7 Year Freelancer Anniversary & Shout Outs

March 1st is my freelancing anniversary (seven years now), but as the saying goes – behind every great SEO, there’s usually some fantastic support. Mine comes mostly in the form of one Deborah Sutton, who has been providing me with amazing copy for over five years. Deb writes pitch-perfect outreach blog posts, and has worked on some of my larger projects too, such as when I lead the content transformation at Deloitte a few years back. Thank you Deb, I couldn’t have done it without you!

7 Years SEO Freelance Anniversary

And recently, I’ve had the pleasure to work again with Samina Haffajee. Samina was my first point of contact when I started SEO consulting for Unicef UK in 2013, and when I heard she’d gone freelance I pretty much begged her to work with me. Fortunately, she agreed, and Samina has been focusing her considerable skills onto some of my Paid Search campaigns for the past few months, looking for opportunities and overcoming my blindspots.

Finally, my good friend Diana Seifert has always had an interest in PPC, and so I suggested she might find value in becoming certified. I tell this to people all the time, but no one ever does – except Diana, who is now fully Adwords certified and has been very helpfully crunching some data for me on a big paid search project.

Big thanks to you all – and of course my clients – here’s to another great year!

KPMG – SEO Training

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It’s been fantastic working with Drew. He has the rare ability to demystify complex subject matter for the uninitiated, yet still engage the more advanced members of the group. His workshops are interesting, practical and fun and after four training sessions we now have a team who really understand SEO, know why it’s important and feel comfortable incorporating it into our daily activities.

Ben Harding
Senior Editor, Marketing & Brexit
KPMG UK

The London Film School

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to make this site less blatantly self promotional, but I just received this great feedback (sorry!):

The London Film School attracts global customers and does so on a marketing shoestring. While looking for someone to support online campaigns, Drew’s personable and expert approach stood head and shoulders above his peers. Not only did he “get” the macro picture quickly and efficiently, all explanations and phone calls were fun. If you’re weary of PPC or SEO conversations, talk to Drew and he’ll make it engaging for you or your team so you’ll want to learn more.

Veronique Fricke
Head of Marketing and Communications
The London Film School

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6 Years as a Freelance SEO Consultant

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Today marks my six year anniversary as a freelance SEO consultant. Gosh gee wizz, the time has really flown by. I’m proud of the work I’ve done, and I’m also proud that several of my current clients have stuck with me over many of those years (Big Yellow Self Storage = 6 years, M&C Saatchi = 4 years, Unicef = almost 3).

I’m enjoying the SEO work I do now more than ever, so here’s to the next six!

 

Content and SEO Projects: KPMG and M&C Saatchi

Two sites have re-launched recently, in which I played a role.

First up, KPMG. I was the lead content creator for many of their key pages. I either completely restructured existing text or held interviews with stakeholders to write the pages from scratch.

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The old version (content and design)

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The shiny new version, with my copy.

I worked very closely with the KPMG digital team – it was a big project but a very rewarding few months.

The new site was launched with the site redesign late last year. I think it looks pretty great.

Old version of the KPMG UK site.

Old version of the KPMG UK site.

New version of the KPMG UK site.

New version of the KPMG UK site.

Next up, M&C Saatchi Sport and Entertainment. This was the second time I’d optimised their website for search.

Working with the team at M&C Saatchi and their design agency, we were able to find that SEO sweet spot again.

I think this redesign is pretty spiffy too.

Old version of the M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment website.

Old version of the M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment website.

New version of the M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment website.

New version of the M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment website.

The latest version is still as clean, but with added visual impact.

This latest version is still as clean, but with added visual impact.

So there you have it, great design and excellent content/SEO can go hand in hand.

SEO Testimonial from the RCPCH

Just received this great testimonial for my SEO training at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health:

Drew delivered a lively and informative session for us, which was tailored to our needs. We felt comfortable to ask questions throughout and get the most out of the time. The pace was great and the content engaging and made relevant to us. Drew had taken time to review our questions and materials in advance and come armed with answers!

Olivia Davenport, Head of Digital Communications, RCPCH

It was a pleasure working with such a smart and enthusiastic group. Thanks guys!

RCPCH SEO training

Gradual Growth Wins the SEO Race

SEO visibility score graphThis is what I like to see with my SEO campaigns – gradual growth over time (note: the dramatic dip is from a major technical issue that brought the whole site down, but it quickly righted itself). Too much rapid improvement will scare the (search engine) horses, not enough will scare your client. Good search engine optimisation is about finding balance.