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11 More Signs You Need a Break From SEO

Online marketing information can change quickly This article is 14 years and 268 days old, and the facts and opinions contained in it may be out of date.

Matt’s 21 signs you need a break from SEO cracked me up – so I thought I’d add a few more of my own. Among my favorite from Matt:

11) You lay awake at night wondering who would win a foot race: a marketing pilgrim or a marketing sherpa.

12)You feel uncomfortable and out of place at a minor league baseball game because you don’t see a Text Link Ads advertisement on the outfield wall.

18) When your daughter brings home a new boyfriend to meet you, your first thought is to check his backlinks.

19) Your second thought is to warn them about the dangers of reciprocal linking.

20) You just wrote an article titled “50 Amazing Things For Sale in My Garage This Weekend.” You think the local paper will publish it. Or at least link to it.


  1. Can’t sleep at night because of the missed potential from a site with out titles (thinking HOW do I reach these people?)

  2. Measure your life’s success with a cost per acquisition or conversion tracking ROI model
  3. Have THOUGHT LOL while not on the computer
  4. Have made a mistake IRL and wished you could use control-Z on it
  5. Wish your favorite local drycleaners had an affiliate program
  6. Hope to control-F your keys when you’re running late
  7. Have more than two myspace accounts, or more than five social networking accounts
  8. Wonder how long it would take to create a site that would rank for someone’s name when they piss you off
  9. Meet someone interesting, and wonder if you should add them to your feedreader
  10. Wish you could tag a url you passed on a highway billboard
  11. Nitpick the anchor text, alt tags, low PR, and poor redirects of every site you saw on TV and visit for information, thinking – “they can afford a TV spot, but not a link monkey?”

Okay, YES I need a break from SEO:)

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  • Dan

    haha, was thinking about number 8 on your list 2 days ago. too bad it was the same name as a historical figure with a wikipedia page, so i figured it wasn’t worth the effort.

  • Rebecca

    Number 8 is priceless. I love it :D

  • Caydel

    I’ll admit it.

    i bought the domain of someone’s name once, and built a large site on it showcasing every bad thing he’s ever done…

    Hence, #8 was particularly apt!

    8. Wonder how long it would take to create a site that would rank for someone’s name when they piss you off

  • Tim L. Walker

    D’oh! I did 3, 9, 10 & 11 today alone! :P

  • Natasha Robinson

    8, 9 and 10, are excellent additions. I have wanted to do #8 so many times… but then again, I believe in SEO karma… and when you believe in SEO Karma you really need a break from SEO!

  • Ben Wilks SEO Consulting

    No. 8 – so tempted of late for several reasons, let’s just say I like my freedom of speech (without defamation). I have even had calls from local police about ranking pages on people’s names, but that’s another story all together (and a funny one at that – and for the record I did nothing wrong).

    Sooo hard not to register a few certain people’s names. *Takes a deep breath in* My girl who works in PR is so scared I think she’s snapped up her name on me already (damn).

    Disadvantages of dating an SEO 101. (now there’s a good link bait article for someone with time on their hands)

    I know when I need a break as I start optimising pages and links in my dreams (seriously).

  • Chris

    Usually when reading text (IRL print) I’ll be scanning for something and get that oh so familiar CTRL + F urge to hurry and find what I’m looking for

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  • Nice Kicks

    Dan, I agree with you about number 8. Especially being in an SEO battle with someone who likes to do things ‘black hat’.

  • Elbrus

    Number 8 rocks, especially for small local businesses that haven’t even gotten around to building a website becuase they don’t fully understand it’s value (Just Google- “wild olive crestview, fl” and you will see a lesson a local restaurant learned).

    By the way Stephan Spencer speaks highly of you!