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Knowing that the search marketing industry is currently talent constrained, I wanted to take a look at where the search marketing talent was located. To get a feel for this I chose to use SEMPO’s member roster as a baseline to assess where search marketing professionals and companies are located throughout the United States and the World.
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from bbcarter 2198 Days ago #
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I am evidently in one of the least SEO-talented states... one key reason why business is so good for us!

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from benkaeding 2197 Days ago #
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I am not sure that I believe that most SEO Professionals are members of SEMPO.  They cost is high ($299 USD for new individual members) and the benefits is small.  Unless it just makes you feel better to be part of a group.  Who wants to be a sheep?

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from paisley 2197 Days ago #
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i’m not a member of SEMPO and have been doing SEO since 94 (AOL) -95 (Webcrawler and Yahoo! DIR)Why be a member of SEMPO? (not bashing them, just don’t feel the neccessity... )Now, do i have a PRO membership to SEOMoz? yes.. that is a justifible expense to my employer, SEMPO? What is the justification vs. the expense? Where is the ROI?

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from Skitzzo 2197 Days ago #
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Yeah, I’d have to agree that SEMPO probably doesn’t accurately represent the industry. However, I’m not sure where else you’d be able to get this kind of data from either.

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from rodonnell 2197 Days ago #
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I completely agree that the majority of SEO professionals aren’t SEMPO members, however I used their membership information because it is likely farily proportionate to the actual numbers.This is why i choose to represent their information as a heatmap so everyone could visualize the distributions and concentrations of SEO professionals, as opposed to focusing on the actual numbers.

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from randfish 2197 Days ago #
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If you wanted to, you could also use the SEOmoz survey data, which looked at around 3,000 search professionals worldwide - http://www.seomoz.org/survey/responses/show/4I believe the stats there have a big enough representative sample to be accurate (or at least, relevant).

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from yojpotter2 2197 Days ago #
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Thanks for the nice visuals..^^ now I can cleraly remember which places have the most SEO talents..^^

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from Aussiewebmaster 2196 Days ago #
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Rand while  I agree your survey has more responses there is no way the UK has more talent than Australia......

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from seobro 2196 Days ago #
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Actually, there is a lot more work in Miami than Chicago, plus Florida has many more large cities like - Jacksonville, Tampa, and Orlando. That said states like Arkansas and Alabama have very little talent or work. Rust belt has some talent, but very little work.

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from wrttnwrd 2193 Days ago #
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Hmph. Where in the world are the clients who see the need for talented SEOs? As long as 75% of clients will hire any moron to optimize their site right out of the rankings, there won’t be a real demand.

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from PaulH 1838 Days ago #
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why would anyone care, how on earth did this get front page

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