The life of an SEO is the life for me

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Ran across article on ProBlogger and got me thinking about how my "SEO time" of the day ebbs and flows between 30 minutes and 12 or more hours.

It’s very easy to allow blogging to overtake one’s life - the computer just sits there in the corner of your home tempting you to come have a look at what’s happening on your blog:

* calling to you to come see who has been commenting…
* dangling the carrot of checking your latest stats…
* making you wonder how much your earnings are up to for the day…
* drawing you to it to write just one more post…
* making you nervous about whether the server is holding up after that link on digg...

Of course when you have affiliate or ecommerce sites the carrot's call is possibly a bit louder...

Does anyone else find themselves checking Threadwatch as they brush their teeth in the morning?

Does anyone else tell SEO jokes with an (SEO) friend at the pub (and find them funny)?

Does anyone else "go crazy" when their Internet goes down for a few hours?

Especially for you old hats -- does the addiction eventually peak? Or is it just a part of the game? (After all... we made a sacred vow ;-)

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I am still hooked

Tried may times to break the habit, but nobody has been able to cure it.

Sadly yes! ;-(

Sadly yes! ;-(

I wanna hear these SEO

I wanna hear these SEO jokes.. =)

i've been addicted to the

i've been addicted to the internet since i had my Prodigy dial up account back in early 90s. Not sure if it ever goes away. That's why i'm starting a new support group... ASA...
Addicted SEOs Anonymous. I'll set up a blog and a chatroom for it, for our meetings :-)

>> go crazy

Does anyone else "go crazy" when their Internet goes down for a few hours?

I now have both high speed cable and DSL since the last time my Internet went down for a couple of hours. Now, when one service goes out my wireless connection automatically connects to the 'up' service.

Internet Down

Doesn't happen often enough I'd spend modem on DSL, maybe a couple times a year, but the old 56K modem cable is plugged into the back of the PC just in case.

In the event of a power failure, all of the networking gear and computers are on a UPS, and to conserve power I can shut down the desktop and monitor and get online with one of the 2 laptops.

Yup, I'm hooked I'm hooked my brain is cooked....

If I can check my websites,

If I can check my websites, TW, DP, and all the other places I wonder in, on a daily basis, I'm not happy.

Addicted SEOs Anonymous.

we know who you are and we're coming to take hours from your day and days from your week. for instance, there's this cool vid over at YouTube...

When I knew...

I was combing my hair early in the morning...tryin' to get the spike JUUUUST right...almost had it when I twitched a bit and mussed it all up...I thought to myself....control Z! control Z!!

That's when I knew I was hooked. The first time I thought LOL instead of actually laughing wasn't very reassuring either.

Now I prefer blissful ignorance :)

Hooked..

I'm hooked - but I like it that way :)

OK how bout this one

I just 'realized' today that no one is bidding on my name with Adwords. My first thought?

"How insulting!"

Added: Yes, I do REALIZE how ridiculous that thought is, on many different levels.

turning point

This has been a topic of discussion since forever, and was especially popular when AdSense launched. THAT was addicition...there had been nothing quite so "real time" up until then. Online poker got close, but it's just so obvious that some of the odds management can be automated client side.

But the real turning point IMHO is when you DON'T bother to check your stats. You can reach that point by being so successful you don't care, or by becoming so engrossed in something positive that you care more about the work at hand that the status of your babies. Either way, when you pass that turning point, the daily coin is truly residual income.

When you realize that you are awash in diversified residual income and free to do what intrigues you....ahhhhhhh. Paradise.

>does the addiction

>does the addiction eventually peak?

you just learn to cope. some things, like the need to check everything after a new algo hits tend to fade as you become increasingly attuned to the way everything works.

>seo
last year, one of the greats told me that he really doesn't exactly know what he does anymore, so much of it comes without thinking now, i.e., jedi seo.

Helped you out

Thanks bro!

You're a true friend. Now I'll go ahead and have my BotNet click it 1000 times, so you get a high CTR!

if you click my ad to death

if you click my ad to death i will have no money for food and will thus beat you at our dieting bet and i will have the last laugh. 249 to 233 since the 15th of this month...another month or so like that and u lose the bet :)

homer simpson

Homer:
"All work and no Internet make Homer, something, something..."

Marge:
"Go crazy?"

Homer:
"Don't mind if I do!"

SEO Anonymous Meeting

Hi,

My name is Michael and in the past 5 years the longest I've gone without checking stats or email messages is 3 days ...

Would you be my sponsor? ;)

Would you be my sponsor? ;)

the thrill, then and now

I guess I'd be considered old hat at this point, I've been in since 1997. Though the game changed a lot, the thrill of rank doesn't go away.

Yet, the way a lot of us are making our income these days is a lot less interesting than the days of midnight database raids. For example, back in the day I would have half a million machine generated pages floating in the search engines and that was my primary earnings. Today I'll have a quarter million original content pages be my primary income. The net earnings are about equal or even , but ride is very different.

234

this morning. you're going down AWall, prepare to eat haggis

> 249 to 233 since the 15th of this month

if it happened that quick it's all water weight.

LOL @ Mr. Gray!!!

LOL @ Mr. Gray!!!

You guys are actually the

You guys are actually the only group of people where I felt I really fit in with.

Maybe SEO's are wierd, but to me, everyone else seems...wierd.

Graywolf - sad but true

"My name is Michael and in the past 5 years the longest I've gone without checking stats or email messages is 3 days ..."

The worst bit about that comment is just how common that scenario is

BTW think the longest I've had is four days, so at least I can console myself in the fact there are others like me :)

I've had 7 days once I think

I've had 7 days once I think .. But I was about to die, so it's understandable :D

Comment bait...pure and simple!

J/K. :) Seriously though, it is one of those "can you relate to these idiosyncracies or such" posts. Posts about what your (annoying) SO does or such. Those kinds of things.

I'll go start a "reminisce about xxxxxx" post.

Just replace "xxxxxx" with:

-old BBS days
-old web technology
-old forum "xxxxxx"
-old computer systems
-old video game systems
-old BMX bikes or skateboards
-old professional sports teams/series/special events
-old movies/books/TV shows or genres of such

and get an instant thread.

Now just wiggle some links in here and there to bring it up to speed.

SB

Oh, one more thing...back on topic.

When you start out, you check a lot until you get some conversions. You keep checking to see it build. When it stabilizes (at whatever level) you relax a bit and check a bit less often.

If you are proactive (and don't just rest on your initial results), you then start to check more and more as your income goes up.

Then you are earning so much, you check just to make sure you are not going down and thus not pay your bills.

If you are not proactive, you check less and less as you earn less and less. Your stats checks are soon replaced by your increase in visits (and posts) to forum "xxxxxxx" or blog "xxxxxx" comments...hoping to soon one day be back in the "proactive" group again.

Ahh, the ups-and-downs of SEO.

Been there, done all of them.

SB

New to SEO and Already Hooked

I'm new to SEO but recently went on my first vacation since beginning my SEO escapade. I was told that the absolutely georgous house we rented on the beach did indeed have a wireless connection only to find out THEY LIED. I realized only then how hooked I am :-)

My Name is Roger Wehbe

My Name is Roger Wehbe and the longest I have gone without checking my stats, Threadwatch or other related sites has been 3 min 27 seconds.

I have just purchased a pocket pc so that I can remain connected should I lose rankings on any of the 1.5 million datacenters that Google owns.

:)

Back in the days before Wifi

"My name is Michael and in the past 5 years the longest I've gone without checking stats or email messages is 3 days ..."

Back in the days before wifi when my significant other and I went on the road we planned our trips based on where we could find Internet cafes - if we had to go more than a day without getting online it was off our list.

I was combing my hair early

I was combing my hair early in the morning...tryin' to get the spike JUUUUST right

You disappoint me, Todd. Real SEOs don't give a rat's ass what their hair looks like. Or maybe it's a real SEO's hair looks like a rat's ass? Anyway, always though you were a bit too kempt to take this business seriously.

Hmmm. Can you use kempt without the un?

You can be 'kempt'

you can be well-kempt. You can be disgruntled. You can even gruntle someone, but you can't be 'gruntled'.

To be fair...

..that was back when I was required to be to work at 9 am or earlier...lately I'm lucky if I put on a a shirt in a 24 hour period, and I think I could qualify as a stereotypical "bath-rober" :)

Hmm - If you can gruntle someone..

...how do you describe what happened to them in the past tense?

Surely they must have been gruntled.

Gotta love language eh?

As long as you don't use 'gruntled' to mean the opposite of 'disgruntled', I don't care how you describe it... Will that pacify you? ;)

Tis the life

I miss my bathrobes ;-( but being distracted with other work makes for a nice suprise when checking stats. I don't check rankings or stats hardly except to make sure money still coming through. It's also good having other things to keep you distracted when your latest site (that shouldn't rank but does) is 'filtered' from the Google search results (oh well, it WILL be back). These days not much really bothers me anymore, tis the life indeed...

Need person to person contact

I have been doing the thingy for 8 years.
For the last few years, I answer important emails with a short reply and end it with "call me".

I spend 2 to 3 hours on the phone each day, and about an hour answering email.

I like to talk and interact with people.

Stats time takes up a hour a day.

Research one hour.

Real work about 3 hours per day.

Note: that is only 3 hours of billable work per day. Way under the suggested 70% billable time.

I guess that is why our industry needs to charge higher than most.

call me

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For the last few years, I answer important emails with a short reply and end it with "call me".

Yeah, I get that alot. You know what it says? It says "I can't be bothered to answer definitively, but if you call me we can chat about it".

And that means you will waste my time. On my dime.

Of course I am being extreme: it's clearly not always the case, and often best to chat instead of email volleys. BUT if you find yourself doing that because you miss the face time, consider how you are chosing to tie up someone else's synch-time. Asynchronous communications can be very efficient. Why not just get the work done and then go to the pub and chat with someone interesting over a beer?

I'm happy.

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As long as you don't use 'gruntled' to mean the opposite of 'disgruntled', I don't care how you describe it... Will that pacify you? ;)

Of course I'm not going to use it as the opposite of disgruntled, though I have thought about this a little more carefully

Technically you can't 'be gruntled' - it is a bad mix of present and past tense.

Though you can 'have been gruntled' and you can 'be in the process of being gruntled'

"Call me"

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For the last few years, I answer important emails with a short reply and end it with "call me".

I can disagree with much of what John says, but, for me, he is right on the button with this reply

Quote:
You know what it says? It says "I can't be bothered to answer definitively, but if you call me we can chat about it".

If they want to bug you on the phone, then they have to take their chances with my phone system and call me, not expect me to call them.

When doing too much instant

When doing too much instant messaging I get sick of typing and am a big fan of the call me on nobody's dime.

I stare at the computer way too much and like anything that is a break in that eye twitch inducing activity.

It is also worth it to make people pay up front if the call is something you sell. Otherwise people fuck you over, making you schedule wasting an hour of your time for them being a complete asshole who wants to block off your time when they are unable to commit to their own best time slot.

Haven't even had my

Haven't even had my breakfast and coffee yet and here I sit, tired with my head spinning, must....checkout.......threadwatch......must....see...what is going on today. ;-(

TW before Coffee

Haven't even had my breakfast and coffee yet and here I sit, tired with my head spinning, must....checkout.......threadwatch......must....see...what is going on today.

Errr, me too. But the coffee's ready, I just have to pry myself up and go get it, all the way in the kitchen. Such a long commute.

LisaB

I knew things were bad when

I knew things were bad when I looked out the window and saw the grass "tickling" my window-sill.

No it's bad when...

...when you can't see out of the window because.

1. The grass has grown past the top of the window.

2. ...you live on the fourth floor.

3. ...but you don't notice the grass because the window is too dirty to see out of.

4. ...you don't see the window because you never open the curtains in case the sun shines on you monitor.

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