How to Learn SEO: My Secret Method For Search Engine Optimization

By | August 5, 2019

The best way to get consistent traffic to
your website is through SEO. But if you don’t know SEO, what should you
do? Hi everyone, I’m Neil Patel and today I’m
going to teach you how to do SEO. The first thing you need to do is practice. Practice makes perfect. If you don’t practice how are you ever going
to get good at something or even learn something? You don’t want to practice on your main business
or your main idea. Create a junk website, one that’s going to
be fun and that you can be excited about. It could be a blog, so go to WordPress and
create a WordPress blog. You want to do it on your own domain name. Don’t do WordPress. Com, do WordPress. Org and if you’re not sure on how to set it
up, just sigh up for a HostGator or BlueHost, they have a click install for WordPress. Now that you have your website set up, you
need to start blogging. Pick any topic that interests you, write content. Now that you got the content done, the next
thing you want to do is install the Yoast SEO plugin. The Yoast SEO plugin is a shortcut. It makes your blog optimized somewhat for
Google. Actually makes it really optimized from Google,
but of course you’re going to have to do some work, by putting in the keywords in title
tag, your meta description. There’s walk through tutorials on how to use
the Yoast plugin, and just go through them and you’ll be fine. After you have the Yoast plugin up and running,
the next thing I want you to do is cross ink your blog post together. So, let’s say you have two posts, one’s on
dogs and one’s on cats, and in your dog article your talk about how dogs hate cats. Well, you can link to the cats article from
the dog one, and in your cats article you can talk about how cats love pestering dogs. You can link that cats article to the dog
article. That’s what crosslinking is. You don’t want to just cross link two posts
together, you want to cross link all your relevant posts together when it makes sense. If it doesn’t make sense, don’t link them
together. And last but not least, you want to start
building links. The way you build links is, you go to, put in the competitor URL. You’ll see who links to them, then you want
to email these guys, right? You go to those sites who link to your competitors
then you say, “Hey, I notice that you’re linking to We have similar business within the same region
but we also offer one, two, or three services that they don’t, so you should also check
us out, it may be useful to your website visitors, and if you like us feel free and link to us. Cheers, Neil.” It’s that simple. Sure, a lot of people are going to ignore
your email but if you get five out of 100 people to link back to you that’s great. That’s how you get your start in SEO. You do those steps, over time you’ll get more
traffic and then after you learn those basics and you get the hang of it, if you want to
do some experimentation, by all means go and do a ton of experimentation. Because SEO is way more advanced than that,
and more complex, but you got to start off with the basics and that’s how you learn the
basics, it’s by doing it on your own website.

60 thoughts on “How to Learn SEO: My Secret Method For Search Engine Optimization

  1. Jon Ray Nabua Post author

    Great tips Neil! I really love your tutorials! Very straight forward! I'll be looking forward to watch more tutorials from you!

  2. Kunal Gola Post author

    For SEO basics, I am only following 2 people, one is Neil and other is Harsh agarwal. Loving both of them, thanks!

  3. Will Chou's Personal Development Show Post author

    Neil is the kind of Patel that would make his child go to an Ivy League to get a backlink from their .edu student blog

  4. Iwona3484 Brown Post author

    I've worked very hard on my website but struggled with SEO. Just recently, I installed Yoast. It's easy to use (lots of tutorials on their site, too) Makes me feel much better to see those green dots:) Time will show if it improves traffic.

  5. nischay jain Post author

    First of all congratulations.
    You've hit the 12k mark in less than 3 month. And I know in the 6th it will definitely hit 25 if not 30.

    And what about Quicksprout and Neilpatel 😀

    You and me both knows, there's no better source available to learn SEO and all the marketing stuff, except them.

    And installing Yoast SEO is perfect for beginners to get started with basics of SEO, but there will be some problem with link building in the initial days.
    But I think with time, they'll get good at it.

  6. Kevin King Post author

    I Googled SEO several years ago and Neil Patels name came up in the results. I had no Idea how you get traffic to a website. I have not done tremendous SEO work but I learned a lot about SEO from reading Neil's Blog. One of my websites has already done over 500k this year and I do not think it would have been possible if I did not start paying attention to Neil's blog. Thanks Neil

  7. Papp Sebastian Georgian Post author

    Have u ever had a client in luxury industry? For example I have more than 100 articles on a new blog platform that is around one year up and still having only 3k visitors a month dude

  8. Sachin Sharma Post author

    Thanks Neil. Let's say one article on dogs links to cat and the cat article links to dogs. Isn't this cyclic nature bad for seo, even if the linking is relevant?

  9. Dimitar Margaritov Post author

    I got my first client just recently. My goal is to create a consulting company, but I am afraid I was practicing for longer than necessary. The problem is that clients will usually want to see a portfolio with a good ROI and it is hard, if not impossible to create something like this if you are just starting out or if you dont want to invest thousands upfront. I started learning SEO with a travel blog I launched at the time in 2014, but the problem was I was doing everything by myself and learning on the go and it got no where. However, I am thinking of revisiting this project soon now that my SEO skills and knowledge has greatly improved over the last couple of years and start rebuilding it again while hustling to build my consulting company or working in-house within an agency.

  10. frizel francis Post author

    Hey Neil can you post a video about the recent updates in DM and how to deal with it?

  11. Adeel Khan Post author

    Neil, I have a question.

    How to write the content as I am having issues, I have been trying to create a post,. It took me more than 2 weeks.

    Any quick tips.

  12. Don TEE Post author

    When you say "linking with other sites" or "backlinks" does it just mean the other sites sharing your links on their social media platform or having your link on their site?

  13. Sondarva Hardik Post author

    sir you are from gujarat ….???? because of u R patel…so that..

  14. sagar vk Post author

    what is the best and fastest hosting for website built with php?

  15. Rishi Bhardwaj Post author

    Hi Neil, I have my website made with, what is your opinion about doing SEO for such website. Will my site ever achieve the same level of SEO as a WordPress site? Please guide what methods should I use to SEO organically on a WIX site.

  16. Rishi Bhardwaj Post author

    I forgot to add that you are the most straightforward person for SEO, I have followed others but they try to hide the key thing/tricks and we have to figure it out ourselves, but you are different. Thanks for providing such useful information.

  17. Srinivas Naik Post author

    Hi Neil, I have a doubt, YouTube has 10k views limits to get ads through Adsense but is there any limits for blogspot?? Please answer

  18. Reena Rawal Shah Post author

    This video is simply awesome. It covers main points in one go. Loved it! Thanks, Neil Patel.

  19. Local SEO Post author

    Hey Neil. This video is really great as always. Can you tell us what kind of link building strategy will rule on 2018. As we know google always changed their algorithm. For example, ssl is not an important factor earlier but at the end of 2017 it's an ranking factor. Waiting for your valuable reply.

  20. Greg C Post author

    I've got a great SEO keyword tool on my channel if anyone wants to check it out.

  21. Md Sk Johnny Post author

    Thanks Neil for something new idea about SEO. You talk about cross-linking, but Is it safe for ranking or maintain backlink similarity or related?

  22. T. Thomas Post author

    If they link with an affiliate link to your website, does it count as a back link ?

  23. noman siddiqi Post author

    Please make a tutorial on complete SEO Audit or SEO friendly layout or ecommerce SEO friendly website building .

  24. noman siddiqi Post author

    I just want to know when client come to in our Office and Request us for his website SEO . So How we deal them. Step by step Strategy to handle client and I will show him his website problems.

  25. aftershock604 Post author

    How realistic is it to make SEO an at home job, at least part time or a supplement to income? With no experience? How difficult is to generate money using this skill?

  26. Idil mohammed Post author

    Thanks Neil!! This video was really helpful.

  27. pradeep kumar Post author

    how much time it will take to get traffic on a blog when I follow seo

  28. Ravi kumar Post author

    I want to change my channel in middle. Its effect my video views, video ranking?

  29. Kuriocity Post author

    iwanna have an english command just like you <3

  30. Manunur Rashid Post author

    It's really more helpful for us……Thanks Neil Patel
    Please make a video for Google Algorithm update.

  31. Pritam Chougale Post author

    The funny part is 90% of us know all this stuff already yet we keep watching Neil's videos.

  32. Dimitar Ivanov Post author

    Would my wp blog be slow if I used shared (the cheapest) webhosting?

    P.S. Thanks for the short but very informational video

  33. Sonnia Ribeiro Intérprete Educacional Post author

    Thanks for the tips, Neil!
    I am your follower in Brazil.
    And thank you for capturing the videos in Portuguese from Brazil!

  34. DigitalSujit Advertising Agency Post author

    Wow very nice video toward seo

  35. Maneysh Sharma Post author

    Hello Neil

    I have just made a website for a kids water park in Dubai for my client, would request you for some real good tips to market the site and generate more traffic, please suggest appropriate ways.
    Thank you

  36. Dicas de Móveis do Montador Post author

    Obrigado, pelo conteúdo rico em informação, eu desejo muita saúde a voce e para todos que trabalham ao seu lado!

  37. Gary H Post author

    Some great advice from Neil I have watched his videos and learned a lot thanks

  38. TutorialLab Post author

    Hello Neil, great informative video. I have a question.
    can you point out advance methods of SEO? because I read tons of comments here, and one person was talking about advance SEO, can you point out, what's in advance SEO?
    thank you 🙂

  39. April San Miguel Post author

    Thank you so much for all of your videos they have been extremely helpful to me for my small business.

    My company is a service/local type of business I offer mobile notary public services. I currently have only GMB website.

    I would love your opinion on if I should get a website as well? I have purchased my business name domain through Go Daddy and I have that link to GMB. I

    ’m sure you must get asked a ton of questions and any advice you can provide I would greatly appreciate.

  40. Asma Siddiqua Post author

    Hey Neil, miss your this kinda single video where you don't share the screen. Hope we will get such video soon.

  41. YasseR YassiN Post author

    Hi Neil
    I'm writing a blog about On-Page SEO and I would like to use the infographics you have on your website under this blog.
    I'm linking it fully to your website and mention that I got this from this particular post from your website.
    hope I'll get your approval on that and I'll share my blog with you as soon as I get it done, hope you can give me a bit of advice as I'm just starting my content making journey.


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