The SEO Community Has Lost A Legend - Ted Ulle (Tedster)

Jul 1, 2013 • 8:12 am | comments (14) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Industry News

Ted Ulle (Tedster) by Melyssa St. Michael

Tedster, as many of you knew him, Warren "Ted" Ulle, has passed away late Thursday night after a long battle with his illness.

I'll be honest, it is hard for me to write this, knowing how many people he has helped over his 15 or so years in the SEO/SEM industry. Without him, I can honestly say, the SEO community would not be where it is today.

Brett Tabke, the founder of WebmasterWorld, posted the news in WebmasterWorld on Sunday and the community began to show their respects. As Brett said, the community has lost "a giant," and a giant of a man he was. I've never met a more respectful, caring, giving and humble person before. He poured his heart, time and life into the SEO community like no man before. I'll say it again, words cannot describe how sad I am over this.

Check out tedster's profile on WebmasterWorld. He has been a member since 2000. He has over 37,301 public posts, with many many more private posts. I believe his last public post was just about 15 days ago. I've personally used his wisdom hundreds of times here, probably closer to 500 times.

Last October, he was awarded the WebmasterWorld Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ted, the community will miss you so dearly and I will forever miss you.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Image credit to Melyssa

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Gab Goldenberg

07/01/2013 12:19 pm

COndolences to his family. Ted was a nice guy, down to earth enough to chat with someone new to the WMW community and treat me like an equal, despite being far more experience and knowledgeable. RIP Ted!


07/01/2013 01:44 pm

Rest in Peace Tedster, a true giver and a great guy, I'm glad I had the opportunity meeting tedster both online and offline and being in his award ceremony last Vegas pubcon. Condolences.


07/01/2013 01:57 pm

R.I.P. Tedster. I am a God believer. Not a fanatic but just a believer. I am going to visit the western wall in Jerusalem this week and will put a note in the wall to memorize Ted.


07/01/2013 03:53 pm

my small contribution

Graham Ginsberg

07/01/2013 04:25 pm

Remembrance is the best, the most honest, the most sincere, way of honoring the dead and our commitment to life on earth..


07/02/2013 01:11 am

We didn't always see eye to eye on things but it didn't matter because he was always a gentleman about it. There are few people in SEO who could so gently show you that you were being an idiot as the Tedster. SEO has lost a great human, an incredible brain and a gentle soul.

Justin Clark

07/02/2013 05:52 am

Rest in Peace Tedster,

Sharanyan Sharma

07/02/2013 11:13 am

I know him very well in Webmasterworld, Sorry to hear this. Rest in Peace Ted.

Mark Reynolds

07/02/2013 11:19 am

Wow, that's really sad Barry. I joined WMW in 2002, seems ages ago now, and Tedster was always the one to stick his head out and help a stranger. I never knew him, but 11 years on his nickname stays with me for a reason. RIP Tedster - thanks for giving me your time

Ravi Akella

07/02/2013 11:26 am

This is indeed very sad to loose one of the giants of SEO world

Ethan Hays

07/02/2013 03:15 pm

So sad to hear - condolences to his family. And such a loss to the SEO community. Ted was one of the most tireless, knowledgeable, and thoughtful members of our community. Whenever there was a really long thread on WebmasterWorld, and I just wanted to get to the core of the issue without having to read every post, I'd just skip to wherever tedster had commented, and knew I was getting the good stuff.

Adnan Qaizar

07/05/2013 04:24 am

Unfortunately, I never knew this man. Though, the more I am getting to know him, the more sad I feel that he is not amongst us today. Life goes on but good people, we always cherish. Let's remember him with happy memories! :)


07/07/2013 06:04 am

RIP Tedster, the SEO Community owes you a lot

Matthew Robson

07/08/2013 02:06 am

I worked with Ted at Converseon going back to 2006. We both attended Pubcon in Boston. I stayed in touch with him at NYC conferences and the IMNY Meet. He was always delighted to talk about the latest Google and MSFT patents, black hat techniques, and SEO gossip. You could get a real hearty laugh out of him on the most technical of topics. He always shared all of his insights freely and treated everyone in the dialog with the same attention, regardless of their corporate status. Ted would never take note of who people worked for, or who had big deals coming in - he just wanted to talk about SEO. Ted held the group's attention, and would always give his total focus to the discussion. He wasn't one of those event participants who is always looking at who else they might be talking to. He was such a deep resource and active community participant that his contribution is singularly exceptional and his body of work has truly left it's mark on the SEO community.

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