Why World of Warcraft Made Me a Good SEO

This is a guest post from Mitch Monsen. It is part of The 2nd annual “Bad Ass” SEO Guest Blogging Contest. Sometimes you find something that you enjoy so thoroughly (or that helps you escape so well) that it robs you of your time and poisons your relationships. For some, it’s drugs, alcohol. For me, it was World of Warcraft. This isn’t a “MMOs are Satan” post, so don’t close the page. After about a year of being “off the stuff,” I’ve had some time to sit down and really think about WoW and its effect on my life. This post is a rational look at how playing the game the way I did made me into a good SEO. In fact, the hardcore WoW raiding environment could almost be a training ground for potential SEOs, assuming they’re good at breaking meth addictions.I suppose in a way, this is a cathartic exercise for me, as I can’t recall hardly any positive memories from this time period, and this is some way of extracting some benefit from it. Either way, the principles still apply. So why on earth would wasting life playing a video game make you a good SEO? There are several parallels that legitimately surprised me when I investigated them. Networking/Linkbuilding It all started with an ability to network. A lot of people can play World of Warcraft...

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