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My name is Chris Hicks and I'm a Web Developer and SEO Strategist, Pay-Per-Click & Social Media Marketing Specialist located in South Florida. An Internet Marketing Consultant with experience.

I am a Google Certified Search Marketing Consultant with more than a decade's worth of experience successfully planning, coding, testing, maintaining and marketing profitable websites.

Some of my personal projects

  • Inline Speed Skater

    The most popular inline speed skating website on the web.

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  • Florida Lawn Maintenance

    Florida's finest lawn care and landscaping maintenance company.

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  • Windows Game App

    Ages of Hope Windows market video game application.

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  • Star Wars: X-Wing Wars

    Adobe Flash video game application.

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  • Skating Authority Website

    Wordpress E-Commerce Online Store.

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  • Interactive Media Developer Website

    Web developer portfolio website.

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  • Fire Safety Rules Quiz

    Adobe Flash interactive media quiz.

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  • Saint Petersburg Titan

    Adobe Flash video game application.

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  • Beautiful Day Animation

    Adobe Flash animation movie.

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About Me


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Chris Hicks
Web Developer / SEO, SEM & PPC Marketing Consultant View Portfolio

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Name Chris Hicks
Address Largo, Florida
Email chrishicksfl@gmail.com
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Hello, My name is Chris Hicks and I am a Web Developer, SEO / PPC Strategist & Social Media Marketing Specialist in South Florida.

Proficient SEO Strategist, SEM Manager, and Web Designer with 15+ years of Web Development / Marketing and computer business experience. I am a Google Certified Individual, that specializes in developing successful Online marketing strategies. I love designing, developing, and marketing all types of media projects. I have an extensive background in web development, including more than a decade's worth of experience in creating cohesive organic and paid search marketing campaigns.

My Thoughts

I live, breath, sleep, and dream about Search Engine Marketing. I believe that it is impossible to optimize a website effectively if you do not understand how it is built. An SEO Expert must have years of experience, and a strong working knowledge of HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and server-side scripting languages. An SEO specialist should also possess a high level of creativity, excellent writing ability, graphic design skills, and an analytical mind. An SEO will share knowledge openly, while understanding that being open with their knowledge will only enhance their value, rather that diminishing it. I’ve dominated in a number of niche industries over the past 15+ years, and I enjoy nothing more than ridding my clients of the immense frustration they feel when their site struggles in the highly competitive internet marketing landscape.

About My Skills


  • SEO / PPC
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Coding
  • CMS Websites

Internet Marketing

SEO Consulting

A Google Certified Professional with 15+ years of experience planning, developing, and managing successful organic & Pay-Per-Click traffic campaigns. I have planned and implemented numerous online marketing strategies for businesses of all sizes, successfully increasing online traffic and improving search ranking for websites. Performing the duties of Director of search marketing, I have led and managed multiple teams responsible for online marketing including SEO, SEM, SMM, and Email marketing. I have formulated successful internet marketing strategies to boost sales and leads for business utilizing all modes of online marketing.

Web Design

Website Development

I enjoy planning, designing, and developing beautiful websites for clients, both small and large scale. Experience developing interactive front-ends that utilize the latest libraries of Java-script and mobile friendly Html5 frameworks. All my web code meets the highest web standards and works across all major browsers, while remaining SEO friendly.

Graphic Design

Adobe Photoshop

Extensive experience designing suitable illustrations from scratch or basing my work on an existing style to fit many different types of projects. I have collaborated with creative teams to design computer generated artwork for promotional and marketing materials for varying digital projects. Everything from hand-drawn to vector-based illustrations.

Programming

Web & Application Development

Worked with a wide range of platform technologies to design cutting edge interfaces for various devices. In my portfolio you can find everything from mobile applications to Flash games and Html5 websites, which were personal projects that I created in my free time. I have working experience with many different interactive application development projects, utilizing a wide range of programming languages and frameworks.

Content Management Systems

CMS Development & Management

More than a decades worth of experience utilizing all of the most popular content management systems for small and large businesses. I have utilized Wordpress, Drupal, and Magento content management systems for e-commerce, membership and lead generation websites. I am able to work within any existing web content management systems, which allows me to deliver cohesive SEO solutions to clients, regardless of the website platform.

Best SEO Qoutes


"On a broad scale, I see SEO becoming a normalized marketing tactic, the same way TV, radio, and print are traditionally thought of as marketing tactics." ~ Duane Forrester, Senior Product Manager, Bing
"Over the last two years, 90% of global data has been produced by digital, search, and social content." ~ Jim Yu, CEO, BrightEdge
"A company that builds a loyal social following has a built-in army to promote their content, day in and day out. That content will get shared, get links, send social signals…all of which can't be a bad thing." ~ Will Reynolds, Founder, Seer Interactive

My Work History


Employment
2015 - present
Founding President / SEO Consultant
SEO Consulting Experts • Largo, Florida SEO Consulting Experts is a group of experienced digital marketers that provide Search Engine Optimization, Pay-Per-Click, and Social Media marketing services to a wide range of businesses in the Tampa – St.Petersburg – Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area.
2014 - 2015
Search Marketing Director / SEO Manager
MKJ Marketing • Largo, Florida As Director of Search Marketing I created, developed and managed all organic search engine marketing strategies, pay-per-click ad campaigns, and internet marketing development for an industry leading marketing firm in Pinellas County, Florida.
2013 - 2014
Search Marketing Consultant
SEO Consulting • St. Petersburg, Florida Work with clients to grow their Online presence in all the major search engines. I planned, developed and managed organic search engine marketing and Pay-Per-Click traffic campaigns for business and e-commerce websites.
2012 - 2013
Instructional Technology / Web Design
St. Petersburg College • Clearwater, Florida Management and development of multiple educational websites and Learning Management Systems. Coordinated, planned, and authored educational media projects. Created, implemented and managed search engine optimization campaign, including keyword research, competitor research, link building and content creation for Continuing Education websites.
2003 - 2012
Director / Project Manager
K & C Media Inc. • Largo, Florida Created and managed multiple content websites that attracted 500,000+ visitors per month and generated an average of $15,000 USD per month in subscriptions and advertiser revenue. Developed and managed an affiliate program that utilized more than 1000 revenue sharing affiliates.
Education
2013 - present
Programming & Systems Analysis
St. Petersburg College Associates in Science w/ Honors. Immediately after earning my first degree, I began working towards a second degree in Programming and Systems Analysis, with focus on C#/Open Source development.
2010 - 2012
Digital Arts, Media, & Interactive Web Design
St. Petersburg College Associates in Science w/ Honors. St. Petersburg College. In the Spring of 2003 I began working on a degree in Computer Science. While attending classes focused on Network Management, I became interested in web development, so I began building my own websites. In 2010, I returned to St. Petersburg College and received a degree in Interactive Digital Media and Web Design.
Awards
2013
Best Website Design - SEmmy Award
St. Petersburg College
This award is given once a year to the student who creates the best website design utilizing programs such as Dreamweaver, Notepad++, etc.
2013
Best Video Game Creation - SEmmy Award
St. Petersburg College
This award is given annually to the student who uses a game engine or program (Unity, Game Maker, Flash, etc) to create the best video game.
2012
Most Creative Digital Media - SEmmy Award
St. Petersburg College
This award is given once a year to the student who creates the most creative digital media with any type of multimedia software programs including Director, Flash, etc.
2012
Best Video Game Creation - SEmmy Award
St. Petersburg College
This award is given annually to the student who uses a game engine or program (Unity, Game Maker, Flash, etc) to create the best video game.

My Skills

Internet Marketing

SEO - 100% PPC - 100% Social Media Marketing - 100%

Programming

HTML & CSS - 95% PHP - 80% Javascript - 80% jQuery - 80%

Graphic Design

Photoshop - 95% Illustrator - 95% Flash - 85% After Effects - 80%

Tools that I use...

Google Analytics
Raven Tools
Google Webmaster Tools
SEMrush
Omniture
Bing Webmaster Tools
MOZ
Majestic SEO
SEO Book
Adobe Marketing Cloud
CallRail
Wordpress
Joomla
Drupal
Basecamp
BitBucket
GitHub
Tower2
Bootstrap
Dreamweaver
Photoshop
Illustrator
Flash
After Effects

How I Connect Clients With Customers...

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Organic SEO
PPC
Google Places
Google Maps
Google+
Mobile
More than a decades worth of experience managing small, medium and large scale search engine marketing campaigns for clients in a wide range of niches. I am a Google Certified Professional that has delivered a multitude of first page listings for clients in the most competitive online markets in the world. I have expertise creating, implementing, tracking, analysing and optimizing organic and paid search campaigns that target traffic generation through Google media sources.
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Organic SEO
Bing Ads
Bing Maps
Bing Local
Smart Search
Mobile
A wealth of experience developing successful campaign strategies through the BING Ads platform, including the management of account budgeting, Geo-targeting, keyword bidding and research. I am an Bing AdCenter expert that is highly-focused on the meeting, growing targeted traffic, and producing ROI from BING PPC campaigns. I have increased leads and sales for businesses of all kinds by utilizing years of experience testing and improving keyword rankings in the BING search engine.
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Search
Yahoo-Bing Network
Mobile
Video
Gemini
Premium
Delivering quality return on investment from Yahoo search traffic generation for more than a decade. I have experience purchasing for Yahoo native and mobile search ads, optimizing ad spend, and expanding reach, while utilizing multi-channel search marketing campaigns. I have helped hundreds of businesses obtain optimal Yahoo! featured directory listings, helping them connect with millions of customers.
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Facebook Ads
Branding
Strategy
Like Building
Reputation Management
Experience utilizing Facebook marketing services for numerous social media marketing campaigns on the world's largest social networking platform, Facebook.com. I have helped a wide range of businesses develop a strong social media presence through the Facebook social media website. I specialize in boosting businesses branding efforts and creating in-depth customer engagement by formulating Facebook marketing strategies that reach clients targeted audiences.
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Follower Building
Paid Ads
Twitter Contests
Analytics
Branding
Provide clients with strategic planning, creation, integration, and management of their Twitter social media accounts for business. I have experience in Twitter follower building, engagement, and reputation building for businesses small and large. Utilizing Twitter Analytics and Reporting, I handle management of clients Twitter Ads, Sponsored Tweets, Mobile Twitter, and Geo Local marketing.

In My Spare Time


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  • Websites
  • Apps
  • E commerce

Inline Speed Skater

The inline speed skater website utilizes the ever-growing Wordpress content management system to deliver inline speed skating news, videos, and race information to fans and athletes of this exciting sport.

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This is a website I work on in my spare time, which is not often enough. I gathered content while competing and coaching in the sport of inline speed skating. I used personal photos and videos gathered at competitions through out the US to develop this website over the years. This website utilizes the Wordpress Content Management System. I hope to get more free time to update the content more often, but you never know in this line of work.
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Windows Store App

Ages of Hope is a top down arcade shooter video game available for download on the Windows App Store. I built this Windows 8 video game application utilizing multiple software & video game development tools.

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I developed this Windows Store App using a hybrid version of the C# programming language, utilizing Object-Oriented Programming principles. I used Adobe Illustrator to create the graphics, including sprite sheets, backgrounds, logos and story copy. I am working on a new version in the Unity 2D environment, but time is limited and there is no telling when I will release an update. Ages Of Hope is an exciting arcade style shooting game that follows the story of an alien race who has to protect their homes and planet from unknown invaders in space ships. As you work through the levels you will find out more about the invaders, what they want on your planet, as well as the race you are protecting. This game was built specifically for Windows 8 and you tap or click the screen to fire your weapon at invader spaceships. As the hope of your race grows so does the power of your weapon.
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Local Business Website

This is a simple local business website that features a Florida lawn maintenance company. I developed this website for a local business owner in between projects a few years ago using HTML and CSS.

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I designed this website for a local business owner and friend of mine that lives in the area. He needed a website for his Florida lawn service so I put some time aside to give him one. It came out pretty well considering the technology at the time. He has some really good first page listings for desired keywords, despite minimal ongoing optimization. Solid HTML, minimal heavy scripting and properly structured meta data works in this websites favor with the search engines.
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E-Commerce Website

Skating Authority is an E-Commerce website I developed using Wordpress CMS and the popular WooCommerce Plugin. The website offers roller skating products for purchase over the internet.

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I also developed the Skating Authority website in my spare time. Are you noticing a pattern here? With Inline Speed Skater being the number one inline speed skating website on the web for so many years, I wanted put the traffic to use. While working on project for a client that utilized WooCommerce, I decided to get more familiar with the technology by using it in my spare time. While not the most robust E-Commerce solution, WooCommerce worked perfectly for an online store of this size.
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Flash Video Game

I developed Star Wars X-Wing Fighter game while finishing my first degree in Interactive Media Development. I was awarded the SEmmy Award for Best Video Game Development at St. Petersburg College for this project.

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I developed the Star Wars X-Wing Fighter video game with Adobe Flash software. For the graphics I used Adobe Illustrator to create the artwork, and the ActionScript 3.0 programming language for scripting purposes. This project is where I really started to understand the concept of OOP principles for game development.
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Flash Game App

The Saint Petersburg Titan Video Game was developed using Flash technology and the ActionScript 3.0 programming language. I was awarded my first Annual SEmmy Award for Best Video Game Development for this project.

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This game was my first full video game project which I put together for consideration in the Annual St. Petersburg College SEmmy Awards. The Flash platformer style video game features a young warrior that strives to be a Titan. You must complete 5 treacherous levels to find the treasure and become a Titan. The levels are littered with references to St. Petersburg College historical facts, and is relative to a students journey to graduation.
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Raven Tools makes managing and reporting all of my Internet marketing campaigns with one software app possible. I use Raven Tools for competitor analysis, link building, and creating dynamic HTML5 reports.

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Screaming Frog SEO Spider is a small desktop program which spiders websites’ links, images, CSS, script and apps from an SEO perspective. You can view, analyse and filter the crawl data as it’s gathered and updated continuously in the program’s user interface.

The Screaming Frog SEO Spider allows you to quickly analyse, audit and review a site from an onsite SEO perspective. It’s particulary good for analysing medium to large sites where manually checking every page would be extremely labour intensive (or impossible!) and where you can easily miss a redirect, meta refresh or duplicate page issue. I recommend you check out the Screaming Frog Blog

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