#Ravenchat guest Ross Hudgens on penguins, egos and Duckman

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#Ravenchat guest Ross Hudgens on penguins, egos and Duckman

One of the brightest minds in SEO thought joins Raven on Twitter next week. Ross Hudgens will be our special guest for #Ravenchat May 23 at 3 pm CST (GMT-5).

ross-hudgensRoss is SEO Manager at Full Beaker Inc. and is well known for being a “big thinker” when it comes to SEO and the link building process. He writes frequently on his link building blog and has been featured on SEOMoz, AOL, Search Engine Watch and more. He can also be seen speaking at Internet marketing events across the country.

Like other good sports of the Internet marketing world before him, we asked Ross to answer 10 questions from the Vanity Fair Proust questionnaire.

Read on to find out his greatest achievement, what he hopes happens to Internet marketing jerks and why he identifies with Duckman.

  1. What is your greatest fear?
    Looking back at my life without being proud of what I’ve done – a combination of that and feeling like I am not continually progressing forward or upward in some way at any given moment.
  2. What is your most treasured possession?
    My ability to not have one. I’m not a minimalist that owns only eight to ten things, but I pride myself on not having a strong attachment to “stuff.” My walls are pretty bare. That said, I also own some stupidly expensive stuff, but sometimes that’s also a somewhat justified cost that’s required to project success, which can be important in the business world (and in life).
  3. What do you most value in your friends?
    Loyalty and consistency. I would drop everything I’m doing and fly across the country for the right request. I expect the same from them – and it has and will occur again, most likely. True friends also don’t disappear, even if communication is temporarily lost. Pick up one phone call and they’re still there and just as engaged as always.
  4. Where would you like to live?
    On a beachfront property where the water is clear, the sky is blue and the weather, warm. I currently live in Seattle where it rains all the time, so the dichotomy there can tend to be pretty depressing at times.
  5. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
    Continuing to grow personally and professionally while surrounded by my best friends (and also my awesome girlfriend).
  6. Who are your heroes in real life?
    Merlin Mann constantly inspires me – I listen to his podcast Back to Work at least two hours a day while I’m working, sometimes more. He used to run the most popular productivity blog on the internet, 43Folders, and has since moved on to his podcast. He’s still amazing and has a great viewpoint on the type of work we should be doing.
  7. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
    Hopefully not a panda or penguin, that might cause me to instantly jump off a bridge somewhere.
  8. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
    Ego. It is really frustrating talking to some people at conferences who clearly have let speaking once or twice or some kind of job success get to their head. It’s OK to have a healthy ego, but when you’re a jerk constantly because you think you’re hot stuff, I really hope that your site has another animal update run over it.
  9. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    Having what I consider the best job in the world, heading up marketing here at Full Beaker. Nobody knows it, but I am lucky enough to run in a utopia environment of free reign experimentation, executive SEO buy-in, incredible work environment, and countless other benefits that just make it an amazing place to work.
  10. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
    For some reason my first thought here was Duckman, so I’m going to go with that.

Follow along with the #Ravenchat hashtag on May 23 at 3 pm CST (GMT-5) to talk with Ross about SEO tips and trends, scalable link building and how to make the most of your Raven account. We guarantee you’ll learn something!

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