It is heartbreaking to have to jot down that Russ Jones has handed away unexpectedly on Thursday. He leaves behind a spouse and three daughters. I’ve recognized Russ since my early days in search engine marketing, he was one of many brightest minds in our area, he was additionally one of many friendliest and humorous folks you could possibly know. His smarts, smile and humor made him so particular.
I simply can’t imagine he will not be tweeting or that I will not see him at a convention once more. Russ was the Principal Search Scientist at Moz between 2015 and 2020, he labored at System1 and earlier than that he labored at Angular the place I additionally began this good search engine marketing weblog named the The Google Cache, he has been writing there since 2006 amongst different locations.
I’m not certain but the place there can be a fund arrange, however please examine this story in a number of days for any up to date hyperlinks to a fund. He has such a fantastic household, I’m so devastated for them. Yes, this can be a big loss for our trade, the search engine marketing area, however he was such a household man.
I interviewed Russ for my vlog some time again and it was the components earlier than and after the interview that stood out most to me about him – though the interview was simply nice. You can watch it over here. We chatted about being non secular; him Christian, myself Jewish and being on this tech area. We spoke about a number of the fervour within the search engine marketing group and the way discovering humor and enjoyable in it was necessary.
I’m going to overlook him a lot.
Here is a few of the early response of this horrible information:
This is the final dialog I had with Russ. I do know it might appear inappropriate to share this proper now, however for those who knew him, you understand it is precisely the form of factor he’d discover humorous. Can’t imagine there will not be one other one. pic.twitter.com/ytI42oexA6
— Dr. Pete Meyers (@dr_pete) June 26, 2021
Russ was all the time smiling. Always his bizarre, genuine self. The first time we met, I realized extra about him than I learn about 90% of my lifelong mates. He wore his coronary heart on his sleeve, so in fact, I wore mine, too. pic.twitter.com/TJvpLwiJiV
— Rand Fishkin (@randfish) June 26, 2021
Ross pointed to the large construction behind us and requested if that was the “well-known Seattle pin needle?”
Russ, B, and I by no means stopped teasing him about it. pic.twitter.com/G0X1YfCPkf
— Rand Fishkin (@randfish) June 26, 2021
We cherished @rjonesx, our pal and longtime Mozzer. He was good, daring, and brave. His fast wit and appeal by no means didn’t make us giggle.
Losing him feels unimaginable, and we’re holding his family members near our hearts.
— Moz (@Moz) June 26, 2021
Also, you probably have (or know anybody) with any footage/movies/and so forth of Russ, please attain out…. Trying to drag as a lot collectively as attainable for the household. https://t.co/7EMEP62vhg
— Jake Bohall (@jakebohall) June 26, 2021
Heartbreaking! Hug those you like!! https://t.co/fXwRmlpjE5
— Cindy Krum (@Suzzicks) June 26, 2021
Devastated 💔 https://t.co/mmhs2KMfZd
— Britney Muller (@BritneyMuller) June 26, 2021
So shocked and saddened by this information.
— Lily Ray 😏 (@lilyraynyc) June 26, 2021
OMG. RIP. Terrible information. https://t.co/tXLilI7LhN
— Dawn Anderson (@dawnieando) June 26, 2021
I’m heartbroken. @rjonesx was a ray of intense, wry, shiny sunshine. He was able to debate any matter passionately and nonetheless be your pal afterwards. I can not get his voice or his giggle out of my head and I form of hope I by no means do. https://t.co/YoByu0WmDt
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) June 26, 2021
Russ Jones was my boss, search engine marketing mentor, non secular debate hornlocker…however above all one in all my dearest mates. Truly a kind of uncommon individuals who impacted everybody who knew him for good. Never recognized anybody extra in love along with his spouse & kids, or extra constant to his convictions. pic.twitter.com/BzJwW01BhT
— Mark Traphagen ✊🏾🏳️🌈 (@marktraphagen) June 26, 2021
Unbelievably unhappy to simply hear of the passing of @rjonesx on Thursday. He was a very good man, a very good pal, a world class search engine marketing and entrepreneur. May he relaxation in peace and should his household be comforted on this time.
— John Doherty ✌🏼on trip (@dohertyjf) June 26, 2021
WHAT??!! What a tragic information.
My ideas and prayers go to his household.
You can be missed fondly missed Russ 😔 https://t.co/gfruG4bF62
— Gianluca Fiorelli (@gfiorelli1) June 26, 2021
Huge, big loss for his household, his mates, and the complete search engine marketing group. @rjonesx actually was one of many good guys.
Had the pleasure of assembly him at Pubcon, such a pointy thoughts and a genuinely beautiful fellow. https://t.co/eiTsqfdkce
— Barry Adams 📰 (@badams) June 26, 2021
— Aleyda Solis 👩🏻💻 (@aleyda) June 26, 2021
We are hurting @Moz. Our hearts exit to his household and family members. We stand with them on this ache. The ache of loss is a manifestation of our love and appreciation for Russ. We will honor him and maintain his spirit and reminiscence shut. 💜💜💜
— Sarah Bird (@SarahBird) June 26, 2021
One of the primary issues I learn by @rjonesx… The article, which catapulted him into our consciousness, was good and controversial. The first dialog I ever had with Russ was about ethics in search engine marketing, and we revisited it many occasions through the years. https://t.co/3CMtrl6l5z
— Jenny Halasz | #BlackLivesMatter (@jennyhalasz) June 27, 2021
Incredibly unhappy to listen to the information of Russ Jones passing away. A daily on /r/BigSEO who was not afraid to disagree with anybody.
— Colin McDermott (@ColinMcDermott) June 26, 2021
OMG that is horrible 🙁 https://t.co/Eo1Gt6AfmM
— Dan Shure (@dan_shure) June 26, 2021
Damn! Not @rjonesx!
I’m floored. https://t.co/8T9se4zffc
— MyCool King (@iPullRank) June 26, 2021
My ideas on the passing of @rjonesx https://t.co/nJlx2VqtMR The #seo trade misplaced an enormous and the world an excellent man and devoted husband and father. Much like to everybody grieving who was near him–the NC search, @Moz, Virante, Twitter and different communities. ❤️
— Rhea Drysdale (@Rhea) June 26, 2021
Terrible information, sending you an enormous hug.
— 🍌 John 🍌 (@JohnMu) June 26, 2021
Again, that is only a tiny fraction of the posts on Twitter – it simply exhibits you ways a lot Russ Jones meant to the trade. I actually cannot think about how a lot he meant to his household and the way they’re doing now.
I’m coronary heart damaged for his household, his spouse, his three daughters and the trade for this loss. We are all praying your loved ones durning this unimaginable time. You can be deeply missed.
Forum dialogue at Twitter.