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New York Times SEO Editor, Cooking in New York, New York

Job Description

Our SEO Editor for Cooking is responsible for helping to grow NYT Cooking’s visibility on search. They will leverage SEO tools and analytics to identify the biggest opportunities to gain visibility for high demand recipes and topics, and they will employ a variety of tactics to optimize Cooking’s coverage and measure success.

They are also responsible for scaling SEO strategy, best practices, and tactics to the broader editorial team on Cooking. They will do this by monitoring tool usage on the team and contributing to regularly scheduled SEO training sessions.


  • Monitor seasonal trends, and coordinate with editors and social teams to inform programming and editorial calendars based on SEO opportunity.

  • Perform site audits and provide editorial recommendations on areas of focus and opportunity.

  • Work directly in our CMS to add optimized SEO fields to our recipe archive.

  • Identify opportunities for recipe packaging using collections and articles.

  • Track shifts in search rankings. Inform editors on the food desk and cooking teams on lost ranking and provide tactics to rebound.

  • Perform keyword research, selection and communication for the day, week and month’s top stories, recipes, and topics

  • Identify link opportunities between coverage on The New York Times and NYT Cooking.

  • Conduct training sessions and provide ad-hoc consulting with various members of Cooking’s editorial team.

  • Support Cooking’s Video team with keyword targeting for on and off-site videos.


  • 2-4 years of relevant work experience in SEO

  • This editor must deeply understand the landscape of the Web and be committed to interpreting and responding to data.

  • Knowledge of the search engine industry, best practices for evergreen search and knowledge of search engine algorithms

  • Experience using Google Analytics, SEMRush, SimilarWeb and other industry-leading SEO tools.

  • Experience working closely with editorial teams.

  • This editor must be collaborative and able to partner with colleagues in the newsroom, product, data, marketing and beyond. Diplomacy is crucial.

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

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