Search Engine Optimisation are buzzwords that even most people who have never considered creating a website have heard of. But what is it? And what are the best ways to teach yourself SEO?

As most SEO experts are self-taught (including all of us at HostNomad) we can give you insight into how we learned this craft.

1. Read read read

Start with these resources and you can’t go wrong:

SEO: The Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimisation – Moz

Moz is the go-to place online for information about Search Engine Optimisation. They have been doing it since 2004 and their Beginner’s Guide is a great place to start learning.

The Advanced Guide To SEO by QuickSprout

A perfect place to go after getting to grips with the basics.

Webmaster Guidelines – Google Search Console

What better place to take advice about search engines than from the name synonymous with search engines themselves!

From here you should have a really good amount of knowledge. Certainly enough to get by. If from here you want to dig deeper into certain topics, like how to conduct SEO audits, getting hreflang right and link building then you can go even further.

2. Take a SEO course

If you’re looking for a course, check out DistilledU. The guys at Distilled have put together a resource that will pretty much cover anything you’re looking to learn in SEO. Another paid course that’s great for SEO(specifically link building) is Point Blank SEO.

3. Follow some industry blogs

The Moz Blog, Backlinko, Hubspot Blog, and Search Engine Journal are good places to start.

4. Head to a SEO conference

If you have a pretty strong knowledge of SEO and really want to get your hands dirty, head to a conference! They are quite expensive but can be extremely interesting and you will be in the same place as hundreds or even thousands of people who will have a wealth of knowledge for you to pick their brains about. SearchLove and MozCon are two, but there are many others.

5. Do it!

After you’ve done these readings (the conferences are totally optional), start applying them! Practice and experience is the best way to learn how to use the concepts described in these articles.

We hope that helps!