Frank Reed of Marketing Pilgrim put out a challenge to all SEOs to chime in a SEO problem ShopCity was having with Google. A number of SEOs started picking apart ShopCity’s SEO program, or lack thereof, and ShopCity’s own Colin Pape joined in the fray. Even a Googler, John Mueller, added his 2 cents.
For those of you with a large network of directory sites, you might want to check out the article. There are a number of great pieces of advice buried in the comments section. But what most intrigued me was what the exchange illustrates about SEOs, at least the ones I tend to know, follow, +, etc.:
- SEOs like to show off in public
- SEOs are quite passionate about their craft
- SEOs like to help
While a quick read of the comments might leave one with the impression that SEOs are a bunch of egomaniacal hotheads piling on a poor site owner for having the audacity to not only not know but also to question Google’s fuzzy guidelines, a more detailed read shows that most are trying to help ShopCity solve the problem. Sure they might get some publicity out of the exchange but ultimately I think most of the folks participating in that discussion are doing so because they find the subject interesting and they don’t like to see site owners get dinged. I think the best SEOs are like doctors that way. While we like to make a living, we’d still stop and help a guy who was having a heart attack on the sidewalk.
Check it out at Calling All SEOs! You Be The Judge And Jury
(Regular readers don’t worry. I am not on Paxil or anything. Just trying to pass on a little positivity after the whole debt ceiling fiasco)