Published on May 21st, 2014 | by Derek Devlin


LRT Certified Mastermind Event

Just getting back into my stride at work after a fantastic weekend of fun and ideas sharing with Christoph C. Cemper and the team at Link Research Tools.

In total 12 Certified Professionals and 4 Xperts travelled to the mastermind event in Vienna.

Professional Photography on the day courtesy of Tony Gigov,

Ready for the day at LRT Vienna

I am very proud to be  associated with LRT so it was a real pleasure to finally meet everyone face-to-face to share ideas and best practices.

Hot topics of the day were:

  • The widely anticipated roll-out of Penguin 3.0
  • Link Risk Management
  • Exciting developments forecast for Link Research Tools
  • How to recover from a Google Manual Penalty

Myself and Rick Lomas also had the opportunity to present our “15 Minutes of Fame”.

Reversing Google Manual Actions

I was happy to share my knowledge and I explained some of my penalty recovery workflow and also shared some of my productivity tips for helping clients reverse Google Manual Actions.

We have had many successful reconsideration requests with our clients at Backlink Surgeon so it was nice to be able to share my insights with a group of talented SEO’s that I trust.

I’m hoping the talk was well received – here’s what Christoph had to say about it:

Derek Devlin explaining how to cover from a manual action

Welcoming Two New LRT Xperts

Derek Bart Guntram

Two of my good friends, Bartosz Góralewicz and Guntram Bechtold graduated as LRT Xperts on the day, joining Harald Tschuggnall and I as the first 4 people globally to be recognised with Link Research Tools Xpert status.


Congrats Christiaan!

My new friend, Christiaan Bollen also received his “LRT Professional” status.

Here he is in the middle sharing a congratulatory ‘selfie’ with me and Harry:

Derek Christiaan Harald

It wasn’t all hard work though…

Christoph was an absolutely fantastic host and after a delicious meal we had a night of partying to wind down.

Enjoying a drink – from left to right (Bartosz, Christoph, Me, Lorant).


Shout out to Lorant of CatbirdSeat who is at the far right of the picture.  I met so many great people at the event, unfortunately too many to mention!

I really enjoyed the company of every single person at the event and I’m looking forward to seeing them all again next year!

P.s. We learned about some epic features that are going to be rolled out very soon for Link Research Tools, they are top secret at the moment but will be coming in the months ahead and are very exciting indeed.

About the Author

Derek Devlin is a distinguished Marketing Graduate and Entrepreneur who learned most of what he knows in the trenches as an Affiliate Marketer. A digital marketing enthusiast for 10years, he is an expert in SEM, Conversion Optimization and Web Analytics and now consults as the Head of Digital Marketing Strategy at one of the UK’s best up and coming digital agencies - Made By Crunch.

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    I’m a experienced International Search Consultant, helping sites develop winning organic marketing strategies. I specialise in technical onsite and offsite SEO audits for some of the biggest websites on the web. I love data, research and analysis. Im an ideas guy with a track record for delivering on user acquisition and conversion targets.

    I’m also the founder of Backlink Surgeon, a stand-alone service for Google Penalty Recovery.

    I’ve been Marketing online since 2004, when I first got into Affiliate Marketing and SEO as a hobby. I have spent the last 10years developing this passion into my career.

    In a previous life, I’ve been a Pizza Hut UK Franchisee – I’m also a published Academic in the field of consumer perception.

    In 2013, I became only the second person worldwide to be recognised as a Link Research Tools Certified Xpert. You can read my latest case studies on the LRT blog.

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