If you’re new to SEO but want to learn how to better rank your business, it can feel intimidating.
Heck, just finding the right resources to trust can easily give you a headache.
But relax - today we’re going to take a look at the top 24 resources that will help you build SEO skills.
Who better to learn from than the king of search engines? Google does have a webmaster guidelines blog that will help you learn some basic concepts, pitfalls to avoid, and common practices. If you intend to perform any amount of search optimization, it’s a great place to start.
The Moz Blog is extremely famous in the SEO community, not only because of Rand Fishkin’s (and associates’) famous SEO marketing videos, but also because of the numerous SEO tools Moz has created.
Search Engine Journal serves up content daily; actually, you can find new posts there several times a day. It’s a credible source to go to for the latest happening in the SEO world.
Like Search Engine Journal, Search Engine Land is another great resource for the latest industry news, such as search engine algorithm updates, social media updates, and tips to improve your website.
Search Engine Watch typically posts once per day. I find that Search Engine Journal posts
more frequently, but SEW is still a great blog to follow.
SEMRush is another highly active blog chock-full of information and marketing strategies
to help you build knowledge about the digital marketing industry.
Yoast SEO is famous for creating ubiquitous SEO plugins. Expectedly, it only makes sense that Yoast SEO’s blog would be a good source for updates regarding Search Engine Optimization.
The WordPress Blog
Though not strictly an SEO-focused entity, the WordPress blog is still a great resource to learn about website building, as well as updates and changes that could impact your SEO score and rankings.
SEO Theory is owned and operated by Michael Martinez. If you wish, you can sign up for the premium newsletter, or read the standard blog for free as well.
State of Digital
State of Digital is a sleek and hip blog written by a smattering of different authors, and covers all topics concerning SEO and digital marketing.
Webmaster World is a forum for web administrators and digital marketers to gather and discuss the latest happening in the industry.
Niel Patel is something of an SEO celebrity due to his success in the field. He also has posted a lot of great informative tutorials to aid the learning of SEO. In addition, his daily podcast is short and sweet and always has some great tips.
The Art of SEO
When so much content is available from blogs, it may not be obvious to learn a skill the old fashioned way: from a book! The Art of SEO is a great primer for beginners who want to get their feet wet with SEO, which was co-authored by Moz SEO’s Rand Fishkin.
SEOBook is an undoutbedly useful tool for beginners, and is chock full of multimedia content, blog posts, and community forums centered around learning SEO.
Search News Central
Search News Central isn’t the most active blog, but it does post about once a month and covers topics from a unique perspective.
The Ahrefs Blog has a simple and direct mission statement, as follows, “We help you get better at SEO and marketing: detailed tutorials, case studies, and opinion pieces from marketing practitioners and industry experts alike. Plus, we love their toolset!
Quora’s SEO Forum
If you’ve got a direct and well-defined question you need answered and don’t want to pour over blog posts for hours on end, Quora might well be your best solution. In fact, it already has an SEO topic forum full of posts and answered questions.
Search Engine Roundtable is especially interesting because its site is laid out by search engine brand. If you want to learn techniques for a specific search engine, like Bing, Yahoo, or Google, SERoundTable is a valuable resource. And it's run by one of the best search engine journalists out there, Barry Schwartz.
Hubspot Academy offers a range of training options including video training, live webinars, software training, classroom training, and more with topics like Facebook Ads, SEO, Inbound Marketing, Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing, and more.
CopyBlogger isn’t technically an SEO-centric blog, but whether you engage in purist content marketing or use keywords in your content, CopyBlogger is an incredibly useful resource to improve your writing and therefore your content quality.
How Search Works
How Search Works is a resource intended for the absolute beginner, and well help provide foundational Google and search engine components such as bots, crawling, indexing, search algorithms, and more.
SERPStat Academy provides online courses that detail the processes of keyword research, domain anlysis, how to perform an SEO audit, and other related topics for beginners.
Like SERPStat Academy, Coursera is a website designed to provide digital e-learning on a variety of subjects. And wouldn’t you know it? They have a fully-fledged SEO Specialization course too.
Lynda.com also provides digital e-learning solutions, and has hours and hours of content that provide users with SEO training and tutorials. If you have a library card, it's very likely that you can get access to most of these for free through your library.
Now What's Your Excuse?
Twenty five resources ought to be enough to get you information on anything SEO.
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