Hi, I'm Dara =)
I'm a self-taught computer geek, grammar and writing fiend, and serial entrepreneur. I love writing new content (fresh, original content), finding those tiny grammatical errors that pass everyone by, and learning the newest SEO techniques to help Google like my clients' pages.
I have two Bachelors of Science degrees; the first is a Bachelors in Communication-- my major was Print Journalism and minor in Marketing (received 2002-2006 from the University of Miami). Concurrently, due to pure boredom, I received a second Bachelors of Science degree, in Political Science, with a minor in Public Policy in Law.
Right after, I delved into a Masters in Public Administration --> Business Management, so I think I have a decent combination of skills. To top it all off, I've taught myself logo / header / graphic design using Photoshop, Indesign, and all sorts of different programs--whatever I can get my hands on.
So, my skill set is quite varied and unique. The Print Journalism degree/training helped me hone my writing / editing skills, and marketing taught me how to set up campaigns and pitch to potential clients-- adding in design and business management, it was destiny that I begin a startup.
In 2007, I began work for the Q&A site FunAdvice.com, and eventually was promoted from Community Manager to Online Marketing Manager later that year. From 2007-2010, I was trained in Google-approved SEO-methods by Jeremy Goodrich, formally of Yahoo! This one-on-one training is vital -- I am able to handle all off-site SEO campaigns for virtually any site alone, without using black-hat methods.
Due to these skills, I've started two small startups and freelance all over the place. "The Write Stuff" (www.daraedits.com) was just redesigned; it showcases my academic/business writing, logo design and editing.
My newest venture is Success with SEO. So far I have a domain, email accounts, and clients -- but no steady programmer to be my partner (or code my site...), so that's always something I am open to discussing.
I guess that's about it =) Any questions, feel free to ask!