with Brock Cooper
Ukrainian streets once filled with the laughter of children and hurried walks of people heading to work are now abandoned.
Workers of all kinds have had to abandon their posts to flee their homes or worse – to take up arms and defend their families.
Russia’s invasion has ground life as they knew it to a halt for millions of Ukrainians.
Outpourings of support from the search engine optimization and digital marketing industry abound as many companies and employees hail from the besieged country.
Tech is a $6.8 billion business in Ukraine and thousands of its 4.4 million residents work in the sector.
This invasion hits very close to many of us, even here at Search Engine Journal where the family of Loren Baker, SEJ’s Founder, is currently fighting to defend the people and the land of Ukraine.
The digital marketing and SEO community is a family. And when members of our family are hurting, we provide support in the best ways we know how. We will be adding to this list with updates and additional ways to help.
Google Donating $15 Million & Fighting Disinformation
Google and its employees are donating a combined $15 million in money and in-kind support to aid relief.
The search giant will also donate $5 million in advertising credits to humanitarian and intergovernmental organizations it considers trustworthy.
“In this extraordinary crisis, we are taking extraordinary measures to stop the spread of misinformation and disrupt disinformation campaigns online,” Google President of Global Affairs Kent Walker wrote in a March 1 statement.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and take additional actions as needed — and we join the international community in expressing sincere hope for a return to a peaceful and sovereign Ukraine,” he added.
Google’s announcement also notes that YouTube channels from RT and Sputnik are now blocked across Europe.
Russian state-funded media have had their monetization options across all Google platforms frozen for the time being, and RT is banned from advertising entirely.
Walker also notes that products like Google Pay may become unavailable in some countries as Google strives to comply with government sanctions.
Canceled Conference Event Donates $35,000
The cancelled LRTcon can donate $ 35,102.62 for Ukraine.
Thanks to guests and sponsor @NinjasMarketing
who made this astonishing amount possible.
Speakers, Guest and Friends from Ukraine.
I am very proud about being able to help to so quick and so big.
— Christoph C. Cemper 🇺🇦 🧡 SEO (@cemper) March 1, 2022
Organizer Christoph Cemper added, “We had speakers from Ukraine. LRTcon was headlined by some amazing speakers from Ukraine. We had guests from Ukraine. LRTcon was visited by many competent and nice people from Ukraine… I am very proud about being able to help to so quick and so big. And with this, the story of LRTcon ends.”
Conductor To Pay Salaries Of Drafted Employees To Family
Seth Besmertnik of Conductor provided updates on LinkedIn this week on employee Oleksander Lytvyn, who was risking his life patrolling the streets while his family hunkers down in a parking garage.
“Our Ukraine team has over and over proved to be loyal, dedicated, proud, and open to always getting better.” Besmertnik wrote.
Conductor saw the writing on the wall more than a month ago as Russia provoked and threatened the country, Besmertnik wrote. They provided assistance and incentives for their Ukrainian team to escape.
Half of them chose to flee, but the other half stayed.
They message team members in Ukraine every 12 hours offering monetary and other assistance.
“For those who have stayed, we let them know what if they get drafted, we will provide income to their families as long as they are in service,” Besmertnik wrote.
SERPstats Sends Blog Editor To Volunteer Journalists Initiative
All-in-one SEO platform SERPstat, based in Ukraine, tweeted March 2 that Taras Prystatsky, its Blog Editor, had joined the Ukrainian Volunteer Journalists Initiative.
Today, the company tweeted:
Yesterday, we blocked the accounts of users from Russia.
Also, we’ve stopped updating SERPs for Yandex, Google “ru” and Google “by” databases and the search volume in Yandex databases.
We are grateful to everyone who supports us🙏
Glory to Ukraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/hLLHvlOqDL
— Serpstat (@serpstat) March 3, 2022
WebCEO Donates over $150,000 to the The Armed Forces of Ukraine Fund
During the first days of the Russian invasion to Ukraine, the WebCEO team donated more than $150,000 to the Armed Forces of Ukraine Fund. Since many WebCEO team members have connections with Ukraine, they keep on donating to the Armed Forces of Ukraine Fund as well as several humanitarian funds which provide help to the civilian population of Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees abroad.
Since March 4th, the WebCEO internet marketing platform has restricted access to its online services for Russian users.
SEJ Has Donated $10,000 to Help the Ukrainian Effort & Humanitarian Relief
The Search Engine Journal team has huddled together to donate to both the UNICEF initiative for helping, feeding & clothing children in Ukraine and also Ukraine’s Come Back Alive program. As we’ve stated throughout this post, this war hits very close to home both for us – on the family front and within the search marketing community. We’re here to help … and here are some more examples of how those in the SEO world are also helping our partners in Ukraine.
How SEO Pros Can Help Our Colleagues In Ukraine
Hire a Ukrainian Remote Worker
Olesia Korobka has organized a makeshift database of Ukrainian SEO and digital marketing professionals who are currently looking for remote work.
SEO consultant Alexis Rylko has compiled a post of ‘Awesome SEO & Digital Marketing Tools Made In Ukraine‘ for those who might like to support the cause with their business.
Support Ukrainian Businesses
Julia Nesterets, CEO of crawler and log analyzer tool Jet Octopus, sent a tweet from her vehicle as she and her newborn baby delivered medical supplies, fundraised, and gave demos from the road as she works remote:
Working on all fields in parallel:
– buying medicines for defenders – demoing platform to new customers – being a mom of a newborn and 2 kids. Test @JetOctopus, subscribe. 15% of all sent to support Ukrainian army! pic.twitter.com/q9OEtIqem9
— Julia Nesterets (@JNesterets) March 3, 2022
Ahrefs’ CEO Dmitry Gerasimenko is Ukrainian and offered to double subscriptions of anyone that donates to organizations that support the peace in Ukraine.
If a person donates the amount of a six-month plan, Ahrefs will support them with an entire year of service.
SE Ranking has a message on their website supporting Ukraine and provides links to how people can help.
One points to HelpUkraineWin.org, a resource created by Tumblr’s head of product, Bohdan Kit. There, he shares a form for one-time or monthly donations, a list of ways to donate or volunteer in other ways, and a feed from #StandWithUkraine on Twitter.
SERanking’s head of content Svetlana Shchehel, also an author at Search Engine Journal, recommends that people donate to Unicef to provide much-needed emergency relief for Ukrainian children.
Olga Andrienko, VP of brand marketing at Semrush, tweeted, “We strongly oppose any act of war, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Prowly, our Polish entity, is coordinating an effort to provide some direct relief to people in need within Ukraine via NGO support.”
Any non-governmental organizations wishing to support their efforts can contact them directly at email@example.com.
Digital marketing agency Switch out of Malta has a page on their website dedicated to Ukraine support and every team member is donated one hour per day to humanitarian causes. There is also a contact form where people can request or offer services to help the people of Ukraine.
Make A Pledge To Support Animal Shelters
Duda’s Head of Influencer Marketing Anton Shulke, who is based in Kyiv, is gathering donations to help Ukrainian animal shelters get through this difficult time.
All proceeds from his Buy Me A Coffee site will go directly to different dog and cat shelters in need, keeping these sanctuaries running with much needed pet food and supplies.
Every pledge counts, and no donation is too small.
As of March 17, Shulke has raised approximately $19,310 for animals in Ukraine.
Information and misinformation about the Ukrainian conflict are everywhere, but a band of public relations specialists located in Kyiv wants to make sure the world hears only the truth.
More than 100 PR professionals created a Google form where media can ask for first-hand accounts from experts, volunteers, and eyewitnesses, according to a press release. They can also receive pictures and videos of the war.
Before making any donations or services to support Ukraine, make sure the charity is trustworthy.
Often people take advantage of strife and disaster to make money. There are others that have good intentions but support the cause illegally.
If you are looking for the most trusted place to donate, visit the Support Ukraine page from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
There are also requests circulating for people to participate in DDOS attacks to take down Russian sites.
It must be noted that not only is this illegal, but a well-intentioned person could easily end up participating in something else entirely.
Hope For Quick Resolution
The hearts and minds of the world are on the people of Ukraine as they continue to fight for their freedom against overwhelming odds.
Acrid smoke permeates from the husks of bombed-out buildings and gunfire rings out in the streets as Russian forces take on not only the Ukrainian military but citizens as well.
Search Engine Journal fully supports the people of Ukraine in their time of need and encourages everyone to do what they can to help the thousands of innocents caught in the middle.
With research and notes from Brock Cooper, News Writer.
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