SEO and Ranking Foundations

Using SEO techniques to rank in Google and other search engines is essential for the success of any online business.  I got SEO and ranking foundations training from Wealthy Affiliate 8 years ago, and I’m working as a full-time affiliate marketer as a result.  Their techniques work.

In this 5-part training series from the experts at Wealthy Affiliate, you’ll learn everything you need to know about creating content that will not only be loved by your readers, but loved by the search engines as well! affiliate disclosure

seo courseSEO and Ranking Foundations

This SEO course includes the following SEO optimization classes:

Class #1: Beginner’s Guide to Ranking in Search.  Your website has two audiences:  1) your readers and 2) search engines.  Doing SEO correctly helps interested readers to find your website online.  In this class, the instructor will go through all aspects of SEO and show you some best practices to get your website off the ground, whether it’s a new website, or a seasoned website.

I have found that having an equal balance between “writing for Google” and “writing for people” provides the most success in rankings.  Follow the SEO techniques you learn in this class, but also remember you’re posts are being read by real people.  Make it interesting, engaging and helpful for your reader!

Class #2:  SEO Foundations – On-Page SEO.  Optimizing your website for SEO can be challenging if you don’t undertand the basic guidelines.  In this live class, the instructor will walk you through the core elements of on-page SEO and how it can drastically increase your website traffic from the search engines while also creating a great experience for your readers.

When I was new af affiliate marketing, I had an SEO Checklist posted on the wall above my computer.  I had to refer to that list every time I wrote a post so I wouldn’t forget the SEO steps Wealthy Affiliate taught me.  I don’t need the list anymore, but I’m sure you’ll benefit from making a list for yourself.  At the end of this post, I’ll give you a link to a printable SEO checklist you can use if you like.

Class #3:  SEO Foundations – Off-Page SEO.  Off-page SEO has gotten a bad reputation for being a form of manipulating search engines to cheat or game the system somehow.  This class will show you otherwise!  The instructor will walk you through how you can improve your off-page SEO strategies ethically.

Stress the word, “ethically.”  I’ve never been any sort of spammer, but over the years I think I made some mistakes following the advice of people on YouTube (who didn’t know what they were talking about!) to get more traffic and sales.  Take this particular training to heart.  It’ll save you a ton of grief in the long run.  Trust me on this.

Class #4:  SEO Foundations – Internal Linking Posts.  Internal links are extremely under utilized as an SEO strategy.  In this class, you’ll learn about how internal links work and you can use internal linking to drive relevant traffic to all pages of your website.

I’ve always known that you should have at least one internal link in each of your posts.  An internal link is a link to another post on your website that is relevant.  This may seem difficult in the beginning, but once you get more and more posts written, you’ll find you have plenty of posts to choose from to use as internal links.

But here’s something I learned just recently.  Not only does having internal links raise your ranking potential in the posts you write, but it also raises the ranking potential for the post whose link you’re inserting.  Apparently, if any post on your website isn’t linked again somewhere else on your site, Google may interpret that as meaning that post isn’t that great.  I’m not 100% sure this is true.  But I’ve been going through all of my posts to make sure each has been used as an internal link somewhere on my site.

Class #5:  SEO Foundations – Using Search Console for SEO. Google search console provides data regarding various elements of your website.  This can be a very powerful asset for you.  In this class, the instructor will walk you through everything you need to know to harness the power of Google search console.

To be honest, I’ve found the process of using and analytizing data on Google search console downright mind-numbing over the years.  I use Google console on a regular basis to make sure my content is indexed, ranking, and doesn’t have any errors that would hurt my site.  But I know I also need to take more classes on Wealthy Affiliate for this.  When I started 8 years ago, I don’t think they had detailed training on this.  But now that they do, I need to take this particular class right along with you!

You can watch this entire training series for free with Wealthy Affiliate’s 14-day trial.  seo course

Search Engine Optimization Training

There’s a ton of training at Wealthy Affiliate, both free and paid, regarding Search Engine Optimization.  Here are a couple trainings you might like to check out:

25 Points Before You Hit the Publish Button (this is from one of my favorite instructors!)

SEO Checklist Cheat Sheet (includes printable list plus instructions)

You might also like to check out this training series, Outranking Your Competition in Google.

About Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate has an enormous amount of training available for affiliate marketers and people who work online or want to have their own online business.  You can read my full review of Wealthy Affiliate HERE.

Wealthy AffiliateHow Much Does Wealthy Affiliate Cost?

Wealthy Affiliate offers a Free Starter Membership, a Premium Membership, and a Premium Plus Membership.

The Free Starter Membership contains several beginner classes and includes a free website and free (top knotch!) WordPress website hosting.

The Premium Membership contains continued training – enough to learn how to create a full-blown, full-time online business (like I did!).  It costs $49 per month, or $497 per year.  You can watch the training series I’ve described for free with their 14-day trial.  For a complete overview of everything included in the Premium Membership, read my review HERE.  

The Premium Plus Membership contains far more advanced, specialized training. It costs $99 per month, or $697 per year.  You can access the Premium Plus classes for free by signing up for the Free Starter Membership, then utilizing the 14-day free trial of the Premium Plus Membership.

Wealthy Affiliate always lets you try before you buy.  It’s one of the reasons they’ve become one of the most trusted affiliate marketing training platforms available online!

Wealthy Affiliate Memberships

seo courseThis is How I Started

Wealthy Affiliate taught me how to become a full-time affiliate marketer.  I signed up for Wealthy Affiliate’s Free Starter Membership back in 2015 to learn how to do affiliate marketing.  As of the date of this post, it’s been seven years and I’m still doing it.  I chose to do affiliate marketing as my full-time job, but you can certainly do it as a part-time business or side hustle to earn extra money.  Regardless, the training at Wealthy Affiliate will show you how to be successful.


Please feel free to comment below with any questions about SEO and ranking, and let me know if there are other topics you’d like training on. I’m happy to help! Debra

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