This is my honest Stupid Stimple SEO course review. It’s a course created by Mike Pearson and is popular amongst bloggers. But does it work and can it help you?
When I started my blogging journey, i relied heavily on Pinterest. After all it helped me get nearly 50,000 pageviews a month, after 3 months of blogging.
And while Pinterest is still a favorite traffic source of mine, I started to fall in love with SEO.
I started devouring every bit of information I could get my hands on regarding search engine optimization.
I found a few great tutorials for free and even developed an SEO plan that helped me get a good amount of traffic from google. But it was still minimal compared to my Pinterest traffic.
However, a new course had just come out called Stupid Simple SEO. I was interested, but the price seemed kind of high for the small amount of income I was making at the time.
After debating for a few days, I finally pulled the trigger and signed up for Mike Pearson course, hoping I wouldn’t be let down. And I kid you not, it is hands down one of my favorite blogging courses I have EVER taken.
And this is a big deal coming from a course junkie. I love learning new things and have taken tons of blogging and business courses.
I have purchased and take dozens of blogging courses. And this is easily in the top 3 of most useful and best blogging courses I’ve ever taken.
Here, I’ll show you what Stupid Simple SEO course is and if you should take it.
What is Stupid Simple SEO
Stupid Simple SEO is a blogger focused course that is designed to help bloggers who want to rank in google understand and implement search engine optimization.
It’s a course that is frequently updated and keeps up with Google’s constantly changing algorithms.
But does it deliver?
The Beginning of Stupid Simple SEO
I’ll admit I “met” Mike Pearson before Stupid Simple SEO the course was created.
He ran in several of the professional blogging facebook groups I was in and was always cheery and helpful whenever newer bloggers were asking questions about Google and SEO.
Everyone loved is helpful advice and begged him to create a guide to help lay everything out in an easy to follow manner for those non-techies amongst us. (Which I’ll admit, was a very large percentage.)
He agreed and after a few months asked us what information we wanted specifically. When he announced his course, there was so much commotion.
Everyone was talking about it, and bloggers were literally begging him to take their money and help them level up their blogging strategy.
I’ll be honest, I opted to not purchase his course during the initial launch. I had already promised myself not to purchase any more courses at the time until I had finished some of the others on my list. (again, I’m a blogging course junkie!)
His course opened, hundreds of bloggers enrolled, and his course closed.
Within a week or two my blogging accountability group was raving about his course. They would not stop talking about it!
I felt like I had already learned quite a bit of SEO and didn’t really need any more beginner courses on the subject.
But their constant enthusiasm over the course started to eat at my curiosity.
Here is a post one of my friends had posted:
And this is a super candid, intimate, honest group that talks about all the things that are working for us, and the things that aren’t.
I knew she stood 100% behind her statements. The blocked out part included the next launch dates that aren’t relevant anymore.
Could this course really be that good?
Anyway, his second launch, the price had gone up. I thought there was no way I was going to spend that money on a gamble. It just wasn’t a smart move.
On the very last day of the enrollment, I caved at the last second and purchased the course.
I just had to see what all the fuss was about.
First Impression of The Stupid Simple SEO Course
Within minutes I was in the course and watching his videos. My mind was blown!
There was so much information in each section that I kept having tiny epiphanies as to what I should do next.
I suddenly saw so much new potential for each of my blog posts.
I’ll admit the sheer amount of information was a bit overwhelming at first. But I spent 2 hours that night going through it and was able to develop an entire action plan to work on for the next day.
It was pretty amazing to see so much brand new information.
What the Course Gives You
Step by step actions to take to make your on-page & off-page SEO better!
Seriously, the videos are so easy to follow. There is no guesswork.
He shows you how to:
- Structure your blog posts in a way that helps Google understand your ideal keywords
- Figure out what kinds of keywords you should target (and which ones lead to higher sales)
- How to scope out your competitors to figure out what you should be trying to rank for in Google
- Tools to use to help you grow (both paid ones and free alternatives)
- How to get backlinks from other smaller and similar sites
- How to get backlinks and mentions on bigger sites (Many of the other students have gotten links from sites like Yahoo Finance, HuffPost, The Penny Hoarder, and quite a few other, very large reputable sites)
- Gain authority in Googles eyes and what steps to take to improve your “EAT” (A big update on googles algorithm)
Plus, it’s all in very plain English!
No tech speak! It’s delivered in easy to understand language.
You yourself will feel very advanced after taking the course.
You can read more details on the specifics over at the main page.
But Does It Work??
Before I enrolled in Stupid Simple SEO I relied almost exclusively on Pinterest for my traffic.
I felt I could work Pinterest pretty well. But, there were times when traffic would drop suddenly. Or those times that Pinterest accidentally suspended my account for a few weeks.
So I went back and restructured my posts on my parenting blog using his recommendations and started seeing results very quickly!
Being a blogger with several blogs, I am an experimenter at heart. I love trying new things and seeing if they work.
When they do work, I like to turn my focus and see if they work again.
This time I tried focusing on my newer craft and recipe blog. I started it in April, and within 8 months I’ve seen great results for a new site.
Of course, the clicks themselves are super low still. But it’s a really young site and just started to get backlinks.
I have hope as it matures it will just keep getting better. It’s all seasonal content, so it’ll be interesting to see how things pan out.
To be honest, my long term goal with these sites are to let them build up and then flip them.
Not Traffic but Income
Another thing I’d like to point out is that the course has helped me raise my income.
Instead of focusing on increasing my traffic with high volume keywords, I learned how to optimize my posts that have a high ROI.
It’s one of the reasons I made over $900 last month in income for affiliate sales on a couple of courses I love.
Basically they only get a handful of views per day, but they rank #1 in Google for words I want them to and have excellent conversion rates. (Which means lots of sales!)
The Best Part of Stupid Simple SEO
One of the best parts (other than the awesome video tutorials for everything) is the facebook group!
Usually, I’m not very impressed with course facebook groups.
But Mike’s group is so much different. He is always in there answer questions and even asking them to see what he can do to make the course better.
On several occasions, hed ask what we wanted to see and then came back and added bonus videos to help show us specialty tasks.
He even walked us through setting up his newest website to show step by step his planning and implementation process to structure the site for best practice regarding SEO.
Plus all the other members are super supportive and love jumping in and answering questions and what has gotten them results.
It’s also all white hat techniques. No shady or scary advice here! He’ll even warn you of the “tricks” others have tried to hack their way to the top. Then you can know what techniques to avoid too!
Who Is This Course For?
This course is best for bloggers who have been blogging for at least a few months.
It is definitely not a beginner blogger course.
It’s much easier to understand and go through the steps if you have a website to start with.
(Although several times during the course I suddenly wanted to start more blogs from scratch using his suggestions!!)
The One Thing I’d Change
Of course, no course is perfect, and I try to make it a point to always mention something that isn’t so positive.
In this case, the one thing I could point out, is that Mike talks super sloooow in the videos. (Sorry Mike!)
I tend to feel pressed for time, and slow videos do NOT work out for me. But there was a quick and simple solution.
In the course, you can click the settings button in the right lower corner and speed up the video 1.5x and this was perfect for me!
I got through the content a little faster, but was still able to slow it down when I really needed to focus on a few of the more complex ideas. (Like figuring out the excel sheets/google sheets, but he goes through ALL of that!)
Who Shouldn’t Take Stupid Simple SEO
Someone with no experience blogging.
Even Mike himself has stated his course shouldn’t be taken by newbie bloggers.
They’d be better off learning about Pinterest first, as SEO is a long term game.
You should also not take this course if you don’t have the time to implement the actions he gives you.
Unfortunately, to see results you do have to do quite a bit of work to get everything optimized for search engines.
The bottom line, this course is one of the best blogging courses I’ve ever taken. No lie. No exaggeration.
It’s why I wish everyone would forget about it. Because a bunch of my competitors are in the class and I don’t want any more knowledgeable competition. 😂
You get step by step instructions to improve the content you have and an outline on how to structure your posts in the future to get more traffic and rank for words you never thought possible. (At least that what happened for me.)
Go check it out. You will NOT regret it. Here is the link to the course with all the info. If it’s not open, make sure to sign up for his the free video training! It’s packed with so much good (free) tidbits!