Where do you work?
I currently work as a Technical Search Consultant for StrategiQ; a digital marketing and development agency based just outside of Ipswich.
What about your previous experience?
My first job in digital came in 2011, when I landed a Digital Marketing Executive role with OKO Digital; a family-ran online marketing agency based on the South Coast. My previous experience with blogging and social media (mostly via ad-hoc work and being in bands) was enough to get my foot in the door. Over the next two years I cut my teeth in various aspects of digital, including social media, PPC, website monetisation and content creation. It was the SEO however, particularly off-page and link building, that took up most my time and really interested me.
At the end of 2013 I was taken on as an SEO Campaign Delivery Manager with Vertical Leap; one of the largest digital agencies based on the South Coast, where I focused solely on all aspects of SEO. It was my year and a half at Vertical Leap that really honed my knowledge and skill set, not just in SEO, but client communications, time management, strategy planning and everything in between.
In 2015, after a decade of living in Portsmouth, I decided to relocate and move closer to my family in my home county of Suffolk. I started working at Further in July 2015, where I was the lead SEO on one of the business’s largest accounts, overseeing the international SEO of two well-known antivirus software products as well as one of the biggest names in VPN/proxy services.
After just over a year and a half of the painful A140 commute, I was tired and exhausted, and made the call to find a job within easier travelling distance. StrategiQ were the agency whom answered by prayers, and I’ve been working as a Technical SEO Consultant since January 2017.
What kind of clients do you work with?
I’ve worked on SEO projects for a Fortune 100 insurance company, a well-known antivirus provider with over 200 million active users globally, an established UK high street book store, a leading brand in bus airport transfers, a children’s theatre arts school with over 600 locations UK-wide, various eCommerce stores and a historic naval war ship.
Not bad, aye?
What do you like about SEO?
If you had to ask me what area of SEO I find most interesting, I’d have to say finding new opportunities or keyword gaps to capitalise on. I’m also a sucker for creative link building tips.