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My Ignite Cardiff Talk: What Skyrim Taught Me About Business Networking

Ignite Cardiff logoSometimes I give professional talks. Sometimes… less so.

It was an absolute pleasure to speak at Ignite Cardiff‘s eleventh event in May. I was supposed to speak at IC #10 in February, but pulled out at the very last minute due to illness (as reported previously).

My talk topic? What Skyrim Taught Me About Business Networking. Here’s the video:

If you’d like to check out the slides separately and in more detail, here they are for you:

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Introducing… Morgan Online Marketing

Morgan Online Marketing logoLadies and gents… It gives me great pleasure to announce the launch of my brand new website: morganonlinemarketing.co.uk!

A few months ago I went self-employed, and although I have a Hire Me! page on this blog, I wanted a separate, dedicated website for the freelance side of things.

The website was designed by the wonderfully talented Rhys Bartlett (@rhys_bartlett), a freelance WordPress developer based in Cardiff. I’d also like to give a shout-out to Gene Thompson (@GeneThompson1) of Creative Services Ltd, who designed the logo, and (as mentioned before), Peter Rowlands (@P_M_Photography) of P & M Photography, who provided the photo on the About page.

Morgan Online Marketing homepage screenshot

Taking the Plunge: Going Full-time Freelance

"A free lance" imageJust a quick bit of news…

For over two years, ever since leaving Confused.com in 2011, I’ve considered going self-employed as a full-time SEO freelancer. However, the timing never quite seemed right. But on Friday just gone, I worked my last day at Box UK, which could be my last day in employment for a while. Yep… I’ve taken the plunge. I’m now officially a freelancer – full-time self-employed.

My family have been a big inspiration. My parents have been self-employed for decades, running their own IT recruitment agency, a Spanish rental property business and my dad is also a landlord more locally. I guess you could say that I want to follow in their footsteps.

So… if you’d like to work with me then please let me know. There’s just a brief bit of info about it on this site for now, but soon I will have a separate website for the freelance side of things: MorganOnlineMarketing.co.uk (at the moment it just redirects to SEOno, effectively sending you in an infinite loop… but it’ll be its own site soon).

It’s also pertinent to mention here, as it means that I’ll probably be updating SEOno less often from now on, especially for the next few months, while I get things going. The goal for SEOno was to publish one post per month, and I reckon I can still hit that.

[Knight/lance image credit: Martin Sharman (and before you think “what a weird image choice,” you may want to check out the origin of the word “freelance”… Personally I would’ve preferred to go for the much more cool ‘gun for hire,’ but that might’ve given people the wrong idea about what I do…)]

SEOno News & GB Posts: Part 5

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A fair bit’s happened recently:

  • I’ve joined Cardiff Blogs‘ admin team. Even though I’ve had little involvement with the organsation of the March event (due to illness), I will be involved with future events. If you blog and you’re based in South Wales yet you’ve never been before then what’s stopping you?! 🙂 Sign up here.
  • I was also supposed to give a talk at Ignite Cardiff‘s February event (IC10), but unfortunately had to pull out at the last minute (also due to illness). I’m hoping to have my talk pushed to their next event – IC11 – in May.
  • Even though I’d previously reported that I’m on my way to obtaining ‘chartered’ marketer status, it turns out… I’m not. My tutor found out from the CIM that the CAM Diploma doesn’t count towards it. However this is bearing in mind that I’ve received multiple letters and certificates of progress from the CIM saying that I’m on my way to becoming chartered. Pretty bad really… it’s certainly soured my opinion of the CIM. Update: The CIM have cleared this up via Twitter here and here.
  • It’s not yet been fully announced, but I’m going to be doing a talk at Cardiff Internet in April. My first ever professional talk! I’ll be talking about rel="author". Update: Unfortunately the event has been postponed, so… just ignore this bullet-point, heh!
  • I’ve been featured on Lancaster University’s Alumni section. Read my profile writeup here.

Posts on other sites

And here’s a couple of posts I’ve written for my work blog and as guest blogs since last time:

SEOno News & GB Posts: Part 4

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Ladies and gents… I’m chuffed to say that I am now a qualified digital marketer.

I’ve worked full-time in SEO and online marketing for four years and have just earned my first industry-recognised qualification: the CIM-endorsed CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing.

I finished the last module in August, which is why this blog’s seen a lot more activity in the past few months. Although I’m hoping to do more training in 2013 (I’m not far off receiving ‘chartered’ status as well, which would be awesome), I’ll try and make sure this blog doesn’t get neglected in the meantime, like last time.

Posts on other sites

I’ve had a couple of posts published on my work’s blog and a couple of guest posts, too. In (sort of) chronological order: