It’s that time of year again: Time to find out if you’re spending too much time on SEO and in desperate need of a break. Here’s the 2008 version of “Signs You Need a Break from SEO.” Enjoy!
1.) While everyone else searches for wedding photographers, senior portrait photographers, and the like, you’ve spent weeks looking for a “social media avatar photographer.”
2.) The thought that SoloSEO is actually a team of two gives you a slight headache.
3.) You travel to so many conferences that your spouse struggles to keep track of your whereabouts. And one day, while trying to update her calendar with your schedule, your wife says to you, “Okay, SES in March. SMX and SEG in April. And what’s the one in May? SEX?” (This actually happened.)
4.) Instead of showing the number of RSS feeds you’re subscribed to, your feed reader just says “TILT.”
5.) There’s an indentation in your mousepad that exactly mirrors the path from the “What’s New” tab on Sphinn to the “Report As Spam” button below the most recent submission.
6.) You know how to “match client sites to the 70+ part algorithm formula that is used by Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask and every major search engine worldwide.”
7.) You know where that quote came from.
8.) It doesn’t strike you as strange that you sometimes communicate with your spouse via your blogs.
9.) When Danny Sullivan moved his family from England to California, you tracked their travel on FlightAware.com.
10.) Your spouse says your family is “going green.” Your first thought: “Did our PageRank increase on the family blog?”
11.) While telling your son about your favorite childhood books, you wax poetic about the “Wikipedia Brown” series. You never correct yourself. He doesn’t, either.
12.) You get in line at the public library, and while your son checks out a book, you whisper to the librarian, “Eric Ward says you have the best links around. Can I get one?”
13.) One day your wife tells you, with no prompting, “I really like the name ‘Mihmorandum’. I wish we had a cool last name that we could do something with.” (A true story.)
14.) You spend the next four days trying to come up with clever puns for “McGee.” (Also true.)
15.) You think Lively, Google’s virtual world, offers a lot of marketing potential.
16.) When Matt Cutts posts his personal travel schedule, you sync it to your own calendar.
17.) When your alma mater emails you about its new Alumni Directory, your first thought is, “Ooooh. A clean link from a .edu? Gotta check that out.” (True story.)
18.) You vow to never make a donation when you learn your alumni listing is blocked to search engine spiders. (Also true.)
19.) You’ve never been on TV, and never will be, but you still create a TIVO “wish list” search for your name. You convince yourself it’s all in the name of reputation management.
21.) You laughed at anything on this list!