Eric Ward: Good Guy; Justin Seibert: Giant Jag-Off

Mmmm – my size 10 Johnston & Murphy tastes pretty good. Maybe that’s why I try to cram it in there so often. I went almost 2 years without causing a stir and now I can’t go 2 posts without doing something stupid. If I didn’t mind coming off like a meathead, I could probably be a pretty good link baiter.

Yesterday I posted an interview with David Temple about paid search certification and SEO training. In case you don’t want to click back or try to split screen two browser windows, I offered:

We tried contacting Eric Ward to purchase a half day training program, but I guess he’s too busy to cash a check (read: he won’t get back to me and I’m going to feel like a giant jag-off if it turns out God forbid there’s some family or personal reason I’m not aware of…although I’ve tried contacting him a couple times on 2 different occasions….

Well, today I received a comment that temporarily got caught up in our akismet commenting spam box, an email, and a phone call from Eric. Apparently, Eric’s as big a fan of search engine reputation management as we.

The short version – Eric was sorry for not getting back to me either time. The first time was around when he became a father again and this second time?

Sadly, my father recently had a stroke that pretty much left him unable to care for himself, and my brother and I are handling the situation as best we can.

Backpeddle, backpeddle, backpeddle. What I meant to say before was that Eric Ward offers excellent link building training, is quite handsome, and should have a statue of bronze built in his honor and placed next to Abe’s in Lincoln Park.

Seriously – my public apologies to Eric (we already had our phone hug-it-out). While I tend to be flippant about a lot of subjects, family and stroke are not something I would touch.

On the positive side – Eric very graciously peace piped a one-hour link building Q&A to my firm. So now the question – what do we want to ask Eric?

Finally, it is my hope that this post will serve as a notice to any other folks that may have had trouble getting in touch with Eric that the delay has been caused by something very personal that he did not want – for obvious reasons – post on his site.

I’m going to go find someone to take me out to the shed now as we would say in West Virginia.

Update: I didn’t realize Eric was from Knoxville. He might not like this picture, which I had captured for a never-written Vandy-UT recap post.

Justin Seibert

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Justin Seibert is the President of Direct Online Marketing. Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University. He contributes a wide range of online business-oriented topics, including the subject of exporting. His contributions can be found on publications such as the Pittsburgh Business Times, Advertising Age, SES Magazine, and La Voz del interior. Justin and his family enjoy learning about new cultures during their travels.

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