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Letting Testimonials Speak – I’m Stoked for SearchLove NYC

John Doherty —  October 11, 2011
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SearchLove NYC happens at the end of this month. This is the first time that Distilled has brought a conference to the City that Never Sleeps, where I am fortunate enough to live and work.

Full disclosure: In case you don’t know, I work for Distilled in New York. That being said, I would write this post anyways. In fact, I did write a very similar post back in February about Linklove London.

My Story with Distilled Conferences

Back in the beginning of the year I heard about Linklove and decided that I wanted to go. My two coworkers went to a different conference, but I saw that Rand, Wil Reynolds, Russ Jones, and many others were speaking in London and knew that I had to go, since I was going to be on vacation in Europe at that point anyways.

Long story short, I went to the conference and it absolutely blew me away (and not least because Distilled announced that they were going to be opening an office in NYC. Here I am. Oh, and we’re hiring.) You can read my recap of it here.

Here’s the crux of what I got from the conference:

I came back and, using the link prospecting tips I gained from the conference, took a 30,000 local searches/month keyword from #16 for my then-employer to #4. Oh yeah. I did it in 4 weeks.

Wil Reynolds at LinkLove

Wil Reynolds at #Linklove

This conference was also where I began making real friends in the SEO industry. I had the chance to have breakfast with Wil Reynolds the day after, I met the Critchlow brothers (now my bosses), Rand Fishkin, Russ Jones, and many many others. I even was first introduced to Gianluca Fiorelli via Twitter, and then met him in July at Mozcon.

Quite simply, if you want to meet some of the smartest, most helpful, and kind people you will ever meet, come to SearchLove. It’s not networking, it’s relationship-making.

The Words of Others

I don’t want you to just listen to me and what I did from the conference. Here are the words from David Cohen of CollegePlus, who came to ProSEO Boston:

[blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/#!/explorionary/status/122328999107104768"]

Rand said about Linklove in an SEOmoz post:

“Distilled’s Link Building day in London has just, in my opinion, grabbed the title of “best single day of content” ever at an SEO event.”

And Tom Critchlow said:

And Wil Reynolds tweeted:

[blackbirdpie url="http://twitter.com/#!/wilreynolds/status/48702321084989440"]

If you missed it, Rand also wrote a post over on the SEOmoz blog with 10 Pictures Why SearchLove NYC is a Must-Attend.

Seriously, Come

There is still time left to buy your tickets. The price is $899 with a Moz Pro discount. Believe me, you will not regret it. If I did not work for Distilled and could not get work to pay for it, I would pay for it myself. It’s that good.

See you there.

John Doherty

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I'm the new (as of October 2013) Online Marketing Manager of Hotpads.com, soon to be based in San Francisco. Previous to Hotpads I worked at Distilled for 2 years as an online marketing consultant. In my spare time I shoot lifestyle photography, explore new and interesting food in New York, ski, rock climb, and update my Twitter and Google+ accounts.