For Marketing Land’s First Birthday, A New Editor-In-Chief & Expansion Plans

Marketing Land is celebrating its first birthday today, and as we go into our second year — some news! We have a new editor-in-chief as well as some expansion plans coming up.

Congratulations to Matt McGee, on his new position as Editor-In-Chief of Marketing Land and Search Engine Land! He begins on January 1, 2013.

Matt joined our publications in September 2008 as assignment editor for Search Engine Land, and he was promoted to executive news editor in December 2010. In his new position, he’ll handle day-to-day operations of both Marketing Land and Search Engine Land, as well as oversee the strategic directions of the sites.

Chris Sherman, who is executive editor, will take the new title of founding editor. He’ll continue to write for our sites, but most of his time these days goes into overseeing our SMX conference programming, as part of his promotion to Vice President of Event Programming that happened in February.

I’ll be taking the same title, founding editor. I’ll be continuing to write for our sites just as I already have, but I’ll also be spending more time on my other job that few likely even know I have, that of Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, our publisher and the company I co-founded in 2006.

In related news, Third Door Media is declaring its first dividend today. TDM never took outside investment, so our shareholders are our early employees. All our employees have been instrumental in turning TDM into a growth success story despite the troubled economic times.

We’re also reinvesting in our business, with plans to hire three additional full-time writers shortly after the New Year, to allow Marketing Land and Search Engine Land to continue to grow.

A new assistant features editor will help us grow our columns. We plan to add a full-time paid media reporter to better watch over paid search, social and display advertising areas. We’ll be adding a general assignment reporter to expand the coverage we do on all aspects of internet marketing. We’ll be posting news on these openings soon.

We’ve also got some exciting plans on how we’ll be promoting both sites with community outreach efforts in the near future. Stay tuned.

As I started with, it’s Marketing Land’s first birthday, and the site has been a huge success, with our readership constantly growing. On behalf of all the staff, it’s our pleasure and privilege to be writing on these topics for you all, and we look forward to doing even more next year.

Finally, my thanks to our hard-working staff, contributors and columnists for all they’ve done over the past year!

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About The Author: is Founding Editor of Marketing Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search marketing and internet marketing issues, who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle (and keeps his disclosures page there). He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as @dannysullivan.

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  • Jim Rudnick

    Absolutely great news for us SEO types, eh! Kudos to Matt for earning the job and to SEL for the ability to pick a real winner! Matt…hoping to share another meal with you soon! And can’t wait to see the direction SEL takes under your leadership! :-)

  • Mike Arnesen

    Huge congratulations to Matt and everyone else! All your success is very well-deserved!

  • Matt McGee

    thx a bunch, Mike!

  • Matt McGee

    thx Jim, much appreciated. I can promise more coverage on both sites of U2 and the Seattle Seahawks. Super excited! ;-)

  • RavenCourtney

    Congrats, Matt! Excited to see where you’ll take this awesome community.

  • Michael Dorausch

    A huge congratulations to Matt McGee, I LOVE reading news like this. Also, to Danny Sullivan for leading by example and continuing to produce quality content both online and at SMX conferences. When I think of people in the industry doing things right I see Danny, Matt, Michelle and Barry at the top of my list. Wishing you all continued success!

  • Tamar Weinberg

    Congrats, Matt!!!

  • Nick Eubanks

    This is awesome news. Congrats Mike! Looking forward to what this means for the ‘lands’

  • Scott Krager

    Congrats Matt! I’m predicting a Seahawks/Packers rematch, and this time the hawks will win for real. : )

  • Matt McGee

    Just wanted to say thanks again to everyone who’s commented — really appreciate the kind words and support!

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