Search Engine Land Turns Six, Celebrates With New Editor-In-Chief & Expansion Plans

It’s our sixth birthday here at Search Engine Land, and we’ve got some news — a new editor-in-chief and expansion plans for the future.

Congratulations to Matt McGee, on his new position as Editor-In-Chief of Search Engine Land & Marketing Land! He starts on January 1, 2013.

Matt joined our publications in September 2008 as assignment editor for Search Engine Land, and he was promoted to executive news editor in December 2010. In his new position, he’ll handle day-to-day operations of both Search Engine Land and Marketing Land, as well as oversee the strategic directions of the sites.

Chris Sherman, our executive editor, will take the new title of founding editor. He’ll continue to write at both our sites, but most of his time these days goes into overseeing our SMX conference programming, as part of his promotion to Vice President of Event Programming that happened in February.

I’ll be taking the same title, that of founding editor. I’ll be continuing to write for our sites just as I already have, but I’ll also be spending more time on my other job that few likely even know I have, that of Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, our publisher and the company I co-founded in 2006.

In related news, Third Door Media is declaring its first dividend today. TDM never took outside investment, so our shareholders are our early employees. All our employees have been instrumental in turning TDM into a growth success story despite the troubled economic times.

We’re also reinvesting in our business, with plans to hire three additional full-time writers shortly after the New Year, to allow Search Engine Land and Marketing Land to continue to grow.

A new assistant features editor will help us grow and improve our columns. We’re adding a full-time paid media reporter to better watch over paid search, social and display advertising areas. We’ll also be adding a general assignment reporter to expand the coverage we do on all aspects of internet marketing. We’ll be posting news on these openings soon.

We’ve also got some exciting plans on how we’ll be promoting both sites with community outreach efforts in the near future. Stay tuned.

Six years of Search Engine Land! Over that time, the site has continued to grow its readership. I know we all feel a great responsibility covering the biggest area of internet marketing, search marketing, as well as one of the most popular internet activities conducted, search. On behalf of all the staff, it’s our pleasure and privilege to be writing on these topics for you all, and we look forward to doing even more as we go into our seventh year.

Finally, my thanks to our hard-working staff, contributors and columnists for all they’ve done over the past year!

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About The Author: is a Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search engines and search marketing issues who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle (and keeps his disclosures page there). He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as @dannysullivan.

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    Happy Birthday! Here’s to many more.

  • NanditaB

    Happy Birth Day SEL! Wish, many more to come (atleast 100).

  • RankWatch

    Happy B’day and congratss to Matt on the new role !! I am sure he will take Search engine land to new heights :-) !!

  • Dimitar G

    Happy Bday…keep it smart ;)

  • Keith Trivitt

    On behalf of my colleagues at MediaWhiz, a very hearty congratulations to you, Danny, and the entire team on 6 successful years. Also congratulations to Matt on the new job as Editor-in-Chief. Here’s to many more years of success.

    Keith Trivitt
    Director, Marketing and Communications

  • Bryson Meunier

    Congrats to all of you! Have been reading SEL since day one and writing for it for almost four years, and it would be hard to imagine the SEO industry without it, honestly. Continued success!

  • George Michie

    Congratulations, Matt. Well earned!

  • Matt McGee

    Thx George. :-)

  • Matt McGee

    Thx Bryson — for the kind words, and your excellent columns over the years!

  • Matt McGee

    Replying to every comment may get boring to other readers, so let me just say a collective “Thanks!” to everyone for the kind words and support. We’re all excited about future plans, expanding our team, etc. It’s gonna be a fun ride.

  • Korean SEO Guy

    Happy SEL Birthday from Korean SE land founder. Our Korean SEL will enjoy 6th birthday on the next February, too. But, shame with too small Korean land ! ;) Congratulations again!

  • alanbleiweiss

    wow – congratulations Matt! Totally deserved and earned!

  • Brandon Lobo

    I’ve been following the site for almost a year now and I’m really glad to have found it. I’ll never forget the founding day as it happens to be my b’day too :P This is my first comment here as I just never thought of writing before.

  • John

    Congrats SEL and Matt. It has been a pleasure reading out here and ML for alll these years. Interestingly, I too started my journey in the same month- same year. :)

  • Nato (Nate Orshan)

    Congratulations Matt, Danny, and SEL investors! Lunchtime isn’t lunchtime without checking in to learn the latest and greatest from Search Engine Land. Long may that continue!

  • Abhijeet Mukherjee

    Pretty late congrats from my side but better late than never.. so, big congrats Danny and team! :)

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