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Happy Anniversary WebmasterWorld!
Brett_Tabke




msg:510697
 7:51 pm on Jun 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

On June 19th 2000, we moved over here from Search Engine World. There was two days of testing where both the old software and the new software was online at the same time.

[webmasterworld.com...]

Thank you to every one who has been part of the creation and growth of this site. When I started on this domain a year ago, I had a set of goals in mind to reach within one year. All of those goals were filled at the end of Novemeber last year.

We went from averaging 10-15 posts a day, to now averaging 70 active threads and over 500 messages per day. We went from around 400 total posts, to now more than 10000 public and private with over 50k messages total. In February, we passed one million hits a month and haven't looked back.

We are now read by many major net entities - we have won some prestigious awards - been mentioned in numerous publications from The Register to ZDnet, and are the clear leader in discussion for the SEO industry.

I think probably the best two compliments the site has received over the last year was from a competing forum manager who said when he wanted to know what was really going on, he read here. The other was from a search engine administrator who said they knew their index had been updated when they read it first on WebmasterWorld.

Combine all that, and there is little doubt we have far exceeded the goals I set last year at this time. I must admit, at times it has been overwhelming.

My philosophy and strategic vision for the site was simple : give people a place to discuss things openly, respect their posts as though it was on their own site, and support them when and where you can. I laid out those guidelines because I felt so many sites on the net simply don't respect their own members. I knew as long as we pushed to keep the post quality high and engaged in quality discussions, that we could have something special here.

Moderators:
I would like to thank each and everyone of the moderators for their contributions over the last year. We wouldn't be here today without you. I only hope you are seeing rewards for your effort. Members should take a few minutes and wander through some of the moderators profiles and visit their sites. There is an amazing diversity among them and a real education into site design. At one point early this spring, we figured that between the moderators, we controlled the strings to over two thousand domains.

I also like to take a minute to thank a few people who've supported both the forum site and searchengineworld for quite a few years. RC (Bob) Jordan has at times put more time and effort into WebmasterWorld than many of us combined. Last fall when we were struggling to get going, I could always count on RC for a couple posts a day - that went so far in getting us started and keeping the place interesting. (hey, next week is Foo forum week - no rest for the weary!)

Littleman, NFFC, DaveAtIFG, Air, Oil, Stcrim, OldTimer, Engine, Seth, James "this is money" R, Fantomaster, and the others that were with us a year ago - thank you. Special thanks to NFFC for all the double checking and time he's spent here over the last year and little for the scripting and SEO help. I wish I could name everyone and point out their contributions. It is quite a team that I am honored and proud to be part of - the diversity from ages to backgrounds to geographic locations is something to see (we really are WebmasterWORLD).

And thank you to the silent partner for the support for the last year. She's put up with more than I care to remember.

The Future
If you've read in this sub-board lately, you know we been having some discussions about the future of the site. Let me reassure several concerned members that nothing has been decided yet. Nothing is set in stone. I brought up several different ideas to generate more ideas and get member feedback to them and to involve you in the process.

My management style is that of a consensus builder. I like to have everyone onboard and in agreement when the train leaves the station. All of the ideas and possibilities are being given due consideration one-by-one. I have not predecided which one it is going to be - or any of them at all. We are still looking for more options. Don't be surprised if we do some testing over the next few weeks.

Focus
I think everyone realizes that we have just about got the SEO end of things down pat. The real potential for more growth lies in expanding our horizons more toward site development and broadbased side administration topics. That doesn't mean we will abandon SEO in any way at all. Seo is what built the site and what continues to sustain it. We will just be broadening our outlook a bit more and promoting some of the general forums more aggressively.

Raise glass, here's to another great year!

 

engine




msg:510698
 8:06 pm on Jun 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

I'll second that.

The members here play a major role in shaping this, their own resource.

Come on now, let's thank Brett too for giving us this opportunity to be part of an excellent community.

*Clinking of glasses*

Here's to WmW.

mivox




msg:510699
 8:21 pm on Jun 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

When I first joined up here, I never would have guessed the site was so new... Wow.

Thanks so much to Brett for putting such an outstanding (and sucessful) effort into building a real community where the rest of us could make our contributions! Finding a balance between "running the site" and letting it truly be a "members' community" is a tricky balance, I'm sure... Brett's done it exceptionally well!

[big]Hear-hear![/big] ::clink::

tedster




msg:510700
 8:29 pm on Jun 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

My glass is raised for us all! And especially for Brett, whose rare combination of technical savvy, business knowledge and HEART is the power that fuels these boards.

jimbo_mac




msg:510701
 9:20 pm on Jun 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

Congratulations to all involved.
Great site, dont know how I did without it.

go easy on the champers now :)
we dont need you falling over.

rcjordan




msg:510702
 10:36 pm on Jun 21, 2001 (gmt 0)

>when we were struggling to get going, I could always count on RC for a couple posts a day - that went so far in getting us started

To think, I just came looking for 'The Collective' script, and I was trying to decide about cloaking... Today, The Collective has been nuked and I'm still deciding about cloaking.

Whew! Where to begin? I guess I came into Sew/WebmasterWorld as one of the few publishers with relatively high mileage on the website odometer, both in terms of traffic and years spent getting there. My web experience was broad, but not overly deep re any one facet of the webmastering or SEO business. Themes caught my eye because it explained some puzzling successes I was having at the time. But I do have a vivid recollection that my real concern was the state of the industry, the spidering SEs in particular. But there really wasn't anywhere to get a good overview of the business side of the internet.

FOO just happened. Brett had it set up as a systems message board and general catch-all. There were -maybe- 6 or 7 other forums dedicated to the specific engines and cloaking. We wanted to talk about Napster, what was likely to happen on the legal front. FOO was handy. Then, [to be continued in FOO week]

Anyway, it's been one heckuva year! Congrats to all that have made it a roaring success!

WebRookie




msg:510703
 12:56 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

To Brett, RC, and all the superb moderators, my greatest appreciation to you. The success you've achieved in making this forum top notch takes extreme effort and care on your part. To all the users who share their trials and wisdom every day with me, thank you for being part of the community here.

Congratulations to Webmasterworld, and many more years to come!

Air




msg:510704
 1:07 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

To Brett, WmW, and all moderators and members, great year, and here's to another great upcoming year! !!clink!!

Nice job Brett, you deserve a pat on the back, (ok, you too RC) :)

Bentler




msg:510705
 1:22 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

You've done a great job on this site Brett. Besides setting the tone for courteous, helpful discussion, you've been diligent in weeding out flames and off topic garbage that upsets discussions and damages the reputation of forums. And the site is nicely designed with all the features a discussion site like this should have, in just the right places. You run a classy operation.

pmac




msg:510706
 3:31 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

I must also wade in with my thank yous. As a newbie I was was made to feel welcome from the day I arrived, and my business continues to be impacted in a positive way from the help I get here. A couple of the moderators have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me. This site is all about karma I think.

"Cheers"

angiolo




msg:510707
 10:31 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Congratulations to everybody!

This site is the best ste regarding SEO on the net.

I think that it could be recommended from the "hearth deseas association"! No panic when you disappear from a search engine: have a look at Webmasterworld!

Webmasterworld is like a site clinic!

angiolo

knighty




msg:510708
 11:05 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

It's all right i suppose ;)

hehe excellent site!

We've come so far and still got far to go!

GWJ




msg:510709
 11:37 am on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

Keep up the great work Brett. To all the moderators you amaze me on a daily basis with how involved you are.

Thanks again,

Brian

Macguru




msg:510710
 12:30 pm on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

This place really got me hooked!

WebmasterWorld is the most pertinent and up to date SEO knowledge base ever.
Thanks to all administrators, moderators and members for making this place such a treasure.

Special thanks to our host Brett who invested so much time in it.

When I came in, SEO was a hobby for me. It is now a 45 hrs a week hobby, my main income source
and the topic my girlfriend do not ever want to hear about! :)

The results I can now provide to my clients makes them very satisfied.

Discovering WebmasterWorld was nothing less than a crossroad in my life.

Longue vie WebMasterWorld!

startup




msg:510711
 11:14 pm on Jun 22, 2001 (gmt 0)

The favorite bottle of bubbly goes "Pop".
Thank you to Brett, the moderators and everyone involved in making WMW what it is today.



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