Well, I finally got him to know I exist… Not sure it’s a good thing though
It all started when I decided to comment on his excellent Whiteboard Friday published May 31st, on Comment Marketing as an Inbound Tactic
This was my comment (See Rand’s Whiteboard Friday video or transcript hyperlinked above for reference, and feel free to skip the following comment :)):
Hey Rand! I imagine that you no longer read the comments at this point, but I hope you read mine, maybe you’d find it surprising I got to this post after a usual day of marking many of the comments I get on my blog as spam, with bad english, unrelated to what the post was actually trying to convey, and with the perfect anchor text (totally unrelated) to top it all I was a little concerned that your post might encourage these people to continue with their spammy ways… But I have to say that I really hope that they watched this video :) Now that I have a blog, that’s like my 2nd baby (I am SEOMom.org :)), I’m very picky about which comments I approve, and those I do approve have the exact elements you have described.
Going for small niche blogs to comment on is perfect, as an SEO, I mean, I own a small niche blog, and if someone is looking to get a link from a comment, you’re all welcome! But you’ll have to prove that you read my post and have something relevant to say about it (what can I say, I’m picky!). “Loved your website & reviews” is not going to cut it since I have no reviews… I loved the tactic of writing a critique, or an original angle. I think that my url is a statement on it’s own… (mentioned above) and you, Rand, definitely star on it I ocasionally publish my critique of Whiteboard Friday, like I did for the one about the Penguin Update. Since you had no transcript on that one, I used the opportunity to provide a transcript + critique (hyperlink at will :))
http://www.seomom.org/seomoz-whiteboard-on-googles-penguin-update-transcript-conclusions/. And another fun post I did is when I thought you were wishing me a happy birthday :)http://www.seomom.org/funny-seo-moment-rand-fishkin-from-seomoz-acknowledges-my-existence/Coming back to me being an SEO, I’m really glad you wrote this, because i put comments to rest a long time ago, when it comes to promoting my brands… It’s time to rethink this, and you provided the best tools to do it.You have until November to wish me a real happy birthday
In order to make sure he knows my blog and my unconventional views, I also posted my comment on SEOMoz’s Google Plus Page, on that same post. And… I got him to acknowledge my existence (+got a few more comments too…), But I don’t think he got my particular sense of humor
I guess I’ve learned a few lessons here…
- Google Plus is a powerful tool to interact up-close and personal with brands, but I guess I knew that already
- Be careful what you wish for…
- (and very naive) Not all people get my sense of humor
- People (as in the others who commented) should learn to let some things go… (See Ronnie’s comment above)
- You should do your homework better when choosing a domain name.
So what now?
- Frankly, I don’t really know how to comment on this, SEOMom seemed so natural and original to me, being an SEO, a mom, and a big fan of SEOMoz, so it’s me + a sort of a tribute all wrapped up into one, so I never bothered checking if someone under that username already existed… I guess I’m not that original I meant no disrespect towards Rand or his highly respectable Mom. I’m just a little blog that wanted to bring that extra something refreshing to the very conventional SEO blogsphere.
- When I purchased the domain, .com was taken, but I never thought much about it, .coms are usually taken… but then when the Twitter & FB usernames were taken, I got suspicious that I might have an alter-ego… and suddenly I discovered Rand’s Tweet wishing SEOMom a happy birthday, but it wasn’t mine…
- I visited the original SEOMom’s Website, Rand’s Mom & Founder of SEOMoz, Gillian Muessig, and didn’t really see a trademark, but I did conduct a search in the US Patent Office Website and discovered that
it is not patented