How I Got Into SEO – My Story

One of the questions I get asked often is how I got into SEO.

Rhode Island SEO expert - Chris SheehyNearly everyone is surprised to learn that I didn’t plan on becoming a search engine guy – not by a long shot.

The truth is I came home one day to tell my wife I had quit my corporate job to go-it-alone with my first business (looking back, her reaction wasn’t what I had envisioned, but she has always been my biggest supporter, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her). That was 1997, and like any other bootstrap entrepreneur, I had a ton of ambition but with a new home and our first child on the way – little money to back up my idea. So I did what everyone was doing in the dot.com days, I built a website to promote my small start-up.

In no time I also had a newsletter and a weblog (that’s what blogs were called before they were cool) and was creating content like crazy.

Before I knew it, my website was nominated for an industry award, and I was making new clients from this new thing called “the world wide web.”  And then Google was born (which BTW – I thought was a stupid idea).  Ranking & SEO quickly became an obsession of mine and a passion that to this day I enjoy.

When I tell business owners I know how SEO works for them – I mean it and have the experience (and mistakes) to back it up.

It’s this experience that differentiates me from my competition, and in this industry – experience pays dividends.

Reading DIY SEO articles makes you as much a SEOer as reading MotorTrend makes you a race car driver.  Experience is in doing.  I learned this the hard way in my early days and continue to learn every day.

My business lasted several years, but I was ultimately made an offer for a corporate position from the software manufacturer I was using that I couldn’t refuse. I spent a few years in the corporate environment for two fantastic companies until I was faced with the only option of having to move to the mid-west to grow professionally.

So, as I had done in 1997, I came home from my day job one day to announce to my wife that I had quit my corporate job to go-it-alone with a new business. I built a website, opened a blog (or two), and jumped into social media.

The year was 2009 – and the story continues. . . .

About Chris Sheehy

Chris has been helping businesses drive website traffic through SEO (search engine optimization), keyword research, citation management, Schema structured data, and PPC advertising since 1997. Online at http://sidewalkbranding.co
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One Response to How I Got Into SEO – My Story

  1. Great story Chris about how you got into the SEO world. I can’t wait to hear the rest, you got me hook! Don’t keep us waiting too long, lol.

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