Makati City, Philippines
I started as a part-time link builder last 2009 when I was still in college. This led to my interest in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and other things related to online marketing.
After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology in early 2010, my first job was as a full-time SEO specialist in Manila Visa, a law firm and visa consulting company in Makati, Philippines, catering to foreign and local clientele. Then I joined 360training.com later that year as an SEO specialist. I also had a few SEO consultancy works for a US travel company and a US-based company that sells vacuum cleaners.
In 2012, I worked as the SEO Lead for HousingInteractive Inc., a real estate brokerage company based in Makati, Philippines, where I've helped increase their online growth and organic leads from search engines.
I'm currently working as the SEO Manager for ZipMatch.com, a real estate website funded by IMJ Fenox, 500 Startups, Ideaspace Foundation, and Hatchd Digital.
I keep myself updated with the latest news and current trends in SEO by participating in forums, reading internet marketing blogs (especially SEO blogs), and discussing various SEO trends with friends who are also in the digital marketing industry.
Outside of SEO, I enjoy playing basketball, reading manga, watching movies, and following TV series.
I bleed purple and gold (Lakers for life!), I wish Breaking Bad is still on-air, I'm right behind my fiancée as she waits for Sherlock, and I'm trying to get through Lean Startup (Ries), Lean Analytics (Croll & Yoskovitz), and The Tipping Point (Gladwell).
I also play drums - both traditional and marching band. I was a marching band scholar back in college for four years as a tenor or quad drummer for the University of Luzon Drum and Bugle Corps. And we have been the national champion since 1983.
Follow me on Twitter @jccarlos0318.