I’m back from SMX West – the best three days of my life EVER – and have got some great material to share with you guys. Here are some highlights of what’s coming:
1) I had the good fortune to do an interview with Todd ‘Stundubl’ Malicoat (now of Clientside SEM), who’s a very approachable and coool guy. Michael Gray joined in the picture and made the interview even better. And all this was only 70% distracted by the highly amusing and charismatic stories of Sugarrae (no, Rae, I didn’t rip off Good ROI). I’m hoping to get a little more material, but in any case, I learned a boatload from chatting with these titans of search.
2) My goal session-wise was to learn PPC. I heard from the people at Closed Loop Marketing (Amy and Sandra), from Addie Conner who’s in house at Course Advisor / Avenue 100 and David Szetela, and many others besides.
3) Do you know who I met? Chances are you do and don’t. ‘Cuz I met oodles and poodles and doodles of people! For those of you who speak proper English, that’s a lot of people. Besides the aforementioned superstars, I had the pleasure of chatting with Lindsey Walsh, Harrison Gevirtz, Lisa Williams, Loren Baker, Jim Hedger, Eric Wu, and his friends, Hamlet Batista (who premiered his RankSense SEO software) most of SEOmoz and lots of others whom I learned a bundle from. When they say that the networking part of SMX is the best part, it’s really true! And needless to say, I learned A LOT from all these brilliant minds!
4) I’m preparing a monster post on independent web mastery and protecting yourself from Google’s whims and fancies.
5) I’m hoping that my post on Google spamming Google will get onto SEO Book or some similarly large, well-read SEO blog. Likewise my piece on disguising paid links. If you’re interested and have a site/in where you’d be willing to publish it, email me: gab at this domain.
6) There’s a huge backlog of links that I need to share and give out … be prepared to catch a tidal wave of resources flowing your way in the near future.
7) Jim Hedger (see above) interviewed little ol’ me for Webmaster Radio. He seemed to think that I said some interesting things, and hopefully, you’ll agree. Just a little disclaimer: The editing is pretty harsh and it loses some of the meaning by cutting things midsentence. For example, I said that Wikia was nowhere near competing, but that got cut; it ended up with me pointing out that there’s an impending backlash against Flickr (find photo-sharing alternatives at Chris Smith’s Silvery) the same way there was with Wikipedia.
All things told though, it was a blast and Jim was a great host, making me feel comfortable and throwing out interesting questions. Check out the interview here. Also, I don’t know what the marketing tool integration description is about…
8) There’s news in the blogosphere I need to share as well. Co-local-search-panelist Chris Smith of Net Concepts has a good bit on using Flickr in the post-nofollow age, and third co-panelist Eric Lander is following up Michael Gray’s discovery of new stuff in the local SERPs. Plenty more soon.