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Why are good SEO’S all mad?

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Over the years I have met many of the good and great seo’s in the world and they all have one common theme….they are mad.

Seriously they all seem to have some strange but similar characteristics:

  • large number of dyslexics
  • large number of left handers
  • all are obsessive
  • most can’t finish a task
  • most did not do well in academia
  • most are hopeless at being employees
  • they all like to work at night
  • most are heavy drinkers
  • most are over weight
  • they are all odd
  • most have bad diets

Just look at some well known mad people and then check if they are a seo’s

Dave Naylor – www.davidnaylor.co.uk

Dave is no longer drinking

Aaron Wall – www.aaronwall.com

Aaron is no longer playing football or looking like this

Jason Duke – www.strangelogic.com

Jason is now a corporate teaboy


Jeremy Schoemaker – www.shoemoney.com

Jeremy is no longer sleeping with Paris Hilton

Barry Lloyd – www.makemetop.com

Barry looks nothing like this

Dixon Jones – www.dixonjones.com

Dixon still looks the same – ugh

Just a small selection here of mad people, why do they all have the same traits?

Doug messing about

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24 Responses to “Why are good SEO’S all mad?”

  1. Leigh said on March 10th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    You missed out smoking, sleep problems and extreme bouts of paranoia especially when looking at rankings ;o)

  2. Esrun said on March 10th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I’ll second this! One thing I’d add is bad memory :)

  3. PaulH said on March 10th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    That counts me out then, i have a well well balanced diet – burger in one hand, cake in the other

  4. Paul @ SEOidiot said on March 10th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Im not left handed
    Im not unbalanced
    I do finish stuff
    I have been a good employee
    I am drunk quite often
    I am a tad overweight

    Obviously a crap seo then …. but we suspected that all along didnt we ;)

  5. SEO Canada said on March 10th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Luckily over here at Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning the only things we can claim are bad diets (there are always Miss Vicki’s Salt and Vinegar chips around), and we’re obsessive about checking the SERPs ;)

  6. Jason Duke said on March 10th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Anyone for a cuppa ?

  7. Hobo SEO said on March 11th, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Leigh – That depends on what you’re smoking, surely.

    It’s not surprising we can’t get proper jobs and have to seo looking at these skills.

  8. David Eaves said on March 11th, 2008 at 6:02 am

    WTF? this post is scary you have got me to a t on #1,3,4,5,6,7,9 &10

  9. Esrun said on March 11th, 2008 at 9:29 am

    You and your tea jason ;)

  10. Andy said on March 11th, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Dixon does look like he just escaped from a loony bin in that photo

    Doug – do you have many interesting thoughs?

  11. Ed said on March 11th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    My answers are:

    * large number of dyslexics no
    * large number of left handers no
    * all are obsessive yes
    * most can’t finish a task yes
    * most did not do well in academia yes
    * most are hopeless at being employees yes
    * they all like to work at night yes
    * most are heavy drinkers yes
    * most are over weight no
    * they are all odd yes
    * most have bad diets yes

    Score 8/11 72.7% SEO Freak

    You left out:

    * They all think john reese and stompernet sucks
    * They have alot of cash

  12. Rae said on March 11th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I’m not mad, I’m just passionate ;)

  13. Ian Turner said on March 12th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    I don’t think that most good SEOs are mad – but then again I use myself as the benchmark :)

  14. Jaan Kanellis said on March 14th, 2008 at 3:51 am

    Pretty sad I am all of them

  15. seoidiot said on March 15th, 2008 at 5:16 am

    I guess I should start drinking more, maybe it will help prevent me from getting banned from adsense.

  16. Lyndon Antcliff said on March 21st, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    and the rest.

    I must have the worst employment record of any seo.

  17. Mary said on March 21st, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    If this is meant to be a joke it is a bit frightining for myself

  18. john andrews said on March 27th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    At first I thought you meant mad as in angry. But you mean mad as in crazy. Huh. I think your assertion makes me mad.

    Oh, and if you ever want to meet a quirky bunch, hang out with some linguists. And, if you have the need for more punishment, limit your company to quantitative linguists. And then return to the SEO community for respite.

  19. ChrisM said on April 8th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    /duplicated for any non-sphinners reading…

    dyslexics – dyspraxic. close enough?

    left handed – yep

    obsessive – only about the important stuff. it is just that others often disagree about what is important ;)

    can’t finish a task – it isn’t that I can’t finish, its just many projects are still mid-analysis. they’ll get one day. probably. hopefully

    school sucked – yep. Uni wasn’t a lot better. Stopped when I realised my Psychology and Computing degree was really a PSYCHOLOGY (& little bit of computing) degree.

    gladly let bosses know exactly how and why they suck – yep

    night owls – daytime planning, night time working, dawn sleeping

    heavy drinkers – I don’t touch beer, cider, whiskey, lager, gin etc. I’m assuming vodka, water, juice, vodka, coke and vodka are ok? ;)

    over weight – I certainly don’t feel the cold, come winter time…

    odd – ?

    bad diets – only if I’m cooking. My wife cooks good meals, I only cook when the food comes in a nice box telling me how long to cook at what temperature. I can co-ordinate 5/6 items to all finish at the same time, with correct tweaking of original minutes & temperatures; however I don’t know how long to boil pasta, fry meat or bake potatoes…

    Final score – 8 or 9/10, with a ? on odd…

  20. Just4Fun said on April 13th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    So for me it will be better not to get a SEO-Man *g*

  21. SEO webdesign said on May 2nd, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    My answers:

    dyslexic – yes
    left hander – no
    obsessive – yes
    can’t finish a task – yes
    did not do well in academia – yes
    hopeless at being employees – yes
    like to work at night – yes
    heavy drinkers – yes
    over weight – no
    odd – yes
    bad diets – yes

    These should be definitely included:

    bad at design – no
    bad at programming – yes

  22. Mega Discount Codes said on November 11th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I’m learning seo – do I get to sleep with Paris Hilton soon or is there a que?

  23. harsha said on January 19th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Ohh doug then im not a very good seo

    not many of your points listed suit me ,ill try to do those mad things to be great SEO .haha

    harsha

  24. Free Games said on October 15th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    This said really cool thing “You missed out smoking, sleep problems and extreme bouts of paranoia especially when looking at rankings ;o)”

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