Joining Go Fish Digital

Something was missing, and I didn’t exactly know what it was. Around a year or so ago, I joined a big agency, and that gave me a chance to look at a lot of sites, provide in-depth consultation audits for a number of clients, perform monthly strategy reviews for others, inform the sales team on issues that might be helpful to address in proposals, and help other SEOs within the company when they asked for it.

I enjoyed doing these things, but there was something missing. I enjoyed working with the crew that I worked with as well. It’s great to work with people who are excited about the Web and about learning and growing. I’m now going to be working with a new crew who are filled with excitement and energy and innovation.

Go Fish Digital

I’m officially making this announcement on a Google Hangout On Air, titled Link Building Algorithms with Eric Enge and Bill Slawski where we are going to be joined by David Harry, Steve Webb, Chris Countey, Pete Meyers, and David Amerland. We are going to be talking about some of the changes and announcements from Google regarding things like the Penguin update, messages from Google about unnatural links, and a number of videos featuring Google’s Matt Cutts, as well as a number of patents from Google that look at how they use and evaluate links.

The Google HOA was live, but should be viewable later to anyone who wants to watch it after it is edited by Eric. Thanks to everyone who participated, including Ronnie Bincer who joined it to help with the hangout, and ended up contributing some thoughts on the discussion as well.

I’m very happy to announce that I am joining Go Fish Digital as Director of Search Marketing this week. What isn’t missing at Go Fish Digital is a desire to interact with others in the Search Industry, to participate in Hangouts and Meetups and Presentations at conferences, to interact with other from within the SEO community to help it grow, to share ideas with other marketers so that we can learn from each other.

I originally met Brian and Dan and Mike, the founders of Go Fish Digital, at a Northern Virginia SEO Meetup Group a few years ago, and have shared ideas and after meetup BBQ with them on a number of occasions. They’ve been focusing on Online Reputation Management (you may have seen the article Our Online Reputation Management Playbook on the Moz blog a couple of years ago), but also offer a range of other service to clients as well.

I want to especially thank Steve Webb, who saw a tweet that I made last month after I updated my resume on Indeed.com, and started at post at inbound.org titled What is your Dream Job?, which had me thinking seriously about what I was looking for exactly in a job. It wasn’t location, and it wasn’t status, and it wasn’t income, as much as it was about attitude and excitement and innovation.

It was about helping people who wanted and needed help, about finding creative ways to help clients with their pain points and goals, and about helping the industry grow.

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24 thoughts on “Joining Go Fish Digital”

  1. Congrats on the new job, Bill. Definitely agree with you, work isn’t about income or responsibilities, it’s about fulfilling your needs. I hope you’re going to have fun working with people at Go Fish Digital.

  2. Hi Nadir,

    The team has been pretty great so far, and I’m looking forward to an atmosphere that looks like it helps people thrive. That does make all the difference. :)

  3. Many congratulations Bill, looks like a good move for you and an amazing hire for them.

    I hope this doesn’t spell the end of SEO by the Sea, always one of my RSS “must read” sites.

  4. Congratulations, Bill. Go Fish Digital is clearly on the right path. Glad to hear it won’t negatively impact your ability to blog here.

  5. Congratulations, Bill, on the new job. I was on the HOA when you announced it. I really got a lot out of the panel discussion and took pages of notes. I ended up listening to it a second time and writing a blog post summarizing my takeaways. I’m completely new to SEO, but know that I need to start building my understanding of it if I want to be of value to my clients. Thanks for sharing your insights. Go Fish Digital Fish is lucky to have you!

    Here’s a link to my blog post, if you have time Google’s Goal: To Make Us Honest?

  6. Congrats!

    I think so many people want to start businesses (looking for freedom… lol… out of all things) that they forget that its okay to work for/with someone else as long as things are exciting.

    Tom

  7. Congrats Bill! I think the ‘Dream Job’ post got a lot of people thinking about where they are in their career path and life goals. I’m glad you were able to find the right environment that will let you spread your wings and collaborate with other great minds. You and the entire digital marketing community will benefit. Is it coincidence that “fish” are in the “sea”? I think not.
    Cheers!

  8. “It wasn’t location, and it wasn’t status, and it wasn’t income, as much as it was about attitude and excitement and innovation.”

    I love this quote. I am currently looking for a new position as well and I feel the exact same way. Congrats on finding your dream job!

  9. Congratulations , Bill . I hope it is gonna be the dream job for you. The logo of the company is great.

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