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A gypsy on the move; giving thanks and taking ranks

Written by David Harry   
Thursday, 21 October 2010 18:03

Ok, see? I told you I'd be back. A lot of folks had been wondering why things had been so quiet around here over the last few weeks, so it's time I fessed up. Here's what's been keeping me busy;

Search News Central – we launched a new website into the search world. I took 17 of my fav peeps and we're going to be pumping out search goodiness over there from now on. It started when I realized the writers here (we added 6 a few months back) weren't getting credited with their own hard works. People still assume everything here was by me. Learn more about that here.

Search Engine News

The site launched on Monday and we've had a great response so far. Be sure to grab the RSS, follow us on Twitter and on Facebook. This is your new source for great geeking.

SEO Training Dojo – my private community is fast approaching its first birthday and we've been busy collecting feedback and suggestions from the gang. In the coming week(s) I will be re-launching that bad boy with an all new look and approach. We're also going to be moving the Dojo over to it's own dedicated domain name. A lot of work, but hopfully worth it. Stay tuned for details on that next week.

SEO Training

A place to call home;

So what's going to happen to the Trail and to me? Not much really. I will still be writing here on Search Engine Journal, on Search Engine Land and over at WordStream. This was more about me getting my site back as my own little personal hang out. (and getting the authors some credit).

Here on the trail will continue to get geeky, but will also have some other more personal stuff. As it used to be.

The Art of War; SEO Style

To kick things off next week we are going to have some fun taking apart Sun Tzu's 'Art of War'. Along the way we will try and relate it to the world of professional SEO. More of a fun exercise than anything, but it should be fun.

This idea came from the fact that I was thinking about how I hadn't read in in many years and wanted to. Problem of course was that with all the things happening in life, there wasn't the time. Hmmmm.. But if part of that is blogging, then hey, why not combine them? Instead of making time to write about SEO and read the Art of War, just adapt; write about SEO based on the reading.

And so that's what we're going to do.

Thank You DanaGiving Thanks

A good friend of the SEO world, Dana Lookadoo, threw down what was akin to a virtual gauntlet the other day with; Never too late to say thank you

And so first, thank YOU Dana. For everything. I'd spend the next thousand words expanding on that. But let's just say Dana is a wonderful and inspirational person. But I'd also like to say thanks to all my friends that have helped out along the way. All of the Dojo members that have been supportive, have given feedback and otherwise made the last year very edu-taining. To all the authors, both here and on SNC, that were the inspiration to get my life in order (and give up sleep). And of course to you... the Trail faithful.

Ah shit.. hey, a big thanks to the whole freakin industry! Why not. It's been a blast and I look forward to many more years of great geeking.

Have a blog? Make Dana proud and go thank some people. It's good for the world (and you too).

I hope all is well with you and do miss being here on the Trail. Programming shall resume next week. Until then keep fighting the good fight out there!



0 # Barry Adams 2010-10-21 18:55
I think it's us that need to thank you, Dave. Thank you for giving us the chance to hitch a ride on your train of success, thank you for letting us share and learn and participate in the Dojo, and thank you in general for being such a great guy.
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0 # Dana Lookadoo 2010-10-21 20:19
I agree with Barry. We are the ones who need to thank you for the sharing and learning and collaboration.

I'm so glad you liked the elephant! It was a subtle reminder that we should not forget to say "thank you!"

What a fantastic opportunity and reminder for the value of community!
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0 # Jun 2010-10-22 01:45
Yeah, it's us who needs to say thanks to you Dave. Thank you you for the first edition of the SEO Handbook, that was eons ago, and thanks for answering all my questions when I was just starting to tread the SEO path.

Thanks a lot Bro! :-)
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0 # Marjory Meechan 2010-10-22 11:26
I agree with Barry - this blog and the Dojo are my principal form of entertainment (along with the Big Bang Theory and my hapless husband).

Thanks for amusing conversations, pure geek information and especially, thanks for the rants.
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0 # Ian Artimovich 2010-10-22 12:07
Spot on, Barry. I couldn't agree more.

Thank you, Dave!!

p.s. something's wrong with the comment form, won't let me say my thanks in firefox :sad:
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0 # Dave 2010-10-22 12:53
@Jun - wow man, yea... that was a LONG time ago huh? Back on Site Reference maybe 3-4 years back? We've come a long way huh my brother? Thanks for hanging in all the way through dude. The support has been appreciated!

@Dana, hiya doll... I'd say thanks, but it's getting redundant. hee hee

@Barry, thanks for coming on board, the trail would get lonely all alone. so more rants going forward? Is that the dealy? I can do that.

@Ian - no idea man, I am using FF now. I shall ask some folks to kickit around some, THANKs (lol)
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