Boring SEO

This advice is for people who want to promote their product or startup with organic traffic and are willing to put in the work. This is what has worked for me, more than any hack or shortcut I have tried.

#1  Research your keywords

Do not write random content. Write around keywords where you have a shot to compete. If you are just starting out, look for long-tail keywords that are not too competitive and are likely to convert.

#2  Write good content

Write useful and high quality content for your audience. The kind of content that people search for and want to read. Cover your topic in depth. Use a content optimization tool.

#3  Build backlinks

If you want your content to rank well on Google, you need backlinks. Two common techniques to get backlinks are broken link building and the skyscraper technique.

#4  Track progress with GSC

Add Google Search Console to your website and keep a close eye on which keywords you are getting impressions for. You'll discover new keywords that your content is already ranking for. Start targeting them with new content or by updating your existing pages.

#5  Be patient

Content marketing takes time. If you are going to do this, take a long-term approach. It will take months before you see significant results.

What you should not do

If you do any of the following things, you are probably procrastinating or wasting money

#1  Do not pay for SEO courses

Pretty much all the information you'll ever need about SEO is available for free on the web. Plus, people selling you stuff are incentivized to add unnecessary complexity (to make it worth your money.)

#2  Do not outsource the writing

Vetting good writers is difficult and time-consuming. They are also expensive. If you are just starting out, you probably do not have the time and the money to do it right.

#3  Do not pay for backlinks

Backlinks offered by link farms are of very low quality and do more harm than good. Do not waste your money on them.

#4  Do not create your own blogging engine

This one is for tech folks specifically. Use Wordpress, Webflow, Hugo or whatever you want, but do not created your own engine. Creating your own engine is a lot of work and a big waste of time.

#5  Do not follow SEO gurus

I think this point speaks for itself.

FAQ

#1. Why make this website?

A lot of people try to make SEO sound complicated. I think SEO is simple to learn but difficult to execute and wanted to have a website I could refer people to.

#2. Which content optimization tool do you recommend?

Dashword would be a good pick. There's also a few Clearscope alternatives you might want to investigate. The very cheap options in this space are quite bad.

#3. Which keyword research tool do you recommend?

Most people would agree that Ahrefs is the best one out there. It might be one of the most expensive ones, but the data is incredibly good. If you're on a budget maybe try Mangools.