Tom Bennet

About me.

I’m a web developer and SEO & analytics consultant based in London.

I currently work as Senior SEO Specialist at TransferWise. Prior to this I spent 7 years at digital marketing agency Builtvisible, where I worked as Head of Product in the SEO team before building the agency’s new Analytics team. I specialise in the Google Marketing Platform and have extensive experience with the measurement protocol, ecommerce tracking, the data layer, and advanced tag management.

I’ve spoken on the main stage at conferences including Brighton SEO, Learn Inbound, and SMX, and have run training workshops on a wide range of subjects both in the UK and abroad.

This Website

This website began as an experiment in hand-coded web development; that is, writing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript line-by-line without a CMS, framework, theme. While I would not recommend this long-term unless you are a masochist, it’s a great way to learn rapidly.

My preference for lean, elegant solutions soon led me to discover the wonders of the JAMstack approach to web development, and since then I have been experimenting with static site generators including Jekyll, Hugo, and Eleventy. This site has also been a sandbox for experimentation with new CSS features like Flexbox and Grid and web platform technologies like service workers.

Today, this website is built with Hugo and I use vanilla npm as my build tool. All code is hosted on GitHub and deployment via continuous integration is handled by my web host Netlify. I still scrutinize every line of code.

Writing

During this site’s first year I combined my enjoyment of web development with my passion for writing, and put together a series of individually-designed long-form editorials which you can browse here.

As a freelance writer I have had features commissioned by Polygon and RockPaperShotgun, and have interviewed video game developers including Naughty Dog and CD Projekt.

I’ve also written many articles on web development, SEO, and analytics for Smashing Magazine, Moz, and SitePoint. You can find links to all my articles for these publications on my blog.

Plants

Since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by carnivorous plants like the Venus Flytrap, and today I have another website dedicated to this hobby: Tom’s Carnivores. That site’s interactive tools and maps have been referenced by the BBC, Kew Gardens, the RHS, and the Eden Project. In 2019 I added a full ecommerce store, where I now sell plants raised in my own greenhouse.

Personal

I live just outside London with my wife, two cats, and a greenhouse full of unusual plants. I also enjoy fitness and long-distance running, reading (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), and at one time was an active skydiver. I’m a fully qualified jumper with an FF2 freefly rating and have logged over 250 group jumps in both the UK and internationally.