Shane Haithcock [seosandiego]
What is your profession? What is your title printed on your business card?
I'm an SEO, a Search Engine Optimization Specialist. Through my SEO Company, http://www.seosandiegoca.com, I specialize in increasing search engine rankings, web traffic and visibility to various websites.
What did you study and why did you choose to study that field?
I studied Anthropology and Psychology. I always had a fascination with sciences. Today, own http://www.symptomsoflupus.info where I am striving to become an expert on Lupus Symptoms and the challenge of coping with this disease.
What is expected of you in your job, and how do you accomplish it?
Our goal at SEO San Diego is to build the most cost-effective Internet marketing plan and to specifically design to fit our client's needs. I have clients in various markets. The goal for each is to build them a top ranking on the search engines and to see their business flourish.
What links do you have on the Internet: website, blog, social networks?
Are you satisfied with the education that you received?
Absolutely. I feel like a very well rounded individual who studied a variety of subjects. Business turned out to be my calling instead of the sciences, but I have no regrets.
In which areas have you thought of building upon your education?
I am always learning more about my chosen field. SEO is on-going.
In which tasks are you good at, and in which could you better yourself?
I think I am very good at searching for SEO Projects. I could improve at making others to better understand my profession and when SEO could benefit them.
Do you usually attended seminars or coursework to advance your professional work or would you consider yourself a more self-taught person?
I attend monthly SEO conferences.
When did you realise that your work was being considered important and that it could possibly take you places?
I realized how important SEO is when http://www.brazilianbikinis.us hit the top page of google and attracked over 800 visitors in a single day.
Who have been the most influential people in your career?
Probably the many coaches, whose books I have read and reread throughout my adult life: Dean Smith, Roy Williams, Lou Holtz and Morgan Wooten.
With which types of persons do you feel you work well with as a team?
I've always worked well with others.
Which goals have you focused on in your professional career?
Being as consistent as possible.
Which publications associated with your field do you regularly read?
Those i will keep to myself! However, I do share some resources on my website at http://www.seosandiegoca.com.
Which languages do you speak, and how have you learned them?
English. I can swear in Spanish, but that is about the extent of it!
Do you have a website or blog? How was the process in making it? Does it accomplish the purpose for which it was created?
I have several:
They each accomplish the purpose for which they were created.
How do you feel about speaking in front of an audience? What experience have you had in this arena?
I joined several networking groups and I am getting better at speaking in front of people.
Do you attend cocktail parties, presentations, fairs or conventions related to your profession?
Mostly, I stick to networking meetings and functions.
Have you explored the social networks for professionals online? Are you member of any of them?
I'm in the process of joining several of these networks. They are very useful.
How are you different from others in your professional sector?
Each SEO has his own ideas for projects. As a creative person, I have far more ideas than I can physically accomplish!
How is the Interent changing the way you work?
The Internet IS the way I work. I am constantly changing with it.
Do you do telecommuting?
No, i do not.
Do you feel your hobbies serve to elevate your career?
My hobbies are completely unrelated to my career!
Do your hobbies aide in professional networking?
If watching basketball and football count, then yes! :)
Would you relenquish some of your income in exchange for more free time?
I love what I do. I wake and cannot wait to check my rankings for my clients as well as myself. So, I would say no.
What are the things you least like about your job?
I it time-consuming! I wish I could do 50 projects at once, but I have but two hands.
Besides your current profession, what other things would you have liked to have been?
I profession basketball player, but hey I'm 6'0 and I can't jump! :)
What is the most important thing you have learned from experience?
Take opportunity by the horns and go with it. When the mortgage business turned South, I learned to never take business opportunities for granted again.
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A star player for the UNC Basketball team.
Save some excpetions, do you believe professional and personal relationships should not be mixed?
No, I think relationships are the most important thing we can do with our time, both business and personal. They should be mixed.
List any credits, publications, competitions, etc.
My work can be seen at:
Dean Smith's "A Coach's Life". I was a different person upon completion.
How do you handle customer complaints?
I always take customer service very seriously and work tirelessly to make my clients happy.
Someone wants to ask for a pay rise and they ask you for advice in how to approach the matter with their boss. What do you tell them?
Be your own boss! This makes it much easier.
What do you do to manage stress?
Basketball and playing with my son.
What are the most common mistakes clients make when they judge your work?
They assume only the rich can use the Internet to make money. This is not true.
Where can we see some of your work online?
San Diego, CA. USA