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Some of you may not know who Jim is but there would likely be no webmasterworld were it not for him. I joined Brett's link farm back in 2000 by reading his tips in Jims search engine forums.
At the very least, it would be a different SEO world without Jim's influence. He willed be missed.
Jim's family will be accessing the Guest Book at the memorial site, so I'd encourage anyone that wishes to share with them their thoughts on Jim visit it. He's left a lasting impression online that I don't think his family fully realizes. This is an opportunity for those who gained from his wisdom to say thanks.
It's a sad day for the SEO world.
Ive read your 2 testimonials on the site and found them very moving. By the sounds of it jenn he was your mentor as such and so I cant imagine how you are feeling right now.
Hopefully everything will continue to grow from this and all his dreams will be realised. I offer my condolances to his family although they dont know me.
After you've learned something, then turn around and help someone else.
A great philosophy of his and one to carry on in his name.
I'm somewhat at a loss for words, and those of you who know me...know that statement sys something about me. I am never at a loss for words.
Truth be known, SEF was really where I hung my hat first. Jim extended to me Moderation duties for the Excite forum, and a couple others.
I respect Jim immensely for what he has built and the people he has helped. A legacy is truly what is left behind in the lives of so many that were touched by his efforts.
I used to read that newsletter religously, ya know.
My heart goes out to his family and the extended one that is feeling this loss.
RIP Jim - you've left a legacy.
I can't even begin to explain what a profound impact that statement had on me when I first stumbled upon VirtualPromote.
A broke, out-of-work Father of two small kids struggling to build a new career doing something no one I knew had ever heard of.
Jim's site and newsletter was one of the main things that kept me focused on the mission. If it wasn't there when I got started, I'd probablly wouldn't be where I am today.
The place was huge (to me) and confusing, and amazing. Jim did a lot for the industry, when this industry was just getting started.
One hopes that we will all, in our own way, leave such an amazing legacy behind.
Rest in Peace.
I am taken aback by the depth of sadness I feel at this news.
joined:Sept 1, 2000
Congratulations to Jimís mods for their fine work and respectful memorial.
More importantly, Jim's theory of "Helpware" was one of those things that made you really believe in the web. While every shark in the business world was jumping on the dotcom bandwagon, he and his community were a constant reminder that there are always good guys out there. Ar dheis Dť go raibh a anam uasal.
His forums surely helped us all learn how to walk on tight ropes of this SEO world.
He will be missed :(
joined:Sept 21, 2002
Basically - Jim started my life off in the real world - a MASSIVE IMPACT for me.
Very sorry to hear of his passing away.