The present generation of search engine marketers have increased their educational opportunities for the next generation during the past several months. In addition to seminars, conferences, an online college and various books, each of which have been solid staples for learning search engine optimization and marketing skills, now there are internships and scholarships available.

The latest offer comes from Andy Beal, Internet Marketing Consultant for Marketing Pilgrim. A scholarship, worth at least $5000, is offered via a contest. Open to anyone, the participant is asked to write an article on one of three possible topics. A panel of judges, of which I am one, determines the winner.
From the press release:

Article entries will be published on four consecutive Monday’s in October, starting on October 9th. The author of the most popular article each week will win a copy of the book “Search Engine Optimization: An Hour a Day” and qualify as one of four finalists for the scholarship prize. The final winner will be selected by a panel of industry-expert judges.”


Rand Fishkin –
Jennifer Grappon & Gradiva Couzin –
Mike Grehan –
Kim Krause Berg –
Lee Odden –
Robin Nobles –
Barry Schwartz –
Aaron Wall –
David Warmuz –

Learn more details in Search Engine Marketing Scholarship Contest

I’ll do my best to keep you all in the loop as the contest progresses.

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Kim Krause Berg’s long background in web design, SEO and usability includes software application functional and user interface testing, accessibility, information architecture and persuasive design. She shared her passion for Usability and SEO through her site and private consulting at Cre8pc for 17 years. Kim founded Cre8asiteforums in 1998. In the fall of 2012 she sold her forums to Internet Marketing Ninjas and retired from private consulting to join their Executive Management team where she continues her work in usability testing, customer experience and conversions design.

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