Thank You 2011. Let’s Get It On 2012!

There are so many reasons for me to be thankful about the year that has just ended, may it be in terms of my career as an SEO and as an individual that’s part of a struggling society.

This is just a short post that I’ve planned to write a few weeks back, to thank everyone who I’ve met and to everyone who has been a part of my adventure this past year.

God and the Universe

For making me this way, with the way I think, the way I see things, and the way I act on things.

I’m also grateful for giving me the opportunity (as well as the ability), not just to help people that surround me, but also those that are unreachable to me (thank you for giving us the Internet).

Image Credit: Ibeto


I feel very fortunate to have a very supportive family that inspires me all the time. To my dad, my mom, my sisters (Jane and Angel), my 3 older brothers (Jade, Jeno and John), my gorgeous girlfriend (Jah), and to my son, Seth, thank you for making me stronger and for giving meaning to every second of my life.

My Mentor

Simon Slade, for teaching me a lot of things indirectly and for making me discover a new world that’s really worth exploring. The opportunity of working with you and Doubledot Media was gold and I will be forever thankful for choosing to be a part of that team.

My Other Mentors

Not because you’ve paid me, but for allowing me to learn more things that are beyond my capacity, and for teaching me things that I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to learn in any school. Thank you Sean Si, Rav Sandhu, Miguel Salcido, Russ, Tony, Fergus Clawson, James, and Andrew.


To the people that I really look up to in this industry – Rand, Garrett, Wil and Ross – thank you for encouraging me to be a better whitehat.

Industry Friends

For making my Twitter and email interaction more spectacular this 2011 and for taking the time to share things I didn’t know. Thank you Zarko Zivkovic, Kristi Hines, Ana Hoffman, John Doherty, Ryan Clark, Don Rhoades, Sujan PatelWayne Barker, Moosa Hemani, Oli Gardner, Tad Chef, Dan Cristo, Himanshu Sharma, Hugo Guzman, Sean, Gary Lawood, Udegbunam Chukwudi, Ani Lopez, Chris Warren, Kris RoadruckBenoit Arsenault, Jon Cooper, Justin Briggs, Bill Slawski, Cyrus Shepard, Julie Joyce and Michael King.

Xight Interactive

I’m definitely grateful to be surrounded by highly talented people this 2012. Engaging in a new and more challenging battle with these guys is extremely exciting – JP Prieto, Bev Lopez, Jahn Abrena, Allan Oguis, Nikko Marasigan, AJ Aviado, Vincent Sevilla, Henessy Luna, Adie Sotelo, Benjie Ortiz, Kyle Kam, Johann, Elston Marcelo, Peter De Jesus, Rayjand, John Paul, JR and our remote copywriters.

My Awesome Readers

To my subscribers who patiently wait for my blog’s slow updates, thank you! I’m receiving a lot of spam comments/trackbacks these past few months, and I sincerely apologize if I don’t get to approve and respond to your comments immediately. But I do hope that you’ll still be here, reading and making use of what I will be sharing this year.

Mat Bennett of

Hyderali Shaikh


Ben Jackson of

Neil Corman

5 minutes for mom

Armon Gatus

Nikko Marasigan

Ashwin Satyanarayana

Unfortunately, I lost the older tweets with the hashtag #Kaiserthesage (the stream died a few days ago, and I wasn’t able to take screenshots of them because of the holidays) 🙁 I apologize to the others who have tweeted, please contact me with your Twitter username so I can include you on this post.

Special Mentions: Ferdous Haider, Radomir Basta, Robert Antwi, Alessio Madeyski, Mark of TheBitBot, Brendan Cournoyer, Joshua Dorkin, Eugene Farber, Jamesthejust, Tho Huynh, Ivan Dimitrijevic, Mike Pedersen, Inayet Hadi and Grantly Lynch.

SEO Organization Philippines

For allowing me to share my perceptions about the industry as well as for sharing yours, thank you – Benj Arriola, Zaldy Dalisay, Mark Acsay, Juanito Jacela, Jayson Bagio, Kim Tyronne Agapito, Kristel Cuenta, Neil Maranan, Ed Pudol, Brian Cinco, Jan Alvin Dimla, Lloyd Herrera, and Carlo Carolino (the one who invited me to the org).

Also to all the awesome ORG members and SEO practitioners who’re really kind to me on Facebook: Armon Gatus, Sheena Tan, Tristan Sinkala, Mark Solano, Vic Limbo, Paul Tibayan, Gary Lacanilao, Eli Tapiador, Renan Reora, Whin Clores, Jan Daryll Quinto, Ronnie Avelino, Eduardo Joven, Arwin Adriano, AJ Viloria, Jhie Fargo, Joel Baluyot, Jomi Dasmarinas, Victorino Abrugar, Louie Sison, Cauis Yaj Aseb (not sure if that’s his real name though), John Philip Mamaril, Ronald Amoranto, Joseph Emmanuel, Mocks Wun, Victor Ocampo and Manuel Cadaing.

Drinking/Business Buddies

For giving me out of the box ideas! Luigi Domingo, Aspen Sanez, Jack Rivera, Rod Tolentino, Luch Zanirato, Joey Herrera, Kenneth Sytian, Static & Kat, Decept boys, Julius Castillo (my tattoo artist), Jah’s friends, and to everyone who have shared table and drinks with me (you know who you are) thank you!

Lecter and Godric

To my two weapon of mass destruction, I wouldn’t make it this far without you two babies. Thank you for keeping me entertained and for making me more agile (both are designed for gaming, but I mostly use them for SEO, cool eh?).


For being brave enough to take on almost every challenge that you have come to face with and for trying harder to prevail over them, thank you.

Goals for 2012

I only have a few on my bucket list, but I’m absolutely serious about fulfilling them this year.

  • Launch an Ecommerce site (already started with its initial stages).
  • Form a project band.
  • Do a slam dunk (I’m 5’10 and this guy is a bit smaller than me, damn).
  • More experiments and explosive posts this year.
  • F*cking improve in public speaking.
  • Grow our company 3x bigger in the next 6 months.
  • Help more people by sharing more knowledge, creating more job opportunities and by helping out local businesses here.
  • Change how the world sees the Philippines, especially in this industry.
  • Be a better man for my family.

Want to be a part of my adventure this year? Subscribe to my feed and follow me on Twitter @jasonacidre.

Jason Acidre

Jason Acidre is the Co-Founder and CEO of Xight Interactive - a digital marketing agency based in the Philippines. He's also the sole author of this SEO blog. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonacidre.

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38 replies
  1. Alex
    Alex says:

    Here is what i found on “” about you: “Started blogging about his experience on SEO last 2010, Jason Acidre quickly rose to the ranks of becoming one of the well known new generation SEO specialists in the world.”
    And you really devserve what you get, i think. May all the best will come to you in 2012, looking for your other great post in the future!

  2. Benji
    Benji says:

    Thanks for an amazing time of learning and working in Xight Interactive. Let’s work 2012 as if the Zombie Apocalypse is just around the corner.

    WAR Xight Interactive!

  3. Alessio Madeyski
    Alessio Madeyski says:

    Thanks a lot Jason! really appreciate the mention and the post. I wanna thank you very much because your posts and tweets are helping me a lot to understand better the SEO world.
    I wish you all the best in 2012 and looking forward to new posts!

  4. Mark @webbythoughts
    Mark @webbythoughts says:

    Thank you also Jason for being a friend. To all the Xight Interactive team members, keep it up and let’s rock the world of SEO this 2012. It ain’t the end of the world yet, if it will be, then just be on the right place and on the right time. Cheers!

  5. Sean
    Sean says:

    Dude, first and foremost well done for an awesome 2011. You’ve written some brilliant posts and have become a big influence in the world of SEO. Your list of goals for the new year are all do-able and I expect to see you get even bigger by 2013!

    Also. thanks for the inclusion, really appreciate it 🙂

  6. Miguel@Professional SEO Consultant
    Miguel@Professional SEO Consultant says:

    Jason, thanks for the mention and nice post. I see the link building angle of it too. Brilliant. Why not tie a little link luv strategy into one of the most heartfelt and sincere posts of the year?! It is clear that you have many things to be thankful for.
    I too think that you can hit the goals outlined for yourself, and that you can do even better. If you want to scale your company 3x in the next 6 months, then you are going to require a great deal of processes and you are going to have to be very selective with who you hire and make sure that your staff stays motivated and on task. It is not easy leading and building a company. It is clear that you are a great SEO but it will take a new set of skills to learn how to manage and build a company. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

  7. Juphet Mislang
    Juphet Mislang says:

    We all had a good and bad experience on year 2011 but still we did cope. Thanks Jason for sharing your knowledge about SEO to us, especially me because I’m totally new to SEO and your tips and tutorials has helped me a lot. Though I still need to learn many, looking forward on reading your other posts and I will surely learn a lot from it. Best of luck for us this 2012.

  8. John Abrena
    John Abrena says:

    Seriously boss, you have nooooooooo idea how I changed radically for the past couple of months. Thanks for letting me become a member of the team. XI Rampage 2012!

  9. Matt
    Matt says:

    You guys are rocking, we here at Signature Staff – OHS Policies – in Australia are loving your blog.
    Good to see you guys in the picture altogether, finally :).

    So, lots of success for this new year to you & for a good and deeper relationship btw. Kaiser The Sage & Signature Staff. Let’s do it, this is 2012! Let’s do it.

    The Signature Staff Team in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

  10. Mehmet
    Mehmet says:

    Hey Jason, i just wanted to thank you for your wonderfull articles. I have been reading and learning a lot from you and i think i will keep learning as long as you keep writing also in 2012. Best of luck for the new year.

  11. Natasha Martig
    Natasha Martig says:

    You are truly fortunate to have all this guys of your life Jason, you deserve all good things that happens to your life now. You are truly good man and I know God will give you all the desires of your heart now.

  12. Janet
    Janet says:

    Happy New Year Kaiser. I am wishing you better opportunities and prosperity this year. There are so much things that I’m thankful of and I am glad that you too are blessed. Keep up the good work and wish you luck in your endeavors this year.

  13. Mark Solano
    Mark Solano says:

    Change how the world sees the Philippines, especially in this industry? Wow! I was aiming for this too 🙂 Proving our (Pinoy’s) worth to my clients through quality. Our values are not cheap. Keep it coming Kaiser.

    Henry Ford. Doing what he do best, made the industry (Automotive industry) bigger in his country. Made more local jobs. Encouraged more local talents. Got more roads built. Changed the fabric of an entire country.

    Jason Acidre. Doing what he do best, makes the industry (Search marketing industry) bigger in his country by putting the Philippines on SEO Map. Attracts local jobs by hiring, leading, and putting up a team. Inspiring more local talents. Getting more opportunities. And hopefully change the fabric of an entire country ( @4:34-52) from a call center haven to inbound marketing district.

    In all sincerity, you have my sword and legion for your cause.

  14. Dany
    Dany says:

    It seems that you have big goals for the new year, especially for the next 6 months. Good luck with them!

    Also, I hope that this year I will become your new awesome reader 😀

  15. lawmacs
    lawmacs says:

    You have said it all Jason i believe 2011 was a good it was the best blogging year for me and i am looking forward to the challenges ahead thanks for the mentioned and keep on doing what you are doing happy new year brother.

  16. Vats
    Vats says:

    hay kaiser,

    Thanks a lot for all your tips, last year and specially for taking time out of your schedule for writing. They were such a nice work….. have helped us a lot in understanding the “In-things of SEO”.. hope you can take this forward with more interesting things coming this year and stay healthy and blessed.happy nu year

  17. Brian C
    Brian C says:

    Congratulations for you for achieving that much last year and this year also I hope you will reach greater heights as far as SEO is concerned. With your tips I believe your goals are achievable even faster.

  18. Vic
    Vic says:

    I thought you’re an atheist bro. I’m glad for putting God on your list. Thanks for the mention… I never expected it. LOL. If you have rocked the SEO world in 2011, I know you will rock more intensively the SEO world this 2012. More power! Let’s bring Philippines to the global scenery.

  19. Ani Lopez
    Ani Lopez says:

    Wow! I almost missed that. I’m more than honored to be mentioned here as one of your industry buddies.
    I really enjoy sharing insights and experiences and I much appreciate others doing the same, that includes you. Open knowledge is what makes us progress.

    Thanks a lot Señor Acidre.
    Looking forward to meet you in person some day.

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    Latanya@ says:

    First of all I want to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out.

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