This post is being written halfway through the course I am taking to learn the basics through Stupid Simple SEO.
I am learning how to make SEO work for me. It’s exciting, hard work but a complete revelation. This is off the ‘beaten track’ from my usual photography theme but I want to spread the word before I finish the course myself because a new intake for the course starts May the 13th – 17th.
I am learning so much I might just explode!
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Why Take a Course on SEO?
Now I am focusing on helping people with the visual side of blogging and taking cat pictures, I felt I needed to get a grip on doing this SEO thing properly. I want to write good posts and I want the maximum number
I need to get noticed by Google.
Google’s traffic is closely targeted and focuses 100% of the visitor and finding a solution to their problems. It is more consistent and less shaky than the much talked about algorithms that trip us all up when Pinterest or Instagram makes changes.
Like you do, I want to diversify where my readers come from and not rely on the traffic I get from a single source like Facebook or Twitter. But, I thought this mystical ‘SEO’ was done best by experts who had read a lot, were very high tech who were paid
I was wrong! I am learning to use SEO and so can you.
I also thought SEO was complicated and confusing (have you looked at Google Analytics?) and where should I start working out what matters?
I had a short list of potential starting questions I wanted a course to answer:
- Do I start by creating Google-friendly SEO content
- Should I start with keyword research? OK, I wasn’t even sure what it was
- Backlinks. I guess I need these – right?
- Domain Authority. I keep hearing about this. How do I start?
Finding the Right SEO Course
I began to look online for a good SEO tutorial course that I felt would really help clear up the confusion I felt. There are a lot of courses – ‘Let me help you conquer SEO’ and ‘Beat SEO with my patent working method’.
I nearly gave up with a bad case of overwhelm, even as someone who has blogged for five years. Then I began to hear good things about a guy called Mike Pearson who runs something called ‘Stupid Simple SEO’.
I headed over and checked out the free module taken from his eCourse. [You get the module when you join his email list]. I liked what I heard and saw there so worked out the instalments and joined up..
Will This Course Help Make SEO Work for You?
Yes. If you are into a channel like Pinterest or Instagram this course will resonate with you. If you blog and want to reach more people naturally without spending all day on social media, you will like what you find here.
Especially if you are looking to take steps to monetise your blog or raise its profile. You can have a massive traffic flow from Pins but that might disappear tomorrow.
If you want Google to take you seriously whether it’s for rescue and TNR work or to promote pet-related products using affiliate links, your SEO needs to be working for you, not against you. This is something I am discovering with the course.
I have discovered plenty of things on the blog that I do well, but there is so much I can do a whole lot better when I go about them properly, thanks to Stupid Simple SEO.
What Does This SEO Course Give Me?
I am 68% of the way through the course and Mike deals with this all from the ‘ground up’. Here are some of the main points addressed by Mike’s course that will help make SEO work for you.
- How to set up your blog for SEO success. Simple basic things you can do that often get ignored or overlooked.
- Why user your user’s intention, and relevance of your blog matter.
- How to do proper keyword research and no, it’s NOT the way you think!
- How to create and optimize content that ranks on Google with lots of guidance and tips.
- How to do SEO for affiliate marketing, a bigger and more interesting topic than you might think.
- Link building 101 – how to do it and why is really matters.
- How to do guest posting for backlinks from good blogs
- How to do a “blogger roundup” to get links
- How to do blogger outreach. This is so valuable when you sit there going ‘where do I start?’
- How to use Help A Reporter Out to get links. Known as HARO for short this is unfamiliar territory for me but an area I will be discovering a lot about.
The course is based on video tutorials from Mike. His voice is light, friendly and personable. He explains things very clearly so you leave the course with a real understanding of SEO and how it will help your blog or rescue site. There are templates, downloads and checklists to keep you on track.
Each section of the course can be played and replayed until you understand the points raised and each module is comprehensive with step by steps to guide you.
I needed the replays for the spreadsheet-based sections but even though I am not a figure person I managed everything. If I got stuck I asked in the Facebook Group and people helped.
What Do I Get From Stupid Simple SEO?
You will have a clear understanding of what SEO is and what it does, which is a lot more than I expected.
You will learn to make the best of your blog and help it rank better in Google. Basically, you learn to make SEO work. My niche focus of take pictures and make movies is quite new for me so I need to establish myself but you will be more established and can make more rapid progress.
You will have a good chance of increasing your Google rankings and things like affiliate sales if this is a goal for your blog. Armed with the course knowledge from Stupid Simple SEO you will realise how much you can do to benefit your blog.
Most importantly, you will learn how to target the right keyword for you, in your own niche. Cat bloggers, dog bloggers and other kinds of pet bloggers have an established niche to work with, often with a specific focus like hog Health or therapy cat training, so finding out which keywords help and then adding these to content that will help rank better is a huge benefit.
There is also the important matter of backlinks, but I can let Mike explain that in the course. I can only say I had no idea how important backlinks can be.
SEO Takes Time to Work
There are so many options as you work through the course you will refer to your notes a lot! I do, and in the end, the many options here should help you boost your online presence and give you a good chance of being as good as the best blogs and web sites out there.
Stupid Simple SEO Course Details:
- Course registration is from Monday, May 13th to Friday, May 17th 2019. There are only four courses each year.
- Cost of the Course: $297 (or 3-month payment plan of $117/mo)
- 600+ bloggers like me have taken the course
- There are no discount or coupon codes available
If you want to join the people aiming at ranking page one on Google and getting the traffic that brings, then check out Mike’s course details and FREE sample lesson – CLICK THE COMPUTER
Finally, A Bit About Mike Pearson
Mike is a family man and still manages to maintain a job in the corporate world. His sites have been featured on major finance sites worldwide. He never stops learning and passing in his knowledge, and no blog is in a niche too small he can’t encourage it to grow.
He doesn’t gush, or squeal, he gives you the facts, a heads up for things that can and cannot happen and he is totally practical. The bonus is Facebook help and the heap of downloadable templates.
SEO Student, Picture Taker & Movie Maker
Marjorie creates smartphone movies and writes about her DSLR learning journey. Whether you want to learn for profit or the pleasure of showing off, she can help.