There are many freelance SEO consultants across the UK and abroad, which makes it very hard to know which one to trust and pay for.
But there are also many “SEO experts” out there, who feel like they can offer advice and expertise just because they read a few blog posts and run an agency.
I’ve heard too many horror stories of what can happen if someone unknowingly ends up in the hands of those who are not right for you.
So rather than risk that happening to you, this post will outline some of the best freelance SEO experts within the UK.
Before we move forward, let’s clarify a few things:
- I did not include myself in this list, because that’s just weird. But if you do want to work with me, you know where to go learn more about me.
- This list consists of who, in my opinion, I think is the best and includes my own reasons too.
- The list is based on my experience of watching them talk at events, learning about what they do, their success stories, and a few them are also my friends (yes, you can be friends with your competitors!).
- The comments section will not be used for hijacking and promoting yourself. Anybody who does that will have their comments disapproved.
- I plan to update this list to add more of my recommendations in the future.
- The list below is in no particular order.
So if we are not a good fit for each other, consider going for one of the following below.
After many years of talking online, I then met Stacey on several occasions at different conferences and immediately warmed to her as a person. I also learnt a heck of a lot from her, which I am very grateful of.
Stacey has a background of working as a Director of Search at an SEO agency in Manchester, she then switched to being a freelance SEO and content marketing strategist at MacNaught Digital.
As well as delivering results for clients, Stacey has also spoken at several SEO events across the UK, Europe and the USA, including MozCon, BrightonSEO, SearchLove and SMX.
Steve is another person who I have communicated with several times, before having the opportunity to meet him in person many years ago at a conference.
And he knows his stuff as he runs Morgan Online Marketing and specialises in both SEO and PPC after working for some big agencies and major household brands.
Steve also heads up the organisation of Cardiff SEO Meet, where he invites various experts to speak to the attendees. He has spoken at a variety of events including BrightonSEO and contributes to well-known publications too.
I’ve also had the opportunity to interview him in my previous podcast show when talking about being an SEO freelancer which will give you further insights on the type of guy he is.
Many Minds is perhaps the odd one out in this list because it operates as a digital marketing agency, but with a different model to the traditional agencies that we know of.
Headed by Kirsty Hulse, Many Minds comprised of “senior, experienced independent digital professionals, collaborating on projects according to client needs”. These expert freelancers are all working together in an efficient and agile way that allows you to receive “better work, at a lower cost, from happier people”.
So, even though this post you are reading consists of 5 choices of SEO freelancers to choose from, you actually have more to choose from if you consider Many Minds too (due to the number of freelancers they have).
Kirsty is also an author ‘The Future is Freelance’, so she has a great understanding of the freelance lifestyle and how it will benefit clients in the long run and is a well-known speaker at many events such as MozCon and BrightonSEO.
Andrew ‘Optimisey’ is known for his very useful SEO events that he runs in Cambridge, where he is based, to which he invites brilliant speakers. He goes out of his way to help others improve their understanding of SEO through his free SEO events, also in Cambridge.
Aside from his events, Andrew also offers SEO consultancy where he helps you to “get more of the right kind of traffic to your site”.
He also offers different packages depending on what you are looking for to help you work out what services you need.
Nonetheless, even if you don’t hire Andrew, you will benefit from attending his events. And if you can’t do that, he generously has recordings of some of his events on his website.
I may have cheated with this one, but I couldn’t ignore this option.
Even though Profoundry, run by Col Skinner, does not describe himself as a freelance SEO expert, he has many skills that I admire. The North-West based digital consultant provides a range of digital marketing services which can have an impact on SEO too.
The great thing about Col is that he is specific about his services and who he works with. These services are all clearly outlined on this website, while he also shares information about who he has worked and what he has done for them.
Col has also been featured in a wide variety of publications including The Guardian, Telegraph and eConsultancy, and prides himself on offering a flexible and transparent working relationship and bringing in results at the same time.
Some people might find it weird to list your competitors and mention them on your own site. But over time, I have learnt that it’s more important to give value to your customers.
And if it means that I lose clients, then that’s fine, because it will mean that I am not the best person for you. But I would still rather you go to the right experts that suit you instead of having a bad experience with someone who read a few blog posts.
Even if you don’t work with them, connect and learn from them too.
In the meantime, if you have worked with these experts or even talked to them, let me know how you get on.
And tell them I said hi 😊
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