Learning SEO: Gleaning Knowledge

As an aspiring SEO Technician, I have inevitably been asking a lot of questions over the last year. It occurred to me that this would be a great thing to blog about. I will be discussing the different techniques that I am using to learn the SEO trade and will talk about the different resources or hurdles I have come across (and hopefully overcome) in doing so. This is my first installment of Learning SEO: Gleaning Knowledge.

When I first got in to SEO, the one question I seemed to find myself asking repeatedly is: “How do I keep up to date with changing SEO practices, trends and news?”.

After speaking with my coworkers as to what sites they used to stay updated, it occurred to me that others were probably wondering the same thing I was. I came to the conclusion that a list of noteworthy SEO blog/news sites might make for a helpful resource for others.

Some of these sites may seem obvious to any of those that have been in the industry for any length of time. To the aspiring SEO tech, these links should prove to be a valuable resource as well as introducing you to a few of the leading players in the SEO industry.

Here is my “SSSS” (Super-Seven-Seo-Sites):

WebProNews http://www.webpronews.com/
Good general internet/seo information site. A great resource for article distribution (more on articles in another post).

SEOmozBolg http://www.seomoz.org/blog
Home to SEO Guru Rand Fishkin. This site has proven invaluable for their high quality blogs, learning resources and seo tools. Whiteboard Fridays (http://www.seomoz.org/blog/whiteboard-friday-seo-for-local-search ) are always a favourite.

Search Engine Roundtable http://www.seroundtable.com/
They report on the most interesting threads taking place at the SEM (Search Engine Marketing) forums.

Search Brains http://searchbrains.com/
Pulls in news from many sources. They also have an RSS feed to really get seo news updates in realtime.

Search Engine Journal http://www.searchenginejournal.com
Established in 2003, SEJ specializes in a community approach to the reporting of search engine news & the sharing of Search Engine Marketing knowledge & tactics.

Search Engine Watch http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/
A popular site with great tips on Internet Searches & SERPs (Search Engine Results Page), seo analysis and optimization.

Graywolf’s SEO http://www.wolf-howl.com/
Home to the legendary one-man wolf-pack, Michael Gray. He has been involved in web development and website management in 1998 and his site is an incredible wealth of information for anyone in any internet related industry.

My suggestion is to start with just a few blog/news sites. It is easy to get “blogged” down by the mass of available information, articles and news topics being discussed. As I found out, reading any one post invariably leads you down many posts. I found that by spending about 15 minutes every morning perusing the headlines is a good way to stay in the loop. In no time you will become well versed in the trends, news and players associated with SEO.

Remember to talk to your coworkers too. They have been in the industry longer and will assuredly have some gained some good wisdom. My mantra? – “Be like a sponge”. Be open to any useful information colleges have to share and glean everything you can from them.
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