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AG Breaks Into New Territory [New Contributor]

Jack Leblond, SEO/SEM Professional


Jack Leblond, In-House SEO Guy

Please welcome Jack Leblond, the newest Agent Genius writer. Jack isn’t a part-time SEO kid in a coffee shop and he’s not a self-appointed king of the SEO world, no, he’s legitimately a SEO/SEM professional that works for a large corporation full time. He is not a Realtor and doesn’t pimp houses in any way shape or form (although he does live in one).

Jack has an extremely impressive background ranging from Sonar Technician/Instructor for the United States Navy, technical writer, pioneer in intraweb creation for McGraw-Hill and Times Mirror Higher Education. He was an Adjunct Professor for eight years at two Universities teaching web-related courses, and for ten years devoted himself to Net Smart, a company he co-founded where he managed networks, oversaw hundreds of sites’ development and worked with Cold Fusion technology.

Not Your Stereotypical SEO Type

On a personal note, we recently had coffee with Jack who we quickly learned wasn’t your typical pocket protector wearing SEO nerd with a superiority complex, he’s very down to earth, quite funny and has amazing insight as to how we can all make our websites better. He’s very approachable and isn’t here to sell you anything, rather to engage us all to help our sites and businesses. We invite you to engage him in the comments of his articles, send in your questions and feel free to gain as much knowledge as you can from Jack.

Many of our readers know a lot about SEO while others don’t yet know what “tag an image” means, so Jack will be giving tips at the most basic level all the way to expertise level SEO. This summer, Jeff Turner coined the phrase YEO (You Engaging Others) as a supplement to SEO and while we’ve covered YEO quite deeply over the last months, we’re ready to learn more about the technical underbelly of websites. We are very excited about all that Jack has to share with us, so please welcome him in the comments!

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Chris Shouse

    September 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    WOW welcome Jack this will be huge but then AG is always on the cutting edge. Will look forward to your posts:)

  2. Jeff Bernheisel

    September 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Welcome Jack! Looking forward to possibly learning a thing or ten…

    -Jeff

  3. Matt Rains

    September 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Welcome to Agent Genius. I can’t wait to read your stuff.

    -Matt Rains
    RETechBlog.com

  4. Nick Bastian

    September 8, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Sounds like another genious move to bring him in! Looking forward to reading what he has to share. Welcome, Jack!

  5. Lisa Sanderson

    September 8, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Glad to see you here, Jack. I sure hope you have a sense of humor ’cause this group can get rowdy!

  6. Ted Mackel

    September 8, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Welcome Jack!

    Looking forward to your contributions.

  7. Jayson

    September 8, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Nice move AG!

    I look forward to reading and learning from Jack’s posts. It’s always good to learn from the pros.

  8. Brad Nix

    September 8, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    SEO is the elusive leprechaun of web marketing. I can’t wait to follow the rainbow. Lead on Jack.

  9. Mariana Wagner

    September 8, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Welcome to Agent Genius, Jack. I love how much I don’t know about SEO and look forward to everything you have to share. 🙂

  10. Jack

    September 8, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome! I’ve been lurking here for a while and in true AG form, I think we’ll all learn from each other.

    As for rowdy…I was a Submarine sailor, you can’t get much more rowdy than that.

    Jack

  11. Jonathan Dalton

    September 8, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Hi, Jack!

    (Always wanted to say that.)

    Welcome aboard!

  12. Mark Eckenrode | HomeStomper

    September 8, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    hey jack, looking forward to your contributions here. welcome.

  13. Kris Berg

    September 8, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Welcome, Jack. Allow me to introduce myself. I am the one who types before she thinks, always on a regrettable seven second delay.

    Post quickly – I need SEO help badly!

  14. ines

    September 8, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    WOW!! Pretty amazing! Can’t wait to learn a little or a lot from Jack – WELCOME!!

  15. Russell Shaw

    September 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Unlike Mariana, I hate how much I don’t know about SEO.

  16. Laura Cannon

    September 8, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    This is great! What an awesome addition to AG! Welcome Jack!

  17. Daniel Bates

    September 9, 2008 at 4:21 am

    The real question is he going to try to tackle your post URL problem? I don’t guess you need help in the search rankings, but the numbered posts thing has just always bothered me :-p

  18. Matt Stigliano

    September 9, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Jack,

    As someone just moving into the world of blogging (and for that matter real estate), I am DYING to see what you have to say. Welcome to AG!

    Benn and Lani,

    Can it get better than this? You’ve done it again! Thanks.

  19. Todd

    September 9, 2008 at 8:01 am

    My first request to Mr. Leblond is to explain Localism’s method of using agent’s labor ( writing posts in both localism and Active Rain ) to raise the page rank of localism when consumers search for houses in a given neighborhood.

    What SEO methods are they using?
    Is it ethical to take agent’s posts, monetize them through SEO/AdSense and not give them a cut?
    Is the accumulative SEO of all locaism pages better than what an agent can do by themselves with their own blog?

  20. Mack

    September 9, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Welcome Jack. I look forward to reading your articles.

  21. G. Dewald

    September 9, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Awesome! Can’t wait for more. Plus I’m going to make that Apple Crumble.

  22. Jack Leblond

    September 9, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Daniel – We *will* be looking into those URLs, they bug me too.

    Matt – this is perfect timing for you. SEO is so much easier if you think about it from the start.

    Todd – Two things, first thanks for the great idea for a post. Second, I checked your site…we NEED to talk.

    G – You will LOVE the crumble, be sure to thoroughly coat the pan first or you will have a very hard time cleaning up.

  23. Vicki Moore

    September 9, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    The addition of Jack is so exciting! Can’t wait to learn, learn, learn.

    “Todd – Two things, first thanks for the great idea for a post. Second, I checked your site…we NEED to talk.”

    Hey – What about me – me – me?

  24. Jay Thompson

    September 9, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Well this is very cool.

    The post URLS here (and on MANY blogs) have always bugged me. Would love to hear Jack’s take on that vs I don’t know, words in the titles.

    You are welcome to take a peek at my blog Jack and rip it to shreds. I’m a big boy, I can take it. I want it in fact.

    Welcome to the sidebar Jack, nice to have more company!

  25. Jamie Geiger

    September 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Jack,
    Welcome-look forward to learning from you, loved your first article!

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