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The Times They Are A-Changin’

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The Times They Are A-Changin'

My farewell and thank you post to People To My Site. I am ever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such great people, and will miss all of you.

To quote Bob Dylan:

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Indeed they are.

Effective April 4th, I’ll be changing employment to begin working as the Internet Marketing (something or other – not sure yet) at Germain. I’ve already put in my two weeks notice at People To My Site where I currently serve as the Director of SEO.

I just wanted to take some time to announce it here and assure my readers (all 200+) that I’ll be continuing my blog. This has been the primary reason for my inactivity lately. I’ve decided to take this precaution to avoid the mass panic and hysteria that I’m sure would follow the dissolution of the Agent SEO blog and brand!

Everyone can sleep well at night knowing that I’ll continue to plug away here with quality SEO tips and occasional rants. I wouldn’t normally take these types of precautions, but my following is so die-hard that I didn’t want anyone to lose their minds and go off the deep end. So there that is. Just kidding by the way (like anyone would lose sleep over this little thing).

The real purpose of this post is to take an opportunity to thank People To My Site. Without them, I would have never been able to cut out my little slice of the world (i.e. my blog) or gain the amazing professional experience that their company allowed. In my 3 years with the company, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with awesome clients and even better people – not to mention the cool perk of being able to bring my dog “Rocky” to work every day for the last 1.5 years!

I’ll definitely miss and reminisce about some of the best moments including Christmas Karaoke, “Grilled Cheese Wednesday” Softball, Pot Lucks, Dog Parties, NCAA Tourney Pools, and just shooting the shit with good people.

As an organization they supported my blog and the development of my personal brand, and even supported much greater causes like helping me in my efforts to donate warm winter clothing to needy school children this past Winter! I am ever grateful.

The people at PTMS are all top-notch, and I consider them all to be my friends! So, thank you….

Jen Ridenour, Jason Walker, Guy Jacks, Ben Clarke, Brendin & Jessica King, Zack Singer, Mike Wright, Jared McKinley, Drew Krebs, Andy Anaya, Mike Ashcraft, Terrence Tuy, Sean Hill, Karin Oliver Kreft, Scott Sharkey, Bob Masters, Larry Blagg, and of course my right-hand man Aaron Flax (also a groomsman in my wedding)!

I’m really going to miss working with all of you guys, and the chance to bring my dog to work!

And to those employees that have moved on to other opportunities but who I became great friends with, thank you…

Steve White, Nate Riggs, Cheryl Harrison, Robby Herbst, Gabriel Escamilla, Arlette Garay, Chris Wright, Monica Leck, Sara Kear, Hedy Asal, Josh Boles, Josh “Butters” Wilson, Chris Johnson, Dave Schirtzinger, Dan Weatherby, and I’m sure there are a few more!

(I hope I spelled all last names right, and I tried to link to all who had Twitter handles)

If your name was mentioned above – it is because you are awesome! To anyone looking to connect with great people, I’d recommend getting to know each and every one of them as they are all high-quality!

As for my new opportunity, I must admit I’m very excited and very nervous.

My excitement comes from chance I’ll have to continue to do SEO, while getting the opportunity to also do Social Media, Web & Graphic Design (my true passions), and more.

My nervousness comes from a general fear of change, up to and including missing my friends (and hoping the PTMS continues to do well after I leave), missing bringing my dog to work, and the change in the every day reality that has been my life for the last three years.

Whatever the outcome, it WILL be a shock to my system initially as is the case with any big change or transition.

Do I think I’ll do great work at my new job? Hell yes. Am I sad to leave the awesome people I work with now? Hell yes. Will the change to my every day reality take time to get used to? I’m sure it will.

Most importantly, will I be happy? I think yes :-)

I’ve heard that they say in order for a door to open, another must close. This is absolutely true, but it sure can leave an empty feeling when you do close some doors. Here’s hoping that everyone does well, and that we see each other often. Although the paths of our journeys are now changing, they’ll be sure to cross again some day.

Okay enough with the mushy philosophical stuff!

Check back soon for some good-old SEO awesomeness!!!

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Jacob Stoops

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is an SEO professional living in Columbus, Ohio and working for Rosetta Marketing. He's been working in the SEO industry since 2006, and has been blogging since 2009. Learn more about , a Columbus, Ohio SEO Expert.

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  • Anonymous

    About time, if you stayed any longer I would have had to have you “taken care of” so I can get you out of the way. nnMan its been a fun ride over the past 5 years working together and I’m sure we will continue to laugh at the same pictures/videos on a weekly if not even daily basis from halfway across town.nnAlways remember Bears Rule Dogs Drool and both of our baseball teams suck, but one thing remains a constant – Bucks are #1.nnGet me a new car for super cheap will ya? You know I need it.

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    • Anonymous

      Lol, thanks Aaron. It definitely has been fun! And the Bears suck, Browns rule, but the Buckeyes are the only one that wins anything… except their latest Sweet 16 game?!? Everyone has been asking me for a car. It’s like I’m Santa Claus now, but I probably won’t even get a car for myself (at least not right away)!

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  • http://twitter.com/CherylHarrison Cheryl Harrison

    Congrats, Jake! I enjoyed working with you when I was at PTMS so I know everyone else did, too :)

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    • Anonymous

      Ditto! Thanks Cheryl…

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  • http://twitter.com/BeOnScene Eric S. Leslie

    Jake, awesome to hear you’re gonna get to jump back into some design work…an extremely underestimated skill of yours. nnGood luck man, your new employer just got an amazing new member of the team.

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    • Anonymous

      Thanks Eric! That means a lot coming from you :-)

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  • erikapryor

    Congrats on the new position! Germain is very lucky you are a top notch expert! Can’t wait to hear how things go!

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    • Anonymous

      Thanks Erika! I can’t wait to get in there and get rolling…

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  • http://www.franklydigital.co.uk/ Amelia Vargo

    Good luck in your new job! I changed jobs about 6 months ago, and totally get where you’re at. It is really difficult leaving a great team of people to work somewhere else. If you’re anything like me, you’ll really miss your old team, but I hope that like me you find yourself in the midst of another great team in the new place. Good luck!

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    • Anonymous

      Thanks Amelia! I will miss the team here for sure. Change is always hard, but I’m definitely looking forward to my new job.

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  • Anonymous

    Agreed.

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  • Anonymous

    True that! Thanks for the comment Andrew.

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  • http://seocanadaservices.ca/ Info

    Only you know what is best for you, just keep up the nice blog

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