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:
- Why reputable SEO firms don’t promise guaranteed search engine rankings
- Beginners guide to search engine optimization
- Rand’s 13 step guide to linkbait love
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:
- How to make Flash content search-friendly
- A small business year-end marketing checklist
- 3 jump-start methods for passionate linking
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:
- Free search engine optimisation tips for beginners
- Twitter add “nofollow” to bio links
- SEO advice: getting links
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:
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:
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:
- Beginners guide to linkbait
- How to use Google alerts to find out if your website gets hacked
- Brits don’t understand search engine optimisation
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?