Tom Bennet

About me.

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

Since 2012 I’ve worked at digital marketing agency Builtvisible, where I initially specialised in technical SEO. As one the agency’s most experienced technical consultants I have a proven record of driving organic search performance for prominent international clients.

In 2016 I spearheaded development of digital analytics as a new service offering, and today I head up the agency’s growing team of analysts. I enjoy working on-site with my clients to see projects through from inception to launch, and my specialties range from measurement planning and ecommerce setups to advanced tag management and custom CMS integrations.

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

This Website

This website began as an educational 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.

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.

My penchant 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 GatsbyJS. 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

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.

Personal

I live just outside London with my wife, two cats, and a greenhouse full of unusual plants.

Since childhood I’ve been fascinated by carnivorous plants like the Venus Flytrap, and today I have another website dedicated to this hobby. That site’s interactive tools and maps have been referenced by the BBC, Kew Gardens, the RHS, and the Eden Project.

I also enjoy fitness and long-distance running, reading (particularly science-fiction), 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.