By Clayton Closson
The king has left the building.
Brian Doelle, Quicken Loans most highest defender of all things search, has decided to move on to new adventures. Trust me when I say this – HE WILL BE MISSED!
Brian pretty much built today’s Quicken Loans search programs (both organic and paid) from the ground up and man did he do it well. When he joined Quicken Loans, you couldn’t find us in search engine results anywhere. Our site did terribly in organic search and our paid program was a fraction of what it is today. That ain’t how it is today. We do search well at Quicken Loans and Brian is to thank for that.
He’s one of the best marketers I’ve ever met. Part artist, part number cruncher, part writer, part strategist, Brian does it all. He taught me EVERYTHING I know about search engine optimization. I mean everything.
And to say he had a big part of developing and launching this blog is a gross understatement. His counsel and advice directly impacted our planning and I’m 100% convinced the DIFF blog would not be going today with Brian’s help. For that, I’m eternally grateful. Oh yeah, he hired me also. I’m pretty darn grateful for that also.
Besides search, Mr. Doelle LOVES fishing. He goes fishing practically every weekend, year round, from my understanding. While I have no idea why he loves it so much, his passion for it is amazing. Last summer he grilled some salmon he caught in Alaska and eating it almost made me think fishing makes sense. That was some good salmon. I can still taste it…
His dedication to his job was also amazing. Last year he was nearly killed when a drunk boater slammed into his fishing boat, totaling his boat and causing some nasty injuries. Believe it not, he was back at work after just one day, even though he could barely move. He told me I had to stop making jokes because it hurt him too much to laugh. Within a few weeks he had a new boat and was back on the water.
Now he’s off to new adventures and my guess is he’ll be a name to watch for in the SEO and SEM worlds. Remember the name Brian Doelle. I promise you you’ll see it in high places. We’ll remember it. Every time we rank #1 in Google and Yahoo!
By Clayton Closson