Learn the communication & business skills you need to level up your career.
Join over 400 SEOs enrolled in the course
“Tom Critchlow's SEO MBA course is one of the very few SEO courses that are worth 10x the cost. If you're interested in stepping out of the weeds to get buy-in with decision-makers at the executive level, this is a must-take course.
Tom's vast experience, impactful examples, and data-driven lessons ensure your SEO career gets leveled up.”
Greg Bernhardt - Senior SEO Strategist, Shopify
Recognize any of these?
- Difficulty getting buy-in and budget from executives
- Challenges demonstrating the value of SEO
- Lacking confidence presenting SEO to the C-suite
- Not getting the resources you need to get things done
The #1 challenge for SEO professionals is not technical know-how, but knowing how to get buy-in and budget. Industry surveys consistently rate it as the biggest challenge:
“The top 5 challenges are all SEO resource and execution challenges” - source
“The average SEO at a big company has been waiting over six months for their highest priority technical change and doesn’t anticipate seeing it deployed for at least another six months” - source
“43% of people cite lack of buy-in or resources as the biggest risk to SEO success.” - source
SEO fundamentally requires other teams to invest their resources in our projects, whether it's the product, marketing or editorial team.
This course isn't about technical audits or keyword research. This course focuses on the business, leadership and consulting skills that you need to be more effective in your job and operate at more senior levels of business.
You don't have the resources you need and it's a challenge to persuade your company to invest in SEO.
After 5 weeks you'll:
You're trying to convince clients to invest in SEO, and you want more buy-in with senior stakeholders.
After 5 weeks you'll:
Learn how to create an effective SEO strategy that's more than just a list of things you want to get done. Learn how to create compelling strategies that are credible and aligned with stakeholders.
Learn how to connect SEO to business value and revenue, including hard to measure projects like link building. Deepen your appreciation for business models and how they dictate what gets funded.
Learn how to create a financial investment plan and business model for large initiatives. Understand how to manage stakeholders to get buy-in and get key information to create compelling financial models.
Learn how to structure clear communication, from writing emails to full strategy presentations. Get comfortable at managing upwards and put together a strategy presentation the same way McKinsey does.
Learn how to find alignment with other teams, manage resource asks and navigate organizational politics. Improve your communication with senior stakeholders and find out why pre-agreeing is essential to getting buy-in and budget.
Each week contains videos, resources and homework assignments
Essential TemplatesThree SEO investment model spreadsheets and a full SEO strategy presentation template.
3 Practice ScenariosFull simulated examples with problems and answers to apply the knowledge from the course. Brain teasers to test your skills or prepare for an interview.
Weekly Office HoursThese are informal group discussions where we can discuss course content or challenges in your role.
Tom really understands the nuances of speaking to executives.
He's created a course that will help any strategy minded marketer communicate their ideas and get buy-in from their clients or leadership.
I was part of the SEO MBA beta cohort and I highly recommend this course to SEOs who are looking to level up their strategic skills.
Tom shares processes and examples that are applicable to those client-side, agency-side and solo consultants. It’s extremely actionable and includes lots of learnings that I embedded in my day to day work.
Most importantly, I now feel much more confident presenting my SEO vision to leadership and executive teams.
This course is perfect for a seasoned SEO that knows what needs to get done and how to do it, but needs help with the soft skills: getting executive buy in, internal politics, budgeting, presentations, and more things no one ever talks about on Twitter.
If you are trying to take your career to the next level, and be able to clearly communicate to both your peers and senior, this course is for you.
If you want to learn exactly how to present ideas and get executive buy-in for SEO projects, SEO MBA is easily the most important and unique course you can invest your time in. Unlike any other SEO training or course, SEO MBA teaches you how to build a presentation and strategy to get executive buy-in upfront.
Tom’s one simple tip on how to write a slide headline (and exactly what not to do) has radically transformed our client presentation and pitch decks. The course ended last week and it has already helped our entire agency communicate better and close 2 high quality six-figure deals.
8 years into my career as a professional SEO, Tom's SEO MBA has helped me discover new ways to pitch projects, present forecasts and slide decks, drive change in large organizations and think more strategically.
There are a lot of SEO courses that will tell you how to write a title tag or conduct keyword research. This is not one of them. Tom operates on another level, and you should consider yourself lucky if you ever get the chance to pick his brain about any SEO- and strategy related topic.
The course was enlightening and I have already found actionable ways to improve my executive communication skills, optimize reporting, and "think bigger" with SEO strategy.
I now have the knowledge and tools to format more compelling requests for resources and support.
My team and direct manager have noted the positive change (and my boost in confidence) over the past few weeks, and I will continue to apply these learnings to take my performance to new heights.
I've spent the last 15 years working in agencies, in-house and now as an independent consultant for companies you've heard of like The New York Times, Google, Dotdash, Etsy and Gartner.
In my consulting work, I've helped companies structure large scale SEO investments and led hiring for senior SEO roles. What I've seen is that there's a big skills gap in the market for technically competent SEOs to gain crucial business skills in order to operate at the most senior levels of business.
This course is a distillation of my entire career and brings to bear all of the skills and advice I wish I'd had in my career along the way.
The full course on executive presence to become more confident and accelerate your career.
Everything in Essentials, plus email feedback on your assignments and access to the weekly office hours.
“The SEO MBA course is very good. I got more than my money's worth (a lot more) from yesterday's session on opportunity modeling, It's already changing how I work with customers. Money well spent.”
John-Henry Scherck - Principal Consultant, Growth Plays
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