Here's a list of websites that offers high quality SEO knowledge:
Learning SEO and website optimization techniques is not a day's job. It's not even a life time task. It's an ongoing thing – there is no one who has learned it all. SEO tips and tricks provided in these websites are just enough to help you kick start your blogging career.
These are the only websites that I found to be in plain English that any newcomer can understand – no unnecessary terminologies. I have used these when I began my blogging career and have used the knowledge that they impart so well. Truly, these websites have the pioneers behind them who are in this field since the beginning.
1. Search Engine Watch: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tactics, tools, and news on website crawling, indexing and ranking; link building; algorithm changes; keyword research, and more. This is what SEW provides. It's a nice website that provides news and information about search engines and search engine marketing. It was started by Danny Sullivan in 1996 and sold in 1997. Danny worked with SEW until he left in 2006. This website has been a good quality oriented and authoritative on this subject since close to last two decades.
2. Search Engine Land: Search Engine Marketing began in late 90s. That's when Danny Sullivan started his Search Engine Watch too. However, after his resignation, Danny started the Search Engine Land website that is a news website which covers search engine marketing and search engine optimization. Founded in 2006, this being the brain child of Danny, has been equally good and has also attracted good number of loyalists and followers. Danny Sullivan also conducts the SMX – Search Marketing Expo.
3. Matt Cutts Blog: Matt Cutts leads the web spam team at Google. Cutts has given advice and made statements on help related to the use of the Google search engine and related issues. He also has provided lots of webmaster videos that will help bloggers and webmasters alike on how to better optimize their websites.
Related content: Short answers to every Matt Cutts video
4. Moz.com: My personal favorite. Its quality content with deep knowledge on the subject is a match to no other website. I learned so much from Moz.com. No wonder they are leading this arena. Its clean navigation and concise plain English explanations will help you go a long way in the blogging career. They also offer their articles in PDF.
Sample: Understanding the long tail of keyword demand:
It's wonderful to deal with keywords that have 5,000 searches a day, or even 500 searches a day, but in reality, these "popular" search terms actually make up less than 30% of the searches performed on the web. The remaining 70% lie in what's called the "long tail" of search. The long tail contains hundreds of millions of unique searches that might be conducted a few times in any given day, but, when taken together, they comprise the majority of the world's demand for information through search engines.
The four websites that I've provided above are genuinely the ones that I love keep following. I am in no way attached to them. These are the places that I look to when I get any question on the practices that I follow in maintaining The Key Ponderer. I actually had a more number of websites in my list earlier, however those sites started adding irrelevant content lately and I do not want to mention them here. These four are the BIG FOUR in my view, in the field of SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION FOR WEBSITES.
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