Search Engine Optimizing References

There are several links to our site from, where Google staff have referred webmasters to the technical information presented on our website, in answer to their questions Here's an example, where someone asked a Google Forum about why his site was dropping in the search ranking results on Google.

Note: A link from Google DOES NOT imply an endorsement by Google of Words in a Row; but even so it is flattering and validative to have the experts at Google refer webmasters to the information and expertise on our website.

Search Engine Watch is also a great resource for webmasters, and they link to our site from their page about Online Publicity and Promotion Resources, Danny Sullivan saying our page is a "nicely done summary of key search engines and directories, with links to Add URL pages..." Which links to our page about how to Register at Directories. That page has been greatly expanded and improved since we received that accolade several years ago, and is always kept up to date with our advice about the best directories and search engines to go to when registering your site.

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What our Clients Say About Us

Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies to mom-and-pop shops. We provide services that range from Search Engine Optimization to web design to development of large database-driven ecommerce websites, to consulting and marketing services. Here's what our clients say about working with us:

Buyer's Agent PortlandHere's what Jolynne Ash, a long-time client and a Buyer's Agent in Portland, Oregon said in May of 2017 after an update of their very old website into a mobile-friendly, modern site:

"Jere built my original site 17 years ago and did such a great job that it continued to bring me new clients on a regular basis. With the popularity of mobile users, I decide it was time for a whole new site. The challenge was that I wanted the new site to look like the old site only with better navigation, SEO and of course mobile friendly. Jere did a great job and was very efficient and easy to work with. He presented options and made suggestions to improve the overall look and SEO quality. The final product was exactly what I wanted. All this with a great sense of humor and a good dose of patience."

~~ Jolynne Ash.

Law Firm of Neal H. SobolWe received this unsolicited email from Laya of The Law Office of Neal H. Sobol in September of 2015 after taking their website from a 1990's design into the Bootstrap mobile-friendly platform:

"Thank you again for all your help on our site. We are truly happy with the outcome and so glad we finally did this upgrade.... we are very grateful for your expertise in getting everything sorted and solved. Great working with you!"

~~ Laya R.

St. Louis pediatric ophthalmologistWe received this review from Dr. Andy Blatt of St. Louis Eye Care Specialists LLC, after completing a project to take their website out of Flash and make it focused on pediatric eye care in St. Louis.

"Jere does an amazing job with search engine optimization. He is very responsive to requests made and very professional with regard to his business. He definitely delivers everything he promises that he will! Clearly an expert in his field. I would highly recommend him for search engine optimization and web site development."

~~ Dr. Andy Blatt

drug addiction helpWe received this email from Joanna Murawaska of Drug Rehab Canada:

"I'm very, very happy with the work done by Words in a Row.

"After working on my site, its ranking just kept increasing and now it's in the first position on the front page under a very competitive search term.

"Recently Google made some major changes that resulted with my friend's site getting pushed back from front page all the way to page 7, with my site going right to the top.

"Jere helped to save my business basically because if it wasn't for his work I may have ended up way back and off the front page.

"Thank you Jere and Desi!

"All the best"
~~ Joanna Murawska

Facials in GreenvilleWe built a website for Lesa Benjamin of Facials Greenville. She sent us the following testimonial:

"I am a small business owner and knew that I needed a web presence. After much research and inquiry into the search engine optimization, web hosting, and web site building, I began to think it would never come about. Then I came across the Words in a Row web site... and what a lucky and blessed find that was for me! I knew I had found the people for my project. I have only positive words for my experience. I have been so pleased with the work that Desi has put into the building of my web site--her professionalism, expertise, talent and patience has brought about the most beautiful and impressive web site that I have ever seen! And has exceeded my expectations. Jere has been patient and thorough in helping me to understand the process and steps involved in building a successful web site and all that goes along with maintaining it. I have found them to be ethical, fair, through, patient and talented! And that is exactly what I wanted; I recommend them very highly!"

Lesa Benjamin

Note: Kudos also go to Amy Collen of Design Wise Art, who created the lovely graphics for this site.

ignatius piazzaOur client Front Sight Firearms Training Institute wrote this as an unsolicited recommendation at LinkedIn:

"... [Jere Matlock] has done a magnificent job - in fact, he has taken one client to better results than 99% of his competition. Jere does a great job in helping orchestrate web activities to go up into top rankings on Google, Yahoo, etc."

David S.

luxury miami condosNed Berndt of Miami Condo Lifestyle says:

"Sometimes you just get real lucky. Finding Jere Matlock at Words in a Row was, for me, one of those special times! After several years of a no-results template site, I decided to find a web designer who could build a high ranking site for the competitive web world of Miami preconstruction luxury condo real estate.

"Well, not only does my luxury miami condos website look great -- really clean, not junked up -- but it's ranking like a racehorse!

"And to top it all off, Jere's a heck of a guy. He's easy-goin' but very knowledgable and plain fun to talk with about most anything! As a website novice, I felt he steered me correctly through all decisions necessary by providing great information and resources so I could make quality decisions. From design to SEO, coding to linking, he really knows his stuff! Thanks Jere."

Ned Berndt
Miami Condo Lifestyle

VoIP consultantsOur client, COMgroup East, a top firm in the field of technology consulting, Voice over Internet (VoIP consulting) and telephone system design, sent in the following:

"Thank you so much for the update [on our search engine rankings since your SEO project].

"Our team is beyond pleased with the results and with all of your efforts.

Keep em coming!!"

Regards, Michelle Moskowitz Saidi

COMgroup East
Director of Marketing
335 Madison Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10017
212.850.8806 (w)

Christmas GiftsOur client, Susan Hanasab of Christmas, sent in this testimonial:

"I have known Jere Matlock since October of 1998. Due to his efforts of optimizing the site with search engines, we are listed number one on Yahoo and Google, to name a few, when one searches for 'Christmas Gifts'. Our statistics of number of page views and number of visitors have been going up ever since.

"I asked Jere also to rebuild the site... He created a site that my clients are very happy about.

"I highly recommend Jere and look forward to a a great working relationship in the future and a greater expansion."

S. Hanasab, Owner

Words in a Row first provided Search Engine Optimizing for this client in late 1998. At that time, the site was impossible to find in the search engines. Now, in a search on almost any search engine, comes up at or near the top of the listings in a search for the popular key word phrase "Christmas gifts", most often in the #1 spot. The Search Engine Optimizing service we provide is not a gimmick that quickly fades--it is a service that keeps on working over time. This website has gone through three major re-designs in the last nine years, each time we've been asked to re-optimize it to ensure that the ranking did not fall from the #1 spot. That ranking is very important to this client - without doing any advertising, during the Christmas season (October, November and December) this site serves over 3 million page views to over a million unique visitors.

candyOur SEO client Jon Prince of Candy Favorites was concerned that the SEO work we did might not pay off at Google, even though he loved the results we were getting at Yahoo (see below). However, recently his site started showing up in first place of the search results at Google for most of his main key words, including "wholesale candy" and many more. Here's what he had to say:

"To not use Words In A Row would be to do your website a disservice! Others claim to be able to do SEO but Jere actually can do it!!

"I am amazed by the results and I suspect they will only get better.... It's wild and, again, I couldn't ask for better! Proves that all good things come in time as well as that it is important to be persistent.


Jon sent me this email earlier, when his site made it onto many first-page positions at Yahoo for quite a few of his main search terms:

"Your SEO skills really do work wonders and all the effort is worth the wait! All I can say is Yahoo!!!"

Jon Prince

Website Design References

sleep aidDr. Decuypere of, a natural health products provider.

"We started a project to get our website up and running about two years ago. Various things came up along the way creating barriers to the achievement of this goal. Two months ago we decided, OK, we're going to just do it! I got in touch with Jere at Words In A Row and got all the pieces and parts to him that our previous web designer had created. He gave me a very clear proposal of what needed to be done to actually get our site up and running. We did our part as requested and then it was time for him to perform. This was done in a very 'A-to-B' fashion. Anything I didn't understand was easily explained by him so that I could understand it without having to be a computer programmer to get it.

"... Jere has been absolutely wonderful to work with and I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting the services of a website designer."

Dr. Decuypere

advanced C++ programmingLeor Zolman of BD Software, a provider of on-site advanced C++ training.

"I'm really, really pleased with your work on the site, both in terms of the design, being open to my picayune demands, responsiveness, patience, and good nature. If I ever get the chance to send business your way, I'll be sure to do so..."

Leor Zolman
BD Software

equine artBarbara Dunn-Reeves, of Dark Horse Ranch, a site selling equine art. This is a site we designed from scratch, and optimized for the search engines:

"Words in a Row created a very beautiful website for my business, DarkHorse Ranch, Inc.

"I absolutely love my site, as do those who visit it.
I routinely receive compliments from internet visitors, and requests to link to my site because it is so upscale and aesthetic. Since Jere Matlock created my site, my ecommerce business has increased.

"Being a computer novice, and at the same time an artist who is very particular about my artform and its presentation, I made voluminous requests of Jere, and asked endless technical questions. Jere incorporated all my requests and gave me the artistic license that I needed and wanted. At the same time, he expertly incorporated his talent as a designer into a technically sophisticated website that functions as an ecommerce site. He was patient and kind throughout the evolution of the design from start to finish, answering all my questions in layman's terms that I could understand.

"I take great pride in my website and how it presents my work, my art and my business to the world wide web.

"I would highly recommend Jere Matlock and Words in a Row to any individual or business desiring the very best in website design."

Barbara Dunn-Reeves
DarkHorse Ranch Inc.

Marketing References

We consulted with Cheri and Keith of Bahamas Vacation Guide when their site lost its good position in the search engines:

"Wanted to say thank you once again - we are now really reaping the rewards of following your instructions. January highs have always been extreme but I think this year we will have cause to really celebrate! We have had 8 GB traffic ... since 24 Dec! The year of our record highs without any help we did like 155K unique visitors per month. I don't know what the exact combination of things leading to this is but we are going so strong! I suspect that 155K is gonna be an old, stale record when this is through. For a 'Bahamas only' guide this is an amazing feat.... So this is most certainly an accomplishment that should bear credit to you!"

Cheri Kraus
Bahamas Vacation Guide

Dan Mueller, of Gloves in a Bottle. This is a site we optimized for the search engines, and which we are marketing. With a lot of patient work and testing various avenues of online and offline promotion, this site has finally become a "cash cow" for its owner. It is usually on the first page of results at Google for its main key word, "dry skin." That's a term that is extremely competitive and goes head to head with companies like Procter & Gamble. Currently this client has 4 of the top 10 spots at Google for that phrase!

Writing References

Susan Ochart of Sterling Management. Jere Matlock has interviewed many of Sterling Management's professional clients and written up articles based on those interviews for publication in Sterling's publications (such as Premiere Dentistry Magazine or Premiere CPA Magazine). Hundreds of those interviews are also posted on Sterling's website, at

Dr. Frank Davis co-wrote the book "Confronting Diabetes" with Jere Matlock. Dr. Davis is a foot doctor practicing in Reno, Nevada, who has seen thousands of patients suffering from the complications of diabetes. He wanted to write a book to help people who do not yet have the complications of diabetes avoid ever getting them. This book is available on our Books page.

The text of an article by Jere Matlock on the basics of marketing a website is available online at

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Professional references and client testimonials for Words in a Row.

To contact us to help you design, re-design, or optimize a website for the search engines click here. We make our clients' websites make them money.

Some sites we've built from scratch:

St. Louis Opthalmology - a site we converted to HTML from a Flash-based design that wasn't ranking well at all. (Flash causes problems because Google can't index it!) Now it is pulling in a lot of patients for Dr. Blatt.

Facials Greenville - a pretty site built to order for a Day Spa.

Miami Beach Condos - Built to order in the very competitive Miami Beach condo market. It achieved top placement at Google almost as soon as it went on line -- and has kept it.

BD Software - brochure site for one of the world's top programmers, Leor Zolman. Remember C++? He literally wrote the book.

Birdseye Maple - a site displaying specialty high-end woods, built for the largest distributor of such woods in America, Yankee Veneer Corp - we adapted their new graphic layout put them into the mobile-friendly Bootstrap platform.

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