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Brief History of SEO via One of Best SEOs In The World
I'm lucky enough to sit across from one of the best SEOs in the world. Latey #seo is much maligned. Don't be stupid. The math and +Google+ always win as this sweeping post by +Curagami co-founder and one of the best SEOs +Phil Buckley prove:

Truth About SEO
http://www.curagami.com/featured/truth-seo/

What Makes A SEO Great
We lucky few #Internetmarketers call someone with the rare combination of skills needed to peer behind the wizard curtain a "SEO". Calling someone a Search Engine Optimizer may seem like an insult. It is not and will never be :).

SEOs require a rare blend of talent including:

* Patience.
* As little EGO as possible.
* Einstienian Intelligence.
* Communication Skills of the TRANSLATION variety.
* Courage.

Being an SEO is a little like what I would imagine being an oncologist is like. Like oncology SEOs fight a dragon that feels smarter and more powerful. Like oncology SEOs lose more than they win.

I couldn't be an oncologist or a SEO. I don't have the temperament. I don't SUCK as an Internet marketer because I have SOME of a SEOs characteristics some of the time. I couldn't be a great SEO because I don't have ALL of those characteristics in abundance ALL of the time.

Phil does and that is what makes him one of the best "SEOs" on the planet, Co-Founder of Curagami and a great friend. I often say the best hiring decision I made was hiring Phil. Having the honor to work with him daily and read posts like The Truth About SEO help me realize what a VAST understatement that was.

Phil is not ONLY one of the best "hires" I ever made he may be the best friend I've ever had too. In so many ways people like me, people who don't have Phil's patience, courage or humility in such perfect balance, can't create without the "second dancer" or "first follower" (http://youtu.be/fW8amMCVAJQ ).

It takes GUTS to be a "first Follower" indeed and courage is something one of the best SEOs on the planet has in abundance :).

Meet A Great SEO
For the price of lunch you too can say you've met and spoken with one of the best SEOs on earth. Here are just a few ways you can hang out with Phil too:

Speaking at Search Exchange Conference in Charlotte 7.28 - 7.30

At Curagami table, American Underground, American Tobacco Campus in Durham, NC most days. +American Tobacco +Triangle StartUp Factory 

Hosts "Genius Lunches" at +The Pit Authentic Barbecue.

Raleigh SEO Meetup 1x a month (biggest such Meetup in USA)
http://www.meetup.com/RaleighSEO/

Much like Paladin has GUN and WILL TRAVEL so visit http://www.1918.com or contact phil(at)curagami.com.

Why should you WANT to meet a great SEO? As I've already shown. Any website always makes MORE of an impact (money, following, love) with a great SEO than not.
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Martin, I had a Chordoma removed from my cervical spine. I was fortunate to have that done at Stanford by there A team and they got it all. Now I'm starting radiation by the Cyberknife method on Monday-Friday. Read about your cancer survival and am interested in anything you might know. This was a surprise to the surgeon's as well as myself! Also ended up with cervical fusion C-4-7. Scared today about whats ahead! I do know this is a rare aggressive tumor that grows back frequently. There isn't much info out there I've been looking. Anyway just thought I would ask.....

 
+Dru Williams Thanks for your note and you are a courageous inspiration and we are brothers despite having never met. Surviving #cancer is similar to what I do for a living (luckily).

Internet marketing and cancer survival require wiping the slate clean in the morning and winning another day. Sometimes I win by getting out of bed.

Other days I win by doing the best I can IN BED. I learned two hard lessons early:

* ASK for help.
* Asking for help is okay and a sign of stength not weakness.

We men / Americans aren't natural HELP-askers. Not sure where our reluctance is born or how it grows. It's like asking for directions when lost, another thing we men / Americans truly suck at (lol).

Asking for directions simultaneously deprives US of figuring it out & shows weakness. So we stay lost longer (lol). "Longer" and #cancer aren't always so compatible.

My situation is not as immediate as yours, but years have replaced decades. Each time the ladder gets shorter I re-think how to climb it. Previous re-thinks taught me these lessons:

* Curate my head VERY carefully - only let GOOD in and be relentless and vicious in tossing BAD over the side of the balloon.

* Find something magical TODAY, now this minute. During my first round of chemo Miles Davis provided magic. Now, during my latest round of chemo our #startup +Curagami is making music and magic.

* Hug, say the things we usualy only thinnk and that includes liberal use of the L word (Love).

* Each day I can do LESS than yesterday, but that is not always a straight line. I do what I can do and I don't BEAT MYSELF UP about either needing to ask for help OR doing less today than yesterday. Judgement is for the healthy. Sick means accepting and clearing the mind of cherished illusions such as "control" or life = longevity.

There are all kids of death. Before I got sick I wasn't awake to an important truth - life is short do what you love, be with those you love. I hope that last sentence is true for you Dru. Please know you have a brother and an army of friends you don't even know.

Good luck and thanks for being my "music" today. Marty
 
Thank you Marty for writing back. I don't want this to rule my life, but it has a high probability of growing back in the same area. Chemo hasn't had a good result if there are ever metastasis. Getting a one in a billion tumor means there hasn't been as much research because of its rarity. There is no cure only management. I've had my head, shoulder and entire spine checked so far by MRI, all negative. So if that stays the same then managing the original site is the plan. It's easy to say I'm not letting this rule my life but they will be scanning me every 3 months for a couple years then stretching out to 6 and then once a year. Since I'm going to a major Hospital at least they have some experience with it. I've had neck/left arm pain for 14 years, lost my career because of dropping things. Who would have thought they would find a tumor. My guess it started then and the lay dormant for 8 years before starting to grow again. I do love research and I do have some ideas about this. Because I experienced it and clearly know how it all occurred. Anyway, I was in diagnostics so that's how my mind works. Thank you for doing what your doing and I have no idea except for pride, that people would not reach out for help. Very sad because we would all be better if we helped each other.....
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