How did you learn SEO ?

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As somewhat of an SEO newbie, I am amazed at the amount of knowledge I find on this forum every day for a subject that has no formal training. And I can't help but wonder how everyone learned it. Did you simply read, read and read some more (my current method)? Did somebody teach you? Did you develop your own proprietary methods over time? It seems all the veterans have at least a few 'secret methods' nowadays.

As for me, I am determined to know this stuff and I've become slightly obsessed with it, but I think that will only help me in the long run. Curious for your input.
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  • Profile picture of the author n0tr3v3
    Most of the information can be found on the google webmaster blogs, I first got the ideal about seo/affiliate marketer from the Google sniper 2.0 and most of what I know now from the warrior forum...
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  • Profile picture of the author OmarNegron
    Most of the information I learned was from free ebooks that talked about SEO and basic things like how to structure a website, H1 tags, h2 tags, Title Tags etc.

    Sometimes I think people package the same information in books and then sell them...lol.

    Also there was a couple of blogs I read that helped out but I think the best way to learn is to actually DO IT and learn from your mistakes. There is no better teacher than experience.

    -Omar
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    • Profile picture of the author pasik
      Originally Posted by OmarNegron View Post

      ...I think the best way to learn is to actually DO IT and learn from your mistakes. There is no better teacher than experience.

      -Omar
      This is by far the best advice you can ever get...
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonGiorgini
    I learned SEO from trial and error. I sandboxed a lot of domains before I learned a method that was halfway decent.
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    • Profile picture of the author successproducts
      Yeah I met a guru in this area. He told me about link farm like 3 years ago and at that time. Google was a bitch to him. His bitch I mean. He manipulated Google like no tomorrow. They can't demote him no matter what. His page rank technique was also employed 3 years ago ahead of everyone here in this forum. We are not just caught on the end tail of it. yet we feel like we know everything.

      any how -- I made a mistake to piss him off good and so he is off my radar now. Any way he advices that I should go into facebook and get traffic there instead of Google. Google is fickle and you know it is a job in itself to rank first.

      But I do believe in building links -- and that to automate my stuffs. And you know what -- he has not used automated software provided by nobody. He wrote for him to use. It's the way to go if you have the money and the talent.
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  • Profile picture of the author socialbookmark
    I learned it by reading some article, webmaster forums like warriorforum, digitalpoint and some others and also there are some books that reading them can help you to get more information about it. For example you can start by reading a book. Also when you start managing and doing your seo skills on a website, you will learn more every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ritika89
    I learned SEO by reading a lot articles and forums regarding SEO, then some of my friends taught me until i recognize. I have built my experience through initial participation in SEO blogs, then forums and finally conferences.
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  • Profile picture of the author smileverse
    i have learned SEO (search engine optimization) through Google Webmaster optimization tips/guidelines and i used to follow the seo blogs and forums like this to stay up to date with the latest happening in the SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author boosters
    By doing mistake you will learn SEO... no doubt.
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  • Profile picture of the author checklinks
    I learn lot of seo from forums,so refer forums. The best forum is warrior forum to learn seo.
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  • Profile picture of the author C Rebecca
    I would insist you to read this Google's beginner's guide first.
    http://static.googleusercontent.com/...rter-guide.pdf

    Other good resources for enhancing your SEO knowledge,
    - Google webmaster central blog
    - Google Youtube channel
    - Search engine journal
    - SEOMoz
    - SEO book
    - Problogger
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    • Profile picture of the author VHSEOMike
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      • Profile picture of the author VHSEOMike
        I learnt SEO from Google. Whatever you think just Google it; Google will never disappoint you. Also there are many SEO forums all over the internet. Do not forget the Ebooks. Pay great attention to the release of videos of Google on YouTube. Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author k2leet
    i learned SEO by trial and error, coated with following forums like WarriorForum and blogs. Just keep choochooing till I got\get it right.
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  • Profile picture of the author Natlex
    By reading these forums and trying out a lot of things and making my own list of things that work and do not work
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  • I started learning from Google webmaster central blog, SEOMoz and from so many other places. But I think it's important for everyone to implement properly whatever he/she learns from different sources, and continue studying to make them updated with latest trends and strategies etc. that I also do.
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  • Profile picture of the author An71qu3
    From mistakes, :-) i've started with blackhat methods .. that worked well some time ago .. now i m following Google webmaster central blog, Google Youtube channel and SeoMoz
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  • Profile picture of the author ordinary
    i don't have time to read and wanted a fast answer that works.. so this is what i did.

    1. analyze keywords of your site. Take those with low competition & like 100 searches monthly.

    2. buy SEO packages and implement each package on each keyword that you have analyze from step 1. You can find a lot of cheap packages from this forum or other forums.

    3. track all the results in 1 month time.

    4. choose the top 5 keywords that perform best.

    5. look at the SEO packages that you have implement on those 5 keywords.

    6. try to implement those packages again on other keywords.

    7. if it works, then you roughly know the seo trick.

    SEO packages are cheap and it saves me a lot of time..
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    • Profile picture of the author shashank
      I learned SEO from trial and error.....there is so much info available online...you just have to keep trying...what works for one particular person might not work for some other...
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  • Profile picture of the author pangolin123
    The basics which I learned from the books are like H1, h2, h3 tags, Title with the keyword in it, Keyword density, etc. As you do this again and again, I learned new strategies by tweaking and modifying some of my own sites as well as clients sites until you find the perfect balance of optimization. Its not always about optimization, sometimes its about relevancy as well. Google is looking for sites that is the most relevant to what the users are typing in google. So, if you structured your site in those ways with the keywords, etc, You can pretty well rank your sites well in search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenJones
    Trial and error, and a lot of studying and watching Google closely. First only trusted on Off-page SEO only to found out my sites were not ranking properly because I lacked in On-page SEO. That was 3 years ago, and now it just easy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark101
    you should need lot of concentration and patience to learn both SEO strategies such as On page and Off page, you can get knowledge through different tutorials and SEO related Blogs.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcook2003
    Conferences are a great way to learn SEO, but not necessarily in the manner you'd traditionally think.
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  • Profile picture of the author sharonhurley
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    You can learn SEO all you want, but at the end of the day, everything you learn is useless unless you actually experiment with what you’ve learned.
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    • Profile picture of the author aygabtu
      On these forums and a lot of trial and error.
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  • Profile picture of the author ddshosting
    Ironically I learnt mostly from reading up on forums etc. Asking questions regularly and as the post above said, just messing around.
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    • Profile picture of the author Openxcell Inc
      You can use the online books and webmaster tools for learning the SEO.They are very useful for getting the ideas about the SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author quercus5
    I learned mostly from the warrior forum, bought a couple programs like Matt Carter's, and lots and lots of mistakes!
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  • Profile picture of the author seenathkumar
    SEO learning never ends, Google changes it's algorithm many time in a year so it's all about staying updated with Google algorithm and coming up with new strategies Google it self helps SEO by their tools Google analytic tool, Google webmaster tool, Google webmaster forum etc. you can analyses your website and by these tools and talk about new strategies on forums which will help you to boost your knowledge and their are certain knowledge which come from experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrehan
    SEO is always reinventing itself , so you have to always keep learning what not to do!
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  • Profile picture of the author sharonhurley
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    Started learning 1 Year ago. I learn SEO by reading and reading a lot articles and searching a lot of information.
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  • Profile picture of the author fiberoptic
    I got started in SEO last year. I'm a recent computer science graduate from the University of Wisconsin, so I like to take an analytical and mathematical approach to understanding SEO. My senior year I did a project for an Algorithm Analysis course on the Mathematics Behind Google's PageRank Algorithm. As well as the IR algorithm which is what the Panda algorithm uses to determine final ranking score in Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yeeee Ha
    There are several forum that you can make use of or else use this wonderful website Let me google that for you
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    • Profile picture of the author Architex
      I learned through GWT, SEOmoz, and here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Classicaldude88
    i would say trial and error, and keep reading loads until your brain goes dead, then relax and do something else, and then get back to it. When I first started I couldnt even get my head around the whole idea of the existence of SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyborgX
    There are many blogs available in internet for learning , you can search on google.
    for learning best knowledge of SEO. I am still learning it. Learn from the best.
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    • Profile picture of the author debra
      I learned mine way back in '80 - '82 when I attended DeVry. Search engines were a whole different animal back then and bulletin boards dominated the navigation of the net. And...get this...Yahoo was the search engine. Google wasn't even born back then.

      Then again, Atari was the game station of the decade. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author keithotzkie
    Hi there!
    Im a SEO newbie too..
    I learn SEO by just reading articles on the internet..
    I watched some back linking tutorials on youtube..
    The last think I do is I also watched Matt Cutts videos..
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  • Profile picture of the author andishm
    Be a regular member at Warrior forums give an hour time daily atleast and very soon in few days you will be pro in SEO and yes for starter reading your can follow SEOMOZ blog and various other resources with help of Google Search.
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  • Profile picture of the author aaron86
    I learned SEO in reading eboks. watching SEO video tutorial, research and lastly my best weapon is reading some information about SEO in warrior forum.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dragontech
    80% of the time taking dummy actions

    > Fail

    > 20% of time searching and learning

    > 80% of time testing

    > 20% work and 80% fail

    > 20% of the time learning

    > 80% of the time testing

    > 80% work & 20% fail

    > 20% of the time laying out everything that works and make a great ranking plan

    > 80% of the time following the plan and rank everything and any way you want
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  • Profile picture of the author nik0
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    Testing / testing / testing.

    Reading forums but know who to trust, there is so much bad information spread.

    Talk a lot with professional SEO suppliers, not always that easy ofcourse as most don't like to share much so you need to be in a certain position for that, I sell SEO for cheap so SEO companies contact me and then I hear them out about what else they do for their customers apart of buying my packages.

    Then again, testing/testing/testing, dont believe people right away on their blue eyes

    Btw testing = not easy. Sometimes you build links and you see results within a week that later on get you penalized, and sometimes you build links that you think don't work but then 3-4 weeks later poof there you are without risking any penalty later on, so it's not like oh I build links today and tomorrow or next week I know how it works out.

    So key = split testing!

    ps You won't learn SEO in the WSO section here, so much old and flawed information, thats how I started and later on I could start to restudy cause 90% was plain wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    I learned from lots of reading and trial and error.

    One of the very first things I learned was Google is FOS. If you follow their lame "TOS", you website will never be found in their search.

    The key is finding the happy medium. Push the envelope with link building, but don't get crazy.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeoKungFu
    We were born with the Knowledge encoded in our DNA !
    As simple as that
    j/k

    Now seriously, no one has "learned" - i.e. there is no past tense, this is not an ever finished practice. You learn everyday, adapt and evolve with the ever changing reality.

    Forums, blogs and studying will help you a lot, will guide you along the way, but it's you who will have to try things out and gather the conclusions that will make you one day - hopefully - an expert.
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  • Profile picture of the author adam337
    Participating in forums,reading articles and keep in touch with SEO experts.
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    • Profile picture of the author PhilJensen
      By making lots of mistakes and learning from those mistakes.....

      Trial and error....

      Phil
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  • Profile picture of the author Vivers
    I was taught by my web designer and then I took what he taught me and ran. I had hired out two SEO companies with little to no success and after two years I decided to take it over myself. In six months I did what two SEO companies could not do ( or did not want to do ) in two years. I have my most competitive keyword and most searched for my service on the 1st page and high on the 1st page. I do it the slow and steady way or what's known as the natural way.
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  • Profile picture of the author kaluuu
    Forums, SEO buddies and EXPERIMENTING and also EXPERIMENTING .....
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  • Profile picture of the author sovereignn
    I paid some guy on Fiverr $5 to teach me
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  • Profile picture of the author John Williamson
    For me, initially I learned most of my intro/basic SEO knowledge from some of Brad Callen's guides, the rest from just reading tons of threads and sifting through all the info here on WF, and more still from my own trial and error.
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  • Profile picture of the author avajo71
    Reading ebook, watching videos and also researching by practice it.
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  • Profile picture of the author newuser_2
    Originally Posted by jetsetter883 View Post

    As somewhat of an SEO newbie, I am amazed at the amount of knowledge I find on this forum every day for a subject that has no formal training. And I can't help but wonder how everyone learned it. Did you simply read, read and read some more (my current method)? Did somebody teach you? Did you develop your own proprietary methods over time? It seems all the veterans have at least a few 'secret methods' nowadays.

    As for me, I am determined to know this stuff and I've become slightly obsessed with it, but I think that will only help me in the long run. Curious for your input.
    Do not believe what everyone tells you about SEO...Do research and find out what Google actually says about what they like and what they do not like when it comes to providing their users with the best information possible.
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