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SEO importance

Hi,

I would like to get informed about the importance of SEO, is that a web developers job or not.What if a client want from me to make them a SEO optimized web site ? Can you also point me to a good SEO course here at treehouse.

Glad to see you asked this because its a question I had too when going through the courses. I don't recall mention of it at all, which I thought was unusual, but I figured it was a part of the PRO course offering.

1 Answer

Martin Jones
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Martin Jones
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Hi,

The importance is hard to make clear as this will vary from person-to-person, or company-to-company. I believe that a web developer should have an understanding of SEO best practices and the impact their code will have.

But going beyond that, doing keyword research, competitor analysis etc. this can easily be and often is a job in itself.

Treehouse has some good resources on this topic: SEO - treehouse library - https://teamtreehouse.com/library/q:SEO

But I would also recommend:

https://yoast.com/seo-blog/

https://moz.com/blog/category/whiteboard-friday

http://searchengineland.com/

and of course:

Google Webmaster Guidelines - https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/35769?hl=en

Lastly, I would say that as a web developer, if you are already writing good semantic code, including things like alt tags, title tags etc, you will make users and Google happy in general :)