Strategies and came across search engine, optimization And after hours of learning.
The only thing I came out with is that SEO is the key to natural and scalable growth, But I was a busy guy making four hundred Bucks a week, So I did what all entrepreneurs are supposed to do. I hired an agency. Two weeks later, the agency disappeared and I was angry, So I mustered up my energy and decided to Learn SEO myself Fast-forward almost eleven years and I’ve Been able to rank sites, sell them for profits, and here I am creating SEO tutorials for One of the biggest SEO tools out there Now eleven years is a long time to learn SEO.
So today, I’m going to share with you how I would do things differently, so you can get a shortcut to higher rankings and more traffic Stay tuned. What’s up aspiring SEOs Sam, Oh here with Ahrefs the SEO tool that Helps you grow your search traffic research, your competitors and dominate your niche Welcome to the world of SEO the place where Nothing is certain and so called SEO. Experts are preaching completely different things.
It’s a crowded and noisy space where it’s Easy to get information overload from so many conflicting tactics and strategies And if you’re spending the majority of your time, Reading and consuming guides on how to do SEO. Then you won’t have time to actually try it. And become dangerous, And for that reason this tutorial is going To highlight some of the principles that I think are absolutely critical to learn SEO fast and effectively, Let’s get to it Now.
The first thing you need to do is nail The fundamentals – Let’s say you wanted to learn how to drive a car Before you can get to things like drifting, You need to learn the rules of the road. You need to learn how to start the car, accelerate and gradually hit the brakes to come to a smooth stop. Without these fundamentals, you wouldn’t even Be able to get from point A to point B And SEO is the same.
You need to nail the fundamentals before you Can generate meaningful traffic to your site through search engines like Google, So the two SEO fundamentals you should learn: Are keyword, research and on-page SEO After that can come the basics of technical Seo and a couple of link building strategies Now, rather than going any further into these techniques, I recommend reading some of our step-by-step Tutorials that are all in the description for you.
Alright, so after you’ve nailed the fundamentals, Something I highly recommend doing is getting an internship at a respected agency In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “ Tell me, and I forget Teach me, and I remember, Involve me and I learn.” Now whether you want to build your own authority. Sites or become VP of SEO at a large company the best place to start your career in SEO. Is by getting involved with people who are right there in the trenches And the great thing about agency work? Is that You get the opportunity to work in various industries and on multiple types of websites Rather than Googling or looking to a jobs.
Board for something like “ SEO, internship,” write a list of people or companies. You respect In the industry, These might be people you follow on social media or you might be subscribed to their email newsletters After you have your list take some time to Get on their radar, You can do something as simple as leaving thoughtful comments on their content, because it’ll pay to be a recognizable name and face in their inbox Then reach out with your value proposition.
In how you would be a great fit for their company Now, I do want to note that if you have Zero experience in digital marketing offer to work for free for a few months. Yes, it might be a stretch, but you’ll be getting Valuable experience some hand-held help from someone you respect and an understanding. Of what SEO looks like, as processes Perform, the best that you can learn as much As possible and that internship could very well turn into a paid or permanent position, Another thing I highly recommend is to apply The 80/20 rule to SEO The 80/20 rule also known as the Pareto principle Suggests that roughly 80 % of the effects come from 20 % of the causes And since “ effects,” aren’t going to come.
From reading or reading articles, I suggest you spend 80 % of your time practicing SEO. And 20 % of the time learning If you’re spending more than 20 % of your time. Consuming content you’ll end up wasting time and information overload can paralyze you From doing anything at all And as your knowledge grows, you’ll find that You won’t get distracted by shiny tactics and become hyper-focused on things that will Actually make a difference for your bottom line.
The next thing you should focus on is refining processes rather than searching for shortcuts to methodology. Seth Godin said “ Things that look like shortcuts. Are usually detours disguised as less work.” SEO in itself is a process and tasks, often Require multiple steps, And these so called “ shortcuts”, can often take You two steps back instead of one step forward, So, rather than looking for things that may Violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines focus on breaking down micro tasks within Your macro tasks and then improving efficiency, For example, if you’re noticing that finding emails Takes up a lot of your time in your link, building process, consider outsourcing that or using the spreadsheet From our 15-minute link building campaign starter Or if you feel like publishing new content, Takes up way too much time then take 10-minutes to research.
Productivity processes for blogging Then try the processes out rather than hiring Writers for $ 10, a pop. The next thing, in my opinion, is one of the Greatest skillsets that all great SEOs have And that’s perseverance SEO requires practice And practice requires perseverance And, like all good things in life, the greatest Things come through failures, The best way to illustrate what I mean is by Using the topic of link building as our example, I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard People say things like “ link, building, isn’t important.
” It drived me crazy. Even Google explains that their algorithm Looks at things like the “ quality of content.” And the example they use to define quality is that If other prominent websites link to the page, which is a proven sign that the information Is well trusted On top of that there are numerous industry Studies that show clear positive correlations between the number of unique websites linking to A page and the amount of search traffic the page gets, And the same goes for the number of keyword rankings.
So why so much hate towards link building? Because it’s hard and if you don’t have grit You won’t survive Now. I don’t blame people for hating on link building Afterall. The process usually requires outreach to complete strangers, trying to get them to link to your site. But it’s all about perspective, If you think about it like that yea…, it’s annoying, But if you can think about it as a way to bring something Interesting and valuable to people’s attention.
Those emails are usually welcomed. So, as you try some different SEO-related tasks, Keep your head up Accept rejection instead of feeling down and Take it as a learning experience instead, For example, if I were completely new to link building I’d, send around 50 emails with one approach, Then I’d measure and see how people responded. Based on the number of link, conversions, Then I’d take my learnings and improve on The next 50 emails By analyzing your successes and failures: You’ll always be improving and outreach will become a natural and somewhat fun way to connect.
With other people in your space After you’ve had some practice, the next thing You need to do is prioritize based on the things that are working for you. The last site I sold was in the health niche And throughout 2018 on average. I worked. On the site, for maybe 2 and a half hours per week, Now what worked really well for that site? Was targeting low-competition topics since health is such a huge niche? So, with the limited time I had, I spent most Of that doing, keyword, research, I’d, send a rough outline to a freelance writer Have my editor polish, the article and then finish it off with some on-page SEO work And that alone resulted in more than doubling My organic traffic, In fact, if you look at my link profile, it was Actually declining during that same time period, And it wasn’t until January 2019 that I started Focusing on building links and ranking for more competitive keywords, And shortly after I started the site was bought out.
My point is that you don’t need to do everything. At once, if you’re a one-person team or you’re not fully committed to a project, Instead focus on the things that are working, Within the time you have available And then start branching out to other things, That can help give your organic traffic a boost. Last but not least, SEO is a game of patience. We conducted a study on how long it takes To rank in Google and we found that on average, only 5.
7 % of pages ranked in the top 10 within The first year of being discovered, And what was even more surprising, is that Nearly 75 % of pages never ranked in the top 100 in the first year. Generally speaking, if you’re targeting keywords, That your site can compete for you’ve, nailed the keyword, research and on-page SEO, and you have enough links to be competitive. Then I’d say to give it 6-12 months to rank Now, while SEO is time-consuming.
The rewards Are obviously incredible Free, passive and consistent traffic that Doesn’t fade over time, So my recommendation right now is that if You’re completely new to SEO nail those fundamentals by reading our tutorial on doing keyword, Research for new websites Then actually go and do some keyword, research And after you’ve done that read our tutorial. On doing on-page SEO Then actually go and do some on-page SEO Again.
I’ve linked up all articles in the description. That I think you could massively benefit from so check those out and if you have any questions, Leave one in the comments below And of course, if you enjoyed this article, Make sure to like share and subscribe for more actionable SEO tutorials So keep grinding away. Do more than you read. And I’ll see you in the next tutorial