What first drew you to the SEO industry? I first got into SEO as a way to make a few extra bucks part time. I had been dabbling with internet marketing for a while, I’ve tried kindle ebooks, amazon FBA and a few other things but nothing grabbed my attention like SEO when I found out about it for affiliate sites. I started building my own sites and learning about SEO from blogs and podcasts until it became a true passion.
What encouraged you to join Gotch SEO Academy and learn with us? At first I was hesitant. I had been buying and going through multiple online courses (most on SEO) during the past few years, but very few of them had proven to be really valuable. The majority of them had very basic info and a messy structure. I’m a pretty organized dude and I hate scattered information, that’s probably one of the main reason I buy online training programs, to have everything structured and organized. That said, I had been following Nathan and his blog for a while and I really liked the way he writes and explains things. I considered him one of the few SEO bloggers I could really trust, and decided to give his course a shot.
What has the value of a Gotch SEO Academy education meant to you? The true value of the Gotch SEO Academy for me has been the easy to follow structure. I like the short and digestible videos, the pdf workflows, the excel spreadsheets and now I feel like I finally have a framework of the whole SEO process that I can apply in every industry no matter the topic or niche. A few other things I really enjoy and find valuable are the community and the support by Nathan himself. The Facebook group is always very active and I use it whenever I need quick info on something. Nathan is also active in the group which makes it even better. You basically have access to one of the best SEOs in the industry (and I consider him one of the best along with guys like Brian Dean and Ryan Stewart). This alone is worth the price!
Other than all this, I immediately took action with what I learned in Gotch SEO Academy on one of my affiliate sites, all I’m going to say is that from the past year I’ve gotten a 380% increase in organic traffic.
The site went from making $100-200/month to $1000+/month on autopilot. Not bad at all!
What are your plans for the future? I just resigned from my full time job this month and starting November 10th I’ll finally be working on SEO full time (been doing it as a side hustle for the past 3 years). I want to transition into client SEO to increase my cash flow and try new things. I’ve created my SEO agency website (if needed https://blackswandigital.net) where I blog and provide SEO services for a particular niche.
Is there any advice you’d like to share with new students who are aspiring SEOs? The most important thing I can say to new students and aspiring SEOs, is to “take action on what you learn”. That’s really the number 1 thing, Information is NOTHING if you don’t use it, plus, the more you take action, the more (inevitably) you’ll fail, the more you’ll fail, the more you’ll learn and gain confidence. It’s just the only way… with the Gotch SEO Academy, you’ll just fail much less!