Freelance SEO Consultant in Manchester

Slingshot Search is owned and managed by Matt Davies, an expert freelance SEO consultant delivering successful SEO campaigns for start-ups, SMEs and established brands since 2006.

Expert advice and knowledge with the performance to back it up. Slingshot Search have helped increase our online exposure beyond what we thought possible - cannot recommend enough!

First Class experience and service. We could not be happier with the results from Slingshot. All of our key words are consistently strong and on the first page of Google. A fantastic return on investment and worth every penny.


Matt has helped a wide range of B2B, B2C, public sector and E-commerce businesses to make sense of their search engine optimisation strategy and improve the return on their online investment. He also works with marketing agencies and consultants, allowing them to provide specialist SEO alongside their existing services.

Because he operates without many of the overheads of larger agencies, Matt can offer highly competitive rates. He will be your primary point of contact for all work, delivering a personal search engine optimisation service tailored specifically to your business needs. If that sounds like something that could work for you and your business, contact Matt today.

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Meet Freelance SEO Consultant Matt Davies


Hi, I’m Matt. I’ve been working in SEO since 2006, when I was hired as a trainee SEO consultant at a digital marketing agency in Manchester shortly after achieving my BA in Media and Business Management from Manchester University.

What was supposed to be a gradual introduction to the world of SEO became something of a baptism of fire, and within six months I was leading campaigns for major brands.

I spent the next nine years working for various agencies across Manchester, experiencing some of the very best and, sad to say, very worst of the various ways digital marketing agencies can operate, both with regards to their clients and their staff.

By the end of my time as an agency employee I felt I’d learned enough, from both the good and the bad, to be able to deliver a freelance SEO consultancy service that could compete with the established SEO agencies while delivering a high standard of work and results for my clients. And so, in February 2015, Slingshot Search was born.

About Slingshot Search


Slingshot Search is my trading name, allowing me to provide both freelance SEO consultancy services and a more holistic agency experience by drawing on my network of trusted developers, designers, copywriters, and link prospectors.

So, whether you’re a business looking for retained search engine optimisation support to help your website increase organic visibility and clicks on an ongoing basis, or an agency requiring ad-hoc SEO support for your own clients, Slingshot Search can help.

Why Work With Me?


Since 2006 I have worked with a wide range of B2B and B2C clients, either as an executive or manager at digital marketing agencies across Manchester, or under my own auspices as Slingshot Search.

I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t in SEO. I understand that every site is unique, and so must be your SEO campaign. I’ll always consider the intent of the audience you’re targeting, as well as the words they might use to find you. My approach has helped dozens of websites increase their organic ROI and leapfrog their competition, in some cases entirely revolutionising the business in question.

My freelance SEO services will be fully transparent and personalised to your needs, as both a business and as a business person. So, whether you need a little SEO guidance and support or a fully implemented SEO strategy, or whether you prefer to communicate through email, phone, Zoom or morse code, we’ll work together in a way that works for you.

What SEO Services Do I Provide?


After years of experience witnessing what works and what does not when it comes to increasing the number of organic searches that lead to your site, my strengths lie in creating and executing top-down SEO strategies.

I’ll start by identifying who’s searching for the product or service provided by your company, and the words (or “keywords”) they are using to find websites like yours.

I’ll then audit your website and associated properties (such as your Google My Business listing) to identify any areas that could be altered to improve your organic standings. For example, it may be necessary to improve keyword targeting within existing content, widen keyword targeting with new content, or make technical changes to your website to make it easier to be indexed and understood by search engines.

You’ll receive a written report explaining my recommendations, which will form a road-map of work to be done over the coming weeks or months, depending on the level of work required and the time available.

Once these initial recommendations have been provided and implemented, I will create an ongoing search engine optimisation strategy to encourage higher rankings for your website, focussing on creating new, keyword-focussed content to increase the range of keywords for which the site could potentially rank, and building trust signals in the form of backlinks and citations from other websites. These activities are typically necessary for a website to see continued growth, or even to maintain your position against other websites in particularly competitive niches. Work completed and results obtained will be detailed in a monthly report.

These same services (and their constituent parts) are also available on an ad-hoc basis, either to businesses who have a SEO strategy in place and simply need a little extra support, or agencies that need support in providing SEO services to their clients. Having extensive agency-side experience I appreciate the pressures this kind of work can entail, and you’ll find me to be very flexible, allowing me to fit into your team as needed.

Do I Have a Minimum Term Contract?


No. Remember when I mentioned experiencing “the worst bits” about working in agency SEO?

Well, examples could include when you’re stuck working on a client that has handed in their notice with a 3 to 6 month get-out clause. They don’t want to work with you any more, and the credit for any work you’re doing right now will likely be taken by someone else. Just an awful situation.

I want to work with people who want to work with me! Should that no longer be the case, all I ask is that you give me til the end of the month, to finish any work and / or provide your final report.

Where Am I Based?


I am based in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, a suburb of Manchester with excellent transport links thanks to being a tram ride away from Manchester’s train terminals, a 20 minute drive to Manchester Airport and a 5 minute drive to hop onto the nearest motorway. While most of my freelance SEO work is done remotely (and will remain that way until the Covid-19 pandemic has passed in the UK), I have clients across the UK, from Glasgow to London and beyond.

Do I Work Remotely?


Doesn’t everybody these days? Although I’d say I was doing it before it was cool.

Seriously though… yes, I have extensive experience of working remotely with digital marketing teams across the world. I work from home and (in future, I hope) casual working spots around Manchester, and have no plans to change that any time soon, allowing me to retain a low daily rate in comparison to local SEO agencies and even other freelance SEO consultants of a similar pedigree.

My extensive experience of working remotely also allows me to slot in and out of existing teams and business structures as required.

How can I contact you?


I can be contacted during business hours at 0161 706 0090, or on email at matt@slingshotsearch.co.uk. Alternatively, my LinkedIn profile is the best social channel on which to contact me regarding work.