The SEO Industry Is EVERYWHERE I Tell Ya!

by Aaron Friedman on December 19, 2012

in Life

UPDATE:

Right after I posted this, I saw found the most incredible one yet. My buddy Justin Briggs, only this one has a big beard. But wow! Look at the resemblance!

Justin Briggs doppleganger AWESOME beard Guy

Totally

Looks

Like

justin briggs realJustin Briggs

This has been quite the year for me professionally. I have strengthened and built many relationships, and have had some of the best experiences I could ever have asked for. This is truly a year to be remembered (more on that for my sappy end of the year closing post…. which I hope to actually do).

And, with such an amazing year, its only natural that everywhere I looked I would start to think about the amazing industry that I am part of. And sure enough that is exactly what started to happen. Every train ride I took, and even things around my home started looking more familiar than you would imagine. I kept a small collection.

Take a look.

They Totally Look Like…

For starters, there was this guy I saw on the train once. I mean, I have been at a lot of SMX conferences this year and seen a lot of Danny Sullivan, but I got a litle suspicious when I saw him on my train ride in Chicago

Doppleganger Danny Sullivan
Doppelganger Danny Sullivan

Totally

Looks

Like

real danny sullivan

The real Danny Sullivan

The resemblance is uncanny!

And then there is Elisabeth, who I owe so much to this past year for “making me look good” (a public thank you to her :) couldn’t have done it without you.)

doppleganger elisThis Woman on the Train

Totally

Looks

Like

real elisabethOur friend Elisabeth Osmeloski

 

And who can forget my dear friend Casie Gillette who I met at SMX West. We pretty much became friends immediately  and I was almost offended when In thought she came to Chicago and didn’t call me.

doppleganger casieThis Person with lots of bags

Totally

Looks

Like

real casieThe talented Casie Gillette

 

Lisa Buyer and I had the pleasure of meeting at the conference scene as well. And while at the Las Vegas airport after Pubcon,  I noticed this doppelganger who I almost walked up to and started talking to. She was gracious enough to let me take a picture after I showed her the resemblance between her and Lisa.

doppleganger lisa buyerRandom person in vegas airport

Totally

Looks

Like

real lisa buyerThe lovely Lisa Buyer

 

There is iAcquire, a company that I have a deep respect for which went through some rough times this year. I really didn’t really know much about them until my buddy Mike started there, only later to be joined by a fantastic group of people and an old colleague.

 iacquire dopplegangerMy children’s toy

Totally

Looks

Like

iacquire real

 

 

The iAcquire Logo

 

Rand Fishkin is man who I feel has been a big part of my life and career (even though I have only met him once) and who I have written about on this blog once before. A big debt of gratitude to all he does to help move our industry in a positive direction. I was deeply let down when I realized this was not in fact him. This one is hard to tell, but trust me on this.

fake Rand FishkinA guy waiting for an elevator at work

Totally

Looks

Like

 

 

 

real rand fishkin

 Rand

Other Random Things

Whenever I see a brontosaurus, I start to think of “the long tail” of search because of this image.

seo-long-tail- dinosaur

And one of my sons favorite books, which we have read countless times, “oh the places you go” by Dr Seuss. I dare you to read it and not think of submitting a reconsideration request to Google (that too might become a post at another time).

oh_the_places_youll_go1

What DOES IT ALL MEAN?!?!?

Perhaps I am losing my mind. Or perhaps I just love this industry that I see it everywhere I look. Or just some strange luck that I am around these opportunities and stalkerish enough to capture them. You decide.

But the bottome line is, the industry is all over. Anyone else feel this way?

Be Sociable, Share!

Aaron Friedman

This is a bio about Aaron

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterGoogle Plus

  • Alan Bleiweiss

    hahaha Be afraid Aaron. Be very afraid!

    No – you’re not losing your mind. As you become even more immersed in the industry, and in your relationships within the industry, it’s only natural you’re going to continue to have these kind of experiences. Its like the first time I found out I was going to be flying on a plane. All of a sudden, it was like more planes flew overhead every day than I’d seen in a lifetime. The awareness factor is amazing.

    • http://digitalhighrise.com Aaron Friedman

      PHEW! Thanks Alan. I was worried there for a second :)
      Here is to even more and deeper observations in 2013!
      Thanks for the comment.

  • Rebekah May

    I keep seeing this guy on the bus that looks like Matt Cutts, too bad I didn’t grab a pic that you can add to this!

    • http://digitalhighrise.com Aaron Friedman

      Oh man! If you do, please send it over :)

  • http://www.netsprinter.com Lyena Solomon

    Aaron,

    Maybe, because you like your SEO friends so much you see them everywhere. :) Maybe, you can start a collection of doppelgangers – we all will send you our images. It will be a different kind of gallery for sure.

    Lyena

    • http://digitalhighrise.com Aaron Friedman

      Lyena,
      I <3 my SEO friends.
      And I love the idea!
      Thanks,
      Aaron

  • http://searchengineland.com @ElisabethOs

    Um… I think ‘seeing’ it in things like the book, dino picture doesn’t mean you’re going crazy, but it DOES mean you need a completely ‘disconnected’ vacation! take a good long break from being online:)

    • http://digitalhighrise.com Aaron Friedman

      Who say’s its a bad thing Elis??? Maybe I like the voices I hear and don’t want them to go away… IM NOT CRAZY!!!!!

  • http://www.iacquire.com Joe Griffin

    Haha, iAcquire gears are on the money! :)

    • http://digitalhighrise.com Aaron Friedman

      It’s ingrained in my head :)

  • http://www.andreawrites.ca/ Andrea Toole

    Nice.

    It’s syncronicity. I bet that if you were considering buying a particular car, you’d suddenly notice it everywhere – even if these were just look-a-likes.

    And now that I’ve read the comments more closely, I realize that I’ve basically reiterated what Alan said. He’s a smart man.

  • http://gyitsakalakis.com Gyi Tsakalakis

    This is great. I’d like to see this as an on-going resource. Invite user submissions.