It's been a busy few months and quite a few airmiles!

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Things have been a little busy in the past month, with lots of international speaking engagements and of course, being part of the team behind Joomla!Day UK which took place at the beginning of October.

After the experience in Kenya I was hoping that the travel would be a bit easier - and thankfully it was!  First stop was Joomla!Day Switzerland where I gave a talk which busted some common SEO Myths, followed by speaking at Joomla!Day Spain the next weekend, and running (and speaking in three sessions!) at Joomla!Day UK the weekend after that.

Unfortunately I had to draw the line at three consecutive speaking events, so when I was invited to attend Joomla!Day South Africa rather than decline the invitation, we arranged to do a presentation via Skype, which worked really well!

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Joomla! Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist

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If you have a Joomla! website and it's not working for you - perhaps you're not getting as much traffic as you would like, or there is some kind of problem with your search engine optimisation, I'm here to help.  I've worked with Joomla! since the early days of 1.0.x and have deveoped a keen interest in the area of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

Some of the services I offer include:

  • Search Engine Optimisation report - this usually takes between 4-6 hours and depending on the complexity of your site and the scale of the problem, the report can vary between 15-30+ pages.  It gives you a clear overview of where you are now, and will highlight any problems that might be affecting your position in Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs).  I will require access to your analytics package and details of the domains you manage in order to complete this.

  • Ad-hoc Search Engine Optimisation work - whether this is to implement a plan which has come about through an SEO report, or you simply need some help with sorting out your pages and ideas for blog posts, ad-hoc work can often be the best way to go - all ad-hoc work is charged at an hourly rate based on timesheets.

  • Monthly Search Engine Optimisation work, including monthly report - depending on the size and complexity of work required, a monthly retainer can be implemented to ensure that your website stays at the top of the lsitings for your main search terms, and to monitor key metrics which allows you to identify developing problems before they arise.
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When things go wrong - tips for dealing with clients who have had a bad experience

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I don't often work as a contractor on ODesk, mainly because when competing against thousands of other developers from other parts of the world who are charging $5 per hour or less, it is difficult to either be awarded a contract in the first place, and to work for an hourly rate which matches your skills and experience.

I came across a job posting recently which I felt compelled to apply for - someone who was at the point of dropping Joomla! due to the awful experiences they had with another contractor and was looking for a 'last chance' developer to rescue their site.

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