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What is the best way to teach myself SEO?

Asked by DrewJ (436points) May 3rd, 2012

Hey guys. I’ve decided I’d like to teach myself SEO. I am out of work right now and while on the job hunt I’ve gotten the sense that it is a pretty good skill to have. On top of that, I have 3 websites of my own that can benefit from good SEO work. I am wondering 2 things…

1. Do I need to know coding for SEO? Basic html is fine, I can handle that, I can even handle basic CSS, but beyond that I can’t. Also, what files in the FTP server do you generally have to mess around with? Just the index.html? or do you have to dig deeper than that?

2. Anyone know of some good online tutorials, courses, or programs to be good at SEO? I prefer free, but it is worth it to me to invest a little money into the skill if it’s necessary.

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marinelife's avatar

No, you don’t need to know coding.

Here is Google’s primer on SEO.

ETpro's avatar

Best of success finding a new job. It’s a great idea to put any idle time you have to constructive use.

Google’s Webmaster resource page is a great starting point. The new Yahoo! Dashboard debuted yesterday and has some good resources as well. There’s a great video on the SEOMOZ Daily SEO Blog that tells you what the recent sea change in SEO was.

Past that, I’d just Google seo tutorial and start with the first search result (the stuff below the paid ads at the top) down.

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HeartBridgeGallery's avatar

I found HubSpot.com a good free source of free SEO info. I have also taken their on line free “webinars” that were helpful. They have free stuff to print out if you want to. I’d also check out Amazon books and see if anything on SEO gets 5 stars (be sure and read the reviews) and buy it. Here’s one that impressed me. I think I will have to buy it myself.

http://www.amazon.com/Search-Engine-Optimization-SEO-Secrets/dp/0470554185/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340723880&sr=1-7&keywords=search+engine+optimization

Best of luck to you. You can do it! Me too!

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alestercatich's avatar

There is no need to learn coding in seo because but you must aware about google updates of seo In seo it is mendatory to know about social media only and off page work and also on page

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WilliamHigh's avatar

There are numerous tutorial sites which helps to learn SEO. These tutorial site you will found in internet and the most important thing is they are free.

patrickjohnson's avatar

You can watch online SEO video tutorials and can also join SEO discussion forums. These are the best ways to learn SEO online.

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