Can’t believe I’m writing another article about another soul in search marketing dying at an early age. Bob Gladstein, someone who has been in the research community for probably twenty years, died unexpectedly on Friday night at the age of 57.
Bob went under the Twitter alias of @bubba_ji and you can see it, he was answering SEO questions on Twitter last week. His Twitter bio summed it up well: “Organic SEO guy; Unhipster of a trendy city ”. He was super active in old SEO forums like HighRankings forums and the like. He was just a genuine, good guy.
Julie Joyce from Link Fish Media sent me this about her friend Bob:
Bob and I are going back …
I don’t remember if we first met online talking about music or movies, but it was one of the two. He and I had very similar tastes in both and I always looked forward to his movie reviews on Instagram because out of all of them there was only one I had seen. He had some fantastic anecdotes and always had a great story about a band that I loved. Last week he accepted my invitation to join an FB band and I was absolutely thrilled and grateful that we had another good Devo story.
He was an incredibly intelligent man, without arrogance or ego, with such deep knowledge. I will miss our discussions very much and know that the people who knew him have incredible memories of a truly wonderful human being.
His employer wrote this:
It is with a heavy heart that we share the sudden passing of a beloved member of the team, @bubba_ji. A rock for the Overdrive Interactive SEO team and SEO community, Bob’s caring spirit and stories will be missed by all. You can honor Bob by donating to @MspcaAngell in his name pic.twitter.com/X1Lt8XVAaF
– Interactive overdrive (@ovrdrv) July 20, 2021
Here is more:
He really was a great guy and knew so much. I will really miss him.
– Julie Joyce (@JulieJoyce) July 19, 2021
TO TEAR APART @bubba_ji (Bob Gladstein). So sorry to hear of his passing.
– SEO-Theory.Com (@seo_theory) July 19, 2021
Bad news. If memory serves, I first met Bob on @jillwhalen High rankings forum in the late 90s or early 2000s.
RIP Bob Gladstein https://t.co/b4hyLcQXnc
– David Wallace (@DavidWallace) July 20, 2021
I remember Bob from the very early days of SEO. I didn’t know him well, but I appreciated his kindness in sharing what he knew with the community. Kisses to his family, friends and colleagues. https://t.co/tngRjLKTql
– Jenny Halasz (@jennyhalasz) July 20, 2021
There are a lot more stories and comments about him on Facebook – I can 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 will be sadly missed by the SEO community.
Discussion forum at Twitter.