Learning SEO. Where to start?

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I want to learn SEO. I understand the importance of great content, but beyond that....where should I go to learn today's SEO. There is tons of free information online but because of so many changes, it's hard for a newbie to figure out where to start.

I know each website has a unique strategy but ideally I'd like to find training that has a basic workflow that can be adaptable.

Any suggestions? Anyone needing help with their SEO workload willing to exchange your knowledge for work? (White hat only please)
#learning #seo #start
  • Profile picture of the author akshayhallur
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  • Profile picture of the author bindaaspropery
    I really appreciate you that you are taking interest in learning SEO. But there is not a single tutorial that can teach you. Reason is when you finish your study you will found another update from Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author InTh3Moment
    Hey Brandi,

    If you end up finding helpful resources can you please PM me? I am also interested in learning about a helpful resource for SEO info.

    Best regards,

    Dillon
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  • Profile picture of the author BrandiTaylor
    Thanks for the suggestions. I belong to Moz and that has been helpful. I'll look into QuickSprout
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  • Profile picture of the author WeavingThoughts
    Michael Ulman's ebook products are pretty good for seo.
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  • Profile picture of the author BobyRurka
    You can try Webmaster World, the oldest forums on topics related web marketing and SEO. Real webmasters are sharing their experience and it could be helpful. Other resources could be blogs like SEO by the Sea and SEO Book.
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  • Profile picture of the author elmo033057
    Here is one of the best articles I have ever read on the subject: SEO Blogging I hope this helps you out!

    ELMO
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  • Profile picture of the author EvelynMunoz
    You have to prefer some books to read more about SEO, or if you have initial knowledge about SEO than start with easy techniques like forum posting, social bookmarking, image backlink etc. If you have any doubt then you can also ask questions on niche related forums and QnA sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author jamespitt
    Try these books

    1. The Link Building Book; by: Paddy Moogan

    This is one of the most recent SEO books to surface and it was written by the leading industry expert Paddy Moogan, who works for the highly-acclaimed website Distilled. He writes 287 pages all about link building.

    2. Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media, and Content Marketing by: Lee Odden

    I always feel as though the author has a strong handle on everything he chooses to write. This book does a good job of bringing in all of the aspects under the SEO umbrella and explaining how they should work together to really create success.
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  • Profile picture of the author ralchevd
    One quick advice - learn by testing. Start applying SEO to your blog/website as soon as possible - no matter how "newbie" you are.
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  • Profile picture of the author rwhite10
    Take a look at Affilorama. I was in the same situation a couple of years ago and learned a lot here.
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  • Profile picture of the author cheapprice175
    You can obvioulsly take classes and learn the tricks of the trade, but I think the best way to learn it is by reverse engineering the success of high ranking sites that are comparitively new.
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  • Profile picture of the author ketul
    I agree with all webmaster suggestion. There are many blog and tutorial available for reading. Otherwise you should join SEO course in well reputed organization.
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    • Profile picture of the author James.N
      Originally Posted by doodleblue View Post

      Hi BrandiTaylor,

      Try to QuickSprout University Course. There are lot of beginner and advance level seo course available.
      Originally Posted by PBScott View Post

      Both of these people covered the two sources I was going to say are must reads. Along with the QuickSprout University also check out his SEO guide. Walks you through chapter by chapter:

      The Advanced Guide To SEO
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  • Profile picture of the author savyeman
    Originally Posted by BrandiTaylor View Post

    I want to learn SEO. I understand the importance of great content, but beyond that....where should I go to learn today's SEO. There is tons of free information online but because of so many changes, it's hard for a newbie to figure out where to start.

    I know each website has a unique strategy but ideally I'd like to find training that has a basic workflow that can be adaptable.

    Any suggestions? Anyone needing help with their SEO workload willing to exchange your knowledge for work? (White hat only please)
    There have been a lot of changes in SEO. The updates that have happen are about helping Google to eradicate bad sites spammy sites, really Google is trying to make sure they provide revelant quality results and not sites made to earn income.

    Now more than ever the right back link profile is important you need to show that you are not trying to seo your site.

    Where you get your backlinks matter, the stronger the page authority of the site the stronger the back link you can get.

    Your on-page must be right. You can over optimized for your primary keyword.

    Less is more this applies to back links anchor text and on-page seo

    Hope that helped
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  • Profile picture of the author saurabh113
    There are some interesting videos on youtube by google developers. They're the best source of information. Should definitely check them out.
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  • Profile picture of the author dgerryd
    This is just my input some might and some might not agree I don't really care, all I know is that it's pretty sound and straight forward advice with no affiliate links involved.

    Here is what I learned from all the SEO courses and products on the internet, I read a whole lot for a whole lot of time, I talked a whole lot about SEO for a whole lot of time, and I knew **** all about SEO for a whole lot of time, until I actually implemented any of what I had learned.

    If you don't implement anything of what you have been studying even if you have been learning for years, well then you really don't know anything about anything.What you really only know how to do is repeat what you read in a book, and it's what I did for a long time, this was due only to lack of funds to implement anything without having to outsource tasks for $$$$. plus the proper knowledge needed to move forward in those areas I was weak.

    So based on a broke as a joke scenario like I was in, here is what you could do to achieve better results while saving tonns in costs and actively gaining SEO knowledge.

    1.) Go buy 2 domains in the niche you wish to tackle you can buy domains for 1 cent for the first year from 1and1.com it's about $14 the 2nd year "SCORE"

    2.) Get yourself free hosting by searching "allintitle:free hosting" without the "" and sign up to which ever free hosting providers have wordpress quick install scripts or similar if your a complete newb like I was.

    3.) Don't make the mistake of associating any of these properties with your real identity, that google know you as, why ? because if you think google isn't watching past and future habit's of a google user account and they only have your best interest at heart (o^^0)
    don't even bother trying to learn SEO.

    4.) This should be first along with proper keyword research ! Make sure you pick a niche you are knowledgeable about as it will make life much easier and the learning path enjoyable and more productive in you gaining knowledge/traction if that's not an option pick something you are closely related to in some way.

    5.) Now go ******* mad and break every rule in the book with one of the sites "literally" And with the other follow the rules of the gestapo "google police" make sure to track everything you implement on both sites noting anything you did to gain links and traffic. You can use free tools like ranktracker free, wordpress stats by jetpack, Histats, and a thousand others.

    Now I'm not claiming you will have success doing this but I will claim you will know more than most SEO guys/gals that have just implemented only one tactic. There is no such thing as blackhat or white hat "to the white hat claimers" there is only an algorithm, google/bing/yahoo, links, userability and the individuals skills to implement the area of SEO that suits the outcome they desire.

    Good Luck
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    • Profile picture of the author Sumon2k7
      Originally Posted by dgerryd View Post

      There is no such thing as blackhat or white hat "to the white hat claimers" there is only an algorithm, google/bing/yahoo, links, userability and the individuals skills to implement the area of SEO that suits the outcome they desire.
      Completely agree with you My two cents-

      Don't forget about "implementation" part of whatever you are learning. Test strategies by yourself and see how it goes. That's the best way of learning in my opinion.
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      • Profile picture of the author dgerryd
        Originally Posted by Sumon2k7 View Post

        Completely agree with you My two cents-

        Don't forget about "implementation" part of whatever you are learning. Test strategies by yourself and see how it goes. That's the best way of learning in my opinion.
        I think it's the core of why most people give up, they spend most of their time reading and picking up various tactics for too long, and when they actually implement any of it and it doesn't work for them they give up after 5 mins Lol sometimes I wanna give up too but that is impossible now I stuck my head too far down the rabbit hole to turn back
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  • Profile picture of the author Livewebmedia
    I have a best answer for you! Get training from a company (not from the institute) because in a company you have a chance to get work on Live project! And you also get some experience "how to work on a company".
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    • Profile picture of the author dgerryd
      Originally Posted by Livewebmedia View Post

      I have a best answer for you! Get training from a company (not from the institute) because in a company you have a chance to get work on Live project! And you also get some experience "how to work on a company".
      Yep that's even a better way to get insight into online media as a whole
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Sheley
    Read read read!
    Read the links posted here
    moz, seoblog, google's blog, matt cutts blog.
    Google "seo marketing blogs" read everything you can find then practice and write down what works and what doesn't.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChristopherMarti
    If you are new to SEO then my suggestion is that, first of all you need to learn more about the basics of SEO you can use some good SEO books as well as you can also increase your knowledge by using forums. Start doing easy SEO methods for your website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Padsall
    Try here you will learn lots of things with Google https://support.google.com/webmaster...er/35291?hl=en
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  • Profile picture of the author dgui123451
    If you search on forbes.com you will find a lot of articles that describe how to go about SEO step by step, you can also search for YouTube videos about SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moses.W.
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  • Profile picture of the author mkgg
    Backlinko
    Jacob King
    NenadSEO
    nik0 (has some good posts on his site)

    and last but not least
    Matt Cutts

    okay just kidding..seriously stay away from matt unless you want to know what new animal fetish google has developed.
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    • Profile picture of the author outfox
      Originally Posted by mkgg View Post

      Backlinko
      Jacob King
      NenadSEO
      nik0 (has some good posts on his site)

      and last but not least
      Matt Cutts

      okay just kidding..seriously stay away from matt unless you want to know what new animal fetish google has developed.
      Great call by mkgg...backlinko and Jacob King tell it like it is...
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Power
    Originally Posted by BrandiTaylor View Post

    I want to learn SEO. I understand the importance of great content, but beyond that....where should I go to learn today's SEO. There is tons of free information online but because of so many changes, it's hard for a newbie to figure out where to start.

    I know each website has a unique strategy but ideally I'd like to find training that has a basic workflow that can be adaptable.

    Any suggestions? Anyone needing help with their SEO workload willing to exchange your knowledge for work? (White hat only please)
    Browse the Moz website and read their blogs. If you are willing to pay to learn, there are many ebook and video products in the WSO section that teach SEO
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  • Profile picture of the author Rashadpc
    Hi Dear
    If you want learn seo in short time so you can joining seo institute if you have in gurgaon so i suggested institute name ,Seonextworld.com
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  • Profile picture of the author st0nec0ld
    The best way to learn SEO is to actually do it. If you have a site or a blog you can start from there and learn from experience. Read to learn more, use it as a reference and a guide to keep you going.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcvang
    Google is the best tutor for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author mivid
    Go for SEO moz learners guide.. It may help..
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  • Profile picture of the author hirithk
    Hi
    Start learning through SEO Moz for the first, after that start reading new things published in journals Like Search engine land technocart like these. We need to implement trail and error method too.
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  • Profile picture of the author sonjay
    There used to be sticky threads around WF for the SEO basics. If you have no problem creating quality content in a consistent basis, and you are open to repurposing content you have created, check the case study I have in my website jaysonguevarra.com. The strategy discussed there may be slower than most, but the effects have been long term.
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  • Profile picture of the author patadeperro
    Start trying to rank a site for local keywords and review the comments that are in this forum
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  • Profile picture of the author alieen
    hmm dear if you are a new in this field then try to use lynda.com here you can get lot of use full material or read some seo guide book that you can get easily from google.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nandhuja nandhan
    Hi,
    Happy to know that you want to learn seo.
    There are many courses in institutes that teaches from basic level to advanced level.
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  • Profile picture of the author pppz
    just make good websites... seo is not important...
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  • Profile picture of the author Masondavis
    There are many blog and tutorial available for reading. Otherwise you should join SEO course in well reputed organization.
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  • best way is dont focus on one website - just use SEARCH on google and find resources about SEO and filter them what you think is easy for you and start learning.
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  • Profile picture of the author GTC1187
    I'll tell you right now that you'll want to think twice before investing yourself into SEO.
    It's a volatile industry with a steep learning curve that involves trying to hit a moving target.
    Marketing is like that in nature, and digital marketing moves even faster.
    I'll also tell you that SEO is far more difficult now than it was when I started in 2011.
    Think this decision over long and hard, because it's straight up addictive as well.
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  • Try reading Moz Blogs!

    They are awesome!
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  • Profile picture of the author carldweb
    I suggest Moz And Quick Sprout. Both are very nice to learn SEO, Also participate in their community, you can ask any type of doubt there.
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