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Looking for an entry level job or internship in SEO? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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Yesterday my refrigerator stopped chugging along, and my yogurt nearly spoiled. Luckily there’s this thing called the internet, so I went straight to Google and typed in “refrigerator repair.” From the results I selected a company and called them up, and soon I was enjoying my Chobani again. Consumers are making decisions based upon results handed to them by search engines, so it has become important for companies to try to show up as close to the top of the results as possible. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) specialists help companies improve their page rank so consumers can find them and use their services.

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Search Engine Optimization Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Search Engine Optimization Specialist Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Search Engine Optimization Specialist
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Search Engine Optimization Specialist
  4. Best Locations for Search Engine Optimization
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Search Engine Optimization Specialist
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Search Engine Optimization
  7. Search Engine Optimization Resources
  8. Careers Related to Search Engine Optimization
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Search Engine Optimization

What a Search Engine Optimization Specialist Does

An SEO Specialist focuses on making websites rank high in internet search engines so that people will click on their links, garnering new customers or new leads for the company. There are many pieces to accomplishing a great SEO rank that SEO Specialists play a role in including:

A Typical Day for a Search Engine Optimization Specialist

While a typical day for an SEO Specialist varies, it might include some of these tasks:

Salary and Career Progression for a Search Engine Optimization Specialist

An SEO Specialist makes $24,682-$60,672 per year on average. From there you can go on to become a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Manager making $36,318-$90,469 per year on average.

Best Locations for Search Engine Optimization Specialists

Here are some hot spots for SEO specialists:

Pros and Cons of Being a Search Engine Optimization Specialist

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Cons

What You Need to Know for a Career in Search Engine Optimization

To be an SEO Specialist you need to be up to date on anything and everything that affects page-ranking. Familiarize yourself with SEO tools like TagCrowd, Google Analytics, KISSmetrics, KISSinsights, Crazy Egg, Survey Monkey, & Google Website Optimizer. These are all tools that will help you engage with more people, resulting in them buy more of your company’s stuff, giving you their email, or clicking where you want them to.

Search Engine Optimization Resources

If search engine optimization still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

Required Reading

Key Folks to Follow on Twitter

Blogs and Websites

Networking Opportunities

Careers Related to Search Engine Optimization


Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in SEO

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Art.com - Art.com is based in Emeryville, CA, and it “is a leading authority in wall décor and the world’s largest online retailer of posters, prints, and framed art.”

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Noodle - Noodle, based in NYC and founded by John Katzman (Princeton Review), is “the first and only life-long education related search company in the world.”

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Jockey International - Jockey International is a Kenosha, WI based company that aims “to satisfy the human need for comfort” by offering more than 600 styles of underwear and t-shirts.

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TextLinkBrokers - TextLinkBrokers is a Mesa, AZ based company that services the “needs of professional SEM agencies and individuals looking for high quality link development.”

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Signpost - Signpost is an NYC based company that offers a “cloud-based platform that makes digital and mobile marketing simple and effective for SMBs.”

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Mirrorball - Mirrorball is a New York, NY based consumer engagement agency “that connects brands and people through a fusion of social media and live experience.”

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Adpearance - Adpearance is a Portland, OR based digital marketing agency that crafts campaigns that bring traditional marketing principles together with new tactics.

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Vibrant Media - Vibrant Media is the NYC based world "leading provider of in-content contextual technology that gets brand content and advertising discovered across platforms."

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UrbanBound - UrbanBound is based in Chicago and "helps companies offer a comprehensive transition system to their newly hired and transferring employees" over the web.

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90octane - 90octane is a Denver, CO based online marketing agency that does online advertising, email marketing, microsite and landing page development, SEO, and PPC.

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Morpheus Media - Morpheus Media is a New York, NY based “full-service provider of interactive marketing solutions to Fortune 500 companies and those aspiring to land on that list.”

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Sentient Jet - Sentient Jet is a Cleveland, OH based company that “arranges more air charter flights than any other jet charter procurement business in the country.”

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SEER Interactive - SEER Interactive is a Philadelphia, PA based online marketing agency that specializes in SEO, SEM, Analytics, and Conversion Optimization.

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MeUndies - Me Undies is a Beverly Hills, CA based company that offers “the world’s most comfortable underwear in all your favorite colors and styles.”

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BlueGlass - BlueGlass is a Tampa, FL based company aiming to “change the way companies market themselves online with extraordinary strategies, service and software."

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LeagueApps - LeagueApps is an NYC and DC based company that offers “digital management and marketing solution for local sports leagues, tournaments and events.”

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Slingshot SEO - Slingshot SEO helps clients reach customers through search, and they have achieved a three-year growth rate of 2,391%–putting them at #136 on the Inc. 500.

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Doner - Doner is a Southfield, MI based ad agency that provides brands with “constant energy, unwavering vigilance and a devoted belief in staying fresh.”

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42Floors - 42Floors is a San Francisco, CA based company that wants to finally bring the $25 billion office space/commercial real estate market online in a proper way.

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