Mark Jones Joins Search Laboratory

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Hello everyone – I'm Mark and I am the newest member of Search Labs SEO team.

As this is my first post, I thought I'd explain to everyone how I became involved in the world of SEO.

I've recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University studying E-commerce systems. As part of my dissertation I had to create an affiliate website, research SEO techniques and apply those techniques in order to increase the sites rankings in search engines. This would attract more visitors and hopefully generate more sales.

In order to get to grips with SEO, I read various blogs such as;

http://www.blogstorm.co.uk/

http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/

Staying up to date with these blogs always allowed me to keep an eye out on what was coming next.

Once I graduated I started doing a bit of freelance SEO for small businesses so that I could gain more experience. This experience of creating SEO strategies for companies was invaluable and was an excellent addition to my CV.

I highly recommend freelance work as a starting point for a career in SEO. Freelance sites such as elance, Get a Freelancer and PeoplePerHour.com are excellent places to find sources of work.