SEO South Africa Needs More Awareness in Johannesburg

I have noticed that when it comes to Search Engine Optimisation in South Africa, everyone seems to look directly to Cape Town to get an SEO expert or an SEO company to help them with their search engine optimisation needs.  How I am not going to sit here and bash any Capetonians  who are indeed very good at what they do, but I am going to rant on about WHY all the SEO conferences, SEM expos, Google conferences and other big search engine marketing events always seen to take place in Cape Town. How I don’t mind flying down to CT for a great conference that helps me to think a little outside the box but surely something big can take place in JHB.

There are many very competent companies in Johannesburg that are itching to understand more about SEO and I am sure there are many SEO experts and companies who will be willing to  raise awareness and share their search experience and strategies with those interested in listening.

I must admit, being a huge Google activist myself I am saddened that even Google themselves run off to Cape Town when looking for someone to raise awareness for their brand in South Africa.

Come on everyone, if you are going to try improve the awareness of SEO in South Africa then we need to have an SEO expo in every major city. SMX Durban or  SEM Joburg ? Lets tell South Africa about SEO and not just focus on the mother city. END RANT


  1. Goran November 5, 2009 Reply

    Go Bryan, you are right, everything happens in Capetown. You get my vote, I am based in Sandton.

  2. Robert Bravery November 10, 2009 Reply

    So whats up with Captown, every one know all the money is up in JHB. I think the problem is that there biggest blog aggregator is based in capetown. Stands to reason that CT is the focus.

    But I agree with you, pleanty of skills up in JHB

  3. Kim Santini January 2, 2010 Reply

    The good news for JHB SEO guys is that over the past 2 – 3 months more and more companies in CT are calling us JHB SEO guys for their SEO services. They also have no problem with using JHB SEO guys even though they are based in CT.

    So things are looking up…

    I do however wish that there would be more in JHB in terms of SEO because I hate plane food, flying and standing in endless check in lines. Not to mention the nightmare when you arrive and your luggage isn’t there!

    So here is another vote for Sandton and I know 4 other SEO guys who are also sick of flying!

    • seocowboy January 3, 2010 Reply

      Would love to meet with you guys some time and see what all the JHB SEO guys are thinking

  4. Chris M January 26, 2011 Reply

    Cape Town Rocks and jealousy makes you nasty 😛

    • Bryan Casson January 26, 2011 Reply

      About time you showed up on my blog Chris. welcome 🙂

  5. Kaashif Karriem February 1, 2012 Reply

    hehehehehe…its nothing personal..think its the beach and our awesome weather!

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