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Being a Search Engine Optimizer (SEO)

 6:12 pm on Jan 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

i just applied for a entry level web designer and i was not accepted because they.... for what ever reason think im 'overqualified' but the company said i would probably like to be a SEO. i know that a SEO tries to get you the best ranking in the search engines.

what else should i know in order to convince them i can do it.



 4:43 pm on Jan 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Every topic on this web site is helpful.


 4:59 pm on Jan 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Being refused for being "over qualified" usually means they thought you'd move on from them very fast and go elsewhere ..you can't do much about that ..they were probably right ..hope you didn't really need the job ..

lots of threads here for what you need to be a web designer ..and the site search is working too ..

SEO ..read here ..do some ..see what works ..remember each niche is different ( try at least 3 small sites on on 3 different subjects on three different IP's ) "Bretts steps" are very good overall advice


 4:36 am on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

I've been "between jobs" many times, and heard that phrase "over-qualified" many more times. It seems like a real slap when you're having trouble paying the rent and you're there, willing to be their HTML-boy for a regular paycheck.

To be an SEO, you should understand how all the engines work, what gets a site into the top ranks, and be able to implement practical strategies to push a site up the ranks.

Surprisingly, you can be an excellent SEO with no "programming" ability. By that I mean you can understand intimately how Search Engines deal with metas, titles, backlinks, javascript, headers, etc without being capable of writing a single line of HTML or javascript.

An SEO is often a site "doctor". Your role is to diagnose problems and be able to recommend solutions.

Understand how indexes work, spiders and robots and what to do if your site is double-indexed. Learn how to find out if pages are duped. Learn about canonical URLs and URL rewriting. Be able to load a page and see what HTTP headers are being exchanged. Understand the difference between a 301, 404, 302, 200, 501.

The best SEOs I know have hundreds of sites at their disposal, where they try odd things and do experiments to see first-hand what works and what doesn't.

One SEO once told me, "You won't really know what it takes to get banned from Google until you try to get banned from Google. Then you know, and you can walk right up to the line without stepping over it. That line is where the #1 sites sit, and that line keeps moving." -- That's advice I'm never going to forget.


 12:33 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think that advice is good for anybody, not only for SEOs. :P


 12:39 pm on Jan 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

What a conicidink, I posted this thread just now:


thx httpwebwitch :) and good luck faith ;)


 1:50 am on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

thanks...i got a 2nd interview in 1 week. they told me to bring my portfolio with me.

this will be my first designer job (actually working for a company instead of on my own). how do i 'bring' my portfolio...do i just provide them with links...or should i actually print a page or two from the sites i did and put them in a nice booklet?


 2:07 am on Jan 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

do i just provide them with links...or should i actually print a page or two from the sites i did and put them in a nice booklet?

If you haven't already done so, you might want to consider creating a nice, stylish online portfolio. It needn't be too big, just a showcase of your work to date. That way you only have to reference it on your C.V. and don't have to provide the employer with a whole bunch of links.

Good luck with the second interview.


 9:14 pm on Jan 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

I GOT THE JOB! i actually have a job as a Web Designer. pay is not that much but more than what i expected. they said with time i will be able to move up.

i have learned alot from this website. And i know i will learn more in the future.

thank you to all who answer my stupid questions :)


 10:06 pm on Jan 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Congratulations faith! (Sorry for the belated well-wishes). I hope all goes well and that you stick around here to share all the new tricks as you learn them.


 10:24 pm on Jan 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

Congratulations Faith! Good luck!

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