Manchester SEO Meetup Mastermind

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Anyone who knows myself will understand I am all about networking and synergising. Here is an article on why I feel networking is key to success.

So we decided between a dozen high-quality affiliate marketers to start creating to UK Mastermind Meetups to bounce ideas off each.

“It’s Not What You Know. It’s Who You Know”

The mastermind sessions are not just about SEO techniques but more in line with scaling your business, best tips on monetization, affiliate programs and SOPs (which are key if you are looking to scale as processes are the most important element to any digital agency).

In my opinion, masterminds are better than any conferences you will attend.

SEO Mastermind – Manchester

The video below shows the peoples thoughts on the event. It shows how it is a casual meetup where everyone is there to help each other. As Google algorithm changes are happening on a daily basis nowadays you really need to stay ahead of the game. Watch the video and let us know your thoughts on synergy 1+1=3.

Unless you actually attend one of these masterminds you will never realise the true potential in the value you get. A group full of individuals all crushing digital marketing in so many different ways. You can leverage friends who specialise in particular areas.

I always try to compare this to ‘If you built an extension at your house. Would you build it yourself?’ The answer from me is definitely not and I would get the specialists in like a bricklayer, plasterer, plumber, electrician and tradesman who do this every day. The same applies to online marketing and leveraging contacts who specialise in areas like content, backlinks, server logs, on-page audits, disavow audits and much more.

Who Attends The Manchester SEO Meetup?

Here are some of the best UK digital marketers in my personal opinion who attend the SEO Meetups.

Who is James Z Dooley?

Here is more information on who I am and a little background. But in two sentences to sum myself up I am all about synergy/networking as a strong believer that your network is your net worth. Then just as important as taking action and your focus levels in life.


Who is Rick Hope?

I have known Rick for many years and hand on heart can say he is by far the most advanced PPC expert, and best-looking guy I have come across. He runs a digital agency in Bolton called Statuo and between us, we carry out many successful joint ventures on affiliate websites.

Who is Mark Walker?

Mark Walker is a pilot by trade but has many websites ranking for big till affiliate programs. Probably the brightest of the self-proclaimed SEO novices I have met. Do not let him pretend he has no idea how he ranks online because time after time this guy successfully wins. Mark founded Voyager Digital which is an affiliate marketing and lead generation company based in Bolton.

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Who is Craig Campbell?

When you can get to terms with Craig’s Scottish accent then you would love to hear his consultancy talks throughout the UK. His personal brand Craig Campbell SEO Training and Consultancy is going from strength to strength as he builds his following. He is a superb guy who is always happy to help others and I love this because I’m a huge advocate of synergy with 1+1=3 in business growth.

Who is Charles Floate?

Charles Floate is a self-proclaimed black hat SEO. But guys let me share some knowledge on Charles because he is not as black hat as you think. I have known him years and 100% yes he knows all the black hat spam techniques, yes he understands hacking and yes he could battle it out in the black hat world.

But he is actually one of the best white hat digital marketers in the world. Check out his 5000+ word blog posts perfectly optimised and attracting natural backlinks (that certainly does not sound like spun duplicated content with dodgy links to me).

I would put Charles under the ROI Hat SEO category where he has the skillset to do black, grey, white or whatever colour hat you want to make up next. He understands to move with the times and adapts to what works today. Very knowledgeable chap!

Who is James Gregory?

James Gregory is a big player in the backlinks industry. Obviously, the core algorithm is built around content and links. James focused his attention on being able to scale a ridiculous amount of links for his customers. He has an agency background so a lot of great knowledge across the whole marketing spectrum and got some back players ranking in the search engines over the years from his ability to scale insane amounts of quality links.

Who is Tom Phillips?

Tom started in SEO over 10 years ago and now specialises in affiliate marketing, development and products sales. His joint ventures around the world are growing from strength to strength, as his close-knit team grow from perfected SOPs, testing, synergy and working smarter, not harder.

Who is Jason Morris?

Jason spent a number of years in corporate sales and marketing running teams and businesses across the UK and Europe. Seeing the way people buy products changing he gradually made the switch into SEO setting up Quality Over Quantity Links Agency. Utilising that sales and marketing experience he now provides bespoke Link Building Outreach campaigns for Agencies and clients that want to improve their ranking and traffic. It is a tough market as there are many Manchester Link Building Agency setups but he believes repeat business will help once they see the power of his reverse sink or swim backlinks.

Who is Gareth Simpson?

Gareth Simpson has an agency background and runs Seeker Digital which is fast becoming one of the best Outreach SEO Agencies in the world. He has built a very strong in-house team so has the ability to scale content and build relationships quickly with website owners. As it is all in-house his quality is always kept super high because he integrates his military background of everything being perfect into his company.

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Who is Karl Hudson?

Karl has been into SEO for over 10 years. He runs his own agency based in Newcastle and was a top dating affiliate, now moving into casino and gambling. He does consultations for a wide variety of companies from manufacturers to CMS creators. Since recently starting his new personal blog Karl is going from strength to strength online with his hard work from over the last decade.

Who is Rafid Nassir?

Rafid is the Commercial Director for SUSO Digital. His area of expertise is business development, bringing in new business. With him working with a few SEO companies in the past, he has found an SEO company with a truly scientific approach to SEO, SUSO Digital, through vigorous research and testing to see how Google ticks.

Who is Tom Buckland?

Tom has been an SEO consultant for close to 6 years, forming an agency in South Wales focusing on technical & local SEO. With the primary goal on learning a core digital marketing area each year he’s also launching an Amazon software company to help individuals sell on Amazon.

Who Is Tom Livingstone?

Tom has been mixing in the SEO game for 6 years, with almost all of that time spent in agencies. He’s seen how not to run an agency, and with this experience now heads up Bright Design. He’s built a solid team of 5 UK in-house SEO consultants that specialise in Local SEO, but also deliver SEO Training courses and consultancy.

Need Your Help

Ok, so the meetup is happening at my offices where we have built a brand new third floor. Although it is all completed, the staff have moved in and looks nice with new office furniture but at the moment the walls are plain. I am thinking about having some inspirational quotes on the walls in a graffiti style but my design skills are minimal so going to get Nicola from Statuo who is a brand expert to come up with some designs/ideas for me.

But I need your help guys if you can by commenting on this article with motivational/inspirational quotes I should consider to add onto my walls. Here are some I have liked but need some more ideas:

  • Focus Is Todays IQ
  • Your Brain Is Your Bitch
  • Synergy 1+1=3
  • Hustle Beats Talent When Talent Doesn’t Hustle
  • Learn To Fail Or Fail To Learn
  • Take Massive Determined Action Today
  • Life Is Only As Good As Your Mindset
  • If You’re Serious About Changing Your Life, You’ll Find A Way. If You’re Not, You’ll Find An Excuse
  • You Are Confined Only By The Walls You Build Yourself
  • Our Thoughts Become Our Words, Our Words Become Our Beliefs, Our Beliefs Become Our Actions, Our Actions Become Our Habits, And Our Habits Become Our Realities
  • Fill Your Life With Experiences. Have Stories To Tell Not Stuff To Show
  • Everybody Is A Genius. But If You Judge A Fish By Its Ability To Climb A Tree It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing That It Is Stupid

Please give me some ideas or in the comment section share a link to some nice office wall designs I could get some inspiration from.

Meetup Videos

If anyone ever gets the chance to attend the Chiang Mai Conference in November I would highly recommend it.

After a few years of attending this massive SEO event then you might be lucky enough to be added to the invite-only mastermind held a few days before.

I can truly say the masterminds with these guys throughout the world have transformed my mindset on how to scale.

It is about working smarter not harder and the guys teach you delegation, SOPs and systems to build huge online businesses.

But the best part is that is without all the stress of having to work 16 hour days yourself because with the right processes in place you really can scale and grow your online success.

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James Dooley

About James Dooley

Digital Nomad who loves travelling the world networking while working on my laptop. Life is a perception of your own reality. You have no excuses and should be making memories every single day #LearnSomethingNew #Develop #Synergy #Network


  • James Dooley says:

    I think I need to add SYNERGY 1+1=3 onto the wall at our office 🙂

  • Lucy says:

    This is a really good article with useful information. Do you know if there will be another meetup in Manchester?

  • Matt Diggity says:

    Great post, James. Hands down, the biggest growth spurts my business takes every year is right after the Chiang Mai mastermind. There is so much to learn about “what you don’t know you don’t know”… and unless you’re doing events like these… you’ll never know what that is.

    • James Dooley says:

      Could not agree more and love the saying “you don’t know what you don’t know”. Really excited for the chiang mai mastermind again this year. By far the best two days i have done in my working career is attending the chiang mai masterminds. For knowledge but more so for mindset and processes.

  • Jonathan says:

    Love it!
    Masterminds are amazing, especially if you are prepared to be a little vulnerable to open up to your fellow masterminders. Once they know where you are stuck, they can help you “overcome” the same through advice from past experiences.
    And as you mentioned, the connections are powerful, you never know whats around the corner.
    See you in CM!

    • James Dooley says:

      Looking forward to you coming up fella in next few months Jon to our new offices. You will love them and the team have not seen you for 12 months so it is long overdue. Be ace to run through our processes and see where you feel we fall short to improve them further.

  • Elliot says:

    Great article mate! Do you attend the Chiang Mai conference every year?

    • James Dooley says:

      Yes 100%. The masterminds in my opinion are better than the conferences. But Matt Diggity has done a sterling job in growing both of these over the years and year im defo part of the bricks and mortar on these events lol

  • Daryl Rosser says:

    Great stuff man. Would have been awesome to be there.

    My background is being the shy computer nerd that works best alone lol. And that’s still true for getting shit done. But my business wouldn’t be close to the size it is today, without getting off my ass and meeting people.

    I’ve met amazing business partners, got ideas and inspiration that have made me a butt-load of money, and built some epic relationships that just make this way more fun.

    Honestly, I’ve never met a single person that “did it all themselves”. That whole idea is BS. Every single successful person I know, had an epic team, or amazing partners, or like-minded friends to collaborate with.

    Probably the coolest thing about our industry is how open we are to helping out our “direct competitors”. The whole abundance mindset of that means everyone wins.

    • James Dooley says:

      In the last two years your confidence has grown sooooo much and from a shy guy then now you are super confident (or come across that way now). However i do get 100% when you want to get shit done you need to lock yourself away sometimes and thats why i wrote The reason i write these fatrank blogs is not to monetise anything but literally because i learn as im writing and reading about it all. But getting in your flow state of mind to graft is 100% needed. Although i love synergy and networking then when i need to get shit done i turn my mobile off and shut myself down to focus and box the processes off with no distractions.

  • Kurt Philip says:

    I feel sorry for those who don’t appreciate how powerful a network is. I guess, to some people, when they hear “networking” they switch off. The network we have James, allows us to interchange business, ideas, masterminds and even consult for each other. The coolest things about our network is that when the business is done, we go and have a good time, and it’s good to know that when you network gets big enough, you can travel anywhere in the world and get plugged straight into their community and business connections. I used to do it as a lone soldier, but as soon as I really embraced the network my revenue 10x’d, the ideas and cross pollination of minds is amazing. As Matt said above, what you dont know you dont know really becomes evident when you have a big network of experts in different fields, thats when 1+12=1000.

    • James Dooley says:

      Yes for sure and our community is sooooo awesome. Any leachers are removed quickly and now we honestly have a network of folk with so many specialities. Folk have adapted the synergy mentality and it is so nice to see everyone in the group smashing it online.

  • Rafid Nassir says:

    I love everything about this. Bringing high level and accomplished, like-minded people, into the same room for a day, and having everyone put 100% focus into simply helping each other is a formula for success. There’s instant respect and connection with everyone in the circle.

    • James Dooley says:

      It was a pleasure having you and next time be good to bring along Will Bagnall with yourself mucka. You shared so much knowledge within the group and feedback was soooo positive about your spirits and determination to help others. Top guy and thanks again for coming.

  • Mike Hughes says:

    Success Is Where Preparation & Opportunity Meet

  • Andy says:

    Great article and greet mastermind session. As others have said, you don’t know what you don’t know and I came away with lots of valuable info as well as connections.

    Looking forward to any future mastermind sessions.

    • James Dooley says:

      Yes it was a pleasure having you there sharing knowledge bombs with everyone. The value you take from these masterminds are crazy. Also your mindset when you leave it great because you feel pumped ready to take on the world.

  • Jay Yap says:

    Definitely the right decision to join these masterminds. It’s such a luxury to have like-minded people around to talk about each other’s businesses and elevate one another. If you haven’t joined a mastermind yet, you definitely should.

    • James Dooley says:

      100% agree but if anyone does not know Jay Yap then dont go out drinking with him because he is a bad egg. And ends up making you break your wrist on nights out haha

  • What an absolute pleasure it was to be involved with these guys. Some of the smartest people I’ve met sharing tips, opinions and advice. It was priceless. I’ve already implemented and got immediate results from things which I just wouldn’t have thought of had I not attended.

    I can’t wait to get involved with the next mastermind session.

  • Becca says:

    Looks like a great event and loads of ideas shared between everyone!

  • Amazing event and write up! Thanks to the FatRank team for organising. Attending these events is so valuable for me as they keep me motivated and educated. Can’t wait for the next one.

  • Great meetup, good location and amazing people.. Looking forward to the next UK events and the Chiang Mai one later this year.

    It’s great sitting at home all day, but you’ll never be able to learn, grow and develop your business to true scale without being able to access other, like-minded people. The ideas you get from an open environment like this are unrivaled.

  • Adam says:

    Love this post pal 👍 and need to be more of these mastermind sessions within the seo community. One thing I’ve taken from such events is to use the passion of of other stuff into helping me even constantly set new goals and take action.

  • Sam Hammonds says:

    Great article! Great to see the power of the SEO community

  • Daniel Campbell Weir says:

    Hi James. Great meeting you earlier in the week. The Mastermind looks fantastic. A couple of quotes I’ve always liked:
    ‘Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts’ (Churchill) and ‘ find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have’ (Jefferson).

  • Jacob Kettner says:

    Great post James! I attending my first mastermind about 6 months ago, and a small portion of the things we were talking about then are just starting to show up in Facebook groups and online communities. It’s definitely the ONLY way to stay ahead of the curve, as people are a lot more comfortable sharing in person (with a few beers) than online. It also really helps with mindset and motivation. Whenever I start thinking I’m doing really well it helps to meet with some people doing even better and get me motivated again.

  • Tim Soulo says:

    Hey mate! I’m super glad that I’ve been in the same group with you at Chiang Mai SEO Mastermind 2017! You’ve been very open and shared a ton of BOMBS! I think your honesty also helped others in our group to be more open 🙂 Even though I’m not in the business of client/affiliate SEO and most of the stuff that I learned wasn’t immediately actionable, it was very eye-opening and helped me in many ways to rethink my own marketing priorities & procedures! So yeah “1 + 1” definitely “= 3” 🙂

  • Dan says:

    Really good article. Great to see so many people benefiting from the event and I’m looking forward to seeing what people get out of the next one!

  • Dino Gomez says:

    This is spot on James. The fastest way to level up in SEO or in any business is by surrounding yourself with the right people. These mastermind meetups you host have always been chalk full of the best marketers and the networking itself is always worth the trip out to the UK to connect with everyone. The community appreciates your effort in hosting these types of events as it’s the best value anyone could gain from anything!

    • James Dooley says:

      Thank you very much and proves what a monster of a marketer you are as I travelled to half the world to come and meet you. And I will be doing so again soon no doubt. Keep crushing it and speak soon Dino

  • Possible quote for your wall: “Your relationships are your business”
    Did I see there is a meet up in North Wales next? Is there a reminder that I can subscribe to when more details become available?

  • Hi James, just awesome. This is clearly why we use your expertise

  • A really inspirational post which ‘hammers home’ the fact that you cannot do this business all alone, something I have tried to do, it simply does not work…

    Networking in business has always been vitally important and it will remain so, I remember my days of attending BNI (for a year), I met lots of good business folk who I am still in contact with to this day…

    I would love to be part of the next Manchester Networking event and I am gearing up to flying to Chaing Mai for the first time.

    I am now looking to work with (and for) other people in order to learn, contribute and become a bigger part of this exciting revolution!

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