The SEO Industry Mourns The Loss Of Ted Ulle, Tedster

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Warren “Ted” Ulle, also known in the SEO community for his handle “Tedster,” passed away with his family at his side Thursday night, June 27, 2013.

Many of us in the SEO industry learned an incredible amount of knowledge from Ted over the years. In all honesty, his work and contributions to the industry, in my opinion, was taken for granted. He poured endless hours helping webmasters and SEOs in the very popular WebmasterWorld forums and spent a ton of time speaking and networking at conferences and industry meetups around the world.

Ted’s style of help was patient, helpful, caring, humbling and — most importantly — always done with a sense of the future of SEO strategy.

WebmasterWorld’s founder, Brett Tabke, posted the announcement of his passing at WebmasterWorld. Few knew Ted as well as Brett. Ted has been ill for some time, but like Brett said, you’d never know by just talking to him. Last year, WebmasterWorld gave him the WebmasterWorld lifetime achievement award for his tireless devotion to our industry.

Brett Tabke said:

Ted was a dear friend of this community and everyone involved. He always made time to talk to people regardless of their circumstances. He was one of the most friendly and approacable people in the entire industry.

While Ted had been sick for quite some time, he never showed it or bothered anyone with it. His strength while facing it, was inspirational and trademark Tedster.

Ted worked for many of the largest brands on the interent today – from HP to eBay – and yet, he always had time to answer a stickymail question, or pop in a thread to send a new user on the right path.

We will miss him dearly.

On Twitter, Google’s Matt Cutts said:

I’ve known Ted personally for about ten years now and I am so sad to hear of his passing. You will be missed deeply.

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  • Ronnie’s Mustache

    Well said, Barry.

    Ted was extremely generous w/ his time in helping members of the communities with which he was involved.

  • Durant Imboden

    What a shame.

  • klippers

    I always appreciated his solid and very professional advice and contributions. RIP Ted.

  • Colleen Harris

    Very sad to hear this news – he was the first person I had a real discussion with on WebmasterWorld, and made me feel welcome in the community.

  • Patrick Cornwell

    After a site of mine suffered a Google penalty, Ted took some serious time out to help me in private messages on Webmaster World and talk over potential causes when I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. He gave me great perspective (I subsequently recovered from the penalty) and although that is the be all and end all of my dealings with him, as a frequent WMW reader it was impossible to not recognise and appreciate his utter devotion to helping others. I’ll always be grateful for the time he took out for me, at the time it meant such a lot and restored my faith in people somewhat. Thank you Ted, it’s very sad you’re gone. Rest in peace.

    Pat

  • Patrick Cornwell

    After a site of mine suffered a Google penalty, Ted took some serious time out to help me in private messages on Webmaster World and talk over potential causes when I couldn’t see the wood for the trees. He gave me great perspective (I subsequently recovered from the penalty) and although that is the be all and end all of my dealings with him, as a frequent WMW reader it was impossible to not recognise and appreciate his utter devotion to helping others. I’ll always be grateful for the time he took out for me, at the time it meant such a lot and restored my faith in people somewhat. Thank you Ted, it’s very sad you’re gone. Rest in peace.

    Pat

  • Melinda Colos

    what Mario answered I’m taken by surprise that anyone can earn $4667 in four weeks on the internet. did you read this site w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • Nick Garner

    I’m sorry to hear of Ted Passing, he was an inspiration to me and someone I always referred to when talking about various aspects of SEO. He was amazingly good at getting to the essence of things.

  • http://www.nathanielbailey.co.uk/ Nathaniel Bailey

    RIP Tedster and all the best to Ted’s family and friends, he will be missed a great deal in the seo community by many people and I hope Ted’s family know just how great a man he was not only to them by to thousands of others online who he helped both directly and indirectly with his help and advice.

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