Since you’re here, you’re probably thinking you’d like to get to know a bit more about the person behind this website…
Now I’m not going to be awarding any prizes for guessing what my name is, so lets get right into this and deal briefly with who I am, why you’re likely to be here on my website and what I expect from you!
So lets get right on with it and get the obvious out of the way… My name is David Smith (told you it would be obvious) and I’ve been doing SEO since 2005, having spent many months learning HTML and building basic websites back in 2004. I started to investigate how to get people to visit my websites and the rest as they say, is history!
The Freelance SEO, PPC and Web Design Bit
As time went on, it became clear that I was spending far too much of my free time on my websites and learning about SEO. This ultimately culminated in me deciding that this was going to be more than just a hobby and might actually be something I could do 9-5 without wanting to throw myself out of a window! Hey we’ve all had those jobs where those 8 hours feel more like 16 hours, and go on and on and on all day…
So yeah, I went all in with this and applied to University, sold my house and moved from Leicester to Manchester in 2007. It was during my time at University that I ultimately learnt the most about Web Design, SEO and PPC and not because I was being taught any of this. But merely because I had so much free time to sit around and work on this stuff. I’m not sure I gained anything else from University, except for a student loan, and a piece of paper.
I started working for an agency in Manchester in May 2012 and a few weeks later, I decided I would register as self-employed to start promoting myself as a Freelancer, taking on work doing SEO, PPC and Web Design. Over the years I’ve helped some amazing clients with everything from SEO (Link Building, Outreach and On-page Audits), Backlink Removal and Penalty Removal, as well as PPC Setup and Management and a few WordPress Websites along the way.
Working as a freelancer, has meant that I’ve had to juggle many different jobs for clients and quickly learn and adapt along the way. Whereas in an agency, where you have others who are skilled and knowledgeable in various capacities to bounce questions off of. In a freelance capacity, I’d always strived to be able to deliver whatever work, clients wanted help with, which I’ve always enjoyed as it’s stretched my knowledge and understanding.
New for September 2017, I’d been doing work on Adwords for clients since 2010, but had always wanted to, but never found the time to, do the Adwords exams and become Adwords Qualified. Well in September, I finally found some time to sit down and get through them and finally get the Exams passed.
Here is my Google Partners / Adwords Profile.
The SEO / Marketing Agency Gig
I started working for an Agency in Manchester in 2012 as an SEO Consultant, helping clients with Link Building and due to my knowledge and experience with Technical SEO. I started to offer help and advice with their websites too. Over the years, this has morphed into me being called upon to be the go to person in the agency for all things On-page and Technical SEO.
To say that’s all I’ve done, would be an understatement! The agency was quite small when I started, with just 5 of us at one point, so being the most knowledgeable about all things SEO, I was always naturally going to be the one person in the office who was called upon to answer queries about clients websites and other issues.
To keep this brief, I’ve also worked on Backlink Audits and Disavows, PPC Setup and Management and WordPress Web Design.
The bit where I talk about where in the World I live
I live in Manchester, UK and been living here since 2007 having moved up here to go to University to do a Degree. Interesting story… The Degree I was registered on was cancelled but I was never told (I know, sucks to be me right?).
So I switched to another Degree on a whim without really thinking through the implications. However, in the second year, I just wasn’t enjoying it so I switched again to another Degree which I eventually finished in 2012. I guess you could say that, that was my homage to ‘The Three Degrees’…
The bit about my David Smith SEO 2.0 reboot
For many years, I’ve been running this website as my freelance outlet to the World to find clients and help with clients finding out more about me. One of my intentions with this website was always to share my SEO Agency journey, what I was learning along the way and just general observations on what was happening with Google, etc.
However, for one reason or another, it never really happened and I never got around to writing much on the blog. I’d love to be able to say I’m going to drastically change my habits here, but the fact of the matter is I’m probably not going to. I did consider writing about what I was up to away from this websites and outside of work. Writing about my websites and some of the stuff I’m working on, but most of the websites I’m working on, aren’t really anything I want to be discussing.
I may change my mind at some point and write about them, how I built them and so on. But for now, I don’t really have any I want to do this with.
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I’m on Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidsmithseo