About Rank Smart
Rank Smart Search Marketing is a leading search marketing and web publishing firm offering organic search engine optimzation solutions, link building services, SEO strategy, lead generation, and internet marketing consulting. We have specialized in organic SEO services for 10+ years.
Benjamin Pfeiffer - Founder, President
Ben is a veteran pioneer of the SEO industry with over 10 years of work experience under his belt. He has been working with computers and the internet since he was very young. He started his adverture on the internet with a 4800 baud modem and a list of BBS (bulletin boards) back in the early 90's. Rank Smart Search Marketing was founded in 2004 after years working at several other SEO companies and seeing a big need for direct and personal organic SEO services that could be offered to business owners struggling to figure out how to get improve their rankings. Before Rank Smart, Mr. Pfeiffer helped co-found and lead several search optimization and consulting teams at GlobalPromoter.com and TurboPromoter.com, the first full service SEO project management application. The company was purchased by Web Sourced, Inc. in 2004. Ben has been involved with internet marketing and SEO/SEM professionally since 2000. Ben is also active in the affiliate marketing space actively succeeding in marketing and selling several very large websites over the last couple years. One of his websites he built from the ground up made the Quantcast Top 5000 Sites. Ben helped pay for his college education by offering search engine optimization services to small businesses. His first real paying client paid him $24.95 for optimization of a 5 page website in 2000. Things have come a long way since then.
Shanon Woodruff - Vice President, Communications & Content Management
Shanon is a master of the written word. He manages the day to day operations of new content development and communications. He oversees all critical changes and has an active part in analyzing blocks of data and employing proven SEO methodologies to help rank the content in the search engines. Shanon recently completed his M.A. in Rhetoric and Professional Communications from New Mexico State University, where he discovered and developed his love of writing for the web. While working on his education, Shanon held a number of occupations, the most exciting being his work as an Archaeologist in Pompeii, Italy and El Paso, Texas. Now, he happily spends his days writing, designing, and editing web content.
Jeff Cooper - Director of Research
Jeff has been an intregal part of Rank Smart since the very beginning doing work on its various websites and client websites. Jeff is native Texan originally from College Station, Texas with a web background in XHTML/CSS programming, database management, content management systems and internet research. He hold a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with honors from Texas State University. He is currently attending Stanford University in San Jose, California getting a Masters in Music Technology.
Our clients include a wide range of businesses specializing in those such as new startups and to larger more established businesses with very big growth possibilites. Rank Smart also does specialized work in the local search space and business consulting and training for select clients throughout the world.
Speaking and Teaching
Ben is a frequent attendee at Search Engine Strategies Conferences for the last several years, frequenting the New York, Chicago, and San Jose conference on a regular basis. He conducts individual session coverage during the event and writes as Senior Editor on Search Engine Roundtable (Best Search Marketing Blog by Marketing Sherpa 2005 & 2006). Ben is also co-host for the WebmasterRadio.fm show "The Search Pulse" broadcast live every Tuesday at 4:00CST/5:00 EST. The show discusses the most popular search topics covered over the past week at the Search Engine Roundtable. The show from time to time also hosts special guests and experts in the industry from popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Ask. Achived show podcasts are available here for free. Additionally, Ben also conducts one on one training for local businesses and organizations in the lower 48 US States, and the Central & South Texas area.
Articles and Resources
Ben aka "Phoenix" is a senior member and veteran moderator on SEO Chat Forums & Search Engine Roundtable Forums. He also participates actively in Webmasterworld, Cre8asite Forums, Search Engine Watch Forums, High Rankings Forum, and Digitalpoint Forums. He has published a wide range of articles on diverse topics in the search engine marketing field that have been published on Search Engine Roundtable, Search Engine Watch, Search Engine Land, Webpronews, PromotionWorld, CNN, Lilengine, SEOtoday, SEOchat, Develorshed, TemplateMonster, and Site Reference. Ben Pfeiffer continues to write and the bulk of his writing is contributed to Search Engine Roundtable at present.
Below are some pictures of people I have met, friends, and SEO colleagues that were taken at Search Engine Strategies and other conferences over the years. I have been honored to meet to some of the most friendly and brightest minds in search and technology.
Ben Pfeiffer, Barry Schwartz, and Chris Boggs at Google Dance 2006
Google Dance Entrance 2006
Search Engine Strategies Conference San Jose 2006
Justin Schoen and Derek Chew
My famous actress friend who lives in NYC
Barry Schwartz SES 2004
Google Dance Logo
Google Dance San Jose 2005
Derek, Justin, and David (The Traveling SEO) at Yahoo Anniversary Party
Jill Whalen, Jason Dowdell, and a bunch of other people
Todd Malicoat and Justin Schoen in Chicago SES 2005
Ask Jeeves People