Shocking news to all in the Search Engine Marketing industry: Danny Sullivan, founder and organizer of Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies, is moving on -- in his own words:
After ten years, I'm leaving Search Engine Watch and almost certainly leaving the Search Engine Strategies conference series as well. My contracts with their owners Incisive Media are expiring, and we've not been able to agree on new ones... [Incisive purchased both SEW and ClickZ from JupiterMedia earlier this year.]
In terms of Search Engine Watch, I'll be serving as editor-in-chief through November 30, 2006. As of December 1, I'm gone, except for an extremely slim chance I might do some columns for them going forward. It's so slim that no one should be expecting that it will happen.
As for SES, I'll still be chairing the SES Multimedia & Mobile Edition show this October in Los Angeles, then the SES Chicago show in December. After that, I'd say there's another extremely slim chance that I might do SES events on a case-by-case basis (again so slim that I'm not expecting it will happen). At the moment, I'm not contracted for any thing beyond those named (I'm currently listed as chairing the SES NY 2007 event, and I've asked that I be removed from the site).
SES has always been the biggest show for SEM and SEO firms, and DigitalGrit has participated in both the New York and San Jose events for many years now.
We're saddened by Danny's departure, and unsure of where the show will go from here. He's been a trusted leader in this space for as long as there's *been* a space, and we wish him well in whatever his next venture is.
...And whatever it is, Danny, count us in for a booth. ;-)
To keep up with Danny Sullivan, grab the feed from his blog, Daggle.