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Flash Crash & Black Boxes

May 6th, 2010 the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged about 1000 points only to recover those losses within minutes – this was the Flash Crash. No catastrophes or physical events caused this swing, it was the black boxes of stock market algorithms. Black boxes a lot like Google's. How do we prepare for the future when even Google doesn't know how its algorithm works?

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On-page Optimization
Time required: 3h 45m

On-page optimization is the practice of ensuring the content of a page is set up to be relevant for the search queries being targeted. If the phrases you are hoping to rank for don’t appear on the page, it will be much more difficult to achieve your goals - making on-page optimization a crucial part of most SEO campaigns.

Technical SEO
Time required: 7h 50m

The web is a technical platform, and there are correct and incorrect ways of building websites. This module teaches you about these and how search engines interact with pages in order to help you diagnose problems and improve websites.