SEO can be hard (and dare I say, annoying?). But, when you start doing the right training, it gets easier and you will have meetings like this:
And developers will have this thought process
This is when SEO runs like a well-oiled machine.
Here are 5 tips to deliver training that starts you on the path to run like a well-oiled machine:
1. Train project teams on the 20% of SEO that drives 80% of the impact. That's it. They don't need to be bonafide SEO experts.
2. Give useful job aids (checklists, decision worksheets, etc.). I see too many generic checklists, that are broad-stroked general best practices that are hard to translate for non-SEOs. To get you thinking differently about how you can equip your non-SEO Teams with the right tools, here is a list I created for project teams attending my online Technical SEO Course. Notice, they are based on the questions project teams ask themselves, in everyday scenarios:
3. Design training to fit in their schedule. Too often when SEO teams give training, a very small percent of project teams show up (and even fewer developers). Consider smaller lessons. As an example, for the online technical SEO course I created SEO lessons that fit into coffee breaks, see the sneak-peek list here for ideas.
4. Stop talking about Panda, Penguin and algorithm changes. These are important, but only to SEO practitioners - your developers, product managers, BAs, etc. will find it interesting, but not actionable. One of the rules when I train non-SEO Teams is: I don’t talk about specific algorithm updates, because these roles don’t need to know them. If they only remember 3 things from the course, I don’t want them to be a Google update.
5. Teach through examples, not concepts and best practices. When I audit SEO operations at companies, I look at training materials and too often it’s just SEO best practices on slide-after-slide-after-slide (WHAT A BORE!). Mine used to be like that years ago, it didn’t work. Now, I give a lot of examples. It takes a LONG TIME TO FIND GOOD EXAMPLES. Over the years, I created an SEO hall of fame that I use when teaching SEO to non-SEO teams. For example, when describing how to do pagination, you can teach the best practices, but also show how it's being implemented on REI.
You could tinker with your training decks, keep chasing projects, begging for training time, or, you could invest in an Online Turnkey SEO Training System for Project Teams, specifically designed for enterprise-level technical challenges and time restrictions.
You could have the meetings and thought processes described above... Imagine easy SEO collaboration in Oct, Nov, Dec - and an SEO army of 10-100+ people thinking about SEO in 2015.
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