The SEO industry is tough.
With ever-changing updates to Google algorithms and complex methods, it’s not a surprise that only people with high caliber mental fitness are attracted to it.
Military veterans are top among these people.
The physical and mental rigors they’ve gone through give them the ability to push for success.
Today, we’ll peek into the lives of nine veterans who in the SEO community, and how they’ve transferred the traits they developed.
- Doc Sheldon Campbell:
Boot camp taught him to push himself beyond his limitations.
By the time he decided to spend more time with his teenage daughter, he found digital marketing a natural fit.
He has been able to transfer motivation, a detail-oriented mindset and a logical approach to analysis to SEO and website building.
- Bill Hunt:
He developed his high confidence and can-do-attitude from the Marine Corps.
They stem from a wide range of skills he learnt in the military, and transferred to the companies he founded. They are:
- Be willing to learn from diverse industries and apply the techniques to yours.
- Create a goal and know the resources you have to complete it.
- Things will go wrong. Be ready to adapt, improvise and win in the end.
- Communication leads to the success of your team.
- Steve Wiideman
He learnt efficiency and effectiveness in the military.
By performing repetitive tasks and completing the job, he discovered that nothing is insurmountable – not even when you have to go through numerous keywords or complex details.
- Brent Csutoras
He learnt how to divide large projects into micro tasks in the Air Force.
This has helped him navigate the complex landscape of SEO. He can now take risks and try out new methods confidently.
- JP Sherman
The US Army Veteran learnt teamwork, leadership and courage.
While he was in the military in the 90s, He was introduced to SEO. He has grown to become the Manager of Search and Findability at Red Hat.
- Jason Hennessey
Being in the Air Force brought him face to face with life-or-death cases frequently.
He quickly learnt to pay attention to detail, and stick to effective systems and procedures.
He has been able to transfer that experience into creating systems that will minimize risk and produce results for the client.
- Elmer Boutin
He was an intelligence analyst in the Army. The confidence, experience and knowledge he garnered has been used in his digital marketing career.
- Angie Schottmuller
Relationships and attention to detail are key to this army veteran.
The teamwork and support she learnt has made her a great marketing optimizer.
- Alan Bleiweiss
The most important skill he learnt in the army was extensive planning.
He created action plans and procedures for anticipated and unanticipated issues because he was always in life or death experiences.
He treats his SEO business in the same way. He ensures that his clients’ websites are always optimized successfully, so that it won’t affect their income negatively.
In the military, you know that you’ve got to complete a job successfully. That’s the motto these 9 veterans follow.