Category Archives: Interviews

Reasons To Build Your Own Site Even if You Are a Social Media Guru

What does it take to launch your own website? Do you have time or do you want to a company to help you? Lukasz Zelezny is all over the world speaking yet still has time to build his brand new site.
In front of an audience

When did your site launch?

I launched my new site Zelezny early 2015. These days however it was a website based on Paper.li engine. I had no time to launch a proper one and that is why I used mentioned solution. Thanks to this however I could aggregate some backlinks and a little of traffic (Paper.li based website rarely rank well as these content was based on RSS feeds)

Later I switched to WordPress that sits on Siteground with material based theme called Zephyr.

What made you want to build your own site? Before you said it was difficult to have up to date content for a website and it was on a domain (could you please confirm that domain).

Its still difficult because day has only 24 hours and nothing can change this. From the other side I am more and more busy. But I finally had to launch a proper website as that is an additional way to build reputation. 

Also I wanted to have a website to communicate with conference organizers. That is the main role of Zelezny.uk. 

Lots of content there is about myself speaking at different events across Europe. My website is also very well optimized regarding to “conference speaker” related keywords. That helps in many cases.
Lukas Looking Up

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The Team Behind The Search Elite

Search Elite is a brand new conference taking place in London, May 9th.  This is a one day event, one track where there are 8 speakers from 8 different areas of search sharing their tips with the audience. Search London and SEO Jo Blogs is proud to be a media partner of Search Elite and in this post,  I interview the Directors of Search Elite to find out more about this exciting new conference taking place May 9th.

Craig, Rayner is the Co-Founder of GoEvents that is organising the conference and I wanted to ask him about some of its USPs.  

London at Night

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Double Award Winner Barry Adams Features on The SEO Jo Blogs’ PodCast

Hello everyone and Welcome to the SEO Jo Blogs podcast. This is Jo Turnbull and I am pleased to have on the show today, Barry Adams on the show today. Double Award Winner, he won two awards at the UK Search Awards in London in November. Barry Adams and I was lucky to be able to share the table with Barry at the UK Search Awards November 2016.

Listen the podcast below or read the transcript of the interview.

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How To Set Up Your Own Digital Agency – Interview with Polemic Digital Founder, Barry Adams

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.

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Interview with Social Media Guru Lukasz Zelezny

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.

 

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Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made? Interview with Steve Barlett – Co-Founder of Social Chain

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.

 SEOJo and Steve

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EU Referendum – Interview with Call Your Nan Website Owner

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.

Call Your Nan June 23 2355

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