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Search Engine Optimization




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course will provide students with the tools to apply concepts used in search engine optimization. After completion of this course, students will be able to perform a competitive analysis, create a keyword strategy, design a website architecture, create a page-level strategy, develop a content and social media strategy to enhance a website's ability to be found, and identify techniques and tools that enhance search results across user interfaces.



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Week 1

  • Compare the differences between paid, organic, local, and image search.
  • Define the major factors in the organic search algorithm.
  • Explain why semantic search is important to marketers.
  • Identify how the knowledge graph works.

Week 2

  • Apply a keyword strategy to help a website to be found.
  • Explain which components of website architecture are relevant to search engines.
  • Illustrate how to write search-engine friendly website copy.
  • Compare competitive websites and identify the factors that may rank one higher than the other.

Week 3

  • Identify the most important signals of website relevance to search engines.
  • Describe the importance of content creation and sharing to search engine optimization (SEO).
  • Explain the difference between owned, earned, and paid content sharing.
  • Create a plan for leveraging social media to improve the ability for a website to be found.

Week 4

  • Compare the concepts of trust and authority in a digital environment.
  • Apply author rank toward marketing a website.
  • Illustrate the importance of Google+ to search rankings.
  • Describe how to leverage influencers to drive traffic to your website.

Week 5

  • Identify the ways in which traffic to a website is monitored.
  • Determine the various ways organic SEO can be measured beyond keyword rankings.
  • Describe the importance of mobile to search.
  • Explain how search engines are expected to evolve in the future.


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