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Pouring One Out For Rand Fishkin

So Rand is “stepping away” from Moz

When I started trying to figure out SEO around 2003, I had no idea what I was doing. As I recall I stumbled onto a few voices that helped me start to make sense of things – some of the more memorable were Andy Beard, Aaron Wall and Rand Fishkin.

Each of these guys in their own way provided me with a veritable lifeline as I started to understand that SEO was a key factor in whether or not my startup, InsiderPages, was going to survive, and my job along with it.

While I loved Andy Beard’s mind-bending PageRank theories and Aaron’s brutal honesty about the business, it was Rand’s unique voice that most helped me overcome whatever intimidation I may have felt about being a complete SEO idiot. Rand exuded empathy. And as a newbie, I needed that as much as I needed to know how to figure out how to fix a duplicate content problem. Read On…

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