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Sverre Sjøthun: About me

Sverre Sjøthun

My name is Sverre Sjøthun, I'm from Stavanger, Norway and I'm 30 years old. I'm currently living in Vancouver, Canada, working as a Search Engine Optimization Specialist at Riptown Media.

Riptown is a Marketing company serving the Online Casino, Poker and Sportsbetting company Bodog.com, a leader in the Online Gambling industry.

I've always been very creative -- drawing and painting, wood carving, model boats, I've even made several loudspeakers and amplifiers myself. I love to see how an idea can become something real -- how an idea can become something useful or something beautiful.

My first website

Since I got my Commodore 64 at the age of 10, I've been into computing one way or the other. But it wasn't before -99, when I made my first homepage I got the interest for web design and new media.

This homepage evolved, and within a year, I bought a domain name, www.dwpg.com, and had 5 other people working with me on writing and maintaining the site. We had our peak in mid 2003 where we received over 3 million pageloads and more than 100 000 visitors a month.

Stepping down

Unfortunately, running a big, international IT and computer related website in addition to a full position job is really hard, so I had to step down, and the site hasn't been updated since October 2003. Yet it still receives a steady stream of visitors -- nearly 200 000 pageloads a month.

During those years, I learned a lot. I started learning about webdesign, how to plan, develop and implement a CMS, how to actually run a website and how to promote it in search engines, and maybe even more importantly -- how to deal with and communicate with large, international computer hardware and software manufacturers such as MSI, Shuttle, Intel, AMD, Corsair, Logitech and Microsoft just to mention a few.

Leaving something that you've put so much effort into, so much money and so much time is never easy, but it had to be done. My job as dept. manager at Hipercom simply didn't let me do both at the same time. The site may never be what it once was, however, what I've learned will always be with me.

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