Yesterday I got the chance to interview Aaron Pratt from SEO BuzzBox. This man is, in my view, the king of interviews. He is one of those rare people who know exactly which questions to ask, and he has been able to pull off some amazing interviews within the SEO community. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been great fun reading his blog over the last few months.
While preparing for AaronÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interview I went back through all the archives of the interviews heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s done and also managed to stumble upon some of his personal sites, including one where he sells recycled rain barrels made out of plastic. Pretty interesting stuff, but donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let that fool you Ã¢â‚¬â€œ with Aaron thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always a suspicion that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more than meets the eye.
On to the interview:
Hello Aaron; thanks for the interview. It’s ok if I call you Aaron, right?
Yep thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s me!
In our email exchange you called yourself a “social networker” – what is that like? How does it tie in with SEO BuzzBox?
Well to be honest I am just a regular guy with a few environmental sites who is tired of being misunderstood by Google. My sites are in Ã¢â‚¬Å“blogÃ¢â‚¬Â format so they were heavily scraped, duplicated and thrown in the trash during the Jagger updates, but my frustration goes back much farther. Here I am in 2003 bitching and moaning about something that Matt Cutts now calls Ã¢â‚¬Å“Canonical IssuesÃ¢â‚¬Â, it was my first website and I might have sounded a bit clueless but do you notice something? I had a legitimate question and it has taken 3 years for Google to finally do something about the issue. You know who helped me better understand how to get my website marketed in these broken search engines? SEO experts! My blog is about and for them.
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“social networkerÃ¢â‚¬Â thing is a little personal joke I have but in reality it is who I am; my skill is in understanding others which is how I do my interviews and learn new things.