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Bing has done a better job. - Eric Schmidt SMX

“Bing has done a better job. – Eric Schmidt”

In classic Danny Sullivan style, at SMX in Seattle Danny hands Stefan Weitz a photo of Eric Schmidt with the caption “Bing has done a better job.” The humor from a search guy knowing that some day soon… like today, people will be search for this quote and low and behold, it will be found in the search results.

Pest Control Isn’t as Sexy as Tacos

Posted: July 5, 2010 by Thos003 in Just for Fun
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Yes. I said it.

Last year I signed up for Pubcon, an internet marketing (SEO/SEM) conference.  Tony, a neighbor and friend of mine, told me I should go.  It just so happened that Tony was speaking at the event. At any rate, in preparation for the event I decided to have a little fun with the whole “Black Hat SEO” thing, and I bought and made “Black Shirt SEO”. Tony advised me otherwise and said that he appreciated the t-shirt but would not dare wear it at a SEO conference.  BTW this has to be the most expensive T-shirt I have ever bought.

Cost= Printing of shirt, domain registration, closely related domains, annual renewal cost, plus cost of t-shirts given away for free.

But I happen to be a Yellow Personality, which gives me a creative strength, a lack of organizational skills, and a overbearing drive for FUN!  And fun does not always = productivity.  In fact that is a rarity.  So the t-shirts are for fun first and for most.  But being a White Personality I am also big on relationships.  So I double dip and get a Fun Relationship Building T-Shirt. OR better said, give a fun relationship building t-shirt.

Matt Siltala Twitter Shirt

Matt Siltala Twitter Shirt SMX Seattle

Someone asked me, “What was your biggest take away from SMX?”


A little more insight. Alan Bleiweiss was one of a few people that responded back to me on the SMX connect. That impressed me and inspired me to return a favor. A free shirt. And his blog is full of very insightful observations, like the fact that lobby conversations can often carry more juicy tidbits than what speakers may be publicly sharing.

Never take Matt, or Rand, or Aaron, or Jill, or anyone in our industry at face value when you’re doing SEO.  If you’re not testing, and doing it properly, you’re not getting the most you can for your company…

Alan Bleiweiss, SMX Live Blogging

I know people are busy. But I read this vibe from some attendees that the “SEO Super Stars” are too good for the little guys. Granted I don’t know what if feels like to be a SEO superstar and be bombarded with questions all day long.  Plus the guys asking for help are the guys that want to take your business. But none the less, I believe in a karma, or general good will towards all men and women. I believe in the Golden Rule. I wish the world would take charity and kindness and pay it forward.  So I am all for sharing and learning and growing together.

Other attendees that inspired me that I felt privileged to meet, were people like Michelle McManus.  Yes I admit that I have a fondness for people from Tennessee.  I did grow up there.  But Michelle is a good wholesome in-house SEO girl that works for OHL, a global supply chain management company. Michelle also loves physics. She is a neat person that was willing to be a friend, say “Hi” and share some laughs.

And of course I met a lot of Canadian SEO guys that were very fun and savvy.  Rob adds some great insight to many of my internal debates.  It’s reassuring to have people you can trust in a world of Spyflu’s, hackers, and piggy-backers.

So it was great meeting you guys, and so many others. Sorry it took so long to post this since SMX was nearly a month ago now. But I look forward to hearing and seeing you guys again in the future.

SO… Pest Control may not be as Sexy as Tacos.
But meeting interesting people is even SEXIER.

Happy Belated 4th of July!

Protected: SEO Testing – Notes SMX

Posted: June 10, 2010 by Thos003 in SEO
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Will be my first time in Seattle and first SMX event.  Looking forward to getting away with my wife for a few days as well. Just making some last minute preparations.  Tweaking a website here and there…. But what I am most eager to share are these shirts:

“I know being a SERP I shouldn’t say this but Don’t worry about the searches

~ @MattCutts

“There is no such thing as Black Hat, White Hat, or Grey Hat SEO. It’s all calculated risk.” ~ @BruceClay


“Thinking of dropping your link spam? Consider this. Seriously, STOP & READ. The guy who runs Google’s spam fighting team? I know him pretty well.” ~ @DannySullivan


“When the SEO cesspool is cleaned up, all that should be left are unicorns, rainbows, kittens, ponies and puppies!”  ~ @AlanBleiweiss


“Do you really think that a girl with … two obvious features is going to help make you 10k a month?” (Don’t answer that.) ~ @Matt_Siltala



is a proud supporter of @ArnieK and Vertical Measures.


“Estimated that I’ve spent ~2,500 hours blogging over the last 6 years. This means I need another 18 to reach “outlier” status.” @RandFish

“You know how when you’re drunk and singing in the streets after a conference, you hope there’s no video camera around?” @RandFish

I am Michelle McManus, and I am inspired by Physics. What more do you need to know about my SEO qualifications?  @OHLtweets

“There is always a message to get out, and you are always hoping for an action, but if you push too hard you end up cannibalizing any of the time spent on getting the message out there.” @JoannaLord


is a recognized fan and follower of @Efishkin


(yes I did that on purpose)



The funniest thing about this shirt is that by the time you realize it’s a joke it’s too late to stop the permanent stamp my website is leaving on your brain.

“Getting your quote on a t-shirt is like good SEO. Build a good website, put it in front of the right people, and it will be found. Say something worth repeating in front of the right person and it will get quoted.”

~ @tshirtSEO


is a supporter of and follower of @jquipp

“I agree with Bruce Clay. Forget about white hat, grey hat, black hat SEO… go with Black Shirt SEO!”

~ @tshirtseo

“I prefer to keep most of my SEO in House, so I don’t have to deal with the out-house crap. =)

~ @Thos003

“You’re a marketing company cold calling me… If your marketing is that great then why are you calling me?”


“I didn’t build my site for the search engine I built it for me.”

~ @Thos003

“I am sorry, but we have no marketing budget this year for things that don’t work.”

~ @Thos003


“I am sorry but the owner does not want to move forward and I advised him that he shouldn’t.”

– @Thos003

“Might just use Bing all day. Getting tired of Pac-Man noise.”


“It’s kinda a mix between white hat and black hat, I call it Green Hat.”

–    @tshirtSEO


“If your proposal isn’t good enough to send me in an email then I’m probably not interested.”

–    @Thos003


BTW if you take me too seriously then you don’t really know me… but get to know me and then you can take me seriously… on the serious stuff of course.



Here goes SMX ADV – Seattle 2010

If you want a shirt and you’re not on the list then you better tell me NOW.

BTW- Thanks Matt for the post! Good Example of Getting Yourself Known. Just so you know that post was completely unprovoked and was not requested.  Thanks again Matt and the pleasure was all mine.