With most of us working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve got a little more time on our hands that we can spend for something else rather than getting stuck in traffic. We have more time to spend with our family, catch up on our favorite shows, and do some home cleaning. As much as it is the perfect time for leisure, it is also the perfect time to sharpen our skills as SEOs.
There are a lot of free resources online that you could just go right now and finish at your own pace. I’ve curated some of the most notable platforms that are guaranteed to bring value to you whether you are an SEO expert, a business owner, or someone who is just starting out.
Google Digital Garage
Google Digital Garage is a free platform by Google that offers more than a hundred free courses. The course topics range from digital marketing to web development and career development. Some courses were created by Google themselves while some are from popular universities. All of these courses are free and there also certification courses that are available.
Inside the Google Digital Garage, there is also a section for webinars that you could register for. Right now, Google Digital Garage is also offering free training for those that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You could see it under the “Remote Work” section.
Google Skill Shop
Google Skillshop is another free training platform by Google but is more catered for people who are looking to learn how to use Google products such as Google Analytics, Google Marketing Platforms, Google Ads, Google My Business, and Waze ads.
These courses are designed by Google product experts themselves and it comes in with free certification that you could add on your resume.
Moz has a whole library of SEO courses for those who are just beginning to learn SEO or those who are already experts and would want to know more. Moz courses cost from 49 dollars to 595 dollars but right now, in an effort to help those that are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Moz has opened its library to everyone for free until May 31. Accessing Moz Academy is easy. Just create an account or use your existing Moz account (you don’t have to be a Moz SEO tool used to access this) and use their promo code “wegotthis” on all of their courses.
SEMRush’s free learning platform has courses that are perfect for learning the fundamentals of SEO. SEMRush Academy also includes courses on how to maximize SEMRush tools that is beneficial if you are a SEMRush user. These free SEO courses come with an official SEMRush certificate which is a great addition to your resume since SEMRush is one of the most popular SEO software in the industry.
Shopify is one of the most popular e-commerce platforms in the world and they are offering courses on setting up an e-commerce site through Shopify, SEO for e-commerce, and growing your business.
The COVID-19 pandemic just showed how important it is to have an e-commerce website with most physical stores unable to operate due to quarantine. This is a great opportunity if you are a business owner to learn more about how you could transform your business digitally.
Hubspot, popular for their inbound marketing, sales, and CRM software, also has a huge library of courses and certifications. You could find a wide variety of topics about SEO, inbound marketing, content marketing, copywriting, sales, and even design. All of their courses and certifications are free.
Hubspot Academy is a great platform if you want to be a well-rounded online marketer and the certifications also help in improving your career. If you are a business owner, inbound marketing is a strategy that you should highly consider in your marketing strategy and training your team through Hubspot is a great way to start.
WordPress is one of the most SEO-friendly platforms if you want to build a website and Yoast is one of the most popular SEO plugins for WordPress. Yoast Academy has lessons on SEO and how to use WordPress for beginners. Some of the courses are free but some paid courses are accessible as well through a free trial.
SEO Hacker School
I started the SEO Hacker blog to share all of my learnings from my experiments when I was learning how to do SEO for myself. 10 years later, I am blessed to still be writing and sharing my learnings through this blog. But aside from the SEO Hacker blog, our team also created an SEO school if you want more in-depth lessons. We have a lot of free courses available. All you have to do is register and you can access them immediately.
All of these resources that are listed are free and easily accessible with your laptop through the internet. These are all self-paced courses that you could finish at your own time. This gives you no reason to make an excuse to learn more and sharpen your skills.
Choosing what we do in our free time is crucial in our personal growth and career growth. We might feel like we have more time in our hands with everyone working remotely, but we still only have 24 hours a day. It is always best that we do something productive with our free time and continue to add value to ourselves.