I can’t believe I’m writing another message about another soul in search marketing mode that disappears at an early age. Bob Gladstein, someone who has been part of the search engine community for probably about two decades, surprisingly passed away on Friday night at age 57.
Bob went under the Twitter alias @bubba_ji and you see, he only answered SEO questions on Twitter last week. His Twitter bio-information summed him up well: “Organic SEO guy; Unhipster from hipster town.” He was very active in old SEO forums like HighRankings forums and others. He was just a genuine and good guy.
Julie Joyce from Linkie Media sent me this friend from Bob:
Bob and I are going back …
I don’t remember if we first met online talking about music or a movie, but it was one of two. He and I had a very similar taste in both, and I was always looking forward to reviews of his Instagram movies because there was only one of them that I had seen. He had great anecdotes and always had a good story about a band I liked. Just last week, he accepted my invitation to join the FB music band, and I was really excited and grateful that we got one more good Devo story about him.
He was an incredibly intelligent man with no arrogance or ego and so deep knowledge. I really miss the chats and I know that people who knew him will have amazing memories of a truly wonderful person.
His employer wrote this:
We have a heavy heart suddenly passing by a member of a beloved team, @bubba_ji. The stone for the SEO team In the Overdrive Interactive & SEO community, Bob’s kind-hearted spirit and stories long for everyone. You can honor Bob with a donation @MspcaAngell in his name pic.twitter.com/X1Lt8XVAaF
– Overdrive Interactive (@ovrdrv) July 20, 2021
Here is more:
He was a really great guy and was just so familiar with so much. I really miss him.
– Julie Joyce (@JulieJoyce) July 19, 2021
REST IN PEACE @bubba_ji (Bob Gladstein). So sorry to hear about his death.
– SEO-Theory.Com (@seo_theory) July 19, 2021
Sad news. If memory doesn’t beat me, I met Bob first @jillwhalen A high-level forum in the late 1990s or early 2000s.
RIP Bob Gladstein https://t.co/b4hyLcQXnc
– David Wallace (@DavidWallace) July 20, 2021
I remember Bob very early in the SEO days. I didn’t know him well, but I appreciated his kindness by sharing what he knew with the community. Hugs to family, friends and colleagues. 😢 https://t.co/tngRjLKTql
– Jenny Halasz (@jennyhalasz) July 20, 2021
There are many more stories and comments about him Facebook – I see it, but I’m friends with him on this platform. I can’t share private messages here, but it’s so sad to read.
Bob – you are deeply missed by SEO communities.
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