Lee Odden

Bloggers Faceoff Interview Rand and Lee

I nearly missed mentioning this. Daniel over at Daily Blog Tips does an interesting form of interview where he asks two people the same questions and posts their replies as a sort of “face off”.

In the past he’s done this with Darren Rowse and Jeremy Shoemaker as well as John Chow and Matt Coddington. This week he did such an interview with Rand Fishkin and myself, which might have been better if it were with Rand and Danny or Rand and Matt Cutts, but hey I’m not complaining. 🙂
It’s not much of a faceoff since SEOmoz gets 10 times the traffic Online Marketing Blog does. Despite that, many of our answers are quite similar with the exception of the questions about reading just one blog and a one word description that describes the reason for blog success. Thank you Daniel for the exposure!

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. It was my pleasure Lee! Also the face-offs are pretty unpredictable. Last round Matt Coddington (who has been blogging for quite a short time) beat the dot com mogul John Chow.

    And by the way, you are also beating Rand right now :)!

  2. Ha, trust me Daniel, it won’t be that way for long. 🙂

  3. Avatar Aaron Pratt says

    Nothing personal but those interviews are empty, no more than a new form of content spam. (just an opinion) Did you say John Chow? LOL! Nuff’ said man…

  4. Yeah, the answers were edited down to fit in the little boxes, so not all the info is there. It would have been different if our answers were completely different I think.

  5. Aaron, the objective of the face-off was just to create something interesting and funny for the readers.

    Readers are liking it so far, the first two editions got like 60 comments each, and that is a lot for my blog.

    You are right the interviews are not that long, but I wanted to try something new.

  6. Hey Daniel, Aaron is a “glass half empty” kinda guy, so no worries. I think it’s an interesting way to do an interview.

  7. Avatar Aaron Pratt says

    Damn right homie! =P

  8. These are great interviews, I caught the one with Rowse and Shoemaker and I just read the Rand and Lee one. For some reason they feel more honest. Not like your trying to give a bunch of marketing blah blah…just shooting from the heart.

    Lee, don’t be so modest. I get just as much useful info from you as I do from seomoz.

    Daniel, these are great. Keep it up 🙂

  9. Thanks Drew, I appreciate the comments.