At Moz, we believe there is a better way to do marketing. A more valuable way where customers are earned rather than bought. We're obsessively passionate about it, and our mission is to help people achieve it. We focus on search engine optimization. It's one of the least understood and least transparent aspects of great marketing, and we see that as an opportunity. We're excited to simplify SEO for everyone through our software, education, and community.
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Our founding

Moz was founded by Rand Fishkin and Gillian Muessig in 2004. It was called SEOmoz, and started as a blog and an online community where some of the world's first SEO experts shared their research and ideas. We launched the Beginner's Guide to SEO and our first Search Ranking Factors study, and that hub of industry expertise transformed into a small consulting firm and led us to create some of our first SEO tools.

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Early growth & funding

After a glimpse of the demand, we shifted our focus from consulting to our software, taking our first round of funding in 2007 to power the development of new tools and ideas. By 2009, we tallied our first 5,000 subscribers and codified our core values in the acronym TAGFEE, continuing to lead the industry with our educational content in an effort to demystify SEO (this is also when we started filming Whiteboard Fridays!).

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Series B Funding

A series B investment from The Foundry Group propelled our efforts into the broader realm of inbound marketing, a concept that rejects pushy sales in favor of attracting customers with real value. We acquired a Twitter analytics tool called Followerwonk as well as GetListed, a local SEO tool that has evolved into today's Moz Local.

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A new leaf

With our broader marketing efforts in full swing, we rebranded from SEOmoz to Moz in 2013. We released a suite of campaign-based tools called Moz Analytics that included features for content, social media, and brand management in addition to links and rankings. We also celebrated 10 years in search and welcomed long-time Mozzer Sarah Bird as our new CEO.

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To Infinity and Beyond!

With SEO more important than ever, in 2016 we made a difficult but necessary decision to reverse our expansion into inbound marketing, shifting our strategy back to what we know best: search. We're making dramatic improvements to our core products, Moz Pro and Moz Local, and continue to push for transparency and a clear understanding of an otherwise complex field. Did we mention we're also hiring?

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Better Together

In 2018 Moz acquired STAT Search Analytics, in order to bring together high-quality, actionable data and insights for marketers, combining Moz’s keyword and link research tools with STAT’s daily rankings and deep SERP analytics.

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Moz Group

The Moz Group was formed in 2021 following the acquisition by iContact (a subsidiary of Ziff Davis (NASDAQ: ZD)), bringing renewed focus and resources for investment in our products and continued innovation of best-in-class SEO software and development of educational resources.

Where Does the Name "Moz" Come From?

Moz, formerly SEOmoz, has a name that was inspired by organizations like DMOZ, Mozilla, and Chefmoz — all companies that strove for engaging their communities with openness and integrity. From the very beginning, we felt passionately about bringing that same integrity to the frustratingly opaque SEO industry.

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Rand Fishkin
Founder at Moz

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