SEO SEM Training & Certification

November 18, 2006

Fresh Egg announces first SEO Intern Training graduate – Rebecca Kelley

Filed under: search engine marketing,sem,SEM SEO Training,seo — David Temple @ 9:51 pm

When I first blogged about Fresh Egg’s SEO Intern Training Programme I commented “this internship is a great shot for someone”.  Little did I realize that I would find blog fodder to continue this story. Of course when I heard that Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz had sent Rebecca to this training I had to follow the story.  After all how many people could say they’ve had the opportunity to learn from such seo luminaries as Rand and Ammon Johns? Well now Rebecca can say that since she passed the training program “with flying colours” according to Ammon.

She’s now also the first (and so far only) SEO practitioner in the world to have worked with both Rand Fishkin and myself, and to have learned from both. It will be interesting to watch her future career and see what she does from such an interesting starting point in her first year in this industry. Of course, it comes as no surprise, I’m certain, that Rebecca came through the training and graduated with flying colours.

Rebecca obviously enjoyed the experience and I’m sure she got the most out of it. Here’s what she had to say;

This experience was very valuable for me because it gave me an opportunity to learn SEO from someone other than Rand. Rand is a fantastic teacher and has taught me all I know about SEO, so to learn under a different perspective was fascinating in that it sometimes forced me to approach tasks differently than what I’m used to, and it also gave me a stronger understanding of why Rand does things a certain way.

You can read more about this at the Fresh Egg blog and Rebecca will be no doubt going into further detail at the Daily SEO Blog when she gets back and gathers her thoughts. Congrats Rebecca, not only looking forward to what you have to say about the SEO Intern Training Programme but also looking forward to all your future posts.
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  1. I’m glad that you’ve been following the progress on this story, David. It has been an interesting, exciting, and rewarding experience for all concerned I believe. Certainly it is my understanding that Rebecca has some wider experiences, and a few hot ideas to take back to SEOmoz with her.

    Our next intern, BJ Wright, has already arrived, flying in from Idaho in a marathon 26-ish hours of travel. So while Rebecca made referrence to An American Werewolf in London for her post, poor BJ was more like an American Zombie by the time he finally got here, having gotten no sleep in transit.

    He’ll have the weekend to recover, ready to begin his one-month Scholarship training on Monday. He has four weeks of intensive training and immersive work experience ahead. But at the end of that, he’ll know exactly what it is to be in the same SEO team as myself and Lee Colbran, and pulling his weight within that team.

    Comment by Ammon — November 19, 2006 @ 3:11 am | Reply

  2. No doubt Rebecca was able to learn quite a bit and take some good info back to SEOmoz. It will be interesting to see what she writes about at the Daily SEO Blog. I’m sure BJ “American Zombie” Wright will have a great experience as well. Keep us informed.

    Comment by semcertification — November 19, 2006 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  3. Well, BJ is already on the blog at Fresh Egg speaking about his reasons for taking a month away from his job, his wife, and his home in Idaho, to pay his own way in training with us.

    It is a great insight. It paints him as a determined and motivated person prepared to take calculated risks – traditionally powerful qualities of the successful. I have always regarded it as a great honour and privilige to be able to mentor people like BJ, like Rebecca, and like others who see the value in the opportunity.

    Some say we are nuts to be doing this as a non-profit venture. Fact is that we enjoy it. We have a passion for SEO/SEM, and a real passion is not something you keep to yourself, but rather is something that is at its finest when shared with others who can share that passion.

    Comment by Ammon — November 22, 2006 @ 12:42 am | Reply

  4. Some say your nuts for other reasons too but I won’t go into that ;). You’re spot on with the passion part (my only reason for this blog). Kudos to BJ for taking a calculated risk and going for it. His passion will translate well and we wish him the best in his adventures.

    Comment by semcertification — November 22, 2006 @ 1:08 am | Reply

  5. […] Rebecca from SEOmoz wrote a fascinating post about her trip across the pond and tells us about her daily life in jolly old England. She was the first graduate of Fresh Egg’s Internship SEO Training.   Ammon Johns, aka Black_Knight, a guy who’s been dispensing seo info since before most people heard of seo, was one of her instructors.  If you want to hear more from him, head over to the cre8asite forums where he dispenses his wisdom at no charge. […]

    Pingback by Rebecca Kelley reveals all in her Fresh Egg windup « SEM SEO Certification & Training — December 3, 2006 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

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