Doggone blog tags.

Yeah... incrediblehelp, I mean Jaan Kanellis, blog tagged me. It took me a few days to get through my RSS feeds to see that he had done it, so here goes.

5 things you (probably) didn't know about me.

1. I never finished college.
Much like Jaan, I didn't finish. In fact, I took 2 semesters of Chemical Engineering from UNL right out of high school, didn't really take a 3rd, then went through most of the management training at Radio Shack before going off and really getting into computers. I took some classes at Metropolitan Community College for web stuff later, although I just ended up helping other students (and the teachers) most of the time.

2. I play tennis.
I started in grade school, didn't take it as serious as I should have in high school, didn't play in college at all, and took some years off. Last year I started up again and now play a couple of nights per week on an organized league.

3. I've built ToolBarn.com and ToolPartsDirect.com mostly on my own.
Unlike most of those on "The List", we've had one person in charge of programming, organic SEO, PPC, shopping engine feeds, website security - you name it, I've done it. We're going to change that in 2007, but it's been this way since I was hired in 1999.

4. I had no clue what SEO meant until 2003.
Until the Florida update, we had enjoyed decent rankings just by building pages with "Best practices" in mind. That meant titles that described the page, content pretty much in line with that, etc. But I didn't understand most of the off-page stuff, nor did I know much about the currect tags to use to help influence the engines. After the Florida update, I got the opportunity to go to SES, and 12 months later I was speaking at them. It's been a mountain climb ever since - at least sales have been.

5. My father was a Pastor.
Yep, I should have some of that "Preaching" in my blood, which is probably what gets me through speaking at SES without freaking out.

Ok, so now I need to blog tag 5 more.

David Brown, Andy Sain, Rumblepup, Allan Dick, and Curtis Dueck

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