We recently analyzed 1 million Google search results to answer the question: Which factors correlate with first page search engine rankings? We looked at content. We looked at backlinks. We even looked at site speed. With the help of Eric Van Buskirk and our data partners1, we uncovered some interesting findings.
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
Deep Work by Cal Newport. It is a book that focuses on cutting down distractions to focus on the work that is most important.
What's your favorite non-business book?
The Wheel of Time series. I'm a high fantasy nerd, I love the complex world that Robert Jordan created.
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
This sounds cliche, but I would love to dedicate more time to help fight homelessness. It is something that I'm passionate about seeing how common it is here in Philadelphia. It's definitely a problem that money and resources could help combat.
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
Work smarter not harder - enjoy life more. No one will be on their death bead saying "I wish I worked more".
What's your super power?
I have the super power of having an unnatural amount of trivia knowledge. I'd dominate on Jeopardy!
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
I am really passionate about open source software. If OSS technologies didn't exist, I likely wouldn't be making a living right now. The fact that the community can come together to build software is powerful.