I am so pleased to announce that Aleyda Solis is speaking at Search London’s 6th Birthday Party. I have wanted Aleyda to speak for a number of years and she has some time in London to come ! I have seen Aleyda on the SEO circuit for a number of years and wanted to interview her about how she started her successful career.
Hope you all had a great December. I am very excited to announce the 6th Birthday Party for Search London on Monday, January 30th, from 6:30pm.
We will be hosting the meetup at Bounce, Holborn
We have our own room, complete with two ping pong tables and karaoke. We will also have cake ! You cannot have a birthday party without cake.
We have two great speakers and two fantastic sponsors.
Don’t miss out on this event – Register on Eventbrite for your place at one of the best birthday parties of 2017 !
I am always inspired by people who set up their own business. There are many entrepreneurs in the Search Industry who are brave enough to establish their own agencies and attract big brands as their clients. Barry Adams, the founder of Polemic Digital set up his agency in 2014 and is now nominated at the UK Search Awards. I first met Barry when he was working for another company and was impressed he had been nominated so soon after starting his own business. I wanted to interview him on setting up his business and what he recommends for those looking to go out on their own.
1) What was the catalyst that prompted you into starting your own business?
It wasn’t one specific thing that prompted me to start working for myself. Looking back, it was an accumulation of many different things that eventually made me decide to go out on my own. Things like not being able to choose my client projects, increasing levels of stress and lack of fulfilment at my job, the growth of my own personal brand, seeing others in the industry starting their own business with great success, and a general sense of ‘now or never’ as I approached my 40th birthday all contributed to that decision.
In the end it was a bit of an ‘aha’ moment where I woke up early one morning and realised that starting my own business was something I needed to do. From there, things moved quickly: I spoke with my wife about it, who was very supportive, and then got the wheels in motion to launch my own company.
I met Lukasz Zelezny over four years ago at a Searchmetrics event in Central London. Since, then, I have seen him speak at some London conferences including my own Search London, while his profile has risen through the years.
What prompted you to start speaking and why so many places around the world? (Is there somewhere you have not spoken at but want to?)
The reason I started was because I just wanted to do something in addition. Both of my parents were teachers, so sharing knowledge is something that comes naturally to me. It’s also something that I enjoy and find quite fun. Speaking also gives me the ability to meet lots of new people who are often willing to share their insights with me and discuss the happenings in the industry. Of course, personal speaking has also given my personal brand a boost but that is an extra positive, and not the main reason why I speak at events.
I met Steve Barlett at UnGagged in June 2016. Steve set up his first company while at University and now runs a multi million pound social media company and he is not even 25 years old ! I was impressed by what he had accomplished at such a young age that I wanted to interview him on SEO Jo Blogs.
What motivated you to set up your Wall Park?
I was playing Xbox one day at university in Manchester with my housemate when it dawned on me that this wasn’t exactly the life-affirming experience I had expected it to be. I began thinking about what everyone else might be up to and I wondered how to give students the power of community.
Wallpark basically was a digital notice board where students could share everything; events, gigs, job vacancies etc. It had the ability to transform students university life into something altogether more exciting and varied, as it meant your social compass went from 10 to 100,000.
Everyone is talking about the EU Referendum. As the Leave Campaign were gaining momentum, one man in particular wanted to do what he could to Remain in the EU. He set up the website that has gone viral – Call Your Nan. This man was Liam Brennan. Liam and I used to work together a few years ago and I wanted to find out more about the site @LCBrennan put together in just a few hours.
“Liam, thank you for taking part in the interview. Your site – call your nan has gone viral. You were featured in the Huffington post, Metro and Guardian too, interviewed on the radio and even some celebs have tweeted the site.
From today it looks like you have just over 30,000 visits and it is the last day to vote.
The 5th Eu Search Awards took place in Salle Wagram in Paris on Wednesday, May 4th. Here are the photos of the winners.
The winner of the Best Use of Search in Finance went to Merkle| Periscopix & Endsleigh – Audience on their Search Strategy.