About Sean Hakes

For the past 19 years, Sean+Hakes has been helping professionals, brands, and businesses succeed online.

At this time, Sean Hakes is NOT accepting SEO clients or consulting gigs.

Sean Hakes is an industry-leading search engine optimization veteran, thought leader, SEO Speaker and federally appointed SEO Expert Witness in U.S. District Court.


Altitude Agency

From 2015 – 2020, Sean Hakes served as the CEO and COO for Colorado-based digital marketing agency, Altitude. In mid-2020, Sean successfully completed a merge with Nuclear Networking.

Alexa.com by Amazon

Several years ago I was hired by Amazon’s Alexa.com to assist with cleaning up their massive and semi-toxic link portfolio. During that time I was responsible for auditing hundreds of thousands of links and putting forth the link mitigation strategy.

Home Advisor

In 2006, Sean Hakes spearheaded the online marketing efforts for Home Advisor (formally Service Magic) which included oversight and management including the review and approval for any changes made online that may have adverse effects on lead generation. Additionally, Sean made recommendations and changes to continually grow the online reach for the Service Magic brand.

Best Contractors

In 2009, Sean Hakes served as the Director of Online Marketing for Colorado-based contractor lead generation startup, BestContractors.com. Sean helped lead the online marketing initiatives which caught the eye of outside investors and ultimately lead to the acquisition of BestContractors.com. Best Contractors was a model similar to ServiceMagic/Home Advisor that connected homeowners to pre-screened home improvement contractors nationwide.

Lending Tree

Shortly after Best Contractors’ acquisition, Sean was selected by Lending Tree to lead the digital transformation of the recently acquired DoneRight.com. At the time of the acquisition, DoneRight.com was primarily a print publication that was mailed to tens of thousands of homes around the United States. Each contractor was backed by a $1,000 DoneRight.com contractor guarantee.


Yodle is one of America’s leading online marketing firms and SeanHakes.com was proud to be a partner of Yodle helping with both overflow website development and SEO for clients who needed a little extra boost in rankings.

Life After The Lead Aggregates

During his time at various contractor lead generation companies, Sean realized there was a more efficient and more cost effective for contractors to generate leads. That’s when Sean started offering the same great digital marketing services he helped leading lead aggregates to generate leads, for local home improvement contractors!

Additional Experience:

  • 2002 – Founder & CEO of Urban Voice Media
  • 2010 – Founder & CEO of JEMSU (formally Denver SEO, Inc)
  • 2014-2020 – Founder & CEO of Altitude Agency (Acquired by Nuclear Networking)
  • 2020 – Current – Co-Owner & Chief Marketing Officer of Nuclear Networking.
  • 2020 – Current – Director of Online Marketing – NuLeaf Naturals