23 Nov 2011

What Are VM-ers #Thankful for This Year?

November 23, 2011VM News

What Are VM-ers #Thankful for This Year

What internet marketing, social media, link building, SEO industry items are you #thankful for this Thanksgiving season? I asked this very question of the staff here at Vertical Measures and their answers were just as varied as their personalities. Check out their answers below and feel free to add your own in the comments below. Happy Thanksgiving!



To see what the search bots see.

-Ardala E., Project Manager


I am most thankful for our QuickBooks accounting software – don’t know how I would manage without it!

-Andi K., V.P. of Operations

I am thankful for my co-workers, our very own experts at Vertical Measures. Without them, my job would be a million times harder, and not nearly as fun!

@cliquekaila, @azardie, @amandaF, @valleyofthesuns, @ajancovich, @davidbgould, @arnieK, @danielscottd, @andiKuenn, @sarahschager, @mjhuber, @pattyaz23

-Sarah M. (@running4it), Marketing Manager

I’m thankful for Raven (RavenTools.com), OpenSiteExplorer, SEO for Firefox extension, NoDoFollow, my spreadsheets, Rand Fishkin (http://www.seomoz.org) and Ross Hudgens (http://www.rosshudgens.com/).

-Michael S., Link Manager

I’m thankful for our awesome clients. I’m able to learn so much by working with a diverse number of in-house SEO experts and having a chance to talk high level strategy with each of them. I’m also incredibly thankful for the wonderful team I get to work with on a day-to-day basis. They share awesome resources, knowledge, and ideas that help us all do our jobs better.

I’m also very thankful for our wonderful blog readers who like reading our content, sharing our content, and telling others about it too. It’s amazing to see how far our blog has grown in the past 3 years I’ve worked at Vertical Measures.

-Kaila S., Account Manager


I’m thankful for our great network of writers that provide quick turnarounds when needed and always produce really unique, solid content.

-Ann-Marie J., Promotions & Content Manager

I am thankful for Facebook and Twitter.  Those of you who have known me for a few years probably just fell out of your chairs. After all, I hated Twitter when it first came out. And was befuddled by Facebook for a long time.  But Twitter has allowed me to meet some great people who have turned into some great, new friends. People like @matt_siltala  @alanbleiweiss @thos003 @joehall @lookadoo @TonyVerre @Daver @Skitzzo @chiropractic @melyssatweeting @davidwallace and all the people associated with #SEOChat (and many others I have failed to rattle off here). They have become true friends.   Facebook has enabled me to connect with my old friends. It helped me arrange a gathering with some friends in Ohio that I have not seen in over 20 years. Through Facebook, I had a high school classmate surprise me one day in my office.  I had not seen him in 30+ years. Lastly, it provides a forum for me to share in my friends and family’s experiences.  Something that was just about impossible a few years ago. Oh and both platforms have actually brought in business for Vertical Measurers – a pure bonus! #Thankful

-Arnie K., Owner/President

Spotify: It supports my fix for finding new music and great tracks to work too throughout the day.
Adobe Illustrator: The heart and soul of my design work. I design everything in Illustrator, from sketches to ideas, doodles to finished goods; it all ends up in this scrumptious vector toting toolbag of awesomeness.
My sketch book: Great for random quick ideas.
My Panasonic RP-HTX7 headphones: The low ends may not be low enough, but it still allows me to crank up the obnoxious tunes and not bother my neighbors.

-Dan D., Graphic Designer

Thankful for the hard working mommy bloggers who so willingly want to promote our clients!

Thankful for Kaila’s weekly “go to” link building e-mails when we are stuck on clients.

Thankful for Google for keeping me employed and all the fancy widgets that come with it! :)

Thankful for WhoIs.com so I still have a way of finding webmaster’s who do not want to put their e-mail addresses on their website to avoid pesky link builders like myself.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Amanda F., Online Marketing Specialist

I’m thankful for Hootsuite, the dynamic platform that helps me monitor client branded accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and soon – Google +.

-Sarah S., Internet Marketing Strategist


I’m thankful for all the webmasters that allow us to stop by their site and drop links in their content comment fields.  The discussions are right on target for our keywords and we’re able to add something valuable to the conversation and at the same time include a link.  Some of them are nice enough to give us an html editor so we can even include anchor text.   And a big thank you for not moderating us out.

-Mike H., Director of Client Services


I am thankful for great design and coding sites like Smashing (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ ) A List Apart (http://www.alistapart.com/) Fast Company (http://www.fastcodesign.com/ ) and CSS-Tricks (http://css-tricks.com/), for inspiration and insight

I am thankful for Lifehacker, for great life-tweaking tips that make me a marginally better human being (http://lifehacker.com/)

And last, I’m thankful for semantic code and web standards. Often ignored and abused, they are the true heroes and will have their comeuppance one day. Keep fighting the good fight.

-David G., Web & Design Strategist