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    Hi from Grand Rapids, MI!

    I've been watching posts here for quite some time (I don't comment much, but I plan on changing that), and figured an introduction was well over-due.

    My name is Jake, and I have 2 beautiful, intelligent children, and a fantastic wife (who just happens to be a web designer). I have an educational background in marketing, 2 years experience in seo, and fell in love with the local niche just over a year ago. Also, I'm currently transitioning from being a consultant to opening up my own local seo company (yay!).

    My favorite part about this site is all of the technical information that get shared, and how everyone really comes together as a community to contribute to the success and growth of our industry as a whole. I look forward to making some great connections and sharing my knowledge as well.

    That about sums it up!



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    Re: Hi from Grand Rapids, MI!

    Welcome Jake! Great to have you aboard.

    Looking forward to your input at this forum. You will find that there are many professionals and industry experts that are willing to help in any way they can while maintaining the integrity of such a great resource for all of us.

    Again, welcome.
    Scott Rawlins - Find Local Company in Atlanta GA
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    Re: Hi from Grand Rapids, MI!

    Thanks, Rawly! Glad to be here, and I'll help in any way I can!

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    Re: Hi from Grand Rapids, MI!

    Hey Jake! Thanks for doing an intro so other local search pros can get to know you.

    Hope you don't mind, but bios in profiles here are not very discoverable...
    And I just LOVE yours, so I'm sharing here in your intro thread.

    "I am a father of 2 beautiful and intelligent children, a husband to an amazing wife, and passionate about local search marketing.

    My love affair with local seo began about 2 years ago when I switched my college major from Culinary Arts to Marketing. After researching more into digital marketing I realized that this is where I belong.

    I view each new client's web presence as a puzzle that needs to be solved, and feel that in order to truly, properly do seo work, each detail, no matter how small, needs to be addressed. I guess this is why I loathe spammy seo companies that charge $350 a month in exchange for drudging through a robotic list of tasks, a 'one size fits all' approach, if you will.

    To wrap up... I love this industry. I love figuring out each new puzzle, helping local businesses grow to their potential, and benefiting my community through my skills."


    I love your whole bio, but the part I highlighted definitely resonated with me.

    You'll fit right in and I'm glad you changed from a lurker to active participant.
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: Hi from Grand Rapids, MI!

    Thanks so much, Linda! Glad to hear we share the same view!

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    Re: Hi from Grand Rapids, MI!

    Of course I loved the fact you used a local search puzzle analogy since that's our logo.

    Even made part of your bio into an image and shared on Google+.
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Note: Due to mulitple RSI injuries, pardon short replies. Typos? Blame it on "Dragon".

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    Re: Hi from Grand Rapids, MI!

    Welcome to the The Local Search Community Jake!!
    Colan Nielsen l GMB Top Contributor
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    Re: Hi from Grand Rapids, MI!

    Thanks, Colan. Very glad to be here!!

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    Re: Hi from Grand Rapids, MI!

    Linda that is awesome, and very much appreciated! Thanks!

    -Heading over to check out the G+ post

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