I know a thing or two about bullies. I was a bit of a geeky kid that got the crap kicked out of him on a regular basis. By early high school I had finally lost it and started fighting back ( I studied martial arts from around 11 years old). I was never a bully myself, but I trashed enough of them that I was thrown out of a few high schools permanantly. But that is another story he he
The trend of SEOs all banding together to harass anyone or anything they dont like on the internet is becoming a concern for me. Simply because they have the power to generate a TON of bad press towards something, doesnt mean they should use that weapon as they see fit. Just because the bully CAN beat you up doesnt give him the RIGHT to do so.
MyBlogLog, Pasternack and Calcainis - Oh My!
There are more than a few instances of late, and for those whom havent been playing along at home, we have had the Pasternack affair, Calcainis spouts off and the recent MyBlogLog tussle. I am certainly not even interested in giving my side or feelings on them
do you know why? Because I could care less. There will always be detractors of any industry and websites that screw up with their decision making. So what?
Is this some personal affront to an individual in the industry that we are all supposed to gang up on said offender? Is that the gig? I read CRAPPY SEO information and opinions every day
if we are truly trying to clean up the world, I dare say wed be writing about some one or some site non-stop 24/7. So why are these people and sites centered out for special attention?
Call me cynical, but this crap usually comes off sounding personal to me. Not as defending the industry and not looking out for my best interests ( ie; MyBlogLog security holes). Is it just some great LinkBait? And do you know how to play the 'link nepotism' game? It's all the rage with the hip crowd you know. My kingdom for a clique! < tongue firmly planted in cheek of course >
Follow the Money
Or is that follow the ShoeMoney? Who knows. I am not part of the old boys of SEO club .. no one tells me anything(where's my membership dudes?). So, being a cynical old fart, I have to look at whom benefits from these diatribes. I am MOST certain that the A Line SEOs that start all of this (theyd likely say the OTHER side start it of course) do profit from the hype and viral goodness that comes with controversy (or at least some. "fun numbers") After all, it is one of the main hooks for link baiting, right folks?
I am sure Mr Pasternack and his ilk make out just fine as it polarizes the SEO Haters to their side, which is all good for them as well. To this day, I would have NO IDEA who Dave Pasternack is really, had it not been for the decision by the SEO Masters and marketers to make him the link bait flavor of the month.
Walking a fine line
I cant help think that this trend is not really all that good for a young industry looking to gain more confidence from business owners. advertisers and marketers. We have enough messes to clean up with the mis-information, shoddy providers and other scams out there. Are we looking to add virtual extortionists to that list? Are we headed towards, Do as we say, play how we say, Or well slam U like we did Pasternack or MyBlogLog ? There is a difference between standing up for what you believe in and being a bully. I dont feel it has been a measured response on these issues. Creating SEO contests on some one's name and callng for a boycott on certain sites as 'punishment', is a disturbing trend.
In the end, it is a happy relationship. These become the greatest of Link Bait exercises that all the major players involved benefit from. I feel bad for all those that blindly follow along with wanton disregard for how any of this may seem to the outside world. Nor does anyone question it simply following along with the SEO Masters as you wish Mlord and all that lot.
Am I the only one noticing this? Or simply the only one foolish enough to stand up to the Bully without fear of reprisal? I tire of these games, they are trivial and damaging to an industry I have a great deal of passion for.
Until next time watch your step.
ADDED; I mentioned the other day that Schoemoney looked happy about his fun numbers.
Today I noticed on a post at Threadwatch about Go Daddy some one said,"How about A Dave Pasternik competition for "Godaddy". They deserve shite publicity."
This is my point, we have now trained the SEO world that this is an aceptable practice and the norm? Man, High School daze all over again -