Tony Mandarich Recommends Us!

How cool is this? Back in 1989 I started collecting sports cards and Tony Mandarich was the #2 draft pick in the NFL. He has since built an SEO company, and was recently interviewed by Patrick Gavin:

So my wife and I started from scratch, learning the web design and SEO business. That was five years ago. I had an above-average understanding of how the Internet worked, for someone who wasn’t doing it full time. Once I committed to learning it and applying it to our own business of photography and videography, within 6 months we were ranked on the first page of Google for the key phrases we were going after. The one crucial piece of literature that helped me immensely in SEO was Aaron Wall’s “SEO Book”. I applied his principles and – Voila – it worked!

A couple of our members recently reviewed our site. From SEO Rabbit:

SeoBook is not a fancy 8 hour long SEM workshop for which you have to pay several grand, only to leave with more questions then you originally had, or to very quickly figure out that the only fancy thing about persons conducting the workshop is their ability to market themselves. SEOBook community is a workshop that constantly asks questions and does its best to answer them, more often then not it does. Being a member for few months made me realize that members don’t hold back when it comes to sharing experiences, giving advices, and answering questions.

I recommend SEOBook for anyone who is serious about Internet marketing. The only way I can see that SeoBook membership is not worth it, is if you don’t use it or don’t participate.

Tom Demers from Wordstream:

Even if you are a very sophisticated marketer and/or have spent a lot of time with the training modules, the SEO Book forums are excellent. They’re populated with:

  • Aaron Himself – He responds to seemingly every post (he has over 11k posts on the board). I have asked three or four questions and started a handful of threads, and he’s answered/participated in every one. The answers are outstanding. If you think of this type of access in terms of what it would cost outside of this offer (to have a top SEO on retainer) a price point of 100 dollars a month is a pretty staggering value.
  • The Moderators – I don’t know what kind of arrangement is set up with the moderators but they are all experienced Web marketers and are extremely active and helpful answering questions, as well. This makes the 100 feel like it’s going towards a team of consultants (or “coaches”).
  • The “Customers” – The really fascinating thing here is that the people who are “members” are often affiliates and/or marketers themselves; the people asking very basic questions are hungry to learn (they actually paid to get in!) and then seem to come up the curb quickly to start contributing some great stuff. Affiliate marketers investing this kind of time to discuss and learn tactics are often the people doing the testing, and generally have bleeding edge insight into the way the Web works.

Since I signed up I’ve probably found three or four really great link sources that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about, and that would be worthless if they were published on a free blog. I’ve also had multiple questions given a lot of attention and lengthy responses.

Published: April 13, 2009 by Aaron Wall in marketing


April 13, 2009 - 6:52pm

Wow, that is amazing. Congrats, Aaron. Wonder if Jerry Rice will mention you on Twitter next? :D

April 13, 2009 - 6:59pm

I actually had 3 copies of the Jerry Rice Topps rookie card at one point. I think I sold off all of them though. Think they cost me like $10 each in trade (maybe $3 to $5 cash) and I got something like $50 each for them :)

They were not in mint condition or I still would have kept at least one of them. ;)

April 13, 2009 - 9:52pm helps me to expand my internet marketing communication understanding daily. I found that Aaron's advice in the forum is up-to-date, informative, very sound, personal, and comprehensive. Sometimes, philosophical and sarcastic to Big Brother, Gxxgle. I like that. His wide reading and timely introduction of books also make a big difference. What's your academic background, Aaron? Sometimes, I feel you should go to the university to research. My background is academic even though I work for the company now.

In addition, Aaron is honest. As far as I know, he will not deceive you with "quick-rich internet marketing things". There is no such thing like one month success on the Internet. Just like other things in our life, we have to work hard and persisently and I feel lucky to find his site. For the transparency, I would like to let you know that I did not receive any monetary reward from him.
Thanks, Aaron!

April 13, 2009 - 10:17pm

Thanks for the kind comment cphong. I don't have any real academic background though. ;)

April 14, 2009 - 3:39am

I'm not surprised Aaron. You've built a valuable resource full of SEO info that people at all levels can put in action immediately. To top it all off, you've eliminated a lot of the "noise" that exists on most forums by making it a members-only forum. By creating a financial barrier to entry, you've ensured that only serious people become members.

April 14, 2009 - 4:46pm

I thought Tony was just a photographer. Tony if you're reading this the guys at web op say hi.
April 14, 2009 - 5:01pm

I thought you started SEO/Web Design about 1.5 years ago? Five years ago?

April 14, 2009 - 9:26pm

man...Tony Mandarich.....there are some wierd vibes there. What a name from the past and news. But...a testimonial is a testimonial....and he is a very big guy.

Agree w/ Mihm above...hopefully Jerry Rice also says great stuff about you. He's always been clean as a whistle. and these days he dances!!!!

April 17, 2009 - 7:11am

I was big fan of Tony's back in the day. Really cool that he's an SEO guy these days, and that he's doin' well for himself.

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