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Just how much of a part does ego play in becoming an SEO star? Have those at the top started to believe their own hype? Your thoughts?
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from squishee 2069 Days ago #
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"Does Ego Kill the SEO Star?"Yes.

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from Jill 2069 Days ago #
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Good article. I posted a comment over there with some thoughts about how people may misconstrue shyness or other things for a massive ego.

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from seanmag 2069 Days ago #
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"Does Ego Kill the SEO Star?"   -  It’s good to see someone finally outed Rebecca Kelley.  I once met her at a conference and she snubbed her nose at me.  She’s super unapproachable and arrogant!  Wait, this gives me an idea.Let’s make this another fun Sphinn thread about the "SEO Elite".  Here’s how to play:Just name your favorite "SEO Star" that you believe has a massive ego and won’t talk to newbs.  It doesn’t have to have any basis in reality, but rather is just your perception from reading Sphinn or participating on Twitter for a couple of weeks.  Just to make sure we get off on the right foot, I’ll name Rae Hoffman, who I’ve never met and although I have heard a lot of great things about her and I find her blog to be both informative and generous in its contribution to the community,  I absolutely am certain she is an elitist that shuns all industry newcomers.   Hopefully she’ll take the bait and castigate me for leaving this comment!  Okay - who’s next? :)

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from Sugarrae 2069 Days ago #
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@seanmag LMAO... nice. I’ll actually talk to anyone providing they aren’t an ass or rude or basically trying to use me as a way to get site advice at 9 p.m. at night for their specific site for thirty minutes straight. I really don’t care if they’re "new" or not. I actually like meeting new peeps. That said, I’m not an "SEO star" though. :)

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from risabb 2069 Days ago #
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@seanmag, I met Rae at an SMX Charity Fundraiser in October  2008.  I was about to leave at 11:30 pm, and I saw Rae about 10’ away.  I walked over to say hello and let her know that I read her blog.  I turned to walk away, because she was in the middle of talking to people, but she grabbed my arm, pulled me back, and asked me to stay. Then we spoke for at least 20-30 minutes. I don’t remember speaking about my site, in particular, but I think we spoke about the business in general, and how we’re both working moms of 3 kids.  Before leaving,  she told me to definitely give her a call (I never did). I asked her how she would find the time, and she said that she does, and she squeezed my arm and said - really - give me a call. So I thought that was really nice.Every "SEO Rockstar" I’ve met is really nice.

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from besetbypixies 2068 Days ago #
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I have worked with a few real rockstars in my previous life.  Some of them were nice.  Some of them were idiots.  In the end I reckonned the percentage of idiots in the rockstar population was about the same as the percentage in the rest of the population.Thing is that there was no real way of knowing which were going to be nice from their stage personas.  And then you might just catch a nice one on a bad day and end up with the wrong opinion.  I wouldn’t necessarily judge people by their blog or forum persona.  Its not the real world, guys. Don’t take it too seriously.   Trust the people you trust and read the rest with interest.  It feels like a bit of a recurring theme in 2009.  SEO is a pretty young industry. Do we even rally have rockstars? Even the established ’rockstars’ have a back catelogue that is equivilant to Rihanna’s.  I mean it’s good, well respected, but it’s not like The Rolling Stones, Elvis, REM, U2, The Beatles...

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from seanmag 2068 Days ago #
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@sugarrae - what a disappointment.  Not a single f bomb! ;)  Glad you got a laugh - and thanks for all your contributions!

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from seoskip 2067 Days ago #
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I personally know of an SEO firm that is running though very difficult times right now (who isn’t)?  And I’ve maintained that ecomomy aside, it’s the fault of the ego of the firm’s CEO that is the most determining factor in its downfall.They’ve exhibited all the signs of ego driven business.  "My way or the highway...", "This company is great, lets EXPAND quickly and recklessly...", "My SEO methods are undetectable...." etc.It’s been very much like watching a driver in Ferrari going 95 miles and hour down a road, as the pavement gives way to dirt and potholes, all the while paying no attention to the giant flashing detour signs along the way.

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from viewednews001 2067 Days ago #
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hello The article is quite a nice one , an inspiration to kill our ego with a quick starter smile thank you

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from sentersoftech 2067 Days ago #
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thanks for all your contributions! inspiration to kill our ego :)

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from johnandrews 2049 Days ago #
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wow @seanmag made a good attempt to start a meme, and got Rae to respond, but she didn’t pass it along. Too bad. could have been fun ;-)

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