I started off working on Grimsby docks, before moving onto the fish markets as a fish monger. I worked with fish to pay the bills through college and university, before getting an internship with a Leeds based company.
Before all this, I built my first website when I was 14 for my dad’s entertainment business after he was quoted more than £1,000 by marketing agencies in Grimsby for a simple two to three page brochure website — and they wanted to build it in Joomla, so that wasn’t happening.
My second site build came when I was 17 for a five-a-side football team I ran (Hereford Olympic). I also operated the scoreboard at Grimsby Town Football Club from the age of 12.
After moving to Leeds for University, I then settled in the Bradford area — where I rekindled my quirk for operating scoreboards, and took up the reigns at Bradford City Football Club, and also joined their youth scouting team.
Before turning my focus to SEO, my original plan was to be a digital strategist, and this is why I studied a Business & Marketing degree.
I worked in-house for companies in Leeds and Bradford, before going agency side and turning my focus on SEO. I’ve worked with companies from all around the world, ranging from smaller local businesses to global passenger airlines and technology giants, in almost every vertical imaginable.
Because of this early career path, I’ve been exposed to email marketing (1-million+ sends per year), database management, PPC, social media, and offline.
I’m also a recognised industry columnist and international conference speaker, and I regularly appear on digital marketing podcasts and webinars.
- Search Engine Journal Top 140 (2018)
- Search Engine Journal Top 140 (2019)
- OnCrawl Top 20 Technical SEOs (2017)
- Scoot National Headline Silver Award Winner (2014)
- Serpstat Top 75 SEO Specialist
- SEMrush Top 50 Author
- Google Trainer and Workshop Leader (Google Digital Garage)
- Verified Fiverr Pro
- TechSEO Boost 2018 Research Competition Winner
- SEMrush webinar host