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A New Dawn: From OFW to SEO Specialist

By Yeshua Quijano | Last Updated August 15, 2023

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As someone who had a father who worked abroad for almost a decade, I understand the sacrifices OFWs make for the betterment of their loved ones. Their hard work and resilience as Overseas Filipino Workers are something I deeply respected and admired.

Here at SEO Training Philippines, we understand the unique challenges you face, especially the strain of distance from your family. But what if there was a career path that enabled you to stay close to home while earning a competitive salary?

In this article, we will explore a career that can bring you back home without sacrificing your professional growth - becoming an SEO Specialist.

A Homebound Opportunity: Is SEO the Right Fit for OFWs?

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) may sound like a foreign term, but it's the magic behind why certain websites pop up first on your Google search.

For example, when you search for “best laptops for college students” on Google, these websites are the first things you’ll see:

best laptops for college students

SEO put them there.

The skill set of an SEO Specialist includes analytical thinking, communication, perseverance, and a passion for continuous learning.

Do any of these ring a bell?

Yep - as an OFW, you've surely honed similar skills through resilience and adaptability in your current role.

The good news doesn't stop there! Many SEO roles offer flexibility, and some even allow you to work remotely. Imagine being an SEO wizard while still in the comfort of your home, surrounded by family!

Editor’s note: I’ve been working from home as an SEO Specialist since 2014. While working from home has its challenges, personally, the pros outweigh the cons tenfold.

Reaping the Rewards: The Benefits of Being an SEO Specialist in the Philippines

As an SEO Specialist in the Philippines, the benefits are plentiful:

  • Stable job
  • Competitive salary. If you work for a foreign client, you can earn in USD.
  • SEOs have high demand in the job market, meaning you'll never find yourself short of opportunities.
  • The industry promises continuous growth and learning.

But the rewards are not just financial.

There's a sense of satisfaction in seeing the results of your work unfold, improving the visibility of a website, and contributing to its success.

Most importantly, you get the priceless reward of time spent with family and achieving a better work-life balance.

Mapping Your Journey: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming an SEO Specialist

The path to becoming an SEO Specialist is paved with opportunities to learn and grow. Here's a simple step-by-step guide:

  • Learn the Basics: Dive into SEO by exploring online resources, webinars, and e-books.
  • Gain Experience: Apply your knowledge by starting a personal blog or volunteering for small projects.
  • Build a Portfolio: Document your work to showcase it to potential employers.
  • Apply for Jobs: With a portfolio in hand, start your job search in the field of SEO.

The best part is, you can do this while still working as an OFW so there’s no gap between your current role and your new job!

In fact, we have several students who are OFWs in Dubai and UAE.

If you want to know more about SEO and the opportunities it provides to OFWs and other Filipinos, please check out our FREE SEO Starter Course. Just create an account here!

Can you learn SEO while still working as an OFW?

The short answer is, yes, you can!

The beauty of learning SEO is that many resources are online, allowing you to study at your own pace. Managing your time effectively and staying motivated are the keys to juggling your OFW job and SEO studies.

Moreover, the SEO community is filled with support groups (like our own Facebook group) and networks, where you can learn from others and seek guidance.


The path from OFW to SEO Specialist may not always be a walk in the park, but it's certainly possible. The benefits are bountiful - from a competitive salary, and the opportunity for remote work, to the most valuable reward of all, being close to your family.

If there's one thing to take away from this article, it is that a career in SEO is more than a job - it's a passport to personal satisfaction, professional growth, and family unity.

So why wait? Embark on your SEO learning journey today and pave the way for a brighter, homebound future.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

SEO Training Philippines uses credible sources, our own internal testing results, as well as our experience as SEO Specialists to validate the information in our articles. Read our editorial process to understand how we ensure the accuracy, dependability, and integrity of our content.

Yeshua Quijano

Yesh is the founder and co-owner of SEO Training Philippines. He is an award-winning Digital Marketing Consultant with almost a decade of experience in building, growing, and selling digital businesses.