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One area that does not seem to be covered is the design of web sites. The classes listed teach you about the tools of the trade, It would be like learning to paint by studying about the different types of paints and brushes.

Maybe you already had some graphics design classes or have natural talent, but if you don’t learn some principles of design you just become a web site hack and use templates and steal ideas (called “heavy lifting”) from real designers.

Are you aware that there are some classes available on the web? Harvard has put the video of some of their classes online.

I liked Hanspeter Pfister class on Visualization. Video from the class was available on i-tunes for free, but I could not find the link.
CSCI E-64 Visualization ,
http://www.extension.harvard.edu/courses/22872.jsp

Did find this one, but have not watched it.
Harvard Extension School’s Computer Science E-75: Building Dynamic Websites
http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/harvard-extension-schools/id273114068

One suggestion. Start creating a portfolio of your work. Save copies of your school work and as you skill improve look back and see what you could do to improve them and consider updating them. Future employer will be interested in seeing your work.

Should also be aware that web design is a changing field and the tools you learn now might be consider out of date in five years. Another reason for focusing more on what your should design rather on just learning the tools to create the design.

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Engine Optimization Techniques
Google (SEO) Search Engine Optimization
A great site is useless unless people know where to find you. This is where search engine optimization services come in handy. The methods used to keep your site in the top pages of Google for a long time will depend on if you know how Google ranks it index. Since only the engineers employed by Google know the answer, it is up to the rest of us to speculate on what may work, and what we know doesn’t work.

Search Engine Optimization for Google
Read that again – Knowing what to do to your site in order for Google to properly recognize and categorize your site is the first step in achieving top rankings in Google. Internet Marketing SEO, and in particular, Google SEO is the key. The easier your make your site to be understood by Google, the better chances you’ll have of getting top spots in Google’s index. Google search engine marketing is the answer to getting your site found.

Google, the world’s number #1 Search Engine
If you made it to this site, chances are you found it using a search engine, and it was probably Google. Google currently dominates the Search Engine market partially because of its results, and more importantly, its “uncluttered” look. If you visit Yahoo or MSN there is so much information that it could easily overwhelm the typical AOL user.

The value of a top position in Google
What would you do if you were in one of the top spots in Google’s index for your most popular keyword? Do you realize that many millionaires have made their fortune by having a top rank in Google? Google is the most popular search engine in the WORLD and has no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Google Search Optimization has to be part of your marketing strategy.

Why is it so hard to get a top spot in Google?
Its not. By reading my book “SEO for Google”, I will show you ALL THE TECHNIQUES needed to get your site ranked on the first page in Google. Its not hard, but rather, KNOWING WHAT TO DO! It took me years of trial and error and many, many mistakes, but after constantly reviewing what worked and what didn’t, I finally stumbled onto the “secret” of getting top rankings from Google. Google Search Engine Marketing is a process that will get your site ranked.

The first Google Secret? THERE IS NO SECRET!
Don’t be fooled by companies claiming that they have “secret” to getting top placement in Google. The only secret is KNOWING what Google LOOKS for when they rank a site. It is guessed that there are over 100 separate components to Google’s Algorithm that determine how a site will appear when a user enters in a keyword.


Engine Optimization Techniques
For one thing there isn’t a lot of narrowed down text content on the homepage for the Google crawlers to analyze. The other thing you should do is get links to your site out on other websites. This gets your Google rank higher. See some other techniques @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_optimization


Engine Optimization Techniques
Backlinks (or back-links (UK)) are incoming links to a website or web page. In the search engine optimization (SEO) world, the number of backlinks is one indication of the popularity or importance of that website or page (though other measures, such as PageRank, are likely to be more important). Outside of SEO, the backlinks of a webpage may be of significant personal, cultural or semantic interest: they indicate who is paying attention to that page.

In basic link terminology, a backlink is any link received by a web node (web page, directory, website, or top level domain) from another web node (Björneborn and Ingwersen, 2004). Backlinks are also known as incoming links, inbound links, inlinks, and inward links.

Search engine rankings:

Search engines often use the number of backlinks that a website has as one of the most important factors for determining that website’s search engine ranking. Websites often employ various techniques (called search engine optimization) to increase the number of backlinks pointing to their website. Some methods are free for use by everyone whereas some methods like linkbaiting requires quite a bit of planning and marketing to work.

There are several factors that determine the value of a backlink. Backlinks from authoritative sites on a given topic are highly valuable. If both sites have content geared toward the keyword topic, the backlink is considered relevant and believed to be have strong influence on the search engine rankings of the webpage granted the backlink. A backlink represents a favorable ‘editorial vote’ for the receiving webpage from another granting webpage. Another important factor is the anchor text of the backlink. Anchor text is the descriptive labeling of the hyperlink as it appears on a webpage. Search engine bots (i.e., spiders, crawlers, etc.) examine the anchor text to evaluate how relevant it is to the content on a webpage. Anchor text and webpage content congruency are highly weighted in search engine results page (SERP) rankings of your webpage with respect to any given keyword query by a search engine user.


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A search engine is a service provided by some company (Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, etc.) which will search through millions of web pages for keywords that a person types into a field. For instance, if I type “Puppy” into a search box on Google’s web site, there are currently 40,800,000 matches available. If the search provider has a good search algorithm in their software, then the most relevant pages should be listed first. In my case, I’m a happy searcher, because after the Google Image samples, the first result listed is the Puppy Linux website, which is the only Puppy I would ever be searching for online. Most search providers keep track of what websites people will actually visit after doing a search. They then use the results to make sure those pages are closer to the top of the list for the next time someone searches for the same keyword(s).

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