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