Can I Learn SEO on My Own?

The short answer is yes! Many, many, many SEOs (like me) are self-taught. Others learn search engine optimization (SEO) from on the job training. But with enough discipline, you can learn SEO on your own.

What SEO Skills Should I Learn?

When it comes to SEO there are many aspects of it. SEO works best from a holistic approach. If you implement some areas of SEO but ignore others, your SEO campaigns may not be successful. Here are some of the main parts of SEO that you should learn about.

  • Technical SEO
  • Local SEO
  • Content
  • Conversions
  • Link Building
  • Citations
  • Reviews
  • Tracking & Reporting

How to Teach Yourself SEO

Read Up on SEO

Many SEOs write about search engine optimization. They share tutorials, case studies and reveal their favorite SEO tactics. What I did to learn SEO was follow the smartest people in the industry by reading their articles and joining their email lists. Here are the people that I learned SEO from (and am still learning from).

blumenthals.com/blog/
localvisibilitysystem.com/blog/
sterlingsky.ca/blog/
whitespark.ca/blog/
localsearchforum.com/
mariehaynes.com/blog/

These are SEO news sites that I follow to keep up with changes in the SEO industry.

thesempost.com/
searchengineland.com/
searchenginejournal.com/
seroundtable.com/
moz.com/blog/

Oh, and make sure to follow Google’s official webmaster blog so that you can hear SEO news directly from them.

webmasters.googleblog.com/

Practice Makes Perfect

I started out by testing out SEO on a few test websites that I had built. After that, I asked a few friends if I could do their SEO for free in exchange for me being able to learn on their sites. There’s no better teacher than experience! So get reading and start trying SEO tactics now!

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About Dani Owens

Dani Owens, the owner of Pigzilla, has been in the digital marketing field since 2011. Her resources have been mentioned and shared by local SEO experts such as Eric Ward, Darren Shaw, Phil Rozek, Marie Haynes, David Mihm and Local U. From small, independent Mom-and-Pop shops, to enterprises with thousands of locations, Dani Owens has years of experience strategizing and implementing reliable local SEO tactics that lead to increased organic traffic and conversions.