SEO communities – Are they alive and thriving in the UK

by Peter Young on May 12, 2010 · 4 comments

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

Manchester SEO
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

Primary Contact: Peter Young
Next Meetup: 27th May 2010 @ Dukes 92.

London SEO
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

Primary Contact: Rob Kerry
Next Meetup: 18th May 2010 @ Shakespeares Head, Holborn

Brighton SEO
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.
Website: TBC
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.

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Peter Handley May 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I’ve only managed to make my way to the BrightonSEO events thus far – Portsmouth is not exactly a hub full of digital marketing companies, and I found this a good way in to the community.

There was some scandal from the last one, but ignoring that, its great fun to talk to others in the industry and hear what is being done by other folks at that time.

I’d love to make my way to the Manchester and/or London events at some stage, and will see what I can to get involved with some of the other communities in the future. I probably talk to more of the Manchester based folks on Twitter, so maybe I should see if I can time a visit up to see some friends to coincide with a future one ;)

Peter Young May 13, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Be good to get you up here Peter, sure us Manchester folk will show you the sights and sounds of lovely Manchester. If not theres always Sascon next year – where we will look to associate the Manchester SEO fraternity into the event.

Peter Handley May 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Cool… If I plan early, I’ll see what I can do for SASCon.

Got a few friends in the Manchester & Liverpool area (ok they maybe aint that close, but they seem to be in my mind ;) ) who I have been promising to visit again for years, so I’ll see what I can do!

Richard Shove May 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm

There’s absolutely no community in Scotland that I’m aware of, at least not to the extent of Manchester and London. I’m fairly sure that other SEOs exist here but in my experience, people prefer to keep everything to themselves, which I find a little strange. There are usually twestivals in Edinburgh and social media types seem to have get togethers but nothing really for the SEO community.

I really must try harder to make it down to either London or Manchester. I had a great time chatting with various people at the SEOMoz Advanced training in London last year.

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