We all knew this was coming. With Danny’s recent departure from Search Engine Watch, the resource he founded which was acquired twice, first by Jupiter Media and then by Incisive, it was only a matter of time before it was expected that a new conference series would be announced. While Danny will continue to chair two more Search Engine Strategies conferences for Incisive – New York in April and San Jose in August, Danny’s new conference series will be called Search Marketing Expo, or SMX for short.
As promised earlier this year, Danny Sullivan’s last day as Editor in Chief at Search Engine Watch is today. He bids farewell in a post at the SEW Blog and reminds us that his new home will be over at Search Engine Land where he will continue to do what he has done so well over the last decade. The goodbye post includes a screenshot of one of the earliest versions of Search Engine Watch, before the site (and Danny) were acquired by Meckermedia. Later on, SEW was acquired once again by its current owner, Incisive Media.
With the news of Danny Sullivan’s soon to be departure from Search Engine Watch, many of us in the industry are now beginning to ponder what the future may hold for the Search Engine Watch site as well as its conferences – Search Engine Strategies. Will it all continue to grow as it has for so many years now or will it die a slow death?
I couldn’t believe the headline as I was going through my RSS feeds this morning, “Leaving Search Engine Watch” found at Danny Sullivan’s personal blog, Daggle. Not only will Danny be departing Search Engine Watch but most certainly Search Engine Strategies as well. After 10 plus years, Danny is leaving because Incisive Media (the company that owns SEW and SES) has failed to renegotiate an acceptable contract to keep Danny at the helm.
He just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Who? Danny Sullivan of course, a name that has become synonymous with search. No not the race car driver, but rather the founder of Search Engine Watch and the Search Engine Strategies Conferences that are held around the world. He was featured in a nice article yesterday on USA Today. Its a good read and I encourage all to check out but here are a few excerpts.
There are few names that are as synonymous with search as Danny Sullivan’s. Yesterday marked the ten year anniversary since Danny started writing about search engines. In a recent entry at Search Engine Watch Blog, he provides a brief history of how he came about this career choice and also chronicles some of the more prominent events that have transpired over the last ten years and. Congratulations, Danny, on ten awesome years.
In case you missed it, Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Watch was recently featured on ABC’s Nightline in a story about Google’s refusal to hand over search data to the Bush administration. I actually heard about it after the fact but was able to see it via subscribed feed through the ABC News web site. Danny got some great air time and of course did an excellent job giving his views on the situation. We also get a peek into Danny’s home office where three huge screens dominate his desktop space.