LOL…WHAT?!? SEOs Have A Field Day With Google’s SEO Job Posting

The SEO industry fills Twitter with snark, jokes and plenty of reactions to the news that Google is looking for an SEO Manager.


Google is trolling! It’s like SEO inception! How ironic, Google needs an SEO!

Those are just some of the themes that emerged in the past 24 hours since we reported on Search Engine Land that Google is looking to hire an SEO Manager.

According to the job description, Google wants someone who can, “…take part in website development and optimization, help shape blog and social strategy, improve website code hygiene and define web architecture for international websites.”

The minimum qualifications include a BA/BS degree in computer science or engineering with at least two years of SEO experience; the preferred qualifications listed a “strong understanding of technical SEO” with knowledge of Java, C/C++ or Python.

The story has so far prompted about 9,000 social shares, almost four dozen comments on the article itself, and a lot of commentary on Twitter. Below are some of our favorites.

Those last couple tweets are representative of another common reaction: If a company like Google is hiring an SEO, it’s a testament to the value of good SEO.

If you prefer Facebook, there are also some good reactions on Search Engine Land’s original post (July 16, 2015) to check out.

(Thanks to Amy Gesenhues for assistance with this article.)

About The Author

Matt McGee is the Editor-In-Chief of Search Engine Land. His news career includes time spent in TV, radio, and print journalism. After leaving traditional media in the mid-1990s, he began developing and marketing websites and continued to provide consulting services for more than 15 years. His SEO and social media clients ranged from mom-and-pop small businesses to one of the Top 5 online retailers. Matt is a longtime speaker at marketing events around the U.S., including keynote and panelist roles. He can be found on Twitter at @MattMcGee and/or on Google Plus. You can read Matt’s disclosures on his personal blog. You can reach Matt via email using our Contact page.

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