Michael Podolsky is a co-founder of PissedConsumer.com – one of the largest, fastest growing and most trusted websites in consumer reviews segment with more than 3.5 million visitors a month. Since 2006 Michael is involved in technology development, search engine optimization, legal strategy and overall management of the site. While managing the website’s growth, he started enjoying legal aspects of the business. Site is a major player in ORM industry and won many very well cited cases in US courts. Michael is a known consumer rights advocate.
He and his team are fighting for a freedom of speech, while enjoying protection of Fair Use Doctrine and Section 230 of Communication Decency Act (CDA). While website policies are often called controversial for the non-removal policies for the reviews, over the years, Michael played an important role in setting standards and procedures for removal of untruthful or defamatory reviews.
Michael has BS in Computer Science from Queens College 1996 and MBA in Finance from Stern NYU 2001
This snippet is taken from Michael Podolsky’s interview with UnGagged prior to his session at UnGagged Las Vegas 2016:
UnGagged: Tell us a bit about your background and how you got started in SEO.
Michael Podolsky: I received my CS degree many moons ago from Queens College, NY and have been working in different industries as a developer growing to the Director on one of the largest Wall Street firms. I started with SEO a bit over 10 years ago and have been fascinated with the field since then. Keeping track of Google, constantly changing its algo; Learning about human psychology; Improving User Experience designs… I love it.
pissedconsumer.com is the project that I have dedicated past 10 years of my life and I love it.
Throughout my SEO career, I have survived and come out stronger with Google’s Zoo Pandas and Penguins… We even survived a 9 month Google Ban.
I am HUGE fan of Freedom of Speech. Ability to speak freely is the greatest Right, Responsibility and driving force behind Free Markets.