The little list of SEO sites

[ page last updated: Mar. 13, 2011. ]

In an attempt to wade through all the junk sites that pretend to talk about search engine optimization, i’ve started a small list of sites that actually discuss the topic in an intelligent way, contributing something valuable to the debate, and don’t just try to sell you something. I will try to keep this list short, and up to date, so check back occationally.

Most of these sites monitor (and speculate on) current SEO trends, track changes in search engine policies/algorithms, and explore various marketing theories/techniques. They tend to look at the bigger search engines like google, bing, and yahoo. Many experienced (resisted the urge to say ‘seasoned’) SEO experts cluster around these sites, which makes their forum sections especially valuable for learning about the topic in general.

Additional articles and information:

These sites were once in the “little list” but have fallen from grace..
They remain here mostly because they still have something useful to add, but may not be updated as frequently or as completely dedicated to the subject.

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  1. Martin wrote:

    Good list, and I’d add to that the Digital Points Forum – – I just came across it yesterday and I reckon it’s one of the best forums I’ve come across in a long time.

    Posted 17 Jul 2005 at 8:00 pm
  2. Sebastian wrote:

    Discussing (=’speculating about’ in the SEO world) trends, events and findings is one thing, understanding the basics of SEO is another story. You should add links leading to serious SEO articles as well. You can start here and follow the links then:

    Posted 18 Jul 2005 at 9:26 am
  3. elran wrote:

    I agree with you Sebastian -
    it’s almost as if you need to be exposed to all the hype before you can actually tell what is truely valuable info.
    in the end though, it all comes full circle, and it’s back to basics.

    Posted 19 Jul 2005 at 1:11 pm
  4. aaron wall wrote:

    >contributing something valuable to the debate, and don’t just try to sell you something.

    What is the difference between selling you something directly and a site that publishes my articles and then sells advertisements to people like me which later try to sell you something? This question comes from a person who has had their content published on or paid $$$ to advertise on most of the sites on that list (some sites, such as ISEDB, both sell me ads and publish my articles).

    And as far as not trying to sell you anything goes, not all profits are in terms of dollars. I usually prefer links to dollars myself. Look at the top post on that RealSEO site, it’s an affiliate link to a cooperative link building network which builds link credits for the person mentioning it. But then again I only recently interviewed the guy who created that link network, my site must be crap because it sells something.

    A few sites that should be on any such short list:

    Of course, those sites do sell ad space.

    Labor of love is cool, but it is even cooler to get paid doing what you like.

    Posted 27 Jul 2005 at 2:25 am
  5. elran wrote:

    ah, where to begin.. (that’s some lighting fast posting by the way. all i did was get some coffee)

    “contributing something… and don’t just try to sell..” ==> i guess i was a bit vague on this one (i’ll probably clean up this statement). it’s just that the are so many sites that use ads in an aggressive manner, popups, content buried in a sea of ads (that sort of thing). this makes it very hard to compile a strong set of sites for later reference. that is why i started this list.
    i guess i’m looking for balance. lots (if not most) sites have some kind of ad content, this site will probably have google ads soon too. but the issue for me isn’t ads, it’s intent. if the site has ads but i feel like they want me to see the main content first, that’s good. otherwise, i’m probably not going to stick around. My twisted logic: if the site is so worried about making money that it seems desperate (for me to accidentally click), how can i trust that they know anything about SEO?

    anyway, to address your earlier question (my opinion), i don’t mean to distiguish between a site that is “selling you something directly and a site that publishes… then sells..” and all possible combinations in between. although i believe a site owner is both responsible for the ads they put on their site as well as the sites they choose to sell their articles to. instead i’m looking for depth, details, and value. (ie: if someone has sold their article to a site that features a million ads, i’ll probably just look for the original source of the content and link to the author’s site – which is probably what the author wants anyway)

    on a side note, it’s funny you should mention ISEDB and RealSEO. i just bumped ISEDB from the list to make room for Vaughn’s site. i was going to bump RealSEO but i didn’t. the problem is that as i add sites to the list, the good one’s get harder and harder to compare side-by-side. i didn’t just want to make the list longer, but i’m sure there are many more sites worth listing. i will definitely check out the 3 sites you recommended (thanks aaron) as soon as i get a chance.

    (/end coffee.)

    Posted 27 Jul 2005 at 3:52 am
  6. aaron wall wrote:

    >but the issue for me isn’t ads, it’s intent.

    that is hard to judge, and sometimes the best ads do not even register as being ads (that is why Google offers text ads on – many people do not recognize them as being ads. until I started learning about search engines I didn’t)

    some sites, like SearchEngineWatch or SearchEngineGuide, have a ton of ads because there content is so good that many people want to advertise there. sure their needs to be some balance, but I guess what I have learned is that you can’t tell a lot about the quality of the information based just on the ads displayed. sometimes it takes a while to figure out what is best, etc

    >i believe a site owner is both responsible for the ads they put on their site as well as the sites they choose to sell their articles to.

    If you publish Google AdWords on your site you will soon be publishing ads outside of your control, including search spam software, site submission scam services, and lots of other rip offs. Google does allow you to make a negative ad display list to block certain sites, but that has a limit of 200 URLs, and that will proably not be enough to filter out all the crap.

    The PageRank meter at the bottom of the page provides a static link into the site where the image comes from, effectively working as a PageRank hoarding scheme.

    Posted 27 Jul 2005 at 5:28 am
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  8. Jason Earll wrote:

    I like the list of sites you have chosen, I know all of these companies and they are all really good, though I wish my SEO site was listed as well even though it is a new site but again good list good companies.

    Posted 05 May 2006 at 6:57 pm
  9. elran wrote:

    hi jason,

    thanks for the kind words..
    i checked out your site and it looks like you’re off to a good start.
    i think your design is chill, soothing.
    let me know if there are any articles in particular you’d want me to read.
    but, as the title of this post suggests, this is a short list..
    so, if i add your site to the list, it would likely result in somebody else’s site getting bumped.
    still, i would like to keep this list current – so all suggestions (for sites) are welcome.

    Posted 06 May 2006 at 1:03 pm
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    Posted 31 Jan 2008 at 1:44 am
  11. admin wrote:

    hi Amit,

    thanks for checking out the site..

    unforetunately, this is a list of sites that provide infomation on SEO best practices and does not include any links to sites that provide commercial SEO services.

    but, hey, here’s a free SEO tip for ya..
    next time, maybe use a little basic html to link up the reference to your website. more people are likely to visit it that way. ;)

    Posted 31 Jan 2008 at 3:37 am
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  26. elran wrote:

    Hi Kulls,

    I made this little list a while ago.
    It’s not so little anymore..
    Anyway, I’ve just updated it again.

    Thanks for the comment!

    Posted 13 Mar 2011 at 2:23 pm
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