The demanding nature of the SEO field can lead to burnout if not appropriately managed. Recognizing the warning symptoms and taking early actions to avoid adverse effects is essential.

In this blog article, we will look at multiple aspects of burnout in the digital marketing career and present effective solutions to avoid it.

From time management tactics to teamwork and self-care, we will look at tried and true approaches for thriving in your SEO job.

A1. When Clients ask for performance reports and leads after 1 week where things and strategies are still under impaction.

keyur shah | SEO

A1: I watch how I feel after being away from the job on the weekend. Do I look forward to going back to work, or do I have to give myself pep talks to get up for it on Monday? Even for jobs you love doing, motivation can wane if you’re burning out.

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A1 when certain things I was doing just wasn’t working so I switched from seo to 1 of my fav. hobbies to recharge the batteries and jumped back in with a vengeance no stress here, burnout needs care and attention, switch off for a while.

Jaroslaw Pidburskyj – #SEO Tuner

A2-2: The advice I found didn’t seem actionable to me at that time. At the time, I was so exhausted to even attempt to do any of the tasks mentioned in those articles. I honestly felt hopeless.

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A2: It depends on when you recognize and acknowledge your burnout. Often it can be estimated as temporary stress

Olena Prokhoda

A2: 25X Lifetime Movie marathon. And quit temporarily (or permanently)


A3 track the tasks and priorities them this will help to reduce the stress as you Finish the tasks which are high priority i.e clients issue or concern where you have to put yourself and mind to analyse things finish them first.

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A3: Automate and delegate as much as possible.

Joey Trend

A3: First, know yourself. If you’re an introvert, (many SEOs are) you will probably get stress from work that requires you to constantly deal with and handle people, including difficult clients, colleagues or supervisors, presentations to large groups, etc.

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A4: I recently got certified in healthy telework from the World Heath Organization. That course taught me that work life balance is a must. You must set boundaries between personal and work life.

Joey Trend

A4-1: I love this question. Encourage open communication. When employees feel comfortable discussing workloads, challenges, and concerns, it allows you to help your team and potentially optimize team processes.

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A4: Discuss project challenges upfront. If it will affect client expectations and the team is concerned, it deserves a chat.


A5: Burnout can lead to several serious and chronic physical and mental health problems. Burnout is no joke. Anything that leads to extended periods of stress can create lasting health issues.

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A5/1: Ignoring or neglecting burnout in the SEO industry can lead to severe long-term consequences:

Decline in performance: Burnout diminishes productivity, creativity, and focus, ultimately impacting the quality of work delivered.

Megan Newman | eCommerce

A5-3: Not to mention, burnout hinders overall professional growth AND stifles innovation. Creating an environment that supports well-being fosters creativity and enables individuals to thrive

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A6-3: And, in the SEO industry, there are so many brilliant minds and “SEOlebrities” with large followings. When you’re a driven individual, it can be rough comparing yourself to the success (or perceived success) of others. Thats a one-way ticket to burnout

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SEO professionals often face intense competition, tight deadlines, and client expectations, leading to constant pressure to deliver results.

The environment is ever changing and success is subjective to each client.

Joey Trend

A7-4: Achieving work-life balance is a personal journey, and everyone is slightly different. However, prioritizing self-care and maintaining boundaries are the essentials for preventing burnout and maintaining overall well-being

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A7: Work-life balance is crucial! – Set boundaries – Prioritize self-care – Delegate, automate, and outsource – Improve your time management constantly – Communicate and seek support – Unplug and recharge (sport really helps me)

Olena Prokhoda

Delegate and outsource: Identify tasks that can be delegated or outsourced to lighten your workload and allow you to focus on high-value activities. We have been using Pareto principle (80/20) where we only focus on 20% and delegate or outsource 80%

Megan Newman

A couple of things I do… set my working hours and I do not have email on my phone!

Stephen Sumner

A8-3: Divide large projects into manageable tasks with deadlines to avoid overwhelm and improve time management. Collaboration and delegation enhance teamwork and productivity.

morgan petrov

#1 Prioritize #2 Set Realistic Goals #3 Take Breaks #4 Learn to Say “No” #5 Collaborate # 6 Use Time Management Techniques Aging myself here #7 have a great Rolodex & reach out


A9: Take advantage of or set up wellness focused activities and apps. By making self-care part of every day, you can personalize your approach to avoid burnout. Above all, ask. People know what they need to make their own lives easier.


A9-4: Last but not least, THERAPY. The coping strategies and “tools” you learn are so rewarding. These tools not only help with burnout but can also be used throughout all aspects of your life. And, honestly, sometimes you just need to rage-vent.

morgan petrov

A9-1:A few resources that helped me were: -Joining online communities like

@techseowomen – Finding mentorship. Getting guidance and learning from my mentor

@lauraherself was a game changer. It was actually during my mentorship that I began recovering from burnout.

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SEO and digital marketing burnout is a serious issue that can have long-term consequences on both personal well-being and professional performance. It is essential to recognize the signs of burnout and take proactive measures to overcome it. Here are some best practices to consider:

  • Take breaks and recharge: Allow yourself time away from work to relax and pursue activities that bring you joy and rejuvenation. Switching off for a while and engaging in hobbies can help restore your energy and passion.
  • Prioritize tasks: Track your tasks and prioritize them based on importance and urgency. By focusing on high-priority tasks and resolving client issues promptly, you can reduce stress and feel more accomplished.
  • Automate and delegate: Identify tasks that can be automated or delegated to lighten your workload. This allows you to focus on high-value activities and prevents burnout from overwhelming you.
  • Establish work-life boundaries: Set clear boundaries between your personal and work life. This includes setting working hours, avoiding work-related communication outside those hours, and creating a healthy work-life balance.
  • Foster open communication: Encourage open communication within your team, including discussing workloads, challenges, and concerns. By addressing project challenges upfront and supporting your team members, you can optimize team processes and create a supportive work environment.
  • Prioritize self-care: Make self-care a priority in your daily routine. This includes engaging in wellness-focused activities, improving time management, seeking support when needed, and taking breaks when necessary. Remember that physical and mental well-being is crucial for long-term success.
  • Seek professional support: If burnout persists or becomes overwhelming, consider seeking therapy or counseling. Therapy can provide valuable coping strategies and tools to manage burnout effectively and maintain overall well-being.

Remember that everyone’s journey to achieving work-life balance and overcoming burnout is unique. Experiment with different strategies and find what works best for you. By taking proactive steps to address burnout, you can maintain your passion for SEO and digital marketing while preserving your overall well-being.

Jeremy Rivera

Jeremy Rivera started in SEO in 2007, working at Advanced Access a hosting company for Realtors. He came up from the support department, where people kept asking "How do I rank in Google" and found in the process of answering that question an entire career. He became SEO product manager of, went "in-house" at Raven Tools in Nashville in 2013. He then worked at several agencies like Caddis, 2 The Top Design as an SEO manager and then launched a 5 year freelance SEO career. During that time he consulted for large enterprise sites like Smile Direct Club, Dr. Axe, HCA, Logan's Roadhouse and Captain D's while also helping literally hundreds of small business owners get found in search results. He has authored blog posts at Authority Labs, Raven Tools, Wix, Search Engine Land. He has been a speaker at many SEO conferences like Craft Content and been interviewed in numerous SEO focused podcasts.