John Mueller of Google posted a set of posts on Twitter the other day that deserve to be highlighted around the concept of basic SEO and if that makes it easy or not. In short, just because some SEO is basic and easy to understand, it does not mean it is easy work.

John said “At its core, technical SEO is (imo) extremely “basic.” The basics are critical. The advanced part is doing that at scale, and combining the elements strategically. Also, “basic” does not mean these things are easy or always obvious.” He expanded on this saying that he prefers people ask the basic SEO questions than not. And also he sees basic SEO questions being asked as a sign that more people are getting into SEO.

Here are those tweets:

Sadly, in our industry, and I assume others as well, even basic principles are misunderstood and misinterpreted. So hearing the answers from the source, again and again, I think is helpful. Even if it is not new…

Most of the concepts in SEO are fundamentally basic. But like John said, on some sites and some configurations, implementing those basics can be a huge and complex challenge. The implementation is part of the SEO skillset you need and often that requires asking questions, if you don’t have the experience.

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