Warren "Ted" Ulle, a longtime forum admin at WebmasterWorld has passed away, leaving the SEO community in mourning. WebmasterWorld founder Brett Tabke wrote in the forum last night:
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.
Tabke says the post will be updated with more info on memorial funds/charities in Ted's name.
While I didn't know Ted personally, it's been virtually impossible to cover search and SEO without seeing his name and posts frequently. I've certainly referenced his words numerous times, particularly throughout the Google Panda update era.
It's clear that Ted has been a very influential, well-liked and respected member of the SEO industry. All you have to do is peruse the WebmasterWorld thread and see what his peers have to say about him.
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