• http://www.ericward.com/lmp Eric Ward

    Danny – your skills as both a journalist and businessman have left an amazing trail of quality that continues to be blazed today. You’re not one to brag on yourself or revel in your accomplishments, so I’ll do it for you. Without Danny Sullivan, this industry would have been a mess. Thanks for giving it legitimacy.

    -Eric

  • http://www.ericward.com/lmp Eric Ward

    Danny – your skills as both a journalist and businessman have left an amazing trail of quality that continues to be blazed today. You’re not one to brag on yourself or revel in your accomplishments, so I’ll do it for you. Without Danny Sullivan, this industry would have been a mess. Thanks for giving it legitimacy.

    -Eric

  • http://bharnish.wordpress.com/ BrianHarnish

    I would like to echo Eric Ward and say – yep – without Danny Sullivan, where would search be??? Thank you Danny for all of your hard work over the years and bringing us such amazing conferences and editorials throughout the world of search marketing. Perhaps some day I will get to more conferences… :)

  • http://bharnish.wordpress.com/ BrianHarnish

    I would like to echo Eric Ward and say – yep – without Danny Sullivan, where would search be??? Thank you Danny for all of your hard work over the years and bringing us such amazing conferences and editorials throughout the world of search marketing. Perhaps some day I will get to more conferences… :)

  • http://www.irishwonder.com IrishWonder

    I know how it feels Danny but 2012 and 2007 cannot be compared for one simple reason – how many search conferences did we have back in 2007 and how many were there out there by 2012? I don’t get distancing from search anyways, neither for a conference nor for agencies, nor for the industry as a whole – people shying away from it like it’s a swear word… no longer calling themselves SEOs but inbound marketers, growth hackers, any such shit, hardly even realising what the name means. Madness.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    There are definitely more conferences in the past. SMX, for one, didn’t exist at all. You also have many smaller events, though things like MozCon aren’t even that “small.” But in terms of major conferences focused mostly on search, we had one — SES. When SMX came out, we had two (PubCon was always more than just search). Now we’re back to one, I guess. And for me, that’s important. SES started because in part, search was always kind of shoved in the backroom or an afterthought for other events at the time. But it was big, and deserved its own spotlight. SES was the first time that search got that spotlight, and it sure grew into it. I think search marketers still deserve an event where if they really want a focus on search, they can do that. There’s plenty to explore. That’s not to take away from the idea that search marketers may need to know more than search, or should know more than search. But even though the marketing space has expanded, having a major show focused around search still makes sense to us at SMX.

  • http://www.jlh-marketing.com/ Jenny Halasz

    I’ll add to this as well. Danny, you’ve taken the search engines to task and held them to their words when others have failed to do so. You’ve always been an advocate for the publisher, and it’s very clear where your loyalties lie. I can see loyalty in plenty of others in the industry too, but I really respect that in you.