About Ardan Michael Blum

Ardan Michael Blum: Dachshund lover, Freemason, Center-Left views, Pro Peta, (...) Geek. Discover my life in Palo Alto, and beyond.

Born in 1970 in Switzerland, I attended the International School Of Geneva. In 1992 I received my B.A in Literature from Bennington College, Vermont.

After college, when I was in my mid-twenties, I was to live a tragedy which was to shape my future. Following the death of a woman I had hoped to wed (who was a social assistant caring for the elderly), I rebuilt my life and founded a charity – as a memorial – Vivre Avec le 3ème Âge or “Living with the 3rd Age”. From 1999 to 2014, our NGO was to implement cultural actions devoted to the well-being of all senior citizens living in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. For example, together with the Swiss national symphony orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, we organized a special winter concert. We held this free event at Geneva’s premier concert venue, the Victoria Hall, and attended by over 800 senior citizens! (View a 360 image inside the hall). The succeeding year, we organized another free event for senior citizens in Geneva. This time, thanks to the extreme generosity of the restaurant, a 3-course dinner in the lovely and exclusive Brasserie Lipp of Geneva (see inside the restaurant) for 80 seniors.

Of all our actions, the most important was our collaboration with Hewlett-Packard Europe, Microsoft, Logitech, and IBM Switzerland to furnish without cost reformatted and/or brand new computers along with software, and many webcams, microphones, headphones, and other materials were distributed to senior citizen centers and nursing homes. Helping seniors to become conversant with the use of email, accessing the web, and working computer programs were among my highest priorities. Then we established a project allowing seniors to share their life stories! Visit: Les Séfarades à GenèveLa Vie Quotidienne, and the other tales (a legacy version of our site) found at medium.com/genève


The SEO Bug Got Me!

In Geneva, while seeking ways to promote my senior projects with new sponsors, I realized the importance of getting our website ranked for charity-related terms (on Google.ch in French). I learned SEO basics. In a few months, the needed visibility and the prestige of showing up in organic (non-sponsored) placement were achieved. As a result, I had far more questions related to “How did your organization rank so well on Google?” than what type of support do you need!

Then the bug got me: I started a full-time profession!

17 years have turned me into an expert in SEO with major clients and success stories I will be happy to share.

My Palo Alto SEO company was founded in 2016. We provide Search Engine Optimization services combined with SEO training. 

We set our business model to provide results and then teach our client’s staff how to self manage MULTIPLE top ten results on Google for the most searched words related to the geographic area, niche topic and competition. See more: Palo Alto SEO company.


In Palo Alto:

I am a Block Preparedness Coordinator. I graduated from the Basic Citizens Police Academy and attend currently the Advanced Citizens Police Academy events. I am an active member of the Palo Alto police chief’s advisory committee. Recently I invited the founder of Facebook to attend one of the meetings.


Personal Stuff:

I speak both French & English.

Now, for 14 years, I continue the path of self-discovery expressed by Freemasonry.

I have played the cello for 40 years and had the great privilege of studying with Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio.

Generally, I hold Center-Left views mostly.

I retain my family tradition – going back 100 years – of loving Dachshunds. These hounds will draw me away from most matters; they are the result of fine-tuning in Germany towards 1880 – the best format, of royal-minded personality and loyal, brave, bold, and independent mixture.


Sharing Beauty, Admiration, Dreams, Art, & More …


Have you had a good day?

You may have had a good day and I hope you have. The point is that a definition of a good day is often based on how other people perceive you, your Ego, your car, your bank account, and all the things that you believe will never turn to dust and will accompany your Soul forever.

Well, you may be wrong!

A good day is based on finding Rome or Jerusalem in your Soul, in your own ability to say TODAY is part of Eternity and I am going to make my Jerusalem a little bit larger, my Rome a little bit more built, my heart a little bit stronger; then it has been a good day.


Playlist for a rainy Sunday afternoon:

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