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Search Engine Strategies 5 years later

by Jeremy Schoemaker on November 15, 2012 · 15 comments

While I will be staying in Chicago until Sunday – SES Chicago is pretty much done for all intensive purposes. This was the first Search Engine Strategies event I have attended since SES San Jose 2008 (photos)

At first I felt like I didn’t know anyone. Where was the old gang? David Naylor, Marcus Tandler, Aaron Wall, Jim Boykin, Best Of The Web Dudes, Jenn Slegg, Boser and crew, and many many others.

I did however run into some familiar faces.

Mel Carson (ever so delightful) and Dixon Jones (who still looks at me like I am about to pick his pocket =P ) from Majestic SEO.

The GodFather Of SEO Bruce Clay

Art of SEO authors Stephan Spencer  & Eric Enge.

Had some great dinners with folks and fun nightlife.



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1 Britaliano

Shoe, the phrase is

“For all intents and purposes”

Interesting that Bruce Clay is still about. I was clearing out a load of SEO reference material and his staff always wrote some really good pieces.

SEO has always struck me as a non industry based around a load up-ass smoke blowing.

2 Grant

It’s not over yet!

At least… they have me presenting this afternoon with Danny Goodwin & Chris Boggs (old faces).

Pop by, say hi!

FYI… I’m older than both of them :-)

3 Steve Smith

Boring posts about how boring and inconsequential a conference is.

You used to do better, Shoe.

4 Eric Scism

Bruce has been around for ever and is still very active. He doesn’t jump on all the bandwagon stuff in seo talkinga bout every algo update. He just delivers some really great stuff all the time!

Shoemoney 5 Jenn

I’ve heard SES Chicago is dead? Will they even be around in the next few years?

Shoemoney 6 Jon

Bruce Clay is still alive? He’s a dinosaur.

Shoemoney 7 David

Blah. Boring post. Talk about what you really did at dinner and nightlife.

Shoemoney 8 Big Italy

@David -

Boring, but SES Chicago is boring. Can’t livin’ something up thats been dead for years.

Shoemoney 9 Eric

haha. Dixon Jones being weary of you. Hilarious.

10 faisal

Forget 5 years, even 1 year down the line, things would be very different.

11 Dave

Of course SES is dead, most of those friends of yours are probably out of business now. Might as well just hire a really good marketer instead of these SEOs who can’t even show their value.

Hiring an SEO these days is like hiring a life coach.

12 sam the sock puppet

Would you have had the confidence to go to all these conferences if you didn’t have your weightloss surgery?

13 Lewis Saka

are you going to do a write up or video showing what went on or what you learnt that you didn’t already know?

14 Felix

Do you want to came back to black Seo bro!?!?

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