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Specialization
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Have gone through the others courses within the SEO Specialization.

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

What you will learn

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    Create an SEO Pitch

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    Prepare and perform a competitive analysis

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    Analyze and create a keyword map

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    Create a final report of your findings and recommendations for SEO and present your recommendations to your client

Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Have gone through the others courses within the SEO Specialization.

Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
11 hours to complete

Getting Started and Milestone 1: Gauging a Site's Opportunity for Improvement

In this first milestone, you will identify a potential client’s website by using your skills to gauge a website’s opportunity for improvement and higher ranking. Once you have selected a website, you will create an SEO pitch to inform and persuade a potential client to adopt a new SEO strategy. Finally, you will develop a set of kick-off questions that will help gather the information you need to begin to develop your SEO strategy. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 9 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Milestone 1 Assignment Overview5m
Reading4 readings
Identifying a Potential Client - Resources (Part 1)10m
Create an SEO Pitch - Resources (Part 2)30m
Develop Kickoff Questions - Resources (Part 3)20m
Kick-Off Questions Template1m
Week
2
Hours to complete
17 hours to complete

Milestone 2: Initial Research Phase

In this milestone, you will focus on the initial research required to begin optimizing a website. This milestone has three main activities including developing a buyer persona, conducting keyword research, and performing competitive research. These activities will help you identify your target audience, frame your keyword research, and gain insight into your competition. The information you gather from this research process will help you develop a successful strategy for the website. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 8 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Reading6 readings
Developing a Persona - Resources (Part 1)30m
User/Buyer Persona Template1m
Performing Keyword Research - Resources (Part 2)40m
Keyword Research Example & Template1m
Conducting a Competitive Analysis - Resources (Part 3)50m
Keyword Competitive Analysis Template1m
Week
3
Hours to complete
12 hours to complete

Milestone 3: Conducting a Content Audit and Technical Review

In this third milestone, you’ll examine the content of your competitors’ sites through a content audit to better position your own SEO campaign. You’ll also conduct an internal content audit to compare your site to those of your competitors and identify areas for improvement. Also in this milestone, you will develop a keyword matrix to help you determine which keywords should be assigned to specific pages on your site. In the final part of the milestone, you’ll perform a technical review of the site to identify any technical factors that may impact the ranking of the website. Each of these activities is critical to On-Page SEO....
Reading
1 video (Total 8 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
Reading9 readings
Competitive Content Analysis (Part 1)30m
Competitive Analysis Template1m
Internal Content Audit - Resources (Part 2)30m
Internal Content Audit Template1m
Keyword Mapping - Resources (Part 3)50m
Keyword Mapping Template1m
Technical SEO - Resources (Part 4)20m
Error Tracking Template1m
Technical Audit Template1m
Week
4
Hours to complete
6 hours to complete

Milestone 4: Presenting Your Findings

In this final milestone, you will develop a comprehensive presentation representing all the work you have done throughout the course. Using a standard outline, you’ll create one cohesive Word document and present your findings, analysis, and recommendations to your peers. The final presentation will also include a video in which you present your case to a potential client or employer outlining how your SEO strategy will improve ranking and business. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 6 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Project Summary1m
Reading2 readings
Presenting Your Findings - Resources30m
SEO Audit Template1m
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Career Benefit

83%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Career promotion

25%

got a pay increase or promotion

Top Reviews

By JHOct 30th 2016

If you want to be an expert in SEO and work in the field this is the series of courses to lean the craft.\n\nWhen you complete this course you will be ready to put your skills to work!

By ASJul 11th 2017

Really enjoyed this course, it was consistent with everything I have learned in a professional SEO agency and taught many new things as well as provided good practical resources.

Instructor

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Rebekah May

SEO Manager & Lead SEO Instructor, Lead Qual
UC Davis Division of Continuing and Professional Education

About University of California, Davis

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About the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialization

This Specialization will teach you to optimize website content for the best possible search engine ranking. You'll learn the theory behind Google search and other search engine algorithms; you'll also build practical, real-world skills that you can apply to a career in digital marketing or online content development, including on-page and off-page optimization, optimizing for local and international audiences, conducting search-focused website audits, and aligning SEO with overall business strategies. Each course is intended to build on the skills from the previous course, thus we recommend you take the courses in the order they are listed. The Specialization culminates in a hands-on Capstone Project, in which you will apply your skills to a comprehensive SEO consulting task....
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