A few weeks ago I got to go to BrightonSEO for two days. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a search marketing conference that happens twice a year in Brighton. And it’s a big deal, over 3000 SEO lovers from all over the world get together for some SEO talk.
How does BrightonSEO work?
The first day is a training day. There are various courses that you sign up to and you spend the day getting taught by an expert in that area. There’s lots of time for questions and discussions throughout the day too.
There are a range of different courses covering topics such as link maintenance, Google analytics or tech SEO.
It’s a great way to deepen your knowledge or learn about something new.
In the evening there’s a pre party and everyone gets together for a drink and LOTS of SEO talk!
The second day consists of speeches from experts in different areas. There are 4 sessions starting from 10am and each session has about 3 speakers. There are lots of different session topics, covering subjects such as International SEO, SERPs and PPC. You have to get there early though as the rooms fill up fast!
A highlight for me was the Future of Search session. It’s so exciting to see what direction search is taking and how different industries will be able to work with this.
The speeches are then followed by a keynote speaker! Again, something not to be missed!
It’s then time to head to the beach and grab some drinks, ready for the weekend!
What I thought:
This was my first BrightonSEO so I had no idea what to expect, but I had a great time! Some highlights were learning more about link building and auditing with Christoph Cemper and the speech by Sam about incentivising bloggers without buying links. She spoke so honestly about outreach from the point of view of a blogger and it was really interesting!
What I liked most about the event was how great it was to see so many people come together, who all have a shared passion.
I learnt so much, often about areas I’d never thought of before – it gets you thinking!
This was also my first time properly visiting Brighton. I’d only been to visit relatives before and never explored the centre. I loved it! I’m sure it helped that it was sunny on both days too!
There are loads of great shops and restaurants – and some cool bars too. You could spend a whole afternoon wandering round the Lanes!
We went for drinks in the evening and had a great dinner at The Regency. It’s one of the oldest restaurants in Brighton and is right opposite the sea. It was fish and chips all round!
We also had a lovely lunch at Ristorante Donatello in the Lanes. We sat outside and even got a bit of sun! They do some great lunch deals so I’d recommend checking them out. The food was delicious too.
Overall BrightonSEO was a great experience and I’m looking forward to the next one already!