Chicago SEO

I’ve discovered something. The most difficult thing to do is to write an about page for yourself. It’s rare when you try to envision yourself from an outsiders perspective and the lines between internal and external image become blurred. But lets give it a shot.

Where are you from?

Raise my entire life near Chicago, IL. I am an avid sports fan and enjoy competitive basketball as well. I join many different leagues around my hometown, and surround myself with highly competitive people. I do not like losing. I also take this competitive edge to the other end of the hobby spectrum.

You’re totally a gamer

I wouldn’t consider myself a “gamer” anymore since I don’t have much time for video games, but I have competed when I was younger, games like counter-strike, call of duty came naturally to me. Other strategy games also grab my attention, but it’s the iPad apps that really take a lot of my time. Something about scramble with friends, or Ruzzle, or Words with friends always gets me.

Yep, you guessed it, I’m the rare breed of athletic nerd.

How’d you get into SEO

I won’t lie getting my big break was tough, what made it tougher was that I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Through some connections I found an internship in a PR/Marketing firm in downtown Chicago. Here I gained exposure to the business world it was basically culture shock, I was commuting to the city, dressing nice, hearing all these terms being tossed around like common lingo that sounded foreign to me. It was just a matter of time before I finally asked “what is SEO?”, The rest is history.

What is your history?

After the internship I found a job at a marketing firm in Aurora. Not like any agency I’ve ever heard or worked for. In one small quote I could give you my experience there: “Learn and apply”. They told me 3 things; SEOmoz (now Moz), link directories & analytics. Then I was on my own reading article after article and having no idea what I was doing. This is where I taught myself to code, built a website, and began experimenting with different microstrategies. Soon after I was contacted by a rep and got a job with working for Staples (quill.com) based in Lincolnshire, IL. This was huge for me. Everything changed and I now find myself in a stable job learning more than I ever thought my brain could muster. So now I’m here, writing about my experiences and keeping them online for others. I’ve learned scalable opportunities, working in large teams, cross-functioning teams, meeting deadlines, technical SEO, On-page SEO, among the many other skills an enterprise level ecommerce SEO needs to know, with much more to go.

Fascinating, how do I contact you?

You can Contact me here, I’d love to continue this chat with someone other than myself :). Though I do send the occasional awesome tweet