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While the rest of the SEO community was buzzing about SES San Jose and the crazy trapeze people they met at SearchBash, Jim Boykin was quietly planning an industry coup. The man literally went on a hiring spree and began tricking SEO types into trading in their December flip flops for the charm of “historic Troy, NY”.
And it worked! One by one they moved to historic Troy from Hawaii, Florida and Southern California.
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from SEOish 2213 Days ago #
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Finally we get to speak a little about the new developments with We Build Pages :) Yum.

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from Jill 2213 Days ago #
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Please let us know once you’ve actually spilled all the beans...

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from SEOish 2213 Days ago #
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There are some more beans to come. But for Jill and anyother people wondering, there will be a new website/blog redesign with all new content and a description of our services and offerings. This will occur in the next two weeks or so.

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from JohnHGohde 2212 Days ago #
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"moved to historic Troy from Hawaii, Florida and Southern California"Never!  The winters in Troy, NY are horribly bad.I thought that the whole idea of being an SEO was being able to work over the Internet from almost any where?Come February when Virginia will be experiencing a few summer like days, I will be expecting a mass migration back to Sunny California.  I hate to break the bubble, but when you live in frostbite, New York summer wont arrive until June.

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from webuildpages 2212 Days ago #
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Historic Troy NY has all 4 seasons in equal amounts. There’s something to be said about getting to experience the fun of all seasons.  I like to ski, many of us like to snowboard, tubing down a ski slope is fun too. Making snowmen, fun, snow angels, cool. There’s no hurricanes, tornadoes are rare, earth quicks are rare, days over 100 are rare....can’t believe a bunch of seo’s are afraid of a little snow ;)I can say that the winters in troy are nothing like the winters I’ve experienced in the mountains of california or along the great divide. ...it’s not too bad...and we’re tough here anyways ;)

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from JohnHGohde 2212 Days ago #
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I grew up in New York State so I can say that I know all about getting a lot of snow during winter,  first hand.

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from 0thelisa 2212 Days ago #
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I think Jim is lying to me...

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from johnsantangelo 2212 Days ago #
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about the seasons, yeah.

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from NickWilsdon 2212 Days ago #
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Snow! You guys in Troy don’t know the meaning of the word. We get 7 months of icey hell over here in Russia. -30C and we’re still chatting on the street corners with a beer ;) Jim’s right though, when I lived in the UK you end up coasting through all the seasons without any noticable changes. Makes the years go very fast. Having proper seasons definitely slowed things down for me.

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from JohnHGohde 2212 Days ago #
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I have been spoiled by the light winters in Virginia.  Last year we had summer weather both in January and February.  I would imagine that Winters would have to be even lighter in Sunny California.  But, if you have never experienced a real winter, you would have to be in for quite an adjustment.

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from dannysullivan 2212 Days ago #
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I’m glad to be back where the seasons are normal again. Nice 10 months, then nice with scattered rain and the occasional flood for 10 months. Cold and snow in the mountains, where it belongs.

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from 0thelisa 2212 Days ago #
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[counts on fingers]Danny, where do you live that has 20 months? :)

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from toddmintz 2212 Days ago #
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I thought that the whole idea of being an SEO was being able to work over the Internet from almost any where?Wow, I actually agree with JohnHGohde about something :.)Still, Jim is building a heck of a company...will Matt Cutts be next?

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from iBrian 2212 Days ago #
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Good to see WBP moving forward - Jim really is one of the rare genuises of the industry. In the US, at least. ;)

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from debram 2212 Days ago #
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"Historic Troy NY has all 4 seasons in equal amounts"Nice.  Here in southern Virginia we have one season:  humid.  Plays havoc with the hair but lets you wear flip flops ten months out of the year so that’s good!

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from Vingold 2212 Days ago #
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I’ve lived in Hawaii.  Yeah, you can go the beach on Christmas - but it just ain’t the same.I’m like Jim and Nick.  Give me the seasons (in equal parts) and it makes the year go by so much slower.I wonder if a weather disclaimer was part of the employment contracts.

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from johnandrews 2211 Days ago #
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A discussion of the weather inTroy vs. the rest of the country will not be good for the people who just moved to Troy. Give them a break and change the subject. Maybe talk about nightlife/clubs or the local music scene instead? Or the great restaurants... anything but the weather. That’s not a fair fight.

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from JohnHGohde 2211 Days ago #
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ClimateThe highest temperature of record in New York State is 108° at Troy on July 22, 1926.The climate of New York State is marked by abundant snowfall. ... The average snowfall is greater than 70 inches over some 60 percent of New York’s area.Troy, NY, gets 37 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 47 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 122.On average, there are 183 sunny days per year in Troy, NY. The July high is around 84 degrees. The January low is 13. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 51 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.Traffic SafetyTroy Police Department55 State StreetTroy, NY 12180Winter Driving - Winter is the most difficult driving season. Not only do you have snow and ice to deal with, but there are fewer hours of daylight as well.Before winter weather arrives, make sure your vehicle is in good condition. Make sure your vehicle has good snow tires. Put them on the vehicle early, before the first snowfall. ... On front-wheel drive cars, it is best to put snow tires or "all-season" tires on all four wheels, not just the front. Tires with metal studs may be used in New York State only from October 16 through April 30.

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