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Richard is many things: an artist, writer, father, husband, professional trainer, public speaker, and the Director of Online Marketing at a telecommunication technologies company in Los Angeles, California.

Richard was one of Macromedia Corporation's (now owned by Adobe)
top software evangelist for several years training people all over North American on Macromedia's amazing web publishing tools like Director, Dreamweaver and Flash.

He worked for Corel Corporation for a period of time as their Education
Business Development Manager, and even co-founded a Museum in Los Angeles called the Museum of Neon Art MONA.

Richard is also a professional freelance Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Specialist with his own business called Web Search Engineer.

Richard John Jenkins, the Santa Monica Pier, Carousel, Search Engine Optimization, SEO, Testing, Training and Lynda.com

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Tracking the SEO Metrics and Rank of this Site

To keep the overall SEO of this test/training site simple, easy to understand and in perspective, it must be understood that SEO is always in a constant state of flux and it never rest. In fact, just by uploading these series of web pages about Richard Jenkins' story with his father on the Santa Monica Pier and the Carousel, the site will be competing with millions of other web sites that mention the Santa Monica Pier and Carousel in some fashion.

Also the search engines are always tweaking their algorithms so Search Engine Optimizers and viewers of the Lynda.com SEO videos are at the mercy of the search engines when it comes to organic/natural search engine query results which includes this very page.

What is Lynda.com?

Lynda.com's mission is to help media designers & communicators understand how to use professional tools and design to enhance visual communication through web, print, and motion graphics.

Lynda.com (owned by husband and wife team of Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin) does this by publishing excellent how-to books, interactive training CD-ROMS and through a subscription to a web based online training library of over 4,000 QuickTime training movies which this very web site is a part of called, Introduction to Search Engine Optimization.

Why this Fan Site about the Santa Monica Pier and Carousel?

While Richard truly is a fan of the Santa Monica Pier and Carousel, this web site (and three others) is primarily a Search Engine Optimization testing and training site for a series of online videos about optimizing web sites through Search Engine Optimization methodologies and best practices for Lynda.com.

While the story on the Home Page about Richard's childhood, his father and his memories of being with his father on the Santa Monica Pier and Carousel are all true, the underling reason for the web site is to train viewers of the Lynda.com "Introduction to Search Engine Optimization" series of CDs and online videos which can be found on www.Lynda.com.

SEO Overview of this Web Site

Viewers of the Lynda.com Introduction to Search Engine Optimization series of videos will want to take special note of the following information and metrics (below) about this SEO test/training site.

Richard John Jenkins, the trainer for this series of SEO movies will be posting periodic up dates about the site's ranking in the major search engines in the chart below.

For additional information like whose visiting the site, who the referrers are, how searchers found it, the keywords searchers are using, who is linking to it corrections and errata about the videos and much, much more; check out the companion web page: Errata, Corrections, Up Dates.

Don't forget to also check out Richard John Jenkins' Top Ten Search Engine Optimization Lists!

If you have any questions about the information below, feel free to contact Richard at: richard@websearchengineeer.com.

Santa Monica Pier and Carousel Fan Site Information & Metrics
Page Title Name
File
Name
Primary Keywords Used
Submitted to Google
Submitted to MSN
Submitted to Yahoo
Submitted to Dmoz
Dmoz Listed
First Listing Date, Engine, & Rank
As of 04/02/06
Santa Monica Carousel: A Fan's Love Story
carousel_santa_
monica.html
Santa Monica, Carousel
01/14/06
01/14/06
01/14/06
01/16/06
 
02/15/06
MSN
P1/R4

MSN-2
Yahoo-0
Google-5
Santa Monica Pier Carousel: A Fan's Love Story (removed)

carousel_santa_
monica_pier.html

Santa Monica, Pier, Carousel
01/14/06
01/14/06
01/14/06
-
 
01/24/06
MSN
P2/R3
MSN-3
Yahoo-0
Google-0
Santa Monica Marry Go Round: A Fan's Love Story (removed)
merry_go_round_santa_
monica.html
Santa Monica, Marry Go Round
01/14/06
01/14/06
01/14/06
-
 
02/18/06
MSN
P2/R3
MSN-1
Yahoo-0
Google-2
Santa Monica Pier Marry Go Round: A Fan's Love Story (removed)
merry_go_round_santa_
monica_pier.html
Santa Monica, Pier, Marry Go Round
01/14/06
01/14/06
01/14/06
-
 

MSN
02/01/06
(about page!)

MSN-2
Yahoo-0
Google-0
Richard John Jenkins, Santa Monica Pier, Carousel, SEO, testing, training, Lynda.com
about.html
Richard John Jenkins, Santa Monica Pier, SEO, testing, training, Carousel, Lynda.com
01/15/06
01/15/06
01/15/06
-
 
01/24/06
MSN
P1/R5
MSN-1
Yahoo-1
Google-1

On January 14 & 16, 2006 six*web pages were created with Adobe's Dreamweaver for this tutorial. Of the six web pages made, four of them were designed to be search friendly landing/silo pages (including this very About page). They were then up-loaded to the hosting service, Aplus.net on these same two dates.

The four search friendly landing pages (see chart below) are not part of a dedicated domain name, they are located in a folder titled "lynda" one level below the domain, www.websearchengineer.com/.

Here is an example: http://www.websearchengineer.com/lynda/carousel_santa_monica.html.

The four pages will be competing for a high search ranking along with 1,630,000 other search results listed for the keywords "Santa Monica Pier," 222,000 for the keywords "Santa Monica Carousel," 166,000 for Santa Monica Merry Go Round," and 31,800 for Santa Monica Pier Merry Go Round in three search engines: MSN Search, Yahoo, and Google.

Of these four pages, one will also be submitted to the Dmoz.org directory (Open Directory Project).

Each page design wise are identical. The differences in the pages is the subtle use of the keywords and their strategic placement on the pages in the HTML Meta tag code, alt tags etc. This very page you are reading will also be a part of this SEO tutorial, but it is a minor player in this test.

*As of August 10, 2006 the three indentical Home Pages: Santa Monica Pier Carousel, Santa Monica
Merry Go Round and Santa Monica Pier Merry Go Round pages were removed from this SEO test.

Web Analytics & Ranking for the SEO Test Pages

Richard John Jenkins of Web Search Engineer, and Lynda.com are not attempting to mislead web searchers or the search engines with these test/training web pages for the keywords that are used for it.

All of the web pages for these tutorials clearly show & state on each page that they are part of an SEO training (see example icon above left).

Only white hat ethical SEO best practices were employed in the creation of these web pages for viewers of the Lynda.com tutorials, web searchers who may find the site through a search query, and the search engines they use to conduct their search.

Richard John Jenkins is a member of SEMPO.org (www. sempo.org) and follows the SEO Code of Ethics as outlined by Bruce Clay of Bruce Clay.com (www.bruceclay.com).

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