Please Welcome the New Editor of SEJ, John Rampton

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John Rampton BioI’m excited to introduce John Rampton as the new Managing Editor of Search Engine Journal. John is a great guy with a lot of love for this community. We know he will bring a level of expertise that SEJ needs and he brings an understanding of the blogging community that is required to be good at this job.

As a writer himself he understands the sacrifices our writers make to continually contribute to SEJ. This quality is one I personally appreciate, from both a writer’s and editor’s perspective.

As many of you know the success and future of SEJ is important to me. I think John is a great choice. I know that the SEJ community is in good hands with John and I urge you to reach out to him and get to know him better.

John’s Background:

John is the founder of as well as the PPC guru behind Maple North. He graduated from the University of Utah in Economics. He has been in the online marketing industry for the past 10 years consulting companies and growing businesses online. He has been written about on Forbes as being a leading Blogging expert.  He has spoken at Blog World, Affiliate summit, SES and several other conferences around the world.  We’re excited about his expertise and love of Internet marketing and how much he brings to the SEJ community.

Future Plans for SEJ:

We are excited to keep up great content from loved authors around the globe. We want to work closely with all the amazing people out there that make up the SEJ community. John stated to me yesterday:

 “I will rely on the SEJ community for feedback, suggestions, ideas and proposals on how we can make things better.  It’s you who we rely on to make us better.  We’re here for the community and want to make SEJ even better!”

“I’m excited and honored to be a part of the great team behind SEJ.  I’m looking forward to working with the great authors and contributors to SEJ.  I would love to hear from our fans on ideas that you have to make SEJ better. Looking forward to hearing from everyone.”

John’s Contact Info

You can find John on Twitter @JSRampton or email him at

A Personal Thank You

it is time for me to step away, but I want to clarify some things and thank some people before I go. I know some of you are aware that I stepped back in at SEJ temporarily in December. Neither I or the company that owns SEJ, Alpha Brand Media, planned on me staying on long-term. We have worked together to find the best new editor we could for SEJ and we are thankful we found John.

I have always enjoyed the SEJ community and working one-on-one with the writers that contribute to SEJ. I want to thank all the people that have supported me as editor when I came to SEJ in October 2011. You made my work even more fun than it already was.

I want to thank all the writers that have supported SEJ, and also me, by contributing. I also want to thank the SEJ community for being just fantastic people that continually support SEJ as a whole; your dedication is what keeps us going.

I want to thank Loren Baker for offering me this job and giving me the opportunity way back when :). It has been a blast and I really enjoyed it.

I truly hope that everyone welcome’s John with open arms. He will be a great and supportive editor. 


Melissa Fach

Melissa Fach

Melissa is the owner of SEO Aware, LLC. She is a consultant and trainer helping companies make the most of their content marketing and SEO. She specializes is the Psychology behind blogging and content marketing. Melissa is also an associate on the Community team at Moz, an associate and writer at CopyPress and an editor at Authority Labs. She is a self-proclaimed Star Wars and Internet geek and volunteers with big cats at
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  • Michelle Stinson Ross

    Thank you Melissa for all that you’ve done for SEJ. It’s been a total pleasure working with you.

    Welcome, John! I’m excited to see what we can do for the SEJ community.

    • John Rampton

      Me too, excited to work with you!

  • Melissa Fach

    Thanks, Michelle. I appreciate it. It has been awesome working with you as well 🙂 You are awesome!

    • John Rampton

      You’ve seriously been amazing. I’ve got BIG shoes to fill!

      • Stu Draper

        Melissa, I have learned a ton from SEJ over the years. Thanks for you what you did. John, if anyone can fill the shoes, you can. Really excited to see what you do with this!

    • Michelle Stinson Ross

      You’re making me blush, Melissa. Good things on the way for all!

  • Pratik Dholakiya

    Welcome John! I hope you’ll make the SEJ community more awesome than what Melissa made 😉

    You rock Melissa! Thanks for all your great work and the support!

    • Melissa Fach

      Pratik, you rock! If I can ever do anything for you let me know.

      • Pratik Dholakiya

        Sure thing, I will

  • Victor

    Congrats John! Thanks for all these years of great news Melissa 🙂

    • Melissa Fach

      Thanks Victor!

  • Franklin Manuel

    I’m really happy to see John Rampton as the Managing Editor of SEJ. As a friend, I hearty wish him best of luck and I’m sure he will take SEJ to another level.

    • Adam

      I second Franklin’s comment! 😉 John has always been a great friend and mentor to me. Now everyone at the SEJ has that opportunity. Good luck with your new endeavor John 😀

  • Timothy Carter

    Melissa! You have been amazing as the SEJ editor. I know all writers who have had the chance to work with you have enjoyed the relationship. I know I’ve enjoyed working with you.

    Congratulations John on the big shoes to fill. I know we’re all excited to have you take the reigns of SEJ and run with it!

    • Melissa Fach

      Thanks, Tim. You know I think you are awesome 🙂

    • John Rampton

      Very true, Melissa is pretty amazing. I’ve got very big shoes to fill!

  • Dylan

    I know John Rampton personally, and he is an honest credible source! I think it is a perfect fit to be part of SEJ. Congratulations John!

    • John Rampton

      Thanks Dylan!

  • Andrew Pincock

    Thanks Melissa and a big welcome to John! I’m excited to see the transition unfold.

  • Robin

    Congratulations John 🙂 great and impressive profile.


    • John Rampton

      Thanks man!

  • Devin Harper

    Exciting news! I raise my cup to you sir John. SEJ is lucky to have you!

    • John Rampton

      Thanks Devin!

  • Karisma Sand

    Congratulations John and don’t stop here!

  • Arienne Holland

    Melissa, you have done great work — feel free to hit me up with anything you need anytime. I’m happy you found a wonderful replacement, too. Welcome, John! Same invitation goes for you 🙂

    • John Rampton

      Shoot me an email! Ps, I loved your 8 writing triggers post last week (I think, lol) Trying to put the “Curiosity” into things a bit more!

  • Courtney Seiter

    Yay John! Congrats and best of luck to you. I know you’ll do great things and carry on the great sense of humor and community that Melissa so beautifully sustained.

    And yay Melissa! You did a kick-ass job here and I have no doubt will continue to do so in whatever comes next.

    • John Rampton

      I sure hope so… Hope to see much more of you around here!

  • Saijo George

    Hi John

    Congrats on the new role at SEJ, looking fwd to your contributions to the site 🙂


    Dear Melissa

    You are a super star and you will be missed dearly, all the very best to you in your future endeavors.

  • Ken Jones

    Welcome aboard John. SEJ’s gone from strength to strength under Melissa’s stewardship. I’m really looking forward to seeing where you take it from here. (No pressure or anything 😉

    • John Rampton

      No… no pressure at all… hahaha!

  • Stuart McHenry

    Welcome aboard John! 🙂

    Sorry to see Melissa go. 🙁

  • Stephnie

    congratulations John we wish you best of luck here

  • Tom Demers

    Bit late to the party here but I wanted to thank Melissa publicly as she’s been really great to work with (as everyone’s mentioned) and has done a great job with the site.

    Of course best of luck to John as well – excited to see what’s in store for the site!