Eric Richard Ward

12 August, 195916 October, 2017
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Eric Ward passed away to meet our glorious Heavenly Father on October 16, 2017 at the age of 58. Eric was born and lived years in New Jersey, before moving with family to Signal Mountain in Chattanooga, TN where he attended and graduated from Baylor School. Eric then went on to The University of Tennessee Knoxville, was in the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and studied education and business. He later attended UTK for graduate school to study educational and counseling psychology, and Internet Technology. Eric began his Internet Business 25 years ago. He developed, created and executed effective content linking and promotion strategies for over 1,000 websites. Some of his clients included,,, NBC sports, National Geographic and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Eric will be remembered for his major positive influence and contributions to the Internet Industry, and was affectionately known as "Link Moses" by his peers. One of Eric's greatest passions in life was watching his two boys play baseball and his daughter dance and sing; he loved helping them to excel in sports, education, and help them accomplish their dreams. Eric is survived by mother Bonnie Ward of Sun City West, AZ; brother Stephen Ward & family of NJ; wife Melissa and their three children: Noah, Abram & Sophie Belle, all of Knoxville, TN. The receiving of friends will be held October 23, 2017 at 4pm at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church in Barron Hall. This will follow a private family burial service through Berry Highland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network either online or sent to TSPN 446 Metroplex Drive Suite A-224, Nashville, TN 37211. Friends and family can leave their condolences at


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Kelly Goto

12 January 2021

Eric and I first met around 1997 when we were both speaking at Thunderlizard conferences at the dawn of the web. His dress was casual. His demeanor was gentle, professional and caring. He spoke passionately about SEO and link building. He paced the stage, interacting directly with the audience and never read from notes. I took note of his style and considered him a mentor as well as a colleague. Later, in 2000 I asked him to write an piece for a book I was writing on Web Redesign. He delivered.

This year, 2021, is the 20-year anniversary of the publishing of that book. So I thought of Eric and today decided to get in touch with him for the first time in over a decade. I was saddened, shocked and so surprised to see he had passed. My heart goes out to his family, his children and everyone who experienced his gentle grace and caring demeanor. He was one of a kind.

Carter Hand

16 November 2019

I knew the guy as a family friend, saw him at football games, etc. he sparked my interest in the internet when i was,like, 10.
im 14 now.

but damn, i didn't think he'd be leaving this soon.
Godspeed, you magnificent PR man.
I'll remember ya when i see an ad.

goodbye, old man.
May you rest in the arms of heaven.


arun GARG

19 August 2018

I do not have any memory except i have a high regard for eric . I will definitely miss

Jonathan Robert De Mallie

20 February 2018

Eric Richard Ward, a Garden State of New Jersey and US extreme asset.Innovation for our one under GOD Nation!

Robert A. Kearse

18 January 2018

To my great shock and sadness I just learned of the passing of Eric Ward. Over a period of more than a decade I found Eric to be an individual of great knowledge and integrity. We are blessed to having been in his sphere of influence and teaching. Rest in peace.

Wing Yu

22 November 2017

Thank you for being a mentor and friend. Your business acumen and integrity were beyond reproach, and your genuine warmth will be missed.

Rachel Eddins

8 November 2017

I was shocked to hear about the sudden loss of Eric as he had been so helpful to me earlier this year. I followed him for years and found him to be knowledgeable, passionate and a great value to business owners such as myself. He gave wholeheartedly, was a true influencer in his community and will be truly missed. My heart goes out to his family.

Darren L

30 October 2017

Its rare to find someone who embodies such deep knowledge and who shares it so willingly and honestly. He was a true original and will be missed.

R Sharma

30 October 2017

Extremely shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Eric Ward. He was and will always remain the unrivalled master of link building. He will be greatly missed. May God give his family strength to handle this loss...RIP, Eric!

Rakhi (UK)

Marty Schmayer

28 October 2017

I was so shocked to hear about Eric's passing. I had the honor of talking with Eric a few years ago and he was a great inspire to me. You will be greatly missed.

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