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The Top 6 SEO Resources for Bloggers

This guest post is by Matt Beswick.

For anyone involved in SEO, staying on top of the game is a difficult task thanks to the unpredictable nature of the business.

As a blogger, however, it’s almost impossible—all you want to be doing is writing great content and generating traffic, right? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, things change in the blink of an eye, so keeping tabs on the latest SEO witchcraft inevitably demands a lot of research off the clock.

The following websites are the best references on the web for anyone who wants to keep up with what’s happening, and make sure that their site isn’t doing anything that risks putting them out of favour with the big G!

SEOmoz

Since 2004, SEOmoz has been one of the most highly respected sites online when it comes to providing top-notch SEO analysis, advice and knowledge.

Their accumulated SEO wisdom is practical and credible, thanks to their renowned staff of expert authors. With plenty of general articles and loads of quick, helpful tidbits, SEOmoz istheultimate SEO destination for many in the industry.

Search Engine Roundtable

Maintaining one’s relevance in an industry that changes as quickly as SEO is a challenge. That’s where Search Engine Roundtable comes in.

Like the Slashdot of SEO forums, it reports on the best writing in the field and compiles it into a running commentary on the state of the industry. Featuring some of the most insightful analysis of the Search Engine Marketing world available, Search Engine Roundtable is a must-read.

Search Engine Land

Covering literally every aspect of SEO and online marketing under the sun, Search Engine Land is a favourite among SEOs in every niche.

Boasting regular full-length articles by some of the most recognised names in the business, it’s practically a necessity for those who wish to stay ahead of the curve on SEO matters.

Whether you’re after how-to tutorials, buyers’ guides, or white papers from the web’s biggest tech companies, Search Engine Land has it all.

State of Search

A relative newcomer to the scene, State of Search is nevertheless one of the most reliable sources for SEO news and views that you can find.

In addition to their in-depth coverage and superb articles, they also boast a newsletter, weekly podcasts on Webmaster Radio, and a whole lot more.

Bolstered by a loyal and growing fan base of SEO professionals, amateurs and freelancers, State of Search is one site that shouldn’t be ignored.

Search Engine Journal

Taking the traditional SEO journal format and spicing it up with some extra goodness, Search Engine Journal delivers the goods on a consistent basis.

The forums are a veritable Algonquin Round Table of SEO discourse and are a terrific resource in and of themselves. On top of stellar articles and opinion pieces, this site also claims some of the best SEO link-building tools out there.

Google Webmaster Central

Google dominates so much of our online lives that it’s no wonder we spend so much time and effort optimising pages for their algorithms. When in doubt, going straight to the source for the best information on optimising for those algorithms is a pretty smart move.

Google Webmaster Central is the official SEO blog for the world’s biggest search engine company. To get the sanctioned party line from Google’s top brass and read helpful, informative posts by the likes of Matt Cutts, head here first.

Over and Out

The moral of the story is that the laws of entropy apply to SEO just as they do to the rest of the universe: without a constant input of effort, it’s easy to fall out of the loop and lose your handle on what’s hot in the ever-exciting world of SEO.

Fortunately, it’s quite easy to stay on top of current developments by checking these sites regularly—they’re quite simply the best of the best when it comes to doing your industry homework. If you can recommend others, though, let us know about them in the comments.

Matt Beswick is a digital consultant based in the UK, specialising in SEO, and also runs Pet365. Find him on Twitter @mattbeswick.

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Comments

  1. Jeff Korhan says:

    I don’t disagree with any of these – with SEOmoz getting a big thumbs up for their WhiteBoard Friday videos.

    However, for bloggers especially, you have to add Copyblogger to the list for their valuable insights on optimizing content for SEO.

    In fact, if you want to be true to your title of Copyblogger should arguably rank #1.

    • John Banks says:

      Have to agree with you Jeff, Copyblogger and SEOmoz are the tops for me. Although I should say – I am still guilty of not doing enough no matter how much content I read….

      Great post Matt.

      Regards,
      John

      • Jeff Korhan says:

        So true Matt – seems when it comes to SEO the job is never done!

        • WebDSE says:

          I agree with both of you. It’s just laziness and carelessness that don’t let us do anything. I was also like that earlier but now I am following their techniques now.
          I needs a bit of research, creativity and hard work and it is worth doing so.

    • Matt Beswick says:

      Jeff,

      You’re probably right about Copyblogger but, for some reason, it just hasn’t made it onto my list of sites to check each day (more my fault than theirs, I’m sure!).

      Matt

    • jobtips says:

      just start as a virgin,need more help about this area!

  2. Ben Troy says:

    According to me SEOmoz tools are must have for all search engine optimizers. Seomoz tools detailed information and extensive reports to help seo Professionals.

  3. Matt Brennan says:

    Good start. I agree with the other commenter that CopyBlogger should be up there. I know this blog regarded SEO, but for general blogging tips, etc. Chris Brogan, Mitch Joel and Julien Smith all have very helpful blogs.

  4. Richard Ng says:

    Hi Matt,

    Nice resources, never heard of State Of Search, will sure to check it out. Cheers!

  5. Arbaz Khan says:

    A thumbs up to the post.
    All the SEO resources mentioned are superb. I don’t normally visit SEOMoz, even after knowing that it is the best out there. Still I prefer Search Engine Journal and Search Engine Roundtable.
    Never thought of going out of these two and have a look at others.
    Great post however :)

  6. Shelby Roth says:

    Great stuff Matt. I assent with your top SEO resources Tips, very true and encouraging. I used to have such kind of problem and thanks a lot you have actually saved me a lot. I look forward into putting things into proper way; your advice is divine and I adore that. Thank you!

  7. I completely agree with you on this; @ Matt. These are among the best SEO sites and I am definitely going to recommend them to my fellow colleagues.

  8. I am also going to reiterate on the same sites. I have to concur with you on the fact that these are the best SEO sites and I have used most of them from time to time… especially Google. I highly recommend them to everyone; thanks.

  9. Adam Veitch says:

    Hey Matt,

    Nice list, as a blogger myself I’ve found loads of great advice on Copyblogger and Distilled. However, my biggest source of inspiration and tips has got to be Hubspot.

    They have mountains of ebooks categorised as beginner, intermediate and advanced. I strongly suggest checking them out. If it’s worth learning about, Hubspot will have an ebook on it!

    Thanks

    • Matt Beswick says:

      Hi Adam,

      Hubspot’s definitely worth a look… I’m not a frequent reader (although I know I should be) but they’ve definitely got some amazing resources.

      Thanks for your comment,

      Matt

  10. Dear Matt,
    I am using seomoz tools it’s good tool for seo Professionals.
    Thanks for sharing

  11. Mark says:

    And my best is “Search Engine Land”

    Here are few reasons why you should read Search Engine Land on daily basis

    1) All authors are well experience at least 10 years
    2) Google confirms most of things on search engine land
    3) All latest search engine news on SELnd

  12. Mi Muba says:

    No doubt SEO has become so challenging in this dog-eats-dog competitive environment in the world of blogging where no body can retain top position for a longer period of time. In this situation quantified tips on SEO will be quite helpful for struggling bloggers like me

  13. Wade says:

    As a blogger it’s important to have an SEO strategy. I use most of these tools with great success!

  14. Daniel says:

    Great list, Matt…

    You picked some very solid sites, that people of all levels of experience can learn greatly from…

    Rand’s SEOMoz has put out some great posts(from Rand and also guest authors) ….many of which I have bookmarked, and used as reference(often to balance{ litmus test} against other “same topic related” articles)….

    Barry over at SEroundtable also puts out some great posts and insights…

    Can’t fault the list, really…

    Also, there are just so many other places where you can pick up some useful insights….

    Though, since we are dealing with more “SEO” orientated sites, that list is as good a place to start as any…

  15. lisaflorence says:

    I like Search engine watch and search engine journal provides more information about SEO informations and needs.

  16. Deepak says:

    Hello Matt

    Nice Stuff…..!

    Thanks.

  17. Khairul says:

    As a newbie Blogger ( not even 6 month old ), I often felt overwhelmed by the amount of work needed to create & maintain a good blog. Thanks for this excellent post…

  18. Ehsan Ullah says:

    SEOMoz and Search Engine Land are the two biggest SEO resources for bloggers. I have been learning and basics of SEO from the daily updates of Search Engine Land from quite some time and I’ve got to learn a lot of new things that is helping me to see my posts on the first page of Google with particular keyword.

  19. erez says:

    It’s amazing how that SEO MOZ amazing website and informative. It is important that within the dynamic network there are such things

  20. Alex Saji says:

    Hi Matt, Great job. Thanks for this post.

  21. Ryan says:

    SEOmoz is still one of the best tools that anyone doing any SEO work should be using. With all of the features that are available in their pro package, it is well worth the fees.

  22. Hi Matt..
    nice sound for I’m totally agree with this article for SEO Resources for Bloggers. Actually there lot of Resources for Blogging in Online Marketing But I like to connect with Search Engine Land. Danny Sullivan & Matt McGee always share valuable current news & articles.

  23. I just love seomoz and google webmaster tools. Anyways awesome post man.

  24. Great post, thanks for all the valuable information that you have provided.