Biography – Eric Ward
Content linking strategist Eric Ward founded the Web’s very first online content promotion services, called NetPOST and URLwire, in 1994. Eric then helped Jeff Bezos announce and publicize Amazon.com’s launch (on a 14.4 dial-up modem from his kitchen table), and subsequently won the 1995 Tenagra Award For Internet Marketing Excellence, which was the industry’s “Oscar” back then.
Since then Eric and his methods have continued to be written about in numerous publications and been featured in college courses about online marketing. Eric works alone by design from a small office in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains in Eastern Tennessee, and prefers to take a hands-on approach with his clients.
In 2015, Eric contributed to the book Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars, and in 2013 Eric authored the book The Ultimate Guide to Link Building for Entrepreneur Press, now in its 3rd printing.
A vehement “white hatter“, Eric creates and has executed content publicity and linking strategies for PBS.org, WarnerBros, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, The New York Times, TVGuide.com, Paramount, and Weather.com.
Going back further, In 2008 Eric was one of 25 people profiled in Online Marketing Heroes, a book from Wiley & Sons, Inc., written by Michael Miller, and in 2000 contributed to the book E-Volve-or-Die.com: Thriving in the Internet Age Through E-Commerce Management.
Back in the Dark Ages (1997) Eric was named one of the Web’s 100 most influential people by Websight magazine. Of course, in 1997 there were only 104 people on the Web, but Eric was still honored.
Today, Eric has two missions
First, he publishes LinkMoses Private. LinkMoses Private is a newsletter sent every month to private subscribers. The newsletter contains high quality Link Opportunity Alerts (LOA’s), linking strategies, tactics and case studies based on his client work over the past 20 years.
Second, Eric continues to offer link building training, workshops, ethical link building services, credible link building strategies and M/A counsel. He maintains a growing library of 300+ public/free strategic link building articles, webcasts, and presentations. His old blog was titled Link Building Best Practices.
Eric also contributes to the LinkWeek column for search industry news site SearchEngineLand.com and also contributes to SearchEngineWatch. Over the years Eric has written for Web Marketing Today, ClickZ, MarketingProfs, and print magazines Search Marketing Standard and Ad Age.
Eric is married and has three kids.
And now for the first person real backstory…
Before the first graphical Web browser was invented, I spent my twenties working for print and broadcast companies in marketing, advertising, and public relations. I even sold Yellow Pages. I hated every minute of it. Then I was blessed to land a job as a Marketing Director for Whittle Communications, where I worked on a TV/Magazine property called Special Reports. , which was hosted by Good Morning America’s Joan Lunden. Whittle Communications was one of America’s top 100 media companies in the late 1980s.
I thought I was hot stuff. I flew at least four flights a week, every week, year round. I remember having a meeting in Dallas, New Orleans, and Birmingham in the same day. But…in the early 90’s Whittle Communications died its inevitable painful death, and I had the first of my now annual mid-life crisis’. It was then that I decided I had to change my life’s direction so I wouldn’t spend the rest of it on airplanes, pretending to enjoy schmoozing consumer goods brand managers and ad agencies.
In early 1992, I started taking evening school Graduate courses at U.T. Knoxville, where I learned about the Internet for the first time. Back then the Internet was Gopher, WAIS, USENET, ListServs, and for the adventurous, Lynx. I was hooked. I’ve been online ever since, learning and absorbing everything I can. I transformed myself from gregarious but disinterested sales guy into introverted net-geek, and I loved it. I remember then grad student Mark Andreesen’s first distribution of Mosaic 1.0, (Netscape’s Great Grandmother), and I was online the day Jerry Yang and David Filo first turned Yahoo loose. Akebono anyone? Back then Jerry helped me create a new Yahoo category for web promotion, because at the time there was nobody else doing web promotion. How scary is that?
I emerged from my grad school period with an odd set of skills perfectly timed for the blossoming Web. A marketing and P.R. background and an obsession and understanding of the nuances of a brand new medium. Then, through a private online marketing discussion list, somehow I met Jeff Bezos, who told me he had this idea for an online bookstore, and he asked if I would help him promote its launch. I said yes.
And that changed everything.
Today, as then, my area of greatest expertise is in helping new web content to find its natural audience, and vice versa. My old NetPOST service (launched in 1994) was the Internet’s first Web site awareness building service, and I now work with sites of all sizes in the US and abroad.
I am invited to speak at several conferences each year, including Web marketing, advertising, and Search Marketing conferences. Here’s a session from one of my first conference gigs, way back in 1998.
On the home front, my wife Melissa and I have three children (Noah, who lives for baseball, Abram (minecraft), and Sophie (Frozen), assorted animals, and a growing mountain of broken toys in my office.
The University of Tennessee (Research Associate)
Oak Ridge National Lab (Information Specialist)
Time Inc. / Whittle Communications (Marketing Director)
Various print magazines and directories (Advertising sales and Public Relations)
OMNI International Hotels (Event management)