If you know me at all by now, you will know that I am typically a very humble and modest person that just sits back and enjoys the show. I never usually rant or get involved in heated discussions because I hate drama and thats why I have grown to LOVE the SEO industry. So, I apologize in advance if any of this seems out of character or if this is off topic from my general posting.
First and foremost, I want to start by thanking all of the great people I have met throughout the years of being an SEO and Web geek. People like Todd Malicoat, Dana Todd, Rand Fishkin, Oilman, Greg Boser, Brett Tabke, Brent Csutoras and Chris Winfield.
The reason I bring this up is because of how thankful I was to get involved in the SEO industry or community. From my first PubCon in 2004 to SMX Advanced just a couple days ago. I remember my first conversation with Brett and how it inspired me. I told him how awesome the show was and we talked about how I got into it, etc. and his words are what have pushed me daily. “Thats what this is all about, getting people like you interested and involved.”
Now, I went to school to study Computer Science and never thought I would be involved in anything marketing related. But, I realized that some developers are the most egotistical people I have met. Don’t get me wrong, there are still a lot that aren’t and actually care. But, after going to SXSW 2008, I noticed that many are just touting their own ego. If you aren’t one of the “cool kids” then good luck having conversations with them.
This really reminded me of what I love about the SEO community, you could have a conversation with just about anyone. You’ll find they wouldn’t judge you based on who you are. Maybe I am just being naive, but thats how I have felt.
Recently, I am seeing a “tipping point” or maybe a “breaking point” of some sort in the SEO community. Certain people cliquing, others acting as if they are similar to the “cool kids” mentioned above, etc. This is ridiculous especially because some people, if not most people, outside our industry still see SEO as spam. Stop bickering and start working together. Stop complaining and provide someone constructive criticism, but do it in a way that can be effective, without causing a stir.
I hope and pray that our industry does not break away from being a community that really cares about each other. Because, I am starting to see that happen and I am not sure if it is the immaturity of the individuals within the community. But, whatever the case may be, I have grown and loved is that we are a community and I do not want to see that change.
Remember, a few bad apples can ruin the entire batch community. I love this industry and community too much that I don’t want to see that…