48 tips for SEO newbies from 48 experienced SEOs

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A few weeks ago, we asked Raven’s Facebook Page fans, who are some seriously experienced SEOs, this question:

“If someone new to SEO asked you for your BEST piece of advice, what would you say?”

Everyone had tips for SEO newbies. A few themes emerged — educate yourself, pay attention to content, find another job. Which advice is most like your own? Click any image to tweet this with your words of wisdom.

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Want to see everything that everyone wrote? (We used excerpts from a couple of our more loquacious fans.) Read the original Facebook post. And be sure to Like Raven’s Facebook Page for more polls, jokes, tips and other stuff you can’t find anywhere else!

Want to know how we made all these images in less than an hour? Check our our post on the best quote photo tools. We used Quozio this time around.

  • Carrie Hill

    Beyond a really great list of advice for newbie SEO’s – I have to give big Kudos to the Raven Team for how this is presented. Very inspiring – I’ll try really hard not to rip it off 🙂

    • RavenCourtney

      Thanks, Carrie! It was a great idea by Arienne, and those quote photo-creating tools do make it really easy. Feel free to borrow liberally!

    • Agreed Carrie, brilliant idea.

      • RavenCourtney

        Thanks for being a part of it, Pam!

  • Love the way this is presented! And thanks so much for including me in such fantastic company! 🙂

    • RavenCourtney

      Of course, Michelle. Your advice is VERY important, too.

  • Alysson Fergison

    “(We used excerpts from a couple of our more loquacious fans.)…”

    Seriously? Everyone knows you’re talking about me. You could have just called me out by name. 😉 It’s no secret that I’m the bitch who will never STFU, no matter how many times I’m told/begged/ordered to.

    • RavenArienne

      Ooo… I remember yours, Alysson! You had 3 separate, excellent points! 😉 But the knot metaphor was so good, I focused on that. It’s not one that I have heard a million times, and it was different from the other posts.

      Also, our *most* loquacious fan wrote 101 words. You clocked in at 92 😉

      • Alysson Fergison

        Son of a… always a bridesmaid, never a bride! 😉

        I’m glad you like the Endless Knot analogy. I’ve always explained how individual SEO tactics relate to the overall strategy in those terms. An Endless Knot is also an integral part of my SEOAly logo. 🙂

        • Grant Simmons

          I aspire to be “loquacious”
          For now, being British is enough.

          • Alysson Fergison

            British is always enough, Grant. 🙂

  • Andrew

    Great list with lots of great points. It’s hard to pick one out but ‘First build something great then SEO becomes easy’ is my favourite although clients that want to do this seem few and far between at times..

    Large numbers still think of SEO as an afterthought once a site is complete and expect a mediocre site to rank at the top of the search results and don’t listen to advice and warnings then end up getting ripped off.. If it’s to good too be true it generally is, search engines want quality content not crap..

    • RavenCourtney

      Andrew, thanks for adding to our list of SEO wisdom. Agree with you on all counts!

  • troyfawkes

    This is really well-done 🙂 Have you considered buffering all of the images and sending them out across social? I wanted to share just a couple of them… 🙂

  • shaycw

    I like the quote by Rob Woods. “First build something great, then SEO becomes easy.” If you have a great site with great content, it will generate a lot of social shares and natural links. Your personal link building efforts will also become more fruitful when you have something great to share with people.

    • RavenCourtney

      So true! We think Rob’s so smart we’ve got a guest blog post from him coming up! 🙂

      • robdwoods

        Thanks all! I think too many people hope SEO can be their savior and aren’t willing to take an honest look at their own business or site and admit that their baby is ugly. Do something to deserve to rank and I’ll help you get there. Be mediocre and eventually there will be nothing SEO can do to save you. You have to be awesome first!

  • soman

    All above tips are seems to be simply as quote. Content, keyword, there is nothing more about it auh?

    • RavenCourtney

      Yup, they’re all quotes. They’re originally from a conversation on Raven’s Facebook page, so we designed them differently for a blog post since not all our customers follow every conversation on Facebook.

    • RavenArienne

      Of course there’s more! But our original question, from which these tips came, was this: “If someone new to SEO asked you for your BEST piece of advice, what would you say?” I’m not surprised at the simple answers. In fact, more than one person suggested “Follow the basics” or “Start with basics.” That’s where every newbie should begin 🙂

  • Grant Simmons

    Cheers for the (two) mentions!
    Great content idea (well done Raven!) and certainly covers some great SEO advice, especially the bit about “marrying someone rich”

    • RavenArienne

      That’s applicable advice in general, perhaps 😉 I loved that exchange.

  • Jon Hogg

    Be yourself with pride? Great SEO tip

    • RavenArienne

      Not sure if I detect a little sarcasm there 🙂 … but I can say I have met many SEOs who pride themselves on independent, critical thinking. A good life tip, and a good SEO tip for newbies.

  • Seo Natural

    This is a great post even if it is not SEO friendly 😉
    (I mean images wuth almost the same alt property…)

    • RavenArienne

      *Almost* but not quite… It should be pretty SEO friendly 😉

  • Ron VanPeursem

    Arrienne! Thanks for putting together such a great collection. One trend I see in here: forget trying to game the search engines! Put together awesome content for people, and then let the SEO sort of “take care of itself”. It’s very refreshing to see this trend growing!

  • My observation: we have here listed different approaches

  • Inbound Marketing Expert

    Great Quotes about SEO


  • Ron VanPeursem

    Hi, again, Arienne – Loved this (as I already said!), but also included your post in my “Best Marketing Quotes” weekly round-up (yesterday) on my blog. Yea!!

  • siddarthaharan H.R.S

    nice and cool ways to use last one “Find a new job ” was innovative to listen and laugh

  • Tanvir

    Loved all the Quotes about SEO. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Young Scott

    This article is very interesting, I continue to learn about SEO, especially for geo-targeted pages on Google Indonesia. I have seen this in 2013, SEO is more difficult, since more and more difficult to predict Google. SEOClerks is my 1st choice for hiring SEO professionals.

  • Jeffrey

    Great list of quotes. Thanks for sharing.

  • YoYo Jatt

    Wow Great to see this post here, Will Use in My Website

  • Spook SEO

    Hi Arienne!
    I love the tips you have shared here. I believe that many newbies will learn a lot from this post. I totally agree with Keith Goode. We really need to follow the guidelines provided by Google. I think tricks and trends change but the guidelines don’t.

  • I have seen many blogs till now but your presentation of way is too marvelous.Really you helped a lot for me as well beginners. I love one one point that . DO not promise to your clients about rankings 🙂 Thank you so much