Our SEO history began as a sidenote to my love for CSS and standards compliant web design as recommended by the W3C… along with some dabbling with ADA compliance and the W3C’s WCAG. My resume was the first page I did totally using CSS, that was in 2002 (thank God the same year as Phoenix, now Firefox). By March 2003 my resume was ranking #1 in many search engines for about 5 search terms [resume asp, resume css, resume cold fusion, resume xhtml, resume seo]. Traffic (and phone calls) went through the roof and that gave me the SEO bug. My goal with this resume is to rank #1 for the search term SEO Resume. Because of my development background in ASP/ColdFusion/PHP, I am an SEO that knows code, or a coder that knows SEO. Either way is a win!
I did rank #1 for SEO Resume for quite some time, and quickly [unfortunately] learned that by being #1… well the web is full of scavengers eager to copy you in every conceivable way, stealing your research and effort. My resume was copied many times by many people [calling themselves SEOs] and eventually lost the #1 ranking. I reported all this to Google based on DMCA violations but Google took no action. Although I am no longer #1 at Google for resume seo, I have remained on the first page of results for the past 9 years.