Thats right, I have joined the SEO team at Branded3, in my mind it is an excellent move for me, for many different reasons.
Now I know this may be shock to some of you who have seen SEOwizz grow nicely over the last 12 months, however I hope after reading through this post you understand my reasoning for the move.
For those of you new to the blog let me give you a little background.
I (Tim Grice) have been involved in the SEO/Internet marketing arena for the last 5 years, starting with affiliate marketing and progressing to more technical SEO activities and research.
I began taking on freelance clients in 2008, this was mainly through forums and other blogs that I actively contributed to, the contracts were small and involved very little in terms of project work.
SEOwizz was born at the beginning of 2009 and was an outlet for me to promote my skills and to share information with those who weren’t in a position to pay for it. SEOwizz grew faster than I thought it would, ranking on the first page of Google for a number of competitive terms and clients were signing up in the first 3 months of launch.
Work has been flowing through for the last 6 months and various contractors were employed to manage the work load.
So where are we now and why the move?
Well SEOwizz has reached the point where, in my opinion there are 2 avenues.
A – Investment to grow in an attempt to compete
B – I move my skill set to a firm who already deals with major clients
In my mind Branded3 is the perfect move for me, not only does it allow me to work with some of the UK’s biggest corporations but also gives the opportunity to learn and grow. On top of this I will be under the wing of Patrick Altoft, author of blogstorm (the biggest Internet marketing blog in the UK) and Director of search at Branded3.
I hope you can see how great and appealing this opportunity is for me.
However let me try and address the obvious responses;
How can you give up the freedom of being your own boss?
Why not be more patient and grow slowly?
The best way I can answer these sort of questions is by being honest.
SEO is not a money making scheme for me, it’s not a way for me to dominate the serps with cheap looking sites (even though I do dabble in that arena), for me SEO is an obsession, the whole Internet marketing landscape is my passion and the opportunity to work with corporate clients, grow my skills and learn from others is just as important as occupational freedom and money.
I am sure there will be those of you who disagree with me and may question my decision and hey, we all have different priorities. My hope is that regardless of personal opinions you will continue to come back and read the blog here.
Also I need to add that I didn’t simply join the first company out there, I have had a number of offers from some of the biggest firms in the UK. I joined Branded3 because of their strong focus on quality, even though they do build rankings and search engine traffic they are more concerned with building and maintaining successful businesses, this is why the opportunity to join them is one that I cannot let pass.
What is the future of SEOwizz?
Nothing has changed in my mind other than the SEO services will be directed through myself and the Search Team at Branded3. All tips, tutorials, research and rants will remain business as usual!!
So even though I am particularly busy over the coming weeks, I hope to throw in a few posts around the new link strategy topic, so please stick around 🙂
There will obviously be a number of changes on the blog over the coming days, so please be patient, I’ll try and keep things as smooth as possible.