Looking for a career change? Interested in search engine optimization? If so, then this article is for you. I’m going to provide you with info that you hopefully find useful. By the end of this article, you might be ready start your journey towards landing a job in the SEO industry.
With all that said, read on to find out how to get an SEO job, as well as other info that can help you.
Reasons To Get An SEO Job
Although there are many reasons you should apply for search engine optimization jobs, I think there are three that standout of the crowd. Those reasons are:
1. Good Pay- Landing an SEO job means the potential to earn some decent money. I know “decent money” to some people might not be much to others. However, I do think it pays well, and this includes entry SEO jobs. That being said, the average salary in the UK for an SEO specialist is around £24,100 per year; While in the USA, the average salary appears to be around $54,000 per year.
2. Work From Anywhere- Becoming an expert in search engine optimization means having a skill that allows you to work anywhere. Most major countries have companies that are always looking for search engine optimization specialists. You can find work in America, the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, India and the list goes on. You get the idea.
On that note, you could possibly find companies that are looking to bring aboard an SEO expert who can work from home.
3. It Ain’t Going Anywhere- As of the way things look, SEO isn’t going anywhere. Sure, the industry is always changing and you have to consistently remain updated on the latest happenings, but in general it is here to stay. . . At least for now. And this means as long as it is around, there will always be businesses that need someone who knows the ropes of SEO.
Let’s face it, SEO isn’t going anywhere. At least it’s not anytime soon, and SEO specialists can make good money and work pretty much anywhere.
Five Tips To Help You Land An SEO Job
And now for the fun part; landing a job in the search engine optimization sector. Below are five tips you can take action on to help you out:
1. Learn The Basics: If you’re a complete newbie and have never actually dabbled in search engine optimization, then it’s time to nail down the basics. Learn about the basics and implement what you learnt by building your own blog or website.
What you want to learn about includes keyword selection, content creation around keywords, social media marketing, best link building practices and using appropriate meta-tags. There is so much to learn about SEO, but the learning the very basics can give you a solid foundation.
2. Build A Portfolio: You should build a portfolio. Think of your portfolio as your resume, but specifically catered to SEO jobs. A portfolio is something you can show prospective employers. Lucky for you, creating one isn’t as hard as you may think.
How To Build A Portfolio: Building an online portfolio does take a bit of work and effort. It’s not something that will happen overnight. In fact, it’s likely going to take you a few hours per week and at least 3-6 months before your portfolio is impressive enough to increase your odds of landing an SEO jobs. You’ll see what I mean in the next paragraph.
First, become familiar with WordPress and create at least 3-4 small blogs/websites with WordPress. Second, implement SEO best practices such as researching niches, researching keywords to use for content on your blogs/websites, a bit of social media marketing and so on. Third, work on your site using SEO best practices a few times per week.
After a few months of consistent work, traffic should (hopefully) pick up for your site. When this happens, then congrats because you now have a successful portfolio you can show prospective employers.
I know I’m making the whole build a portfolio thing sound easy, but it is work, work and more work. Even if you don’t have a huge amount of traffic to your site, you might still impress a prospective employer enough that they want to take you on as an entry-level SEO specialist.
3. Use Various Resources To Find Jobs: There are so many resources you can use to locate jobs in the search engine optimization. If you want to get an SEO job, then use as many sources as possible. This includes:
. Googling “SEO agencies” and check out agencies’ websites
. Checking out job sites
. Browsing help-wanted ads on websites
Those are only a few places to go about finding companies looking to hire a search engine optimization specialist.
4. Go For Entry SEO Jobs: If you’ve never held down a job as an search engine optimization expert, then go for entry level jobs. You might come across a place that is even willing to train you from the ground-up. However, having some experience behind you or you can demonstrate you know the basics of SEO and have a portfolio to back you up, then landing an entry SEO job is possible.
Just make sure the entry-level jobs you’re looking at are paid positions. You don’t want to be required to do a bunch of work and not get paid for it. Yes, gaining the experience will be nice, but at the end of the day you want to get paid for your time.
5. Take SEO Courses: To improve your chances of landing an SEO job, you should take search engine optimization courses. There are plenty of free courses out there, but there are also courses you can pay for. Take a couple of courses to help you nail down the basics and the more advanced stuff.
List Of SEO Jobs
There are SEO jobs around the world that are hiring. Below are just a few jobs currently hiring, so apply for them if you’re interested. This short list is to just give you an idea of what’s out there. That being said, a few search engine optimization jobs that are currently out there include:
Those are only a handful of companies currently (at the time of this writing) looking to fill positions in the SEO area.
Landing an SEO job might not be the easiest thing in the world to do for some people; However, you never know if you can do it unless you give it a go. Good luck if you decide to pursue this path.