Hello! I had a love affair of the web since 1994, coding websites since 2000 and performing search engine optimization since 2005.
I absolutely love this industry. The fact that its constantly evolving, challenges me daily and always teaches me something new, also almost daily. I am driven to uncover digital knowledge and expanding my depth of it. When my schedule can accommodate, I love to take classes online. With the exception of a few Computer Science courses, I am completely self-taught, learning my trade by reading everything I can get my hands on, getting my hands dirty and losts of trial & error. Oh and all the brilliant SEO’s I follow on Twitter who have kindly answered my questions over the years.
My first paying web development gig was over 14 years ago after I sold my first online business, Realasites, which is where I cut my teeth in search. Then, after a stint working at a local Online Marketing Agency, I was hired 12 years ago by my first SEO client, a criminal lawyer, handling their Website Development, site Management, SEO, Social Media Marketing & Paid Search Campaigns and worked with that lawyer for 8 years.
I am an extremely versatile marketer. I have experience in all phases of the online marketing & web development processes. I am also most equal parts creative, coder & analytical. I love a good strategy session and I could analyse data all day long. I also love to code and get down and dirty with technical SEO. On top of these skills, I have a very strong mind for business and love analyzing data and enjoy managing and coaching individuals. I am always working to continually improve my work and refine processes so that my clients get the very best ROI.
I love to talk to people about their websites and frequently “Geek Out” during conversations, leaving non-industry professionals to just stare at me in confusion and silently nod their heads. I constantly hear “I didn’t understand a word you just said, but I am convinced you know what you are talking about”.
What makes me tick:
Aside from being a code geek, I am real estate fanatic. I have been married now for 18 years and have four kiddos (two girls, two boys) ages 17, 13, 12 & 10. I have always been a fish. I love being in the water and on the water. Growing up I lived for going out on the water on a boat or on a wave runner. I’m pretty good on water skis too, but I totally suck at knee boarding. lol!
My first real job as an adult was as a DJ and singer. DJing Karaoke nights gave me the coolest job out of all of my friends. Now I am stuck only getting to sing in the shower or in the car on solo drives. Yep, I am totally that girl in the car next to you singing (or rapping) at the top of her lungs like no one is watching.
No day can start without a least 3 cups of strong coffee. My second home is Starbucks.
I was born and raised a Iowa Girl, growing up in the SE corner of the state along the Mississippi River. In the past 14 years, I have lived in Illinois, Florida, Ohio, Virgina (DC), Arizona, Nevada & Texas. I also briefly attended both the University of Iowa (Go Hawks) and Arizona State University. One day I dream of owning a lovely home on the beach.
FYI…. I’ve never been great at “About” sections or Bio’s and reserve the right to make future changes and edits to this page as I see necessary.