SpaFinder search-engine-optimization and social-media manager Gracey Newman will lead a course for WebNewser parent mediabistro.com‘s MB Learn initiative, Understanding Search and Online Marketing: How to Drive Traffic and Optimize Sites Through SEO, Social Media, and Blog Outreach, for six Wednesdays starting Nov. 3 and running through Dec. 15, three hours each Wednesday (6:45 p.m.-9:45 p.m.) in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan, and students who sign up today (Monday, Nov. 1) will be eligible for a 25 percent discount off this course or any other online or in-person course, workshop, or seminar.

Understanding Search and Online Marketing will cover topics including: optimizing blogs or Web sites for search engines; writing good content for the major social news-aggregation platforms; determining the most important factors of search rankings; reporting on Web traffic and keeping Web site code clean; reaching out to bloggers and other Webmasters to have them link to your site; and managing SEO and social-media projects.

Understanding Search and Online Marketing also counts toward the Mediabistro Digital Journalism Certificate.