In a previous article, I was sharing how I learned SEO. But how long did it take me to get a “good understanding”? I sat down and went through my Toggl time recordings.
The answer: It took me 2.5 weeks (94 hours) to get a hang on basic SEO.
And ever since I spend 4 hours weekly in order to keep up to date with recent changes.
Let’s derivate how much time I spent at each step:
|Step||What actions did I take?||Hours spent initially||Hours spent per week|
|Step 1: SEO for beginners guides||Read two beginners guides.|
MOZ guide: 7 hours
Google starter guide: 5 hours
|Step 2: Understand Content Marketing||Take the Hubspot Content class and prepare for exam||40 hours|
|Step 3: Understand the basics of website analytics||Took the free Google Analytics for Beginners class and creating trial reports||8 hours|
|Step 4: Learn some HTML and CSS||Took the HTML and CSS class at Cibernarium. Each 2 hours of class and 3 hours of self training per course||10 hours|
|Step 5: Get your hands dirty – do a basic SEO audit||Conducted a SEO audit for a friend. It took me 3 working days.||24 hours|
|Step 6: Keep up to date||Listen to SEO Podcast: ~ 1.5 hours per week|
Read Newsletters and blogs: 2 hours per week
Attend Meet-ups: 2 hours per month (equals 0.5 hours per week)
|Total hours spent||94 hours initially||4 hours weekly|
The grid above doesn’t include all the detours I took when attending classes that didn’t add value to my learning path.
Alright, that’s it. Stay persistent and curious. And send all recommendations to learn SEO my way.