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    8 Local Search Top Contributors join our RockStar Team

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    Last week I put out a request for more help from the community. I announced we had limited openings for Top Contributors here at the Local Search Forum.

    Many already think of our Forum as the leading place for local search news. But with my health issues (including carpal) and with the forum growing at such an amazing rate, I just can't keep up with everything. Even though my current team is absolutely invaluable, I still need more help.

    There is too much industry news, too many great tips and blog posts out there that need to be shared.
    I need more hands and great minds to help me AND help the industry.
    So it's time add some more talent!

    And boy do we have some great new talent! Some of the new TCs are well known bloggers and Local Search Experts. ALL were chosen because of their positive, helpful attitudes and vast knowledge of local! Many names you will recognize, but some are new to the forum, because I've interacted with them more on Google+ or at our Pro Community. But each of these people bring something special to the table and are uniquely qualified to help our valued members.

    So without further ado, meet the new TCs! (In alpha order by 1st name.)

    Casey Meraz - Ethical SEO Consulting
    Casey is the founder of Ethical SEO Consulting and Lawyer SEO Marketing, Denver based internet marketing agencies. Casey has been actively involved in the local search community and has a passion for helping small to medium sized business get found online. He is a regular writer on the Moz main blog and a contributor to the annual Moz Local Search Ranking Factors Survey. Casey loves to talk and teach about local SEO through speaking events, writing, and training. He loves testing and tinkering with all things related to local search.

    Christa Morgante - Page 1 Solutions
    Originally from Buffalo, NY, I moved out to the Denver area in 2011 after graduating with a Marketing degree from SUNY Fredonia. Now, after about 3 years in SEO, I love helping small businesses build their online presence and spread the importance of this new age of digital marketing. I am truly thankful to say SEO has given me great opportunities and it is a pleasure to be a part of such a collaborative community. I currently work as the Local SEO specialist at Page 1 Solutions, LLC in Golden, CO. We specialize in SEO and website development for Attorneys, Cosmetic Dentists, Ophthalmologists and Plastic Surgeons.

    Cody Baird - Milkmen.com
    Involved with all things "search" since 2005. In 2011, I founded milkmen.com, a firm specializing in local search marketing and local brand strategy. My vision is to shine a light on local greatness. The Beaumont Hotel, Tacodeli, Franklin BBQ, Kid Focus Dentistry or the Driskel in Austin. I cringe to think of a world with Applebee's but no Franklin BBQ, Hyatt's but no Driskell Hotel. I love the little guy. I am the little guy. We have soul and heart. We love our hometown and our neighbors and do what is best for them. (None of the businesses mentioned are milkmen clients.)

    Dan Leibson - Local SEO Guide
    Dan has been involved in SEO/digital marketing for over 7 years. He started off running in-house search marketing efforts for eCommerce companies both large and small. Currently Dan is the Director of Search Marketing at Local SEO Guide, a boutique search marketing firm that specializes in both large technical websites, and all things local. He has worked local businesses of all shapes and sizes from Fortune 500 companies to hyperlocal SMBs and everything in between. You can read some of his thoughts on local search over at localseoguide.com.

    Joy Hawkins - Imprezzio Marketing
    Joy has been working in the Local SEO industry since 2006 and enjoys making trips to Google as a part of their Top Contributor program. Joy is a Moz Local Search Ranking Factors survey contributor and has been Google AdWords certified in both Search & Display. She is also a speaker at SMX – the world’s largest search engine marketing conference. She currently works as a product consultant at Imprezzio Marketing in Toronto, ON. Joy's daily responsibilities there include troubleshooting ranking issues on Google for the most complicated and difficult accounts, writing training manuals, training employees on how to use Google products and SEO-related tools and tactics, and selling and managing Local SEO, Social Media and AdWords accounts for small businesses. Imprezzio Marketing currently works with over 1,300 small businesses in the USA and Canada.

    Michael Borgelt - www.51blocks.com
    Michael started his career as a computer programmer, moved into database administration, and found a perfect match for his technical skills with internet marketing. Michael has been doing search engine optimization since…well… before it was search engine optimization (2002 to be exact). Michael started 51blocks.com in 2009, where you will find a number of free SEO, Website Development and Local tools and checklists. Michael is big on site speed and launches all of his sites with Google Page speed in mind (95% of all sites are in the 90's on Google Page Speed). Michael in the past also refereed Division basketball and refereed in the NBA in 2009 giving "Techs" to Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant

    Priya Chandra - priyachandra.com
    I’ve been working with the Internet and the World Wide Web in some form or another since 1992 (yes I really am that old). After many years working in social media, online communications and HR I got involved in local SEO when my father's cafe asked for help to become more visible online. I rapidly became addicted to the world of local, particularly the way it differs in Australia, and love helping local businesses get more customers through online search and communications. I'm honoured to have been selected last year as a Google Rising Star in the Google and Your Business product forum, and am now working towards becoming a Top Contributor there as well as here in Linda's amazing forum!

    Susan Staupe - WebRanking.com
    Susan has been involved with search marketing for over 9 years and is most passionate about Local SEO. She is currently a Search Manager for WebRanking in Minneapolis. As Search Manager, Susan helps clients in all aspects of digital marketing including local SEO, search engine optimization, social media, mobile and more. She is responsible for managing Search Engine Optimization and Local SEO clients, managing client relationships, and contributing to our blog, monthly newsletter and social media posts. She also serves on the board for MNSearch.org as the Events Director and also served on the Advisory Board for Local CAB for MOZ. When not analyzing over everything online marketing related, Susan enjoys watching football and hockey, reading true crime books, and is a lucky wife and proud Mom of a son and daughter.

    Congrats again to our newest Top Contributors. Welcome to the team!

    My sincere thanks goes out to everyone else that applied!
    The response was absolutely overwhelming!

    Due to limited bandwidth and time, I could only bring on 8 people right now. But the rest of you are on a waiting list. As the community grows, we'll be adding more Top Contributors down the road.

    Meet the Rest of our RockStar Team

    My right hand man: Colan Nielsen (Moderator & TC). Scott Rawlins, Justin Bergman AKA Dustybones and Eric Rohrback (Moderators). Phil Rozek and Darren Shaw (TCs). And last but not least, our Forum Administrator: David Baxter who keeps everything running smoothly on the back end and helps keeps the spammers out!

    AND TO OUR ROCKSTAR MEMBERS

    Last but not least, I want to thank YOU, our loyal members, for being such an important part of our community! This is a peer support forum. I can't help everyone. So your contributions are always greatly appreciated!

    Please join me in welcoming the new TCs!

    HEY TCs! Show your face! Wave hi! And share any additional info, so members can get a better feel for who you are!

    Image Credit: George M. Groutas - Flickr

    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: 8 Local Search Top Contributors join our RockStar Team

    That post got a little long, but I wanted to add...

    I'm so excited about the amazing team we are building!
    And I feel extremely blessed to have so much support!

    What a line up! And I know you will all get the benefit of their vast experience!
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: 8 Local Search Top Contributors join our RockStar Team

    Can we just call this the 8 Pack? Welcome everyone...!

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    Re: 8 Local Search Top Contributors join our RockStar Team

    What AWESOME additions! This is just fantastic to have so many people on this forum willing to share info and willing to help others.
    Scott Rawlins - Find Local Company in Atlanta GA
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    Re: 8 Local Search Top Contributors join our RockStar Team

    LOL! Good one Justin. You crack me up!

    The "8 Pack!" Fitting name for this group!

    Especially since they are local Pros AND most of them are into craft beer it seems!
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    Re: 8 Local Search Top Contributors join our RockStar Team

    Hi All!

    I am beyond thrilled to have been chosen to be a Top Contributor on Linda's forum. This was one of first places I came to when getting into the local search game, so it is honor to be grouped with these great industry leaders.

    A little bit more about myself -- I am mostly self taught, so I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and help the new comers, but also learn from all of you!

    Most of my day to day tasks include GMB troubleshooting, NAP clean up, and essentially a lot of off-page SEO work, but I really want to enhance my on-page and more technical SEO skills, so I think this will be the perfect place to start.

    When I am not working, I love to take advantage of all the lovely outdoor activities Colorado has to offer (hiking, snowboarding, camping, etc) spend time with friends and family, sip on a good craft brew, and relax with a bit of yoga.

    Looking forward to helping this community grow and get to a point where we don't need to pull our hair out each time Google changes things up!
    Christa Morgante

    Local SEO Analyst at Local SEO Guide

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    Re: 8 Local Search Top Contributors join our RockStar Team

    Quote Originally Posted by Christa Morgante View Post
    I am beyond thrilled to have been chosen to be a Top Contributor on Linda's forum. This was one of first places I came to when getting into the local search game, so it is honor to be grouped with these great industry leaders.

    Looking forward to helping this community grow and get to a point where we don't need to pull our hair out each time Google changes things up!
    Haha Christa, great goal for our community as a whole.
    Less Google update induced hair pulling!!!

    So glad you are part of the team. Thanks for joining us!
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    Re: 8 Local Search Top Contributors join our RockStar Team

    Hello ALL! Linda, first a special thanks so much to YOU for all your work on-boarding us newbies! Soo very excited to help contribute and share knowledge here - but also humbled to be surrounded with such smart people! Love the name the 8-Pack!

    I'm out of Minneapolis - and am a Lucky Wife, Proud Mom and SEO Spaz! Looking forward to this next adventure! Let the Sharing begin! Woot Woot!
    [FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR="#000080"]Susan M. Staupe
    Digital Marketing Manager at Creative Graphics
    Secretary/Treasurer Director at MnSearch.org
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    Re: 8 Local Search Top Contributors join our RockStar Team

    Quote Originally Posted by Susan View Post
    Hello ALL! Linda, first a special thanks so much to YOU for all your work on-boarding us newbies! Soo very excited to help contribute and share knowledge here - but also humbled to be surrounded with such smart people! Love the name the 8-Pack!

    I'm out of Minneapolis - and am a Lucky Wife, Proud Mom and SEO Spaz! Looking forward to this next adventure! Let the Sharing begin! Woot Woot!
    Thanks for joining the team Susan!

    This will be fun and I'm looking forward to working more closely with you!
    Linda Buquet .:. Forum Founder, Google Local Specialist

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    Re: 8 Local Search Top Contributors join our RockStar Team

    Thanks for having me Linda, glad to continue to be a part of this great community!
    Dan Leibson
    Vice President of Local & Product
    Local SEO Guide Inc.
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