I recently returned from SMXAdvanced 2008 conference in Seattle, led by the maestro of search, Danny Sullivan. As before, SMX Advanced proved to be the premier (or at least on the top) events of the SEO conference circuit, with an incredible array of search engine experts including Kevin Johnson, Matt Cutts, Will Critchlow, Ken Jurina, Stephen Spencer, Alex Bennert, Vanessa Fox, Todd Friesen and many other well known SEO/SEM experts.
That said, it was once again Rand Fishkin, CEO of SEOmoz, with whiteboard in hand who once again stole the show, attracting crowds of conference attendees looking to get advanced preview of what will be many Seomoz Whiteboard Fridays shows. Besides getting some first hand glimpses of what will be some very exciting shows, not to mention behind the scene search tips, attendees got advance showing of what is likely to be a hot topic in the search engine industry, Brett Cutoras’s “SHUT THE F#@K UP” whiteboard interview along with subsequent blog post on Shoemoney.com that will have attendees talking for the next week at the very least. With SuperbHosting.net co-sponsoring a Dedicated Server giveaway, without a doubt, the SEOmoz booth was the hottest ticket at the show. I can hardly wait until next year to do it all again.