The History of SEO: People

From the early 1990’s, website owners woke up to the idea that having highly visible sites in search engines brought valuable business results.  In tandem, the idea of gaining higher rank that brought higher visibility could drive increased traffic.  These connections dawned the industry of SEO.  Meet the early birds and how it all began…

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Bruce Clay Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

During this years Bend WebCAM conference, Bruce was nicely surprised. Event co-chair, CEO of Pixelsilk, and founder of the History of SEO, Mark Knowles presented the legendary SEO pioneer with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant voice and service to the industry. Bruce now joins John Audette and Danny Sullivan, who have also been honored for giving birth and authority to SEO.

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Danny Sullivan

Danny Sullivan

Danny Sullivan, renowned search guru, nonchalantly says that he was a newspaper reporter that saw the web, liked what he saw and decided to leave newspapers and start working with a friend developing websites. A humble beginning with an exceptional future... 
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Bruce Clay

Bruce Clay

Bruce Clay, president and CEO of Bruce Clay Inc. considers himself fortunate to have participated in the formation of an industry. Bruce started his company in 1996 when he got serious and decided that this was going to be a real business. By “this” he says, there was no name...
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Jill Whalen

Jill Whalen

In the early 90’s, Jill Whalen was a stay-at-home mom with three kids. Being an early adopter of the internet, she started a parenting chat room to connect with parents across the country. To her surprise, the chat room became so popular that she got requests daily to start a website...
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Eric Ward

Eric Ward

Eric Ward, Link Evangelist at AdGooroo.com and president of EricWard.com, was involved in launching many of the industry’s Internet success stories, including Amazon.com, Internet Link Exchange and Answers.com...
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