8 SEO websites and blogs for beginners
I was recently asked the question ‘ Which websites do you go to for all the latest news in your industry, or about new SEO techniques?'
It’s a really good question… When I first discovered the world of SEO I would spend hours scouring the web looking for useful blogs and websites so I could digest as much SEO and marketing information as possible. So based on trial, error and my opinion, these are the most valuable SEO blogs/websites out there currently. Some of the blogs you may have heard of, but hopefully you’ll discover one or two you've not seen before.
Ok…first up is SEOmoz. The guys over at SEOmoz do a great job of helping individuals answer some of the most common questions in SEO as well as answering very, very technical ones too. If you are just starting out in the world of SEO or maybe you have a site but need to implement some level of SEO they have a great beginners guide to SEO, (which is also available in PDF form), packed full of information and explained very clearly. You can find other beginners guides, but not to this level of detail.
SEOmoz also provide up-to-date techniques and theories via a brilliant video series called ‘White Board Friday’, as well as exceptionally helpful blog posts (often by their user community), which must take hours if not days to complete as they are packed with detail. What is so useful about SEOmoz is they try out new techniques and inform everyone about the results, whether they have worked or not! SEOmoz also provide a whole host of tools, which to fully access you have to pay for, but they give away so much valuable content for free, they have to make a living somehow. :)
SEObook was where I spent most of my time learning the fundamentals of SEO and Aaron Wall’s training modules are simply brilliant. A great resource for anyone looking to learn SEO at their own pace!
Similar to SEOMoz you have to pay to use some of the features, but having used SEOBook for a long time, I would highly recommend this site not only for its resources, but also for the level expertise at hand if you need them.
Wiep.net has been around for a long time and is one of those blogs that gets better with age, like a fine cheese. Wiep covers one of the trickiest subjects in the world of SEO, link building. If you think rushing out and buying 10,000 links for £10 is a good idea you might need to read this blog first.
Loads of useful content, and links to other useful resources and with posts going back as far as 2007, it will keep you busy for a while. I recently saw Wiep speak at SearchLove 2011 and his knowledge of link building is far superior to anyone else I have seen talking about link building, and he is a nice guy to boot.
There are hundreds of SEO blogs and websites available on the net, but it’s just a case of sorting the wheat from the chaff and finding blogs that are the most informative, for a vast selection of subjects within the industry. With Wiep.net this rule applies, as there are tons of blogs going into great detail how to generate links, best practices and the like - but Weip’s blog is the best.
Google gives people who are new to SEO a helping hand by having a handy SEO Starter Guide. Guides don’t really come much simpler than this really…Google wants to help optimise your website to rank well in the search engines. The guide includes how to optimise your website for mobile devices, content guides and much more.
Along with the downloadable PDF guide from SEOmoz, this one is another great guide to print out and look through.
The Google Webmaster Central main blog is the place to go to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth for any Google search engine news/ updates. Another great blog to visit for all things Google is Matt Cutts blog. Matt is the head of Google’s Webspam team and his blog is packed with videos of Matt answering some of the most common questions he is asked on a monthly basis. His explanations are always simple and to the point, perfect for both beginners and experts alike.
Blind Five Year Old is one of my all-time favourite blogs. They are actually a very reputable SEO company, (I thought it was just a blog for ages!) They don’t just cover subjects on SEO, but also general stuff from PPC, general rants and analytics.
Sometimes the topics talked about regarding SEO are a little technical for beginners but it’s worth having this blog in your arsenal, so when you have some understanding of the more technical stuff you can come back to Blind Five Year Old. If you would like to know why this blog is called Blind Five Year Old you can find out here, as it was one of the first question I asked myself, 'Why Blind Five Year Old?' :).
There are a handful of blogs that I have to check on a daily basis for fear of missing something out and this next blog just happens to be one of them. Blogstorm is regularly updated by Patrick Altoft who is the Director of Search at a very respectable company called, Branded3.
Like some of the others posted above, Blogstorm covers a range of topics from blogging, SEO and Affiliate Marketing. The main reason why I enjoy blogstorm and find it so valuable is that they cover such a variety of subjects and in such detail too.
If you are thinking of attending a conference whether it is SearchLove, LinkLove, whatever and you see that Patrick Altoft is one of the speakers on the list, go. Patrick is a great conference speaker, and after reading his blog for such a long time, it was nice to finally see him speak last year.
Search Engine Round Table has been about as far back as I can remember, and is still one of the first places I still go to today to keep up-to-date on the latest goings on with search engines. The thing I love about Search Engine Round Table is that as soon as anything changes or there has been an update, someone from Search Engine Round Table has digested what has happened, written a post about it and published it for the world to see.
Sites that do this kind of quick fire reporting are worth their weight in gold, purely because they don’t keep their findings to themselves and are willing to share (for free I might add) with everyone. Again Search Engine Round Table may be a good place to come back to when you have understood some of the fundamental tactics of SEO.
Well there you have it. I hope you find some of the sites I've listed as useful as I have over the years. :)