7 SEO blogs and 21 useful articles

As a self-employed graphic designer, reliant on my site for most new business, it makes sense to learn how to improve Google rankings. Here are a few helpful SEO blogs, with links to particularly relevant articles.

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One of the big players, containing a wealth of information. I particularly enjoy the advice of Rand Fishkin.

SEOmoz articles of note:

Search Engine Land

Search Engine Land

More than 30,000 RSS subscribers can attest to this being one of the top industry blogs. It’s authored by a multitude of writers, keeping you updated on the latest news.

Search Engine Land articles of note:

Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts is employed as the head of Google’s spam team. Needless to say, he knows a thing or two about how to rank in Google. Matt likes to publish blog posts about a wide range of topics (music, games, cats etc.), so I’ve pointed the link above to his SEO-specific category.

Matt Cutts articles of note:


Michael Gray

A familiar name amongst SEO experts, and although I’ve only conversed with Michael very briefly — when I asked him for help via email — he’s quick to share great SEO tips and advice.

Michael Gray articles of note:

Cornwall SEO

Lyndon Antcliff

I’m not sure how I came to know Lyndon, but we’ve been in touch quite a number of times in the past. He’s always been friendly, articulate, helpful, and knows more than a little about how to create linkbait.

Lyndon Antcliff articles of note:

David Naylor

Dave Naylor

From the website: “David Naylor, more commonly known as DaveN, started working in the SEO industry over 10 years ago with three major corporations releasing their database driven data, creating internal link structures and improving usability.”

Dave Naylor articles of note:



A popular UK-based SEO blog. From the website: “BlogStorm is written by Patrick Altoft, Director of Search at Branded3, a Leeds based digital agency specialising in search engine optimisation, online marketing & web development.” Patrick was quick to offer help during my rollercoaster relationship with Google. Very much appreciated.

Blogstorm articles of note:

Your favourite SEO resources

Where do you go to learn about SEO? I’m always on the lookout for new resources. Do you read any of the websites mentioned above, and if so, what are your thoughts about them?

39 responses

  1. Thanks for the outstanding resources David. SEO is something I am relatively new to, so I’m in the process of learning and understanding it by the day. This post will help a lot… I’ll definitely be adding these resources you provided to my Google Reader!

  2. Thanks for these links David, some new ones here. Do you find that a lot of the SEO articles just repeat the same advice, just rephrased? I suppose it is a bit like the ‘how to make money blogging’ niche… the advice can only be given in so many ways but in saying that, there are some valuable resources here.

    I’ve always liked the All In One SEO plugin for WordPress and these two articles may be of interest.

    10 SEO Rules For Designers – written by Joshua Jeffreyes on my blog.
    How To Get 100% Free Advertising On Google – popular post teaching you about Google Local.

  3. Very nice list, I’ve found SEOChat (http://www.seochat.com/) to be a valuable resource, their articles are awesome and the forums can be very, very useful.

    Also, for what it’s worth, I’ve found that the best SEO advice I’ve received has been “create value for your visitors and your site will go up in the rankings” (as you can attest, David!). Great post.

  4. David, a truly great list. It is interesting how the disciplines overlap. It’s hard to be a successful freelancer in one field, such as web design, and not have at least a basic knowledge of SEO. Thanks for passing along the great resources!

  5. Good luck with it, Brian, and you’re very welcome.

    Jacob, I’ve found a lot of bad advice, so when you see a resource of use, it’s worth taking note — especially the first article I mention, on how reputable SEO firms don’t guarantee top rankings.

    George, thanks for the additional resource, and I completely agree:

    “…create value for your visitors and your site will go up in the rankings.”

  6. Good list David.

    This is by no means a dig but I was pretty grilled that EVERY SINGLE site in my regular feeds this morning featured a list post. What the f*ck, can no-one actually write decent, thought-provoking articles anymore?! Sorry mate I know you can I just had to get that off my chest!

    I really do believe that if you have a good read through some of the bits on these sites you’ll get a good idea of SEO and a lot of it is a balance of common sense and a few tricks and techniques. I can’t believe some of the ridiculous prices SEOs charge for their services when you can peruse sites like these and pick most of it up!

  7. Hello David,

    Thank you for the great resources. It comes especially handy at the moment as I just found my way back to the online world and able to work on my blog again.

  8. Nathan, there are a lot of lists going around. I find that quite a few of my readers appreciate these resource-type posts, which is why I compile them from time-to-time.

    James, SEO Book is a great addition.

    Richard, nice guest post. I particularly like your tip about useful internal linking. There’s one point I disagree with, and that’s where you say not to link to competitors. It’s not for everyone, but I enjoy featuring great design when I see it, even if I’m in competition with the designers responsible.

  9. Some nice resources.

    I keep an eye on SEOmoz and Bruce Clay. Rand has some great advice for the budding SEO’s out there.

    SEObook is another one I like to read. A lot of fresh information posted regularly.

    The thing I like about SEOmoz and SEObook are the free tools. They both have an extensive list of free tools which can assist in any SEO campaign

  10. What advice to take on SEO is a great question and I find that as with most things online, information overload and the right advice is hard to find.

    As per a few comments here… Jacob the best thing to do if wanting to learn SEO or any topic online is to find a few good books and go from there. Especially if you are a samll business wanting to go the DIY route.

    For more in depth theory that most don’t discuss, articles are then the next best bet although their are some books around on more in depth SEO theory.

    Also agree that good SEO is mainly common sense and most of it is based on simple marketing theory of both online and offline forms.

    As I always say, SEO is not hard just time consuming.

    Some good resources here overall!

  11. Thanks for the list, David, there are some that I haven’t come across before which look really good.

    As James mentioned in his comment, I like seobook.com . It used to be mainly a blog but Aaron Wall runs a training program on it now. I use his keyword tools (which are free) a LOT. http://tools.seobook.com/

  12. Thanks for sharing the seo sites David. I quite like to use another seo site called rankingtoday.com as they have a really good feature on the site for checking a web pages content. It gives advice about meta tags, checks for broken links, checks for keyword stuffing and lets you know which words appear most often in your content which is great as this offers a glimpse of what the search engines see.

  13. Thanks for the good info and suggestions. I am fairly new to the online business experience, and need to learn all I can to keep growing.

  14. Definitely the first four are top of the list in my bookmarks too :). I’d add to the list /www.searchenginejournal.com and googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com of course. :)

  15. Hey David, Really great post, I have been going through these sites and found the seochat.com is really the best one I relate to and believe that it can help bloggers / designers at all levels. It’s always hard to find a good resource for SEO because so much of the information is just rewritten in a different way. But I think you have a good quality list here.
    Please note: Beware of the companies that promise Guaranteed Google Rankings… Be very aware…
    Thanks again great resource post…
    The Pro Designer

  16. Jennifer, thanks for linking to the keyword search tool. I know there are quite a few freebies around, and free, in this regard, can also be great.

    Matthew, don’t think I’ve seen that one before, cheers.

    Mig, Alex, I appreciate your suggestions, and agree with webmaster central. No substitute for advice from the horses mouth.

  17. Had the majority of these in my feedreader, but found David Naylor to be on the whole quite a negative blogger, and there weren’t many gems actually about search. That said he is well respected so perhaps he doesn’t need to create killer content on his site.

    As per – Great stuff anyway David.

  18. Hi Paul,

    Dave Naylor does tend to publish a lot more personal thoughts, as opposed to tips and advice. Like you say, he seems very well respected within the industry. To be honest it had been a while since I visited his site (I was more familiar with the old design / content from a year or two back — “nothing beats a good rank”).

    Cheers for stopping in.

  19. I’ve always heard a lot of about Matt Cutts but never really followed him because he works for Google, and I figured he wouldn’t give any real useful info.

    However, the more good things I hear about him, the more I realize it might be worth checking out his stuff. Anyway, thanks for all the resources, as I’m just starting a blog myself and need all the help I can get.

  20. Here is an interesting problem: I just searched for “logo design” and found that your site is listed, oh, around 35 (counting unique domains down the google results). I see all the SEO you’ve done, the great content you have, zillions of followers, etc.

    Now, I did a search for “freelance graphic designer”. My own site comes up pretty much the same – about 35. But here is the question:

    My site up until recently had no real SEO optimization to speak of. It was standards compliant to a fault (something I thought very important in 2005 when I redesigned it). I had utterly no content on the site. I had 3 pages, one of which was “about us” that was just a hello kind of note. Then I had a link to a blogger blog, and the blog itself was just like “hey, here’s a logo I did”. But I did have “freelance graphic design studio” at the top of the page.

    I did redesign the site last month. It’s one pager, but is slightly keyword optimized for “freelance graphic designer”. So even less pages, but re-indexed by Google, and I’m still way up there. Some variations on that search have me number one in Google.

    My site has been freelance graphic designer oriented since 2001. Would you say, then, that simply being 8 years old, and however poorly optimized for keywords, has trumped all the other factors that should have me at position 1 million, and not 35? I do have a blog in the plans, for a niche, but that is forthcoming.

    So, does age and site subject history count for more than we realize? Is patience really the golden virtue of SEO?

    Thanks for any insight! Great site BTW…have been following it and LogoDesignLove for some time! Keep up the great work!

  21. Hi David,

    We are all very impressed with this post, it is often difficult to find a good resource for SEO because so much of the information is just rewritten in so many different ways.

    Thanks again for sharing and all us at G3 Creative look forward to future posts.

  22. Douglas, the term ‘logo design’ is ridiculously competitive, and a lot of under-handed tactics take place to rank highly for it. There’ll be many more searches for the phrase when compared with ‘freelance graphic designer’.

    Domain age is a factor, as far as I’m aware, but of more importance is the number of inbound links, with relevant anchor text. Good work on your success, and thanks for visiting my blogs.

  23. When I wrote those, I thought “what hit’s a nerve” with my audience? The limericks do encapsulate several familiar and well-worn sentiments of designers of all persuasions. I found in visiting some of the pingbacks that people copied out the first one, which perhaps is the most “iconic” of them all (and the first one I wrote in the series – it went downhill from there :) )

    The point is that good content, even in the form of a limerick for Pete’s sake, can do well.

    It also helps if Smashing Magazine puts it’s on their homepage in the Tweet list :), but it wouldn’t have gotten there to begin with if it didn’t resonate well.

    So, content content content! That’s where I’m working hard and learning the most right now.

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