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Tedster - The Community loses a Giant.

 8:07 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

I am deeply saddened to tell you that long time administrator and member of WebmasterWorld, Tedster (Warren "Ted" Ulle) passed away Friday in his sleep with family near.

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. It was for that very reason that he was voted to be awarded the WebmasterWorld lifetime achievement award last year.

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.

Teds memorial service is a private service. Henninger Funeral Home : Book of Memories



 8:31 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've learned so much from Ted through his writings online, and in chats offline. I'm going to miss those talks and his guidance in understanding algorithms, but most of all, I'm going to miss him as a one of the brightest minds I know, and such a gentle kind gentle friend.

Ted was always upbeat this past year when I spoke with him, even though he was going through his health issues. I thought I'd been preparing myself for this time....but as I write, I realize I haven't...it still sucks to have him gone....Ted was one of my biggest mentors in my career. Ted had done 37,301 comments in the public forum, and an untold amount of edits. He was our teacher, a professor of SEO, and such a down to earth guy. This past year we've had several talks and I've let him know how much how much we all love and respected him, and owe so much to him for all he's done for our community.

I feel so lucky to have known him for these last 10 years. I feel so lucky for the time we had together.

You will be greatly missed Ted.


 8:39 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

This is sad news. He will be missed.

I don't think I have the ability to put into words the contribution Ted has made to WebmasterWorld, so many times I have seen words of wisdom flow from his fingers it's impossible to tally the good he did here.

I was equally impressed upon meeting the man, he did always have time for people and always had an opinion. I'm glad to have been able to spend at least a little time with him. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Ted will know the type of impression he made, you knew he was the real deal - but he excelled in making others feel good. You walked away from a conversation feeling more informed and feeling good about life (OK, maybe not if you strayed into politics... no prisoners taken there).

Truly a legend.


 8:45 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

RIP Tedster. His rock solid advice and incredible insight will be immortalized here. I think that's a great tribute to a great man.


 8:46 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Ted will be missed for his wide-ranging technical knowledge, but even more for his boundless heart.

I learned many things from Ted about how to be a better SEO, but even more important were the things his example taught me about how to be a better person.

The world will be a poorer place without him.

Rest in peace, Ted.


 8:52 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

So sorry to hear. Will truly be missed.


 9:03 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

So sorry to hear this. Rest in peace Tedster.


 9:03 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

R.I.P. Ted!


 9:03 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

So sorry to hear this. Rest in peace Tedster.


 9:07 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Very sad to hear this. Ted and I had a good business relationship for a short time and a few months ago when he moved from Boston to Philadelphia he revealed to me that he had given away all his material possessions, down to the smallest item, other than his essentials.

We have truly lost a great man. May his soul rest in peace.


 9:14 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Nobody I respected more. Nobody.

(This needs to be a featured post)


 9:15 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

I got very sad, when I read it... He will be missed. Some suggestion he gave in 2006 are still interwoven in my sites ... good bye, Tedster. It was an honor to know you!

brotherhood of LAN

 9:23 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Tedster was one of the cornerstones of this community that helped me understand the industry when I first visited this forum over 12 years ago as a fresh 19 year old.

His knowledge, sharing of ideas and willingness to help is pretty much unparalleled. There must be literally thousands of people in this industry better off purely from his contributions on this forum alone.

RIP Tedster.


 9:24 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Very sad news. His knowledge, experience, insights and personality will be hugely missed for sure.

Rest in peace Ted....
Our thoughts go out to family and friends.



 9:25 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Very sad to hear this.

May Ted rest in peace.


 9:27 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Will never forget you Ted, you were a wise man, rest in peace.


 9:29 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yes, sad. I've had great respect for the man and will miss his activities. He even had time for a nobody like myself with some PM's.

Thanks Ted!


 9:35 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

So very sorry to hear this news. Ted was nothing short of exceptional. When I joined this community so many years ago he was so very welcoming and helpful. A giant for certain.


 9:37 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

I am so deeply saddened to hear this news. He called me just a few weeks ago to tell me he would be ok. I thought he was on the road back to health.

Ted Ulle was on one of my very first panels as a speaker, at Pubcon years ago. He was always so gracious, kind and caring. Generous with his time, knowledge and his praise.

Back in my early days, he always as one of the first to give me encouragement and support. He could make you feel ten feet tall and that you feel like you were on his level (thought knowing you were not, that he knew more in one brain cell then you did in your whole brain) .... yet no matter what, he was always there to answer a question or lend a hand.

We will miss you so very much Ted. You were one of the true OG SEOs and a great human being. I am so very sad that we won't be seeing each other as planned this coming year... our world is a little less bright today...


 9:38 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Good bye Ted. I will miss you.


 9:43 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

I knew there was something wrong from his last sticky to me, but I had no idea how serious it was. I actually looked for his recent posts today, because I noticed he hadn't been around much and when I saw his last post here for some reason when I read it I thought he was "saying goodbye". Why? It was a period...

I think as much as anyone, I'll miss him and the "behind the scenes" communication we had. He was truly great not only as an SEO, but as a person.

I need to go cry for a minute... I'll miss ya Ted. JD01, TMS, TOI and some other future username(s) as yet undisclosed.

[edited by: TheOptimizationIdiot at 9:47 pm (utc) on Jun 30, 2013]


 9:46 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

We have indeed lost a giant, probably the most down to earth and sincere contributor to this and many other professional webmaster arenas.

I wish his family and friends all the best in this loss, my prayers and thoughts go out to them.


 9:47 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)


Thanks for letting us know as soon as you were able to. I'm already missing those times when I've had the pleasure to talk with Tedster one on one in a side hallway or outside at conferences about everything from the bigger picture of SEO so many don't grasp to how he enjoyed the fact that some people pinned me as being older than him even though he beat me by more than a a dozen years...

Oh Ted... I pray you're resting comfortably. You deserve it for all you gave to this world...


 9:50 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

I literally had instant tears upon reading the news. There are very few people in this industry with the marketing skills at the level that Ted had that outshine those skills with their personality and general human goodness. I'd never heard Ted - in the decade that I've known him - utter an unkind word about anyone. He was the first person to chat up someone if he realized they were "first timers" at a conference and never was "too good" to help anyone - all anyone ever had to do was ask. The fountain of knowledge he shared as and his dedication to being an admin here helped to shape and mold some of the best SEOs I know.

The saying goes that only the good die young. Godspeed Tedster. You will be sorely missed as both a person and a pioneer in this industry.


 9:59 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

He was a great man. Very very sad moment this is.


 10:00 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Please note : the service for Ted will be private for family.


 10:04 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

A real shame. So sad, my heart goes out to his family. RIP.


 10:06 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Ted you will be sadly missed - apart from the knowledge you shared so openly that improved my skills - I was privileged to have called you friend. Our IMNY dinners were fun and full of laughter. Your wit and warmth will be remembered.


 10:32 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

The last time I spoke with Ted he was upbeat, he thought he might have beat it. That he didn't is a kick in the gut.

He was the most knowledgeable person in the business I knew, but it's what he did with his knowledge that was most impressive: He very unselfishly shared it. And the way he moderated WebmasterWorld, showing each member respect, and the way he had patience for the most twisted theories. He was a unique man, a one off. Folks like Ted come by all too infrequently.


 10:38 pm on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

I liked, and respected, Ted a lot.


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