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Scandal Rocks SEMPO, Board Members Asked to Resign
In a scathing article by Mike Grehan, the future of SEMPO is called into question. Not only does Mike criticize the lack of achievements thus far, but he also makes some serious allegations about the ethics of the board of directors.
"SEMPO has approved a $1,500 per week stipend to Ms Coll. This amounts to a salary of $78,000, to fund a part time effort from someone who already has a full time job running a SEM business. Some might ask whether this attractive salary such could have been used to bring on board an executive experienced in building trade associations......."
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joined:Apr 13, 2002
The ideals were good, but the execution has not been as vigorous as one would have hoped. I took a wait and see approach... and I'm still waiting.
As I recall, some of our members ended up founding their own organization, and called it JUMBO.
[edited by: martinibuster at 6:47 pm (utc) on July 27, 2004]
What exactly do you get from SEMPO...
$78,000 is pretty close the the average for nonprofits that have budgets of $1M to $9M
Does SEMPO's webmaster make $35K?
I couldn't agree more with MG's comments about needing an organization to focus on individuals instead of firms, and one that helps develop the industry by developing qualified people.
Like any nascent industry, SEO has developed its own 'good ole boys' network and it seems as if SEMPO has only served to contribute to that, although I don't believe that was ever part of the plan. I think it just happened due to the way the group has developed through its creation and first year.
It would be great to see a redirection and refocus of the group, one that emphasizes serving the industry and the individuals in it, no matter where they work and what their company name is.
</off soapbox> :)
Sure, but I think the original gripe -- by Mike Grehan -- was that this was the only piece of news/Press Release that the organisation generated in a year:
And it is clear that the board of directors of SEMPO is a SEM powerhouse. Enough to get a good spread of column inches throughout the trade press. And they achieved just that. But since that launch...
Well since that launch, the biggest news is that they have appointed a new member to the board. However, there appeared to be no communication of this to the membership
At SES conference this seemed to be very much the case.
I was hoping that joining SEMPO would, in a way, extend the magic that happened at SES and in the SEMPO meeting -- and I suspect if I picked up the phone it would.
However, I have learned far more here at WebmasterWorld than I have through SEMPO and I keep waiting for something to happen.
It is a great bunch of people, no doubt.
I remain faithful that something will happen to allay all these concerns.
joined:Apr 13, 2002
I'll make myself clear:
SEMPO has been virtually invisible in terms of raising awareness about SEM/SEO, especially in regard to their output of meaningful press releases.
Maybe the research is still in production? Maybe the papers being written? Maybe articles are in the mail? Maybe not...
For $78k a year, Barbara should bring SOMEthing into the public's eye!
Barbra.... be SEMPO_LADY or get someone to be SEMPO_GUY so we can see some representation!