Careers in SEO


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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


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

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