At a Glance
Name: Jill Whalen
Short Bio: Jill Whalen is a pioneer in search engine optimization, beginning in the field in the early 1990s and founding High Rankings in 1995. Since the end of 2013, she has retired from SEO and instead has been playing it by ear by listening to her inner guide to see what life has in store for her. You can find Jill now at her new blog, WhatDidYouDoWithJill.com aptly named because everyone who knew her prior to her healthy lifestyle transformation keeps asking her that!
With a career spanning 3 decades, Jill was one of the pre-eminent SEO consultants in the United States, working with hundreds of clients in more than 40 industries to enhance their presence through proven and dynamic search engine strategies that lead to increased traffic, more conversions and enhanced sales. Whalen was committed to helping small to mid-sized businesses understand and implement techniques that maximize the potential of their websites, so that these organizations could fulfill their mission, meet the needs of their stakeholders and contribute as worthwhile members of the Internet community. Expert SEO consulting, website audit reports, SEO campaigns and in-house SEO training classes were just a sampling of the services offered by Jill through High Rankings.
Jill is the founder of the popular High Rankings Search Engine Optimization Forum. She hosted the High Rankings Advisor, a free search engine marketing email newsletter, was the author of The Nitty-gritty of Writing for the Search Engines and a moderator of the search marketing industry's social networking website, Sphinn.
Regularly quoted in national and industry publications, Jill is profiled on Wikipedia, mentioned on the Wikipedia Search Engine Optimization page and frequently called upon to speak at conferences worldwide. She wrote monthly SEO columns for Search Engine Land and TalentZoo. She also lead the High Rankings SEO training classes and website marketing workshops in which attendees gained a soup-to-nuts perspective of how to maximize SEO for their organizations. In addition, Jill has published an online SEO training course with Lynda.com.
In 2006, Jill and Pauline Jakober co-founded Search Engine Marketing New England (SEMNE) a regional organization that enables companies and individuals interested in search marketing to meet every other month to exchange ideas, learn new tactics and network.
Jill holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.