Tony Hill recently asked the question whether or not Rand Fishkin was “The New Danny Sullivan”. It’s a nice title and makes for good link bait, but to set the record straight, in the minds of many of the “old school” SEO’s, Danny is the “father of SEO” and it will be hard to outrank him (pun intended). Don’t get me wrong, few others in the industry have made the strides that Rand has; SEOmoz is a phenomenally successful & unique SEO firm (who else has the courage to link to their competitors and not ask for referral fees from them). Before we bestow Danny’s title on Rand, let’s not forget Search Engine Watch (and the buyout), Calafia Consulting (pretty much flies under the radar), and then the rather handsome salary Danny was able to command from the folks that bought his site.
As I thought more, I figured I would ask Google, so I did just that courtesy of Googlefight.com and here are the results.
As did Tony, I want to point out that Rand and Danny are two of the people that our industry should be thankful for.