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Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian), Arabic
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Learners taking this Course are
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Copywriters
  • Marketers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Marketing Analysts

What you will learn

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    Complete a competitive analysis on a webpage

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    Interpret brand recognition through social media

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    Create sitemaps and robot.txt files, plan redirects, and manage site errors

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    Use a variety of SEO tools to conduct an audience analysis and develop personas of your ideal buyer

Skills you will gain

Social MediaKeyword ResearchMarketingMathematical Optimization
User
Learners taking this Course are
  • Marketing Specialists
  • Copywriters
  • Marketers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Marketing Analysts

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian), Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
7 hours to complete

Getting Started and Introduction to On-page SEO

11 videos (Total 66 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
Introduction to On-page SEO48s
Key Areas of SEO2m
Meta Data and Meta Tags4m
Title Tags 10110m
Meta Descriptions Help Too!11m
A Note About Meta Keywords3m
URL Optimization6m
How to Use Heading Tags8m
Creating and Optimizing Unique Content8m
Analyzing a Website Using a Web Crawler5m
4 readings
A Note from UC Davis10m
On-Page SEO: Anatomy of a Perfectly Optimized Page15m
Blame the Meta Keywords Tag - Duane Forrester15m
The Basics of Search Engine Friendly Design & Development15m
1 practice exercise
On-page SEO Review20m
Week
2
5 hours to complete

Introduction to Off-page SEO

4 videos (Total 19 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Off-site SEO Elements6m
Who is Linking to Your Content?6m
Social Media: Help or Hinder?5m
2 readings
Growing Popularity & Links15m
Suggested Reading - How Social Media Helps SEO15m
1 practice exercise
Off-site SEO Review20m
Week
3
6 hours to complete

Introduction to Technical SEO

7 videos (Total 39 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Laying the Structural Foundation With Technical SEO2m
HTML Sitemap vs. XML Sitemap8m
The robots.txt File Protocol6m
Overcoming Pesky Error Codes6m
Redirects 1018m
404 Pages Best Practices5m
2 readings
The Beginner's Guide to Technical SEO: 7 Resources You Should Use15m
Art of SEO30m
1 practice exercise
Technical SEO Review20m
Week
4
11 hours to complete

Keyword Theory & Research

8 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Choosing the Right Keywords4m
Stages of Search7m
Heads, Tails, and Long Tail Keywords5m
The Science of How Users Conduct Searches5m
Getting to Know Your Audience6m
Creating Your Ideal Buyers Persona6m
Course Summary and Wrap-up1m
1 reading
The Art of SEO30m
1 practice exercise
Keyword Theory & Research Review20m
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Practical and applicable
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By AAJul 1st 2017

This is not a trivial subject. Nevertheless, I feel completely confident in my newfound knowledge of it. Not only that, but I am very motivated to keep going with the rest of the specialization now.

By MYJun 10th 2018

this is amazing SEO course . i am first time learning about SEO . its really informative and help me to improve my skill. i really thanks to coursera to give this opportunity to learn this course.

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

UC Davis, one of the nation’s top-ranked research universities, is a global leader in agriculture, veterinary medicine, sustainability, environmental and biological sciences, and technology. With four colleges and six professional schools, UC Davis and its students and alumni are known for their academic excellence, meaningful public service and profound international impact....

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....
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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