Jeremy, ShoeMoney, has posted the podcast of his "debate" on how "he dislikes 95% of SEOs" out there. Danny Sullivan stepped up to defend the SEO industry and community. Danny did an outstanding job, by providing the basics of SEO, a ton of history including SEMPO details and backed up his stuff by fact.
Yes, many seasoned SEOs found the "debate" boring. But we can't blame Danny for that. Shoe set up the debate but did was not able to get under Danny's skin to create a "heated" debate. Why wasn't Shoe able to do this? I have my theories...
- Shoe was supported early on by the SEO community. They accepted him in, he gave back to the community and no matter what he thinks, he is part of the SEO community.
- SEOs are people, people are both good and bad. Generalizations are bad and Shoe knows this.
- Danny is very diplomatic and easy tempered.
- Live discussion is often less heated and opinionated then a personal blog post
I can go on but I won't. Like I said, most SEOs and non-SEOs listening wanted the debate to get heated. It did not and in the long run, that is a good thing. We do not need to see more fighting within the SEO community, and yes, Shoe, you are very much part of the SEO community. Heck, I am part of the SEO community and I don't sell SEO services. But our input as bloggers, writing about SEO and yes you write about SEO, makes us part of the SEO community. We do not need to fight amongst ourselves.
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