Aaron Bradley – SEO Skeptic Author
In retrospect, my educational and career choices have made a life in SEO more-or-less inevitable. Back in the dark ages, I completed a bachelor's degree in English Literature with a specialization in post-modern literary theory (chiefly concerned with semiotics, or the study of signs and signification). I then spent many years as a technical services librarian, meaning I catalogued books using a controlled vocabulary and a numeric classification system. And, perversely, I very much liked doing so.
In 1995 I built my first website, which I am now (but not then) able to describe as a human-edited vertical directory of web resources related to warfare and international relations – something, to my surprise, that the search engines really seemed to like. I continued building websites for the next decade, until it dawned on me that I was an indifferent web designer, and made a wise move into the field of search marketing in 2005.
I love talkin' SEO, and to that end founded the Montreal SEO Meetup in 2008 to have people to talk with; these days I get to hang out with my friends and colleagues at The Vancouver Search Engine Marketing Group. I'm a regular contributor to Search Engine Land, where I at one time wrote for the "In-House" column, and I still actively maintain a list of in-house SEOs on Twitter. Let me know if you're an in-house SEO but not on that list.
I also have a great deal of interest in the processes, promise and tools of the semantic web – but spend a lot of my time bewildered by the mathematical athletics of people smarter than me. I run the Vancouver Semantic Web Meetup Group, although you wouldn't know it from the number of meetups I've run since I took over leadership of the group (at time of writing, none) It'll happen eventually.
Online, I've had more organizational success with my Google+ Community Semantic Search Marketing. There's many knowledgeable and friendly people there: if you're interested in search marketing and the semantic web, Semantic Search Marketing is definitely a great place to start exploring the overlap between these two fields.
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