Being a woman in SEO with Areej AbuAli from Women in Tech SEO.

This episode of the SEO Podcast by #SEOSLY features a special guest – Areej AbuAli from Women in Tech SEO and Crawlina.

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In this episode of the SEO Podcast by #SEOSLY, host Olga Zarr sits down with special guest Areej AbuAli, founder of Women in Tech SEO and owner of SEO consultancy Crawlina.

Based in the UK, I’m the Founder of Crawlina, an SEO Consultancy, where I focus on all things technical and on-site SEO. Prior to that, I worked client-side and agency-side across the property, health, fashion, retail and travel industry. The bigger and messier a site is, the happier I am!

Areej AbuAli

About Areej AbuAli

  • Originally from Egypt, studied computer engineering and moved to the UK 10 years ago
  • First SEO job was at a small agency needed an Arabic speaker for a client project
  • Learned on the job working hands-on with clients in various niches
  • Progressed to Head of SEO at the agency after 5 years
  • Has since worked in-house for a property portal and large ecommerce site
  • Recently started her own consultancy called Corolina
  • Passionate about site crawlability, indexation control, working with aggregators/ecommerce

Women in Tech SEO

  • Founded community 4 years ago when feeling disconnected from the industry
  • Wanted to create a welcoming network for women in technical SEO of all levels
  • Now has over 5,000 members and numerous initiatives like newsletter, mentorship program, workshops, podcast and annual conferences
  • Membership completely free; gets sponsor support to fund paid events/training
  • Festival happening on March 3rd in London with 10 speakers and 400 attendees
  • Planning first US conference in September 2023

Recommendations for First-Time SEO Conference Speakers

  • Start by outlining talk structure and details before creating slides
  • Share specifics in conference pitch – topic scope, session flow – rather than general ideas
  • Be kind to yourself and spread workload out over time
  • Use it as incentive to research and learn deeply on chosen subject

Tips for those new to SEO

  • Take it step-by-step, ask plenty of questions without fear
  • Learn through hands-on client projects and site work
  • Build personal site or document learnings along the way
  • Conferences, meetups and groups like Women in Tech SEO help growth

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Olga Zarr is an SEO consultant with 10+ years of experience. She has been doing SEO for both the biggest brands in the world and small businesses. She has done 200+ SEO audits so far. Olga has completed SEO courses and degrees at universities, such as UC Davis, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University. She also completed Moz Academy! And, of course, has Google certifications. She keeps learning SEO and loves it. Olga is also a Google Product Expert specializing in areas, such as Google Search and Google Webmasters.