Moz (marketing software)
|Founder||Rand Fishkin and Gillian Muessig|
|Products||Marketing-related software as a service|
Moz is a software as a service (SaaS) company based in Seattle that sells inbound marketing and marketing analytics software subscriptions. It was founded by Rand Fishkin and Gillian Muessig in 2004 as a consulting firm and shifted to SEO software development in 2008. The company hosts a website that includes an online community of more than one million globally based digital marketers and marketing related tools.
Moz offers SEO tools that includes keyword research, link building, site audits, and page optimization insights in order to help companies to have a better view of the position they have on search engines and how to improve their ranking.
In 2004, Moz was founded by a son-and-mother team Rand Fishkin and Gillian Muessig as 'SEOmoz'. In September 2007, the company raised $1.1 million in Series A funding from Ignition Partners and Curious Office. In 2012, it raised $18 million in funding from Foundry Group and Ignition Partners.
In June 2012, SEOmoz acquired Followerwonk, a tool for searching, filtering and managing Twitter bios with other Twitter management functions like analytics. The terms were not disclosed, but SEOmoz said the acquisition was for somewhere between one and four million US dollars. In December 2012, SEOmoz acquired GetListed for $3 million. In May 2013, the company rebranded as 'Moz' and relaunched the website at Moz.com. During the period 2008 to 2011, SEOmoz grew from $1.5 million to $11.4 million in revenue. In January 2016, Moz secured a $10 million investment from the Foundry Group.
In January 2014, Rand Fishkin stepped down as the CEO of Moz. The position was taken by Sarah Bird who was already the President and COO of the company.
In August 2016, Moz laid off 28% of their staff to double down on SEO and focus on earning profitable revenue.
On February 27th 2018, Moz co-founder, Rand Fishkin, parted company with the business he started and made the announcement via his new company blog at "SparkToro". Fishkin is self quoted in the blog post saying, "On a scale of 0-10, where 0 is “fired and escorted out of the building by security” and 10 is “left entirely of his own accord on wonderful terms,” my departure is around a 4. That makes today a hard one, cognitively and emotionally." Fishkin goes on to discuss his other plans for the future in the post which include a book and non-profit initiative for making conferences and events safer places for women.
Moz has a series of tools in its SEO Toolbox, including Moz Keyword Explorer, a keyword research tool that provides keyword suggestions, SEO competition, opportunity, SERP features, saved lists, and accurate search volume data.
MozPro provides SEO site crawl checkups, prioritized SEO fixes, rank tracking, competitor tracking, SERP feature tracking, and more.
Open Site Explorer is a free SEO tool that provides link data.
Moz offers an SEO browser tool called MozBar.
In August 2016 Moz announced that it was dropping the Followerwonk tool to focus more on SEO.
In 2018, Moz announced that it will replace Open Site Explorer with Link Explorer for beta version
When it raised funding in 2012, the CEO Rand Fishkin blogged about his personal opinions, doubts, and analyses as the company went through the process. In September 2007, more than 400 readers posted opinions on Moz on the CEO's facial hair based on six photos he posted. According to the New York Times, he arrived to a conference in Stockholm "unshaven and bristly" based on the crowd-sourced decision.
Moz is the host of the annual digital marketing conference MozCon in Seattle every July. MozCon is a three-day, one-track conference centered around SEO, Growth Marketing, Content Marketing, and more.
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