M.-J. Taylor – SEO Copywriter, Webmaster and Now The Grateful Blogger
In 1995, on the heels of a diverse career that included a few years in Public Relations, a couple as a freelance journalist and more than a few as a reporter and columnist for Miami Today newspaper, I fell in love with the Internet. I was on a personal sabbatical, had just moved to the Florida Keys, and found the information and opportunity to talk to people all over the world compelling. Eight or ten hours of every day slipped by at the keyboard. I had taught myself how to make a simple vanity site for fun and decided that my next job had to be online – after all, we are told to follow our bliss, and my addiction to the web seemed to fit that mold.
I started making sites for friends in 1997 and it was immediately clear that “build it and they will come” didn’t apply to websites. In early 1998, I took an “SEO certification” class from Robin Nobles through Kennesaw State University and my little fledgling site climb swiftly to the first page of Alta Vista for ‘budget web design.’ (Oddly enough, it’s been many years since I targeted that term, but my site still ranks on Google’s first page for that term.) I was hooked!
For the first time in my life I was completely enthralled by my work – the layout and design of sites appealed to my right brain, creative side and my left brain was challenged by the competitive nature of SEO. I was (and am still) in love with this business and so thankful to have fallen into it at just the right time.
Today I keep up with the search marketing industry through practice and reading the forums and blogs. I am especially grateful to all the industry professionals who give their time to help others – and share their information so freely. I wouldn’t know what (I think) I know without Bill Slawski of SEO By The Sea; SEO Theorist Michael Martinez, Bruce Clay, SEOMoz’s Rand Fishkin, the inimitable Andy Beard and so many authors at Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Land. I could and should thank so many others …
As a moderator on WebProWorld and V7n forums, I hope to give back to newcomers a little of the knowledge that was so generously offered to me by these and so many others too numerous to mention.
I continue to oversee the planning and SEO design of websites, and I write content for a variety of sites and clients. You’ll find samples of my writing on the blog, and here. Most of my clients are local attractions or small businesses in the Florida Keys.
In my free time, I am an avid contra dancer, an amateur photographer,a yogini wannabe, a decent cook and a great friend (I hope). I feel so blessed to have a business that lets me divide my time between Key West and Asheville, North Carolina. I live and travel with the cutest (I think) and one of the most mischievous (I know) dogs in the world. Her name is Karma, and she is living proof that what goes around, comes around.
Thank you, all!