SEO used to be very community based, and to a certain degree still is. Its something I guess you could argue is very symbolic of the SEO community as a whole and something that differentiates us a lot from other marketing channels – and perhaps something more akin to ‘the techies’. So who and where are the big communities here in the UK and how can you find them
These have been running for around seven months, and started initially by myself (Peter Young), Ben Mckay, David Towers and David Lindop. These have gone from strength to strength in recent months with a turnout of around 40 or so SEO professionals at many of the meetups.
As you would imagine from a northern meetup, alcohol is normally involved and many of the events take place at one of the many drinking establishments in the Manchester area. Similar to the London SEO meetups the Manchester SEO community were also heavily involved in the recent Sascon search marketing conference held at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester
Rob Kerry’s (him of Ayima fame) is synonymous with the London SEO events, with many of the events often following the big SES or SMX conferences. This May is no different with the London SEO events returning thanks to some decent sponsorship from Further. Less Frequent than other similar events such as the Manchester SEO events but read nothing into that. These events normally have a face or three you will know and a heck of a lot of alcohol
The last Brighton SEO will be remembered for a number of reasons, not least for the ‘link scandal’ that came out from the event itself. That said, Kelvin Newman from Site Visibility is one of the reasons one of the thriving SEO locations now has a SEO community of itself. Much like the London events these don’t happen that frequently but they are usually one to remember – and why wouldnt they be with companies like iCrossing, Fresh Egg and others all based out of Brighton and its surrounding areas.
Primary Contact: Kelvin Newman
Next Meetup: 18th June 2010 – Venue TBC
Further communities are springing up such as Liverpool, as we find interest in SEO increasing. Many of these are still very small however if I have forgotten your meetup above let me know and I would be more than happy to add it to the list. These will be added as well to the events calendar which will be launched later this week.