I’ve been writing a good bit about search engine optimization lately, including a two-part series on SEO New Year’s resolutions you can make to improve your website’s performance in search listings. In the process, I decided to put together a list of my top go-to SEO resources for you as well.
The short version of this is that time and time again, I go to two primary sources: SEOmoz and Search Engine Land. Many of the links below point to specific resources on these two websites. So if my list below is missing something specific that you’re looking for, those are two good places to continue your hunt.
These are sources I go back to regularly, either to double-check my own understanding and make sure the search landscape hasn’t changed on me without my knowledge, or to help teach other people about SEO basics.
- Beginner’s Guide to SEO – not just for beginners, it’s a great primer to go back to over and over
- Search Engine Land’s Guide to SEO and accompanying Periodic Table of SEO Ranking Factors
- SEOMOZ’s analysis of search ranking factors
- Google AdWords keyword research tool
- Google Trends – another great tool to help you with keyword research
- Webmaster Tools, both Google and Bing
- Google Algorithm Change History
- SEO Web Directory List, also from SEOMOZ
This list doesn’t include blogs and news sites that I follow on a regular basis to keep up-to-date on changes in the search landscape. If you’re interested in those, Dabby Sullivan put together a great list you can use to discover what’s right for you.
Are there other sources that you use repeatedly for SEO work? Please let me know in the comments.