We love you, Russ.
There are so some ways to recollect you, limitless aspects to who you had been and your affect on search engine optimization. Where do I even start?
You had been the funniest man within the room. You would gear up for a joke with that wry smile and sparkle in your eye, and we all the time knew what was coming. Your humorousness was eager and intelligent and ever-present.
I keep in mind being ailing and jetlagged on the best way to placed on a mini-MozCon for a valued, strategic shopper — you made the two.5-hour winter automobile trip cross by in a breeze together with your entertaining and hilarious tales. You may make charming dialog about something and with anybody. Listening and laughing with delight to your tales about rising up as an similar twin, present occasions, recollections from previous MozCons, and concepts about what we may construct at Moz subsequent, you remodeled my drained and cranky temper into blissful and inventive vitality. Your spirit and laughter was infectious.
You had been good. Our longtime pal, hyperlinks API energy consumer, and collaborator on the weblog, it was solely a matter of time earlier than you grew to become a full-fledged Mozzer. When we formally welcomed you to Moz in 2015, it was like coming house. From the beginning, you confirmed up keen and able to innovate. Over the years you had been relentless in your quest for higher information, holding tech giants and the search engine optimization business accountable. You’ve left an indelible mark on Moz: our hyperlink index and key phrase corpus bear witness to your ardour for dependable, high quality information and significant metrics. Keyword Explorer would not be right here with out you. Your work on the brand new Domain Authority rating was transformative. And your dedication to the search engine optimization neighborhood, to relaying advanced concepts clearly and with conviction, had been second to none. You had been all the time there once we wanted you.
You had been daring and brave. You caught up on your beliefs and staunchly defended them, be they skilled or political. You had been a loyal and steadfast advocate, all the time keen to wade into the fray on your buddies and colleagues, one of the best type of pal to have. I discovered lots from watching you debate and clarify with aptitude, class, and compassion in all of the search engine optimization corners of the web. Conversations that I didn’t have the abdomen for, you’ll enter into with a smile, guided by the flame of your convictions.
I liked your devotion to your loved ones and the way you treasured time with them above all else. You would suppose deeply about whether or not you had been being one of the best dad, husband, brother you could possibly be. The identical curiosity and drive for greatness that you simply utilized to work, you additionally utilized to your private relationships. You wished to be good at loving your loved ones since you believed they deserved that from you. I felt it if you introduced them to MozCon and also you talked about watching your daughters develop and be taught. You had been all the time asking your self, “How could I be a better dad in this moment?” Your ardour for service and making the world higher was pushed, partly, since you wished a greater world on your ladies.
There’s a lot we nonetheless want let’s imagine to you. There are phrases left unsaid, tasks unfinished, concepts unrealized. But past all else, I simply wish to say thanks, Russ, for the unimaginable affect you’ve got had: on Moz and Mozzers, on the search engine optimization neighborhood, on every part and everybody you touched. On me.
To the search engine optimization neighborhood, I invite you to revisit the huge legacy Russ gifted us along with his weblog posts, Whiteboard Fridays, and MozCon shows, linked beneath. Remember him for all he gave us. We’re fortunate to have these recollections of an excellent soul gone too quickly.
A memorial website has been arrange in his honor at rememberingrussjones.com. There you may learn extra about Russ and his nice loves in life, share a reminiscence, and make a donation to a fund for his household.
Our grief is deep. Our love is deeper. Today, I will be elevating a glass (Scotch, neat) and I ask you to affix me on this toast: To Russ, who pushed for excellence, who all the time strove to make life somewhat simpler for others, and who all the time had a sparkle in his eyes and a joke on the prepared. Goodbye, my pal.