get more experience with it.

BTW I would encourage you to read at least a couple other blogs to get a more well rounded take on search marketing and internet marketing stuff. I still have lots to learn. :)

December 19, 2007 - 2:52am

I used to read like every other blog and was on 5 or so forums, but b/c I realized I had a serious problem with reading too much and not practicing enough I decided to drill down..

thats why now I'm only reading your blog for SEO/internet marketing and another blog for web analytics..and am almost only using searchguild as a forum...so I have enough time to actually build my sites and put what I've read to practice so I'll no longer be 90% theory and 10% practice hehe ;)

December 19, 2007 - 2:32am

Hi Aaron,
Atlanta GA Realtor by day SEO student by night. Trying to get my site to #1 is what brought me here. I appreciate your approach and advice! Some of the technical stuff goes over my head, but I am living proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

When I was in college (short stay) computers were the size of coke machines and worked with punch cards.

December 19, 2007 - 2:38am

Hi Dan
Glad to hear you are able to get into the mix and learn all this stuff. It is a process, but if you like it now and still feel like you are learning then eventually you start knowing more of the answers until you know most or nearly all of them. It is just a process like anything else.

December 19, 2007 - 4:02am

hi, i'm Davide (everybody call me Dave... it's easier), I'm a creative director but I love online marketing.

December 19, 2007 - 6:33am

Welcome to the site and thanks for the comment Dave.

December 19, 2007 - 4:46am

Hello - I am Kevin Althaus and am working as a marketing director for a Phoenix based nightclub. My training is in marketing, PHP development, and graphic design. Soon I hope to add optimization and online marketing to the list!

December 19, 2007 - 6:35am

Hi Kevin
Sounds like you do just about everything! I wish I were a bit more well rounded like that.

December 19, 2007 - 5:03am

This is Tony love to learn SEO and hope learn it here as I was told here is where SEO starts.

December 19, 2007 - 6:37am

Thanks for stopping by and for the comment Tony.

December 19, 2007 - 11:47am

Hi all,
My name is Michael and I work for a medium sized full service digital marketing agency (God that sounds naff when you say it outloud).

I'm the lead SEO guy over here in freezing Scotland and also run the web conversion team.

I started out at oyster web - we were number one in the UK rankings for most of the SEO terms. When that got sold to a new owner I moved to a larger company specialising in all things online.

I'm over here most days reading what Aaron has to say about online bits and pieces and using his tools - cheers for the tools aaron :)

December 20, 2007 - 12:44am

Hi imjuk
It is cold and rainy over here in San Fransisco now too. I remember seeing how well oyster web ranked over there back in the day. :)

December 19, 2007 - 1:32pm

Hi Aaron,

I am glad to hear that you reached a bench mark of 4000 members. Don't know why but it give me a sense that there is some thing cooking in your mind regarding paid content and memberships.

I have been following your foot steps and keeping close eye on this blog for almost 2 years its being quite helpful and help me understand a-lot about what SEO is and how it works.

I am 24yrs of Age from Pakistan I have been in this industry for 2 years and started my first website back in 2004 to achieve visitors i have spend countless hours reading online and since then i landed on your site my work is much easier and i learned a-lot from you. Two people i gave all credit in this industry are Aaron and Shoemoney. Rand comes later and his writings help a-lot too.

Currently i am managing sites from small to medium size. I own few and now started consultancy one to UK company and One based in US.

The Sites i am managing are ranking well mostly in top3 if i have some personal address access i will share my ranking with you and make you feel proud that your virtual student did a great job :)

Looking forward to hear from your side.

Regards.

December 20, 2007 - 12:23am

Hi Soul-healer
Congrats on the great rankings and the expansion.

December 19, 2007 - 2:12pm

Hi Aaron,
I've been a regular reader for well over 3 years. I read your ebook about 3 years ago when the boss for the company I worked for wanted to rank higher in the search engines. Your book helped us get to over 50,000 visitors per month. I then started my own company that offers web design/development and internet marketing services. www.kinoli.com

I also run a blog at www.virtualmarketingblog.com

You have been a huge help to me. Thanks Aaron.

-Luke

December 20, 2007 - 12:25am

Great job with that traffic stream Luke. Thanks for reading and commenting.

December 19, 2007 - 4:05pm

Hey Aaron

I bought your book a few years back, and is the most complete one I have read on SEO. Nice work.

I formed my own development & SEO/SEM company years ago, blog at www.MomentumSEO.com

I didn't have a chance to speak to you at Pubcon in Vegas, but I admire your contributions to the space. What great props Rand gave you in front of the crowd on the link buying panel.

It would be cool for you to speak more to how you make Clientside with Scott and Todd go. Deliverables, methods etc. I spoke with Todd briefly at Pubcon, but that's it.

Cheers

December 20, 2007 - 12:27am

Hi Josey
It is tricky talking about client work in any sort of specific manner because then I have to think of the client's interests, ask the client's permission, and make sure it is cool with Scott and Todd too.

See you at another conference down the road!

December 19, 2007 - 4:29pm

I kept getin water spots on my coffee table so I bought yuor book to have somewheres to put my coffee cup. It works GREAT!

Back in 97 I got fired from my male escort job. I didn't have any skills and not much sense so i decided to become a seo. Bin doin it ever since. It'd be a ok job if you didn't have to screw around with these damn computers!

December 20, 2007 - 12:29am

Thanks for the comment Bob, and thanks for the interview a while back. My book is an ebook though, so not sure how you use it to hold your coffee cup. :)

December 19, 2007 - 6:27pm

I was first introduced to your website by a manager who used your keyword suggestion tool to demonstrate search volume at homes.com.

Since then I have used your resources to help move to a better position in my career. I now work at a digital marketing agency downtown San Diego and am very grateful for all the resources that you have provided to aid in my learning.

If you ever come to San Diego, all drinks on me!

Thanks Aaron.
My Just Messing Around Site --> Get Your Name Out There
Online Media Specialist | MEA Digtal | Interactive Marketing Agency
Our Work, A Fun Widget we just launched Online Snowboarding Game

December 20, 2007 - 1:00am

Hi Robin
Congrats on the improved career position. San Diego is a fun place. :)

December 19, 2007 - 7:08pm

Aaron,
Thanks for being a resource putting a different perspective on the industry and congrats on passing the 4K mark!

I have been an in-house SEO, SEM manager for over 5 years and have become active in the community with my own blog. SEOBook and others have been very influential in breaking into the sphere and have enjoyed seeing you speak, watching your videos and reading your offerings here.

Keep up the good work!

December 20, 2007 - 12:57am

Hi Pittfall
Thanks for stopping by and saying hi. Congrats on the recent birth in the family. :)

December 19, 2007 - 7:08pm

I'm Benj Arriola

- Started in the Web Industry as a Designer/Developer since 1997.
- Started playing around with SEO in 2004.

- Still has a day job as an SEO Engineer as they call my position at BusinessOnLine.
- Also does my own thing in my own company YDS Web Solution, Inc.

- Won a car as the top prize being the overall winner of the SEO World Championship by GetUpdated.

- In my own company, not that small, but also not big, It's in the transitional stage right now in growing where I find it difficult with client growth surge.

- And in 2008 I want to do no more design and development work, and even not to take all SEO clients that come my way. And start working more on Affiliate Marketing and Online Community Development. Probably make web-based tools also and doing more Drupal and AJAX stuff.

December 20, 2007 - 12:45am

Hi Benj
Wow. That is cool winning a car with SEO! I really see Drupal as growing like a weed in the next few years...similar to Wikipedia and Wordpress for the last two years.

December 20, 2007 - 3:38am

Aaron,

I have been a regular reader for about a year and have really enjoyed the wide variety of topics you have hit on your blog and in your videos, and love to hear your perspective.

I have been in IT and software development for a long time and have worked on a variety of large and small web sites, but it has only been in the past year that I have finally begun to understand some of the mysteries of Google and SEO.

I have done a lot of testing and playing around with some web sites, but I have just started creating my first real website at http://SmallBusinessTechs.com (just installed joomla today and will start adding content during the next few weeks).

As for making it better, the only thing I can think of is adding a podcast because I love listening to good podcasts while I drive and work in the yard.

Thanks!

Tom

December 20, 2007 - 3:50am

Hi Tom
Thanks for the feedback. I might add some audio stuff in the coming months. I am talking to a company about some options on that front.

Best of luck with the new site launch!

December 20, 2007 - 4:19am

I'm Matt Larson,

Been following the blog right around two years. Don't want to duplicate my profile but thanks to Aaron's insightful information, I've looked much smarter than I really am and sold my first company within a year. Doing client work now but am strongly passionate about building my own B2C product-based businesses... I'd like to be doing only 20% client work or less in 3 years - just enough to keep me sharp and give me some a bigger budget to experiment with.

Suggestions? To Aaron? That's tough - saw a few wanting podcasts and I'd definitely subscribe. Aaron, you can hire yourself a great VA to transcribe all that for you (and do just about anything else). I just hired one last month and I have been outrageously productive so far. However, my wife is pre-angry in anticipation of if she ever receives an unusually sensitive and caring card written in exceptionally good English and with even better handwriting ;)

December 20, 2007 - 4:27am

Hi Matt
I am looking to do more stuff on extending outwards beyond the work of one person. Some of those extension ideas are employee based and some software based. I really need to get used to working with a few employees if I want to keep growing though.

My wife has actually been doing a lot of the work recently, but I think we just have to decide to hire some folks.

December 20, 2007 - 4:11am

Hey Aaron

With all these loyal (and seemingly friendly) readers, all aiming to achieve similar goals, would there be any mileage in running a forum?

I know there are plenty of others, but most of them seem to get bogged down eventually. I'm sure you could muster a few willing moderators.

Just a thought that I expect you've already rejected long ago.

Thanks for all your hard work.

Best wishes

Dave

December 20, 2007 - 4:34am

Hi Dave
I rejected the forum idea long ago because I thought I could add little value to an already saturated marketplace, but as I have learned more I have been debating giving that idea another chance.

December 20, 2007 - 4:23am

Steven Bradley here and as CK did to start the comments I'll direct you to my profile for a little more info. Suffice it to say I'm a Web Designer/Developer and SEO and hoping to move more toward developing my own projects in the days ahead.

Aaron I'm not sure what I'd want you to change. I've read every post here for about 2 years now and you've helped shape my thoughts about marketing and seo. A lot of the ideas I've had began while reading something here.

My favorite posts tend to be the more thought provoking marketing posts that talk about where things may be heading. A good seo tip is always welcome too.

Threaded comments might be nice, especially for the posts that generate a lot. I wish we didn't have to login to comment, but I understand why you had to add the registration. Maybe offering a little something extra for people who do take the time to subscribe.

I'm not quite sure there would be much in this idea for you, but a private forum for members would likely go over well. Though I think there's a lot more in that for us than for you.

If you keep things the way they are I'll still be happy.

December 20, 2007 - 4:33am

Hi Steven
I was thinking over adding forums, and have always passed in the past because they tend to be rather low on the value chain. If I could find a way to move it up the value chain I might do it.

We already have threaded comments, but I think they are hard to notice due to the formatting of the comments...it is hard to see that comment x was a reply to comment y.

I had to do the login thing because I was losing an hour a day and feeling bleak about humanity because I was getting dozens to hundreds of manual and automated spam comments by a bunch of spammers. Some of them even left in the comments that they would keep spamming until I just left it posted. Due to the tragedy of the commons, anything that is free and open has the market push the value toward the pricepoint - nothing.

December 20, 2007 - 9:51am

I'm glad you pointed out the threaded comments. They were hard to see. It might be good to indent the replies a little.

I wouldn't really expect you to add a forum for the reason you mention. That would probably be more for us to interact with each other, but the threaded comments can do that as well.

I remember all the trolls that were here before the new login system went into affect and it seems to have helped. I know what spam can be like on my blog and I know that's nowhere how much attention you get here.

Plainly, we must soon cease to treat the parks (SEO Book) as commons or they will be of no value to anyone.

Makes sense and it's hardly a big deal to login.

December 20, 2007 - 4:47am

I'm a 26 year old guy living in Thailand. I first came across you Aaron some years ago in a pdf file in which was an article written by you. I thought you were a smart ass (sorry!). I didn't know about your blog at that time.

Anyway, I'm into web design, experience design and consumer behavior since over 5 years but never really got interested in actually making money with my sites (of course I regret that a little bit now). This changed after I finished my studies three years ago.

First I read a lot of different websites about internet marketing / seo but then I realized it is too time consuming. So since then I just read this site and love it. You seriously rock. It's great to read stuff from a person with a "sharp mind".

I moved from Australia (where I studied and lived for some time) to Thailand two years ago and live here from my Google money. While I love all this Internet related stuff, I used my money to build up a real world venture that keeps me crazy busy right now.

Google pays my life and a bit more but I don't really work that much on my websites anymore. The good thing is that most of them are resource / community driven sites so they are established enough now to work on their own. I had to do this because English is not my first language (German is) and I didn't want to write content myself.

Thanks for your insightful articles Aaron. I don't feel like missing anything major as long as I read your site from time to time.

December 20, 2007 - 7:25am

Hi IntergalacticGary
I think I am a bit of a smart ass. Thanks for reading so often and best of luck with the offline stuff too.

Amazing to hear you doing so well with community building when creating communities not in your native tongue. That is probably quite rare.

December 20, 2007 - 10:00am

mark rushworth a biography:
2007 - now : sales and marketing manager for xrio an it innovation company. My role is in training and implementing a wide range of design and marketing solutions for the business.

2006 - 2007 : design manager at nemark media. my role was in the strategic design, development and marketing of corporate websites and online applications.

1999 - 2006 : creative director (and founder) of new media designs a small studio providing web, cd and print based marketing

personal websites: www.neue.co.uk (portfolio) www.ihype.co.uk (seo consultancy in development) www.2html.co.uk (psd to html conversion site in development) www.markrushworth.com blog

mad skills: seo, design, training, development, sales, consulting, marketing (in no order)

white hat or black hat : you gotta try everything once to see how it works then only the stable techniques should be taken up. in short, dont believe what you read until youve tried it!

December 20, 2007 - 11:24am

Hi Mark
Sounds like you and I are at about the same point on strategy. I am not so good at site design though. ;)

December 20, 2007 - 4:11pm

Hi Aaron... you'd be surprise how many 'pro' seo companies just follow the common myths blindly with no basis in amy form of reality... its sad really. Thanks for the heads up!

December 20, 2007 - 10:21am

Hey Aaron,

A 25 year old affiliate marketer here. First read your ebook about 2 years ago, had no idea how to do SEO, read it, and in my second year netted over $2 million.

Some things I'd like to see in the blog are more topics about Google filters such as triggering them and ways Google detects what they like to call "link purchase spam" and what I like to call marketing.

Thanks

December 20, 2007 - 11:19am

Congrats on the quick success gymsn!

December 20, 2007 - 10:59am

Hello Tal Zwecker here from Israel, (if you google me you will learn about my personals :) bought your book and I am on pg 122, love it so far many good ideas.

I have been building simple html frontpage websites since 1997-8. I also remember the good old Altavista days. When Google hit I was actually out of SEO for a while now I am back and doing catch up.

I do content management, SEO, SEM and technical writing but its not paying my bills well :(

Although I used to be successful with the organic SEO and PPC,nowadays I cant seem to get any new clients or gigs. I am SEO SEM - ing http://www.internet-security-inc.com/ right now for better rankings. Its a niche market with a huge database and growing for security products. We were doing froogle / google product base for years and now we did the directory listings. Adding many new content pages for search engine spiders to eat up.

What I would like more from this site is why common strategies fail, as many simple down to earth SEO campaigns I had in the past that did nothing spammy did any pointers are appreciated.

Thanks best of luck
Tal

December 20, 2007 - 11:22am

Hi Tal
I think common strategies fail precisely because they are common. Meaning you have to do something innovated to get noticed if you want to steal marketshare from established market leaders.

December 20, 2007 - 5:52pm

My name is Wes Grasty and I run an online customer service business. We specialize in providing customer service and order processing for e-commerce businesses, especially the DIY'ers who are ready to outsource these services affordably.

Anyway, Aaron - I would also love for you to do a podcast. Just do it in one format. I think most of us are savvy enough to convert it if necessary. I'm an X-musician, so I'll mail you a Shure SM-58 mike if that'll kick start you!

December 20, 2007 - 10:43pm

Hi Wes
Thanks for the comments. I have a mike already, I just need more time. Am launching a big project soon. :)

December 20, 2007 - 6:44pm

I'm a poet and SEO. I run my own SEO and online marketing strategy biz in the DC area.

Poetry Website: http://www.deborahager.com.
Business Site: http://www.clickwisdom.com.

Aaron, you are so generous with your info, and I've learned a great deal from you. I don't have any recommendations at the moment. I'm one of the few who prefer to read instead of listen to podcasts or watch videos. I'm old fashioned that way.

Congrats on your marriage in October!

December 20, 2007 - 10:51pm

Thanks for the comment Deborah. You must be really good with words to be a marketer and a published poet!

December 20, 2007 - 8:52pm

Joey Rahimi

Founder of CollegeProwler.com and BrandingBrand.com and Real Estate Investor in the Pittsburgh area.

I love every aspect of online marketing.

This is by far the best SEO resource online. You are honest, you wear your heart on a sleeve, and your customer service model is the way of the future for successful websites.

Constructive criticism.
Give us more detail on case studies from either you or one of your colleagues. Include the entire process on how they created a website and beat out competitors to get it first on google.

Joey

December 20, 2007 - 10:46pm

Hi Joey
CollegeProwler.com is a nice site. Congrats on that.

I totally agree I need to add a few case studies to the site. It is on my to do list.

December 20, 2007 - 8:58pm

Aaron,

Can cookies cause a site to become penalized? My site requires users to submit an email address to view certain information. The email address acts as a password; as a cookie is place on their computer. If they choose not to submit they may leave the site. I'm curious as to how google may see this.

Regards,

Andrew

December 20, 2007 - 10:41pm

Hi Andrew
I believe in most cases search engines typically will not eat the cookies, so they will not be able to crawl your pages.

December 20, 2007 - 10:02pm

Just signed up and looking forward to learning. I'm a network admin for a company with an atrocious web presence! I'm taking it upon myself to try and apply what I learn here to the site to see if I can make a go of it. Where does one go to download the SEO book?

Great stuff!

December 20, 2007 - 10:52pm

Hi bcpct6
If you bought SEO Book and had troubles with the download you can ping me at seobook[ a@t]gmail.com and I will get your book to you.

December 21, 2007 - 4:56am

Omar Chowdhury here from New York City. I started generating sales and revenue in the Internet marketing industry at the age of 15, I am 17 now. Definitly garnered a lot of experience in that time.

Have been reading SEOBook for a while. Great read everytime.

December 21, 2007 - 6:08am

Hi Omar
Great to see you doing well and getting so experienced in such a high growth industry at such a young age. That certainly bodes well for your future. :)

December 23, 2007 - 12:09pm

Hi Aaron, I don't know if this thread is still active, but the email I got after signing up suggested I post. I live in Jerusalem, Israel, I work for a company that makes online stores for furniture and whatnot. I am starting to make some sites of my own on the side (not stores) to try and supplement my income and support my family. Ultimately I'd love to be successful enough with that to have enough free time to spend on learning and teaching various subjects (Torah, shiatsu, some sort of spiritual/healing thing). I am married with 2 daughters, I spent a number of years learning in yeshiva and I'm also learning Zen Shiatsu. I am also a musician- something else I'd love to have more time for.
So far the whole SEO/web design thing has been a fun project as I progress in teaching myself. I hope to buy your book when I have the money to justify the purchase. Your website has been an amazing resource, and I truly appreciate the help it's been, and your wonderful generosity with your experience and knowledge. You deserve the success you've achieved. Thanks again, I look forward to seeing more of your work.

December 23, 2007 - 12:13pm

Forgot to mention- I'm 24 years old, originally from the States, though I moved more than 10 times.

December 23, 2007 - 12:34pm

Hi Joseph
Thanks for the kind comments. Sounds like you have a lot of interests. I think it is worth just spending a few minutes a day on a few of them making websites for them, and then see which ones you naturally gravitate toward and then focus on them.

December 23, 2007 - 1:40pm

My name is Patrick Greer (also known as linkerjpatrick). Along with my wife I co-own a business in Greenville,SC called SpinningSilk Multimedia. We develop web, print and portable media solutions for small businesses and organizations.

December 23, 2007 - 2:12pm

Welcome to the site Patrick. I work with my wife too. Happy holidays. :)

December 24, 2007 - 5:33pm

Hello I am Danial. The last 19 December was my 34th birthday and living in Malaysia.I have been working for 8 years in the landscape industries here .I am a landscape designer and occasionally do the landscape contracting.

I have never known about making money in the internet until about 2 years ago when I found out a guy named Corey Rudl thru the internet. Since then I have been searching for ways to promote my experience and hopefully earn some money thru the internet marketing.

I read so many e-books and downloading anything about internet marketing including softwares and ad blasters that turn out to be crap, time consuming and sometimes make me feel so overloaded.

English is not my mother's tongue and I normally would took 2-3 hours to do a 600-800 words article and then re-read and trying to correct spelling and grammatical errors( I'm sorry if this comment contains grammatical errors, even this comment took 30 minutes for me to write)

It has been more than 2 years, almost every night, after my day job, I spend my time reading and trying to put internet marketing ideas to work until 2-3am in the morning. I haven't made any real income yet, other than 4 or 5 dollars here and there not enough minimum payment to be transfered to my Paypal account.

I know about you a few months back and I didn't do anything to become a member to seobook until I join Squidoo.com by Seth Godin and read about The 8 Free Things Every Site (or Lens) Should Do.

My lense :

http://www.squidoo.com/landscaping-ideas-plans

There I found link to your site here.

I read your articles and find out it is very insightful.Now I read your blog often and learning a lot from it. Your tool and your book are great.

Now its time for me to do something about my domain that have been laying dorman for some while. Thanks for your inspiration Aaron.

I wish you and all the readers a Merry Christmas Day!

December 25, 2007 - 5:03am

Hi Danial
Nice picture at the top of that lense. If you stick with it hopefully you will do well.

Sad that there are so many people who scam people in internet marketing, but the optimization vs exploitation curve is often a thin line, and many people who start doing well forget where they came from and fraud people.

January 2, 2008 - 10:51am

Hi,

I bought seobook just over a year ago after reading an article about it in .net magazine (UK publication).

The book sparked an interest in seo and since then have used some of the tips to build a wallpaper site which is now bringing in about $80 a month. Not much but it's been fun. 12 months ago i'd have been sceptical about any revenues.

So I keep coming back here to the blog - hopeful of picking up some tips that may help bump the site up the rankings.

Thank you for your help Aaron and good luck in 2008

January 2, 2008 - 10:54am

Glad to hear you got started Womble. For most people it is probably harder to go from $0 to $80 than it is to go from $80 to $1,000.

January 6, 2008 - 2:48pm

Hi Aaron,

While not being an SEO pro myself, out of necessity I've had to learn about search engines to run my websites. I have learned more from SEOBook than from any other source. Thank you!

One thought for you: what I'd find valuable is information from the book presented in smaller, well-organized chunks on this website, for subscribers only. The eBook is great, but it can be cumbersome to refer back to. Just a thought ....

Best of luck in 2008.

January 6, 2008 - 8:15pm

Stay tuned smallbiztrends. I might be doing something just like that pretty soon. :)

January 7, 2008 - 4:45pm

Sheri from Atlanta, GA-

I have been involved in web design and internet marketing since 1995.

I am always looking to improve upon what I know but I am careful where I get my information so I was thrilled to learn about Aaron's book. I just got it yesterday.

January 7, 2008 - 7:29pm

Welcome to the site Sheri. Thanks for signing up. :)

January 7, 2008 - 8:55pm

I have been involved in SEO since 2002 and I have found lots of good info in the SEObook. I would recommend it to experts and novices alike.

January 7, 2008 - 11:54pm

Thanks Simster. :)

January 11, 2008 - 3:19pm

Hey, my name is Tom Demers (hence the clever SEO book appellation). I'm a twenty four year old with a degree in philosophy. In August I was tending bar (insert impracticality-of-philosophy-degree joke here) when my friend was named CMO of a reasonably well-funded software start-up. Due to a fortuitous bit of cronyism I was named "Director of Online Publicity" and asked to generate content for and oversee the website. I had to learn HTML and CSS from tutorials and started reading everything I could get my hands on (that was free) about SEO, e-marketing, e-branding, etc. I've since been handed three other websites of the investors' to create and oversee, and I am working on creating two of my own (passion projects that I'll pump a bunch of original content into and eventually try to monetize, which is essentially a plan of action I completely hijacked from this blog). Anyway, the investors entrusted me with the websites due (pretty much entirely) to my sounding well-versed on the subjects of SEO and e-marketing, which I owe to resources like this one.

I take an enormous amount away from your blog and I wanted to thank you personally for what you put into it.

I don't have any meaningful/useful suggestions for SEO book...the open threads are amazing; I suppose "keep those coming" is as close to constructive as I can be. One quick question: I know you talk about all of these frequently, but could you (or someone else) point me to any particularly valuable high-level, beginner-type overviews (comparable to your Bloggers Guide to SEO) of: affiliate programs, adsense/adwords/PPC campaigns, and/or domaining?

Thanks in advance to anyone who answers, and thanks again Aaron.

January 12, 2008 - 1:03am

Hi Tom
Thanks for the kind comment and welcome to the site.

If you look through my AdSense posts on this site and put them together in aggregate they probably are better than any book on the subject.

Shoemoney has good advice on affiliate programs. WebPublishingBlog also posts some great stuff from time to time when I read there. Andy Hagans had a great post on how to make thin affiliate sites thick. Sugar Rae is also posts good stuff on affiliate marketing. I have a hard time recommending most people inside the affiliate marketing sphere because they recommend everything as essential as long as they get a commission.

I recently wrote an article about domaining, but it is not quite finished. It should be published in about a month.

January 16, 2008 - 8:26pm

hi.

co-owner of a small web design company in jeffreys bay (awesome surf!), south africa.

still a noob, but really liking the feel of SEO stuff. hope to become an amateur expert with time.

thanks!

January 16, 2008 - 8:29pm

Thanks for joining the site Jansie. :)

January 19, 2008 - 4:45am

Hi,

We have got a lot of tips from your site..We are new at site building and really got a lot of informations,suggestions from your site.With the help of SEOBOOK our site http://www.links4info.com has going to get a new face soon i believe..

Thanks a lot
http://www.links4info.com

January 26, 2008 - 11:40pm

I am Sapan Behar, a Realtor from Beautiful British Columbia. I don't spend as much time I should on this site, but have read the seobook religiously; implemented and experimented some of the concepts on my blogs at:

www.realestatetechnews.com
www.bcbluberryfarm.com
www.realestate-fraservalley.com (seems currently being penalized by google, have gone from being #2 for an important keyword to nowhere being found - would love any insight into how to go about tackling this)

I have learned much from this site and hope to learn much more when I launch my main real estate site.

January 27, 2008 - 12:21am

Thanks for dropping in Sapan. Hope your site comes back soon!

seostudent7
January 29, 2008 - 5:55am

Hi there. I'm currently working for a PPC agency,and am taking the time to learn SEO on the side. I have heard some really great things about this site, and am hoping to pick up some really useful knowledge. Look forward to speaking to you all.

January 29, 2008 - 6:09am

Welcome to the site seostudent7 and thanks for saying hello.

January 31, 2008 - 4:08am

My name is Mark and I am Working in website marketing for Hotel Booking website.

I have checked some forums so there is specified , SEO Book is a great resource Learning centre of SEO Techniques. after checking some useful resource on seobook, I agree with the all forums.

I appreciate the tools and information. Other than that, I have no recommendations. The only other thing I would like is the opportunity to meet more local webmasters and SEOs. Not sure how that could be done, though.

Keep up the Excellent work Aaron!

Mark Paul

January 31, 2008 - 4:28am

Hi Mark
Thanks for the comment. Hopefully we will be able to help fascilitate some local community get togethers in the near future.

February 7, 2008 - 3:27pm

Hi...my name is Karen and I am a direct response copywriter and have been working for the last three years primarily with clients creating content for websites and website promotions.

I have used many of the tools related to SEOBook and am happy to finally have one-stop shopping.

Thanks Aaron and everybody else involved in creating such a great tool.

Karen
http://www.spectrumdesignsite.com

February 7, 2008 - 3:48pm

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi Karen.

February 8, 2008 - 5:52am

Hi, I'm a Belgian pay-per-click marketer and have been frequenting your site for over two years now. I especially want to congratulate you on your SEO for Firefox tool. I'm a fan!

February 8, 2008 - 6:10am

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi Claire :)

February 13, 2008 - 4:54am

Hey,

I'm a SEO monkey from London, UK.

I've been using Drupal for a couple of years, and am currently using it to develop a new keyword tool (hence me finding this site!). Hopefully it's sufficiently different from SEOBook to NOT make it a competitor! ;P

Thanks for creating such a great site Aaron.

Enter.

February 13, 2008 - 10:46am

My employer bought the SEOBook for our .com company. We got the receipt from paypal but no info on how to access the book. How do we download it? Thanks,
Cristie

February 13, 2008 - 10:49am

Hi Cristie
Check your email again.

February 14, 2008 - 7:04am

Hi,
I am Jessica from Germany working for a international real estate company in Spain. I am responsable for SEM and web development. I really appreciate all the information here.
Good work!

February 14, 2008 - 7:29am

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi Jess.

February 15, 2008 - 3:32pm

Hi,

I am Joel from Canada, an SEO software developer, just wanted congratulate Aaron on a great site chuck full of good information.

February 15, 2008 - 6:20pm

Thanks for stopping by and saying hi Joel.

February 15, 2008 - 3:47pm

Arron I want to say how much I thank you as I do believe all of us do for all that you are and all that you do. My name is Alan Stevenson and on the net am known by a few as Chef AL, living in the Niagara Falls area of Canada. I am a 29 year industry working chef and over the last 18 months got into doing biological / cellular research where I put in 2500 hours in 7 months and ended up with an award winning doctor as a partner who has been curing cancer and other life ending diseases for 10 years now.
I am not a marketer and really don't like it to begin with. I own three websites and need to build another as I have been prompted to start a Health Coaching business. So Definitive Health Coaching is in gestation now. So much to say but where to begin... Thanks Once again Arron for this here.
Remember: Each one of us is an individual cell of The Human Race... Sincerely
Chef AL

February 15, 2008 - 6:26pm

Sounds like you have a lot on your plate Alan! Thanks for joining and commenting.

February 15, 2008 - 4:12pm

Hello everybody, my name is Frank. I am a Systems Consultant in Miami, Florida who took up Salsa Dancing and Web Design as a hobby about ten years ago. I started promoting dance events about 5 years ago now and my main source of income has shifted from computers to entertainment. I have a community dance site and promotions company with over 30,000 members and I recently opened a professional Dance Entertainment company.
I have been researching how to promote my new Entertainment Company on the web and I came across this site. I purchased Aaron's SEO Book and I can honestly say that it was the best spent money an information junkie like myself has ever spent.

February 15, 2008 - 6:28pm

30,000 members! Sounds like you should be the one writing marketing books Frank. :)

February 15, 2008 - 4:18pm

Sorry Aaron for that Air-on my part...

February 15, 2008 - 5:19pm

Hello all. My name is Cheryl, and I live in southern Arizona. I have been doing backend web development for almost 8 years now for the same company, but never really got into any SEO. A colleague and I decided several months ago to start our own side business in domaining. We purchased the SEO book a couple of months ago and have just started getting more serious about developing out the online real estate we have acquired. No comments for improvements right now, but will post again if I think of any. Thanks for the great resource, and I look forward to exploring the training site and this community.

February 15, 2008 - 6:34pm

Thanks for commenting and buying SEO Book Cheryl. :)

February 16, 2008 - 5:51am

Just trying to achieve criticalmass in my online business. At the initial stages so learning seo is an exercise only at the moment. In a week it is a needed coomodity.

February 16, 2008 - 6:43am

Welcome to the site Criticalmass. :)

February 16, 2008 - 8:01am

Hi,

my name is Gary, and I live in South Africa.

I'm a web developer, I mainly do non-profit sites.

February 16, 2008 - 8:43am

Thanks for joining the site Gary. :)

February 16, 2008 - 11:04am

Hi everyone, great crowd here. My name is Rance Edwards, I live in Blacksburg, Virginia working for a small but rapidly growing click & mortar selling Virginia Tech Merchandise (Go Hokies!) I've been thrown into the deepend to learn SEO in order to overhaul and maintain our e-commerce site. Our rankings are flagging a bit since the middle of October, and I'm trying to rally them back up to the top!

Look forward to learning from and with you all.

Rance

February 16, 2008 - 12:13pm

Thanks for joining Rance. Welcome to the site :)

February 16, 2008 - 7:06pm

Hi gang,

Aaron, I bought SEOBook as an internet newb 2 years ago, after reading tonnes of schlock, it was great to get some solid information about how to market properly on the net, thank you for the resource.

I'm a tertiary qualified marketer, and work in sales for one of the largest on-demand software companies on the planet...great learning curve, but really working hard to make my site a fulltime thing.

I run a blog for the competitive soccer/football goalkeeper and with your advice and tonnes of hard work, we've taken a pretty small niche website and grown our unique page views from just 400 per month 2 years ago to over 19,000 unique hits every month.

I've written my own e-book, and sold just over 150 copies to date (since last April), we've built a list of over 3000 subscribers, become affiliated with some very large soccer sites and organizations, and are in the process of redesigning our website with our own paid membership (backend) forum to complement and add value to the e-book and our brand.

Everything to date I've created myself, website, design, logo's, content, wriing the e-book etc...so the money we received from selling the e-book, we re-invested into the site redesign.

Currently we are also the official resource for a brand new goalkeeper gear manufacturer from the UK, and will be featured on their packaging as they distribute their wares across the UK and Europe, so fingers crossed.

We have 4 regular writers who contibute their own advice and articles to our readers...they do this for free which is awesome, so hopefully when we start getting some money rolling in, I can pay these guys for their hard work and passion for helping me keep the site going.

Anyway, that is me...great to be on board, and hope to chat and collaborate with all of you at some time.

February 16, 2008 - 8:10pm

Sounds like you are on a great upwards growth curve there. :)

February 16, 2008 - 10:14pm

My turn. I bought a website in 2005 built around SEO tools that I redesigned as a diversion from my full-time work. Of course, most of the tools had to be revised (again and again as the search engines change). I was fortunate enough to find a programmer who is extremely capable. Due to a change in my job and the unavailability of the programmer, I neglected the site to the point that I thought about shutting it down. The same programmer is once again available and wants to build up the site.

So, for the last couple of months I have been trying to expand my understanding of SEO with the immediate goal of improving the website. I find Aaron not only very knowledgeable but a writer whose personality comes through in his writing. So, I bought his ebook and subscribe to his feed. I am not sure where I will take the site except to add to the tool selection (if anyone has an idea for an SEO tool, please let me know). Participating in Aaron's new venture seemed like a good way to continue my education.

February 16, 2008 - 11:48pm

Thanks for joining the site Siteometrics. :)

February 18, 2008 - 4:24am

As an html coder, I'm now turning into a yound SEO, I work in Paris for a travel company and i'm trying to be as good as a good SEO can be.

Thanks alot for your Book Aaron.

February 18, 2008 - 4:50am

Welcome to the site. :)

February 18, 2008 - 3:27pm

HI,
Terry from New York. Currently have 2 ecommerce stores with pretty decent ranking and working on 2 new stores so Im always looking for the next wave! whether it's good old SEO or new internet marketing gimmicks - video, podcasting, viral marking, social media, bookmarking, stumbleits etc. etc., we need to stay on top of it if we are going to outrank our competition! :)
SEO book was my very first introduction to the ins and outs of search engine ranking a few years ago and I am excited to hear there will now be a community! :)
Lets get moving up the google ladder!

February 18, 2008 - 3:28pm

Thanks for joining the community. :)

February 19, 2008 - 12:04pm

Hey everyone, moves2008 here from Toronto and my goal and focus for as long as I can remember has been self employment.

For the past 10 years I've been involved in the advertising industry working as a web developer for numerous agencies in the Toronto area. At this stage of the game I'm looking forward to utilzing my web dev background to make a living online building and developing solid brands within the industries I head into.

February 19, 2008 - 4:34pm

Thanks for joining the site moves2008. :)

February 19, 2008 - 12:18pm

Hi Aaron, I operate out of Australia, and provide a Wordpress based online marketing platform for small business. Putting a community model alongside your expertise is a great development.

February 19, 2008 - 4:33pm

Welcome to the site. :)

February 22, 2008 - 3:19am

Hi, I am Naveen Kapur from India (New Delhi). Not new to SEO but yes very new to establishing my side business on Internet. Have been in the education field for 15 years and that's what I am trying to do on Internet, teaching/sharing ideas about ethical SEO.

Aron, your website is a boon at times. For someone like me to actually know about Internet marketing. I am a constant visitor to your site since last 2 years now. With much of success on keywords and SERP, I can get anywhere on search engines, thanks to all your info and great QnA.

The only stuff I am trying still to capture is Where exactly am I missing the fun of selling a affiliate product.

Got a decent traffic in 3 months, a decent SERP too but still need to know more on "Why people don't buy ebooks or related stuff" that I sell on my websites. Though I only sell what I belive in and understand its need for others to go through.

AdSense is great, get lots of clicks and money, but again need to know how to sell a good affiliate product.

I hope I get what I am looking for in your site.

Looking to many more advancements in your website.
Keep it up Aron. Great Job. :)

February 22, 2008 - 2:06pm

Thanks for saying hi Naveen :)

February 25, 2008 - 10:51am

Hi, I'm Ben from 'Conversion Rate Experts'.

I specialize in converting visitors into customers! I'm a massive fan of SEOBook - and Aaron's whole approach to web marketing.

Nice to be here :)

February 25, 2008 - 11:46am

Welcome to the site Ben. Nice to see you here. :)

February 26, 2008 - 10:55am

im gilani from pakistan. running USA based web development house in lahore. i don't now anything about SEO.but want to learn everyting:).
we just launched our job portal in the name of career.vi. and now i wanted to optimized this site on search engines.

Look forward to learning from and with you all.

regards
gilani

February 26, 2008 - 4:46pm

Welcome to the site Gilani. :)

February 26, 2008 - 12:20pm

hi Aaron:

I am your avid reader from Malaysia. As you can probably tell, English is not my mother tounge.

I am quite excited with the opening of your community. I have no problems making that kinda investment ($100/mo) but I have a problem with myself: lack of commitment and focus.

I have been doing affiliate marketing for well over 4 years. I earn between hundreds to 1k+ (USD) in pure profit per month via SEO (with long tail keywords) and a little PPC. I am shy to admit that I probabbly only put less than 10 hours or real work per month.

Any idea on how to generate laser focus ?

keep up the good work!
CY

February 26, 2008 - 4:47pm

Hi CY
I think if you are lacking focus that means that you probably are not passionate about what you or doing or the topics you are working on.

February 27, 2008 - 4:02pm

I know nothing but want to learn everything, this looks like the place.

February 27, 2008 - 6:07pm

Welcome to the site Budd. :)

February 28, 2008 - 8:21pm

I need some SEO help. I am new to web design and SEO, but very willing to learn all I can. This looks like a great site to learn - Thank you for doing this.

February 29, 2008 - 12:02am

Welcome to the site Hope. :)

February 29, 2008 - 2:07pm

Hi - I'm Pete Kennedy, I live in NYC and handle internet marketing for Growthink, a business plan consulting firm and investment bank.

I've been reading the SEOBook blog for several years and finally got around to reading the SEOBook itself a few months back. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Looking forward to being a part of this new community.

February 29, 2008 - 2:11pm

Welcome to the site Pete. :)

March 2, 2008 - 3:40pm

Hi my name is lorens from New York City. I am hoping to learn how to generate traffic and make some money on the web. I am interested in finding quality companies that have great services and great employee relations and showcase them on my site. Things I like about other peoples product. What make some companies great, what makes some last what cause some to prosper or some to fail. What makes you stop in your tract about a company. whether it is an ad campaign, second hand information about a company, charitable contributions etc. Often times we get jobs in companies but find out too late what is important to that company. If someone can tell us before hand what that company really stand for would help us make a better, informed decision about how and who we spend our hard earned money with. I hope with your help it can become the vision I see in my minds eye. My website is www.publicityhype.com.

March 3, 2008 - 1:07am

Welcome to the site Lorens. :)

March 4, 2008 - 9:40pm

Hi I am new to the internet and its quirks.
I am owner and admin of pokerpeople. An online poker forum.
www.pomppoker.com

Obviously due to the nature of the site I am an affiliate for a number of poker rooms and it was through one of these that I found you.

I was pointed in your direction by an affiliate manager and boy do I need some help.

March 5, 2008 - 4:42am

Welcome to the site. :)

Poker is one of the toughest verticals on the web.

March 6, 2008 - 5:14pm

Hi,
I'm new, too, although am old to the internet (was first user on the faculty of the student isp service). Studied theology & now, currently unemployed, seen on a site itekspert.si about people doing various certificates, an I think it would be quite good if I would do some kind of certification in SEO/SEM, although an Microsoft certification they offer isn't so bad.

March 6, 2008 - 5:20pm

Welcome to the site abrammarija. :)

March 8, 2008 - 11:37pm

Hi, I'm in Chicago, IL. New to Internet Marketing and excited about jumping in to a new career.
Thanks for the great site, Aaron.

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