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Interview with a retired SEO - Almog

I had the pleasure to meet Almog this past summer at an entrepreneur meetup in Medellin. At the time, he was doing really well with his own SEO-based business.

Early this year, I caught up with him on Skype and he told me that he was out of the game. No SEO projects running or in the works. In fact, he didn't have any immediate business/career plans...

This made me curious. So I sent am a few questions to answer:

1. What made you decide to leave the SEO world in the short-term and quite possibly the long-term as well?

Almog: Well, I was getting less and less success in my most successful niche in comparison to before. The competition became fiercer and to beat them I'd have to start playing (very) dirty... Basically, what made SEO very profitable for the work has changed dramatically with the stiffening of the competition. At the same time, my new websites (my old ones got penalised and weren't ranking anymore) weren't ranking nearly as well as I'd like them too and were moving waaay too slow up the SERPs.

My Experience in the 2015 World Series of Poker

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I played the World Series of Poker for the first time in 2011. Having been consistently winning at the biggest stakes available in San Francisco (which are a lot lower than the biggest stakes in Vegas), I wondered if I might have a shot at showing well in the tournament.

The World Series of Poker is actually around fifty different tournaments, covering most major varieties of poker games and playing structures. The main event is the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'Em tournament. I play Limit Hold'Em, so I entered the $1500 Limit tournament. Doing well in this tournament is nowhere near as prestigious as doing well in the main event, but it's still a tough test of poker skills, and a pretty big deal.

The top 10-15% of players get "in the money", which means that they win something. Seventieth place might get $2500 back, while first gets almost $200,000. In 2011 I was most likely one hand away from making it into the money.

As I got better at poker, I'd wanted to play again, but competing trips or priorities kept me away until this year. I mentioned to a friend that I was going to play, and he offered to stake me, making it an even easier decision.

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