CEO & Founder of Planet Ocean
Washington State / Hawaii
Stephen Mahaney founded Planet Ocean in 1990, published 'The UnFair Advantage Book on Winning The Search Engine Wars' in 1996 (the Web's *original* $97 eBook) and established SearchEngineNews.com--the longest running membership-based publication site on the Internet--in 1997.
Today he splits his time between Kona, Hawaii and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
SEO with Tenure
John Heard has been with Planet Ocean and SearchEngineNews.com since 1997 and he's got the resume to prove it. He and Stephen Mahaney started sharing notes about what they were seeing online and from then on the collaboration never ended. When John's not fielding SEO FastAnswer questions, researching the latest search engine update or helping our customers succeed with his hands on approach to his consultations - he's standing on the sidelines of his local race track watching his latest car make history at breakneck speed.
President & Chief Editor
Kristi has been behind the scenes at Planet Ocean since 2003. When she's not writing, editing, marketing, putting out fires and working reconnaissance missions in the Customer Service department she can be found helping our members through their current Professional SEO Training Course. She has a long history of Office Management, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and wearing any hat that's thrown her way.
You can connect up with her within the MasterMind Skype group, posting in the SEN forum, or by shooting us a note within Customer Service. Kristi is dedicated to helping SearchEngineNews.com members succeed with their Internet Marketing and she always does it with a smile.
The SEO with a Plan
Our lead SEO Consultant, Casey has been with Planet Ocean since 2004 and a San Diego SEO expert practitioner since 1998. When Casey isn't unwinding Google penalties or contributing content to SearchEngineNews.com he spends time supporting members like you with one-on-one consultations and complete site reviews. Casey's expertise allows him to lend his real world experience to show you what to do when your rankings fall off the proverbial Google cliff.
You can connect with Casey to ask him a question directly within our FastAnswer Service.
Hawaii and California
A veteran of the Search Engine Wars, Joshua has been with Planet Ocean Communication since 2004 and has been developing a technical set of skills to assist both SEN and it's clients in many aspects. From coding applications or designing websites to customer service/support and article writing/editing - Joshua is the go to guy. You may have attended one of our many Professional Training Courses where he is the man behind the curtain making everything run smooth.
When he's not working, he'll be busy with family, traveling or one of his many hobbies. You can connect up with him on Google Plus or just submitting a question to Customer Service right here at SearchEngineNews.com
Shelly Kramer is a 20+ year marketing veteran, she's a strategist, brand storyteller, digital marketing pro, content marketing expert, speaker and corporate trainer. Recently recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 50 Social Media Influencers, she's half marketer, half geek, with a propensity for numbers, producing results and a dash of quick repartee.
Her client experience is diverse and includes working with startups and nonprofits, as well as with Fortune 500 companies and agencies of all sizes, budgets teeny to gigantic, in both B2B and B2C markets. Her blog has been recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 20 Best Marketing and Social Media Blogs and by PostRank as one of the Top 100 Most Engaging Social Media Blogs.
Blogger with Style
Erika is Planet Ocean's Blogging and Branding expert and contributes regularly to our Professional Training Courses as well as the monthly issue of SearchEngineNews.com
Erika's own blog is known for delivering unpopular thoughts and blunt advice written in words your grandmother might not approve of around the holiday dinner table. Yet, it's her brand that's built her a hugely loyal audience, which in turn has led to her monthly column in Entrepreneur Magazine as well as her first two book deals!
Be warned...she minces no words and will always shoot it to you straight so you never have to worry about disagreeing with her. She's one of our favorites and it's no wonder our members love her because she's always quick to say that we'll figure this whole "business" thing out together!
Extreme SEO Guru!
Now this is one passionate cat when it comes to SEO! If your part of our advanced SEO group - seoINsites.com - you've had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Barry give over 25 hours of advanced instructional SEO training videos. When he's not in his boxer shorts, jacket and tie in front of his green screen, you might find him on a motorcross track, kitesurfing with the sharks, or snowboarding down ridiculous double-black diamond slopes. Barry has been a SEO professional since 1999 working with clients such as Time Warner Cable, Road Runner ISP, Hostess Cakes, Ruby Tuesday, CDW, Enfamil Baby Formula, Harry & David, and many more small-to-medium sized corporations.
Esoos has researched, written and published hundreds of resources for SearchEngineNews.com. He has supported our members on a vast array of SEO topics - covering everything from building high-quality links, to running a successful social media campaign. He was also the brain child behind the SEO PowerTools our members still love today. When he's not deep in the search results analyzing competitors to figure out just how they got that top ranking, he can be found at a Red Sox game with his wife and son.
Kansas City, MO
Travis Wright is Planet Ocean's Social Media & Lead Sales Expert. He contributes regularly to our Professional Training Courses teaching attendees the importance of integrating social media into your marketing campaign, how to get started in the social media arena as well as all the must know aspects of generating leads, closing sales, lining up consulting gigs & more!
Travis currently has well over 124,000 followers on Twitter and was solicited by LG Mobile to blog on their behalf. These facts plus more, make it safe to say he's got a few tricks up his sleeve that he's ready to share!
When asked - "Who is Travis Wright?" He quickly replies with...
SEO Engineer & Webmaster Extraordinaire
When Mike isn't building link campaigns and plotting new SEO campaigns, he's playing with the latest gadget or spending time with his wife Ginger for 10 years, and two sons. Mike's background prior to founding his own companies, Coolbubba Multimedia and Total Search Domination, includes being a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet, and BEA Weblogic. He has also worked as a corporate Webmaster for Nextlink, XO Communications. Then just to round things off nicely, he's also spent time in Information Security at Bank of America.
Bryan Todd, co-author of The Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords, lurks in the shadows as Perry Marshall's quiet, off-the-wall, utterly contrarian secret weapon. He's been using Google to move traffic worldwide since 2002 in markets as diverse as diet supplements, golf training, foreign language learning, hypnosis, custom electronics, summer camps, cosmetic dentistry and more. He's coached successful business people in every niche from sport vehicles to self improvement to software tutorials to tennis to postcard printing to pizza. Bryan holds degrees in history, Spanish and theology, speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and spends his off hours biking down highways, perfecting his Garrison Keillor impersonation, splitting the atom and mindhacking with a vengeance.
UK Web Design and SEO Guru & All-Round Internet Strategist
Malcolm joined the web way back in 1993 writing one of the world's first HTML Editors. In the mid 1990's he pioneered the way in the use of outsourced design and development teams whilst at the same time starting to look at how sites got found on the Internet. Since then he's gone on to build a successful award-winning web design agency in London, England; Ampheon Limited. Malcolm has followed the changes in SEO since before Google was born, and has advised many clients over the years to improve their positions across a diverse range of industries. He now advised SEO companies in the UK on how to do SEO.
Local Search Guru
Planet Ocean's Local Search Expert, Mary Bowling, first learned SEO from The Unfair Advantage e-book in 2003 and has immersed herself in all phases of Search Marketing for all types and sizes of businesses. Using her background in entrepreneurship, Mary developed specialized expertise in marketing brick and mortar businesses online. She is recognized throughout the industry as an expert in Local Search and speaks frequently on the topic at industry conferences, such as Search Marketing Expo and Online Marketing Summit.
Mary has been teaching others the ins and outs of Local Search since 2006 and spends a lot of her time breaking down local search for our members writing articles, blog posts and even presenting in our Local Search Professional Training Course Series.
Big Island of Hawaii
Graham Silbermann is Planet Ocean's go-to Facebook expert. He specializes in building out busines's social media profiles in an easy to manage and very scale-able way. When he's not moonlighting at Planet Ocean he's at his day job as a partner of Red Flower Media LLC, a premier social media marketing company.
He loves to find innovative ways to help companies sell their products and will stay up late with anyone who wants to share business ideas! When not staring at a computer screen you can find him riding motorcycles or sailing his trimaran.
Computer Geek Extraordinaire
Big Island of Hawaii
Ted Coombs is chief Technical officer with Red Flower Media and is always ready to support SearchEngineNews.com members with in depth research an no fluff how to articles. He enjoys creating new ways to connect people and solving the challenges that come with the rapidly changing social medium. He is the author of 14 technical computing books including: "Google Power Tools Bible" and "Setting up an Internet Site for Dummies"
Writer & SEO @ SEO Works - http://www.seoworks.com/
Aside from developing a league of veteran snowboarders, Bernard is SEO Works’ Director of SEO Services, helping businesses in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA succeed online through the implementation of best practice Inbound Marketing.
Wes is an expert in the human side of the web. From user experience, information architecture and visual / interaction design, to technical development and project management, he has been involved in all aspects of web development for the past fifteen years, all with a focus on building online experiences targeted towards the human end user.
As a partner in Inspire Studios Inc., an online branding, marketing and development firm based in Calgary, Canada, Wes gets plenty of hands on experience working with clients.
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Brendon Turner is the President of Web Development Company Inc. and a serial entrepreneur. Since 1998 Brendon has directed the search engine optimization campaigns of hundreds of websites and customers to a successful outcome. Brendon's passion for search engine marketing is evidenced by his ability to build long term and profitable businesses online while increasing revenues for those businesses month over month. In his spare time Brendon enjoys snowmobiling in the winter and flying radio controlled helicopters in the summer. Brendon is married and has two sons. Reach out to Brendon by email at or on LinkedIn
Managing Director of 'Big Blast Design', Keith is proud to have been 'producing results from thin air and hard work' for over a decade; making websites and performing SEO for SME clients since 2001. He specializes in producing leads and supplying his own bespoke CMS system; designed from the floor up in 2003 as an 'SEO first' product. As a family man, with his wife and five children (yes, five) his success in SEO has allowed him to step back and spend more time with his young family over the past few years. Now firmly back in the driving seat in 2013, he is overseeing a constant stream of new developments for his CMS to bring it up to date and keep ahead of the rapidly changing face of SEO.