What I’ve Learned in 8 Months at Search Engine Journal

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What I’ve Learned in 8 Months at Search Engine Journal

It’s been 8 months since I started as managing editor here at Search Engine Journal. When I came on board this past March, I saw so many exciting possibilities. There was so much to do and I had to hit the ground running. Sometimes it feels like it’s been 8 years! But it’s been so worth it. I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to get to know our contributors:  a large group of active writers (~58 and counting) that spans the spectrum of famous marketers to bright up-and-comers. I get to engage the very opinionated and lively community at-large that is SEJ. Every day I learn something new.

It’s definitely felt at times like putting the plane together while mid-air. While I believe we’ve accomplished a lot in 8 months, and I’m proud of the team– introducing more video content, strengthening our breaking news coverage, creating a presence at conferences– I’ve definitely made mistakes along the way. I’m grateful to those who let me know. I’m grateful to those who voiced their support.

Here’s what I’m committing to going forward:

  • We let a fake guest author slip through. The post has been taken down, and we’ve taken measures to make sure that doesn’t happen again. For new authors, this means it will take longer to get your posts published, but it’s for everyone’s benefit.
  • Some writers have had trouble getting responses from me or the team. Nowadays I do get almost 200 emails a day but there’s no excuse. Your time is valuable. I apologize if I didn’t get back to you or if you didn’t get what you needed. I would love to hear from you.
  • We are bringing on more resources to help with our growing pains. With that I’d like to introduce Kelsey Jones as our new assistant editor. Kelsey will be helping me manage the content review process, making sure we maintain high standards for all writers and all posts.

The team and I are committed to making SEJ the best it can be. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.

John Rampton
John Rampton is an entrepreneur, full-time computer nerd, and PPC expert. Founder at payments company Due.com. I enjoy helping people and am always online to... Read Full Bio
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  • chris kent

    Nice post John! It takes a big man to be transparent enough to admit mistakes on such a big platform. I’ve been impressed with where SEJ has gotten to & excited to see where it goes.

  • I absolutely love the information that comes to me from SEJ and there’s a lot of it. Keep up the good work.

  • Krist

    Hi John,

    Congratulations… the propeller did not fly off and hit you, while assembling the plane mid-air… Great Job!

    Your enthusiasm… wholesomeness… modest presence was refreshing.

    Keep it up!

    Thanks and God bless.


    PS Kelsey was a good choice… Best of Success to both of you.
    “Quality Never goes Out of Style”


  • Kingged

    I know of the fake guest blog post you are referring to. It caused quite a stir when it was found but it’s good you quickly deleted it and have made plans to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

    We look forward to more awesome content in the coming days that help to maintain what you guys have always been synonymous with – great and helpful content!

  • John,

    I’m really happy that you brought Kelsey Jones to assist you with the editorial process. I hope it will improve the quality of content that everyone has been complaining about.

    Best of luck. Keep it up.

  • Ed

    Congratulations John. I like how you admit that there has been a mistake that’s already been in your precautionary measures on the posts. I still believe in SEJ!

  • Well done John,

    200 emails a day…….you must be a genius and workaholic to reply all of them.

    I look forward to when I will be able to make my first guest post on SEJ.

    The rich and resourceful contents always make me visit SEJ every dawn of a new day, all the way from Nigeria.

  • Great job so far! Exciting times ahead!

  • Great Job John ! All the best for future.

  • Hi John,

    I’m really satisfied that you introduced Kelsey Jackson to help you with the article procedure. I wish it will enhance the high high quality of material that everyone has been stressing about.

    Best of fortune. Keep it up.

  • Jon Gregoire

    Hey John, glad to see this post.

    But what’s up with this post? https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-zebra-merchant-doom/74067/

    It’s also caused quite a stir because a lot of people are pretty sure Zebra is a fake update. This author references no actual Google press releases or articles. Without actual fact, this is more SPAM on your website. Thought you should know