My Tech SEO Story Through FCDC - The Freelance Coalition for Developing Countries
Updated: Jun 8
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a common term in content marketing. How about Technical SEO?
Well, Technical SEO is an aspect of SEO that deals with website optimization to boost business visibility for visitors and search engines.
Technical SEO is a specialized field that few people pursue. In fact, I've heard that most specialists stumbled into the profession and later discovered it to be interesting. Some of them were not technically inclined nor studied any computer-related courses.
But now I'm also learning Tech SEO. So, how did it happen?
Brief Highlight of How My Tech SEO Started
I graduated as a biology educationist with a strong desire to impact others with valuable knowledge. After a few years, I transitioned into a career I'd desired since I was 16 years old: freelancing.
I'd heard about it, but no one was there to hold my hand and show me how. Eventually, I began working as a content writer and was intensely focused on my development, which caused me to get addicted to LinkedIn. My development as a content writer has been a self-taught experience that I deeply value.
As usual, I went to LinkedIn to check if there were any opportunities that I might take advantage of regarding my career growth.
I came across Chima Mmeje's piece about her recent call with Aleyda Solis and tech SEO.
I promptly filled out the form and wrote my story with sincerity.
In her next LinkedIn post, she stated that she would notify both the successful and unsuccessful applicants in a few weeks' time..
Then, one day, I was sitting in my room, trying to finish up an article.
My phone beeped, and it was a call from a friend I also regard as a boss. Sodiq called and said, "You applied for Chima's FCDC, tech SEO, right" "Yes, what's going on?" I said.
I cheered and screamed when he informed me to check my mail and that I had been selected. You can't imagine the joy that flooded my heart. Then my Google workspace, which generally opens quickly, appeared to be sluggish this time. I accessed my email and discovered the message. I jumped and almost burst into tears.
But wait, there's more.
Let's see what happens!
My First Learning Phase in Technical SEO
Our congratulatory message came with an instruction that goes like this:
For the next three weeks, you'll be taking the following steps;
- Take the Blue Array SEO course
- Take the Semrush Tech SEO course
- Familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of tech SEO under learningseo.io
- Take note of anything you don't understand so you can raise it with Aleyda.
At this point, the journey has started being an interesting and overwhelming one. But, thank God for Twitter. I started posting as regards my new career.
Then I heard about Women In Tech SEO, one of the best SEO communities developed by Areej Abuali. The community also aided my development. It astounded me how willing individuals were to assist. I'd run out of time if I tried to name everyone who helped with every question I posted. I call the community a safe and healthy place to grow.
Most importantly, Chima structured every aspect of the training perfectly by inviting enthusiastic SEOs to share their experiences with us. She brought in SEOs like
Crystal Carter, Head of SEO communications, Wix.com.
Areej Abuali, Founder of Women in Tech SEO.
Miracle Inameti-Archibong, Organic Performance Lead at Money Supermarket.
Simon Schnieders, Founder of Blue Array SEO.
Sam Torres, Chief Digital Officer, The Gray Dot Company.
Claudio Eduardo Cabrera, VP of Newsroom Strategy at the Athletic.
Amanda T Jordan, Director of Strategy at RicketyRoo
Rejoice Ojiaku, SEO Account Manager at Starcom
Mike King, Founder of iPullRank
Luke Carthy, eCommerce SEO & CRO Consultant
And we were all blown away by their inspiring stories.
Our confidence grew, and everyone was ready to overcome any hurdles.
Then, on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022, we began our mentoring session with Aleyda Solis, an SEO expert. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that no one should pass up.
Our first class with Aleyda convinced me that I could execute technical SEO because she commenced with the most crucial elements of SEO. She asked us to drop any SEO doubts and questions we had a few days before the class. And I could see how she addressed our queries even as she lectured.
Everything became crystal clear, and I grasped the best technical SEO technique. The enthusiasm Aleyda brought to the class convinced me that I could do it, and we finished with tasks.
Believe me; it's easy to learn new skills when passionate about what you do. Although technical SEO necessitates studying articles, watching videos, and visualizations, it is achievable with proper time management.
I won't forget to also mention members of the SEO community that gifted us some of the best SEO tools like Screaming Frog, Neural Text, SEMrush, Content Harmony, etc. These tools allow us to crawl as an SEO expert.
I'll be sharing more of my stories here.
Keep an eye out!