Jesse McDonald is a Global SEO Strategist with IBM.*
After receiving his degree in graphic design, Jesse Moved to Austin to pursue his career. Through his search to become a print designer, Jesse found a job as an SEO specialist and developed a passion for the industry. Jesse has spent the majority of his SEO career focusing on local search and has become known as a local search expert within the industry.
After receiving his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Graphic Design from the University of Southern Mississippi, Jesse moved to Austin with his wife, Jennifer McDonald, to pursue a career as a print-focused graphic designer.
During his quest to find a job in this field, he stumbled upon SEO and fell in love with the industry, especially with how similar the graphic design and SEO skill-sets relate to each other. For the large majority of his career as an SEO, his focus has been on local SEO.
Jesse has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as Pubcon (Las Vegas, Austin, and Florida), and Rocks Digital. He has also served as a judge at the US Search Awards.
*Jesse’s thoughts and opinions are his own and do not reflect the thoughts and opinions of IBM.