Well, last night was the climax to the whole Shoemoney â€œslating off the seo industryâ€ issue. Danny Sullivan representing the Search Engine Optimisation Industry was live on the popular Webmaster Radio show squaring up against the affiliate marketing flame baiter Shoemoney. Soâ€¦ Who won the flight?
For those of you who have been living on the moon for the past two weeks the well known affiliate marketer recently wrote an extremely inflammatory post comparing seoâ€™s to car sales men and outlining exactly why it was that he disliked 95% of so called seo experts. As you can well imagine, in response to this article Shoemoney received a whole barrage of comments most of which telling him that they didnâ€™t really appreciate his ill thought out post. Shoemoney, as always, didnâ€™t shrink back and apologise, quite the opposite in fact, he put an open post on his blog inviting anyone that he had offended to leave him their phone number so that he could get them live on the show to debate with him.
I, of course, being the defensive seo type leaped at the chance and sent him my mobile number. Nearer to the time of the show, it turns out that Danny Sullivan, in fact, was chosen to represent the industry. No better choice I would say. Trouble is, everyone was expecting Danny to defend us all and for Shoe to really fight his corner. In the end however it turned out to be hugelly disappointed and whilst Danny did defend the seo industry, he didn't really go wild on Shoemoney like I think a lot of us were hoping he would! Danny, I thought did made some good points, but he really started off on a backwards step. He is just too nice of a guy. Shoe, I thought, sounded nervous and given this I am guessing that many seoâ€™s, if given the chance, would have gone for the jugular.
I have a few questions to Shoemoney (which he still hasn't bothered to answer)?
- Why ask for peopleâ€™s phone numbers and then not call them? I am now worried I am going to get ring tones sent to me on a prolific scale.
- What is wrong with carsales men? They work hard like most of us.
- How can you slam a whole industry as slimy and useless? There are plenty of seoâ€™s out there who actually do work bloody hard for their clients and get very good results. Generalisation is one step away from prejudice.
I have got to say this whole thing strikes me a bit as an old boys club, but then again, maybe I am just being a conspiracist.
Oh and thanks to rustybrick for some very entertaining ASCII art.