In 2003, trying his hand as a domainer, Ben Herman purchases multiple domain names in an attempt to make his first million.
Quickly realizing that businesses were no longer paying top dollar for domains, Ben began experimenting with various internet marketing tactics in an effort to grow traffic on the domains.
On a cold December 12th, the LLC paper work was filed which made the company name official. The name Mad Fish SEO was born.
Making a Commitment
During the spring of 2006, Ben decided to resign his current position as an operations analyst at Research Data Design, and focus on finishing his computer science degree, and his small handful of SEO clients.
Shortly after leaving his career for the great unknown, Corrie followed suit and Mad Fish was moving forward, full steam ahead.
Coming out of our Shell
In 2009, Mad Fish moved its operations to office space in downtown Portland. They were humble beginnings but it was where our great team began to form.
One Year Later
A year of change. Mad Fish SEO moved to new office space in the Woodlark Building on SW 9th and Alder. We were completely spoiled to be so close to the food carts.
Owners Ben and Corrie also welcomed their son Eli to the world. Staff and clients were kind enough to put up with two sleep deprived parents.
Shaking Things Up
2011 marked the introduction of Google+ to the world of social media. It was also the year our Katherine Morrison was introduced to our Mad Fish team.
Google released the Panda algo change in February to combat bad content, spun articles and other bad content strategies.
Growth and Expansion
2012 was the fastest growing year for Mad Fish to-date. Our clients, services and staff all grew as the world of SEO also changed. Anne Krzysztalowicz and Jasmine Paul brought their experience to our management team during this time.
Penguin, Google’s algo change dealing with bad link strategies, rolled out in April 2012. Mad Fish clients weathered that storm with ease.
Moving and Shaking
In 2013, we moved to a new office in the Lovejoy Building, doubling our work space. This was great for improving how we operate internally. We also brought Marcella McKee on as a new client managers to help us manage the growing needs of our clients.
In SEO news, Penguin 2.0 rolled out in May 2013. This Google algorithm change rocked a handful of our clients but we were able to help them navigate the changes and put them back on track within 60 days. Several new clients have come to Mad Fish for Google Penguin penalty and compliance help.
Nick Winkleblack and Nicole Taylor joined us at Mad Fish in 2014 each bringing their unique skills to the team and growing out key service areas for the company.
Expanding is Fun
2015 has been a year of expansion. We rebranded as Mad Fish Digital to better communicate the services we have been offering our clients for the past few years. We hosted a client appreciation party and open house to kick off the year in our new office on NW 18th and Overton. In April, we acquired another agency and welcomed a new set of clients and team members to the Mad Fish team.