25 Websites every SEO should know for 2010


In February last year I created a list of 25 websites every SEO should know, I must admit the basis of that blog post was intended as link bait which did happen to deliver. However I did also receive a lot of negative comments regarding what I had included, looking back on the list I can now see why.

Anyway, moving forward, I have created a new list of websites that every SEO should know or at the very least is aware of.

1. http://www.seomoz.org – seomoz have not held back over the last year and 9 months, most notably the addition of Linkscape and Rand’s constant travelling have done nothing but push this company to the top of the industry.

2. http://www.linkdiagnosis.com – this website has also come a long way since I first started using it back in early 08, this link analysis tool is actually quite accurate although the results are only taken from Yahoo, link building can be very effective using this site

3. http://www.twitter.com – Twitter was a must in my previous list and it’s a must now. Any budding SEOs can learn a lot from following some of the leaders in the industry and seasoned SEOs can get a lot of good stories aggregated straight to your twitter home with absolutely no effort.

4. http://www.wolf-howl.com – A search blog with a different stance from many other industry leaders, not always agreeing with Google tactics and methods Michael Gray provides a good contrast in perspective and a sometimes light hearted Friday afternoon read.

5. http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com – The official Google webmasters blog, there’s always a lot of activity happening over at the big G, it pays to keep on top of developments.

6. http://www.huomah.com/dojo – I can’t stress enough how good this website is, recently voted as number 1 for the “best paid subscription SEM community” by readers at Top Rank Blog. I’ve spoken to Dave (the ninja boss) many times and the amount of SEO he knows is scary!

7. http://www.sphinn.com – Sphinn is the equivalent to Digg for anything search related, the community has continued to grow over the last few years and although some recent technical decisions have caused some negative chatter – it still feels ace.

8. http://www.seobook.com – Aaron Wall has been in this business a long time and SEO Book provides great resources for SEOs around the world, I especially like the tool “Rank Checker” for snapshot views into ranking performance.

9. http://raven-seo-tools.com – The Raven site provides excellent SEO tools in the form of benchmarking, I used the site in it’s early days and it’s continued to get better and better – solid SEO blog too.

10. http://www.seo-browser.com – It’s important to know how search engines view your website, using SEO Browser can easy display what’s working and what’s not, very useful for performing site audits.

11. http://www.youtube.com/user/GoogleWebmasterHelp – A lot of good SEO questions have been answered by Matt Cutts and co through the video format on YouTube, great watching, even if you just want to find out what T-shirt colour Matt wears.

12. http://www.avivadirectory.com/strongest-directories – Link building from authority based directories does still hold SEO value – fact. Aviva Directory created this list a while a go but many listings are still valuable, decent bookmark to have.

13. http://www.google.com/insights/search – Alas another Google link but extremely important for identifying keyword opportunities on generic and local based levels, although take a pinch of salt with the data provided.

14. http://searchengineland.com – one of the most important search blogs online with great insights and in depth discoveries, it would be rude not to include these boys.

15. http://www.hobo-web.co.uk/seo-blog – This website has grown in authority and reputation over the last few years with much deserves. Constantly providing good SEO blog posts, free e-books and valuable insights, you’d be crazy not to be subscribed to this blog.

16. http://www.seounique.com/blog – I felt the need to add my blog on the list because I do run tests which may provide insights, I’m by no means like the others on this list but I’d appreciate the signup to my feed!

17. http://www.seroundtable.com – Great site for breaking SEO news stories or developments within the industry, plus they have great resources and a forum

18. http://www.bruceclay.com/blog – Solid SEO advice and one to keep on top of.

19. http://www.reelseo.com – Video SEO is something that’s been “around” for a while but never implemented to the full potential. Learn how to maximise this at this great site.

20. http://www.mybloglog.com – Essential for bloggers and online community builders.

21. http://technorati.com – I don’t think I need to explain why you should be aware of this site, news is information, knowledge is power.

22. http://econsultancy.com – An absolute must for any internet marketer. Community content, breaking stories, industry insights and a gazillion more things related to SEO.

23. http://www.seodesignsolutions.com/blog/ – I’ve been in contact with Jeffery for a long time and his blog has never stopped producing quality SEO insights, theories and discoveries over the last 20 months, I suggest those of you who aren’t signed up do so!

24. http://www.google.com/analytics – This is quite an obvious one really, analytics packages are the backbone to any good online marketing campaign as they show the results and RIO for campaigns. The positives include extended insights and functions, landscape benchmarking, in depth data breakdown and its free!

25. http://socialmention.com/ – Brands are becoming more important in natural search and from social aspects, this website helps you monitor brand mentions online through various channels, best thing about this site – it’s free, unlike competitors.

Matt Ridout

About the author

My name is Matt Ridout, I've been working in digital marketing for 9 years; worked for agencies and currently Head of SEO at fashion startup called Farfetch. Try to test my own theories.


  1. Hiya brother Matt… just noticed this one in me reader while getting this week’s newsletter together…. A huge thanks for the kind words! It’s been a long journey getting the Dojo together and it’s nice to see the support!

    All the best in the new year and happy holidays my friend! Keep up the great work..

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  3. It’s all deserved Dave – I’m just annoyed I have to miss out on the Friday chat sessions now (new job/limited Skype access)!

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  5. Matt:

    Thanks for adding our site to the list. I feel like the SEO underdog of the list “even though we have ranked in the top 10 for SEO for over a year”…

    Glad to see that people are actually reading the blog and taking notice of the power of on page SEO and our contribution to WordPress with SEO Ultimate.

    All I can say is we have some sick tools to share in the upcoming months and are glad to finally get some respect…

    Take care and happy holidays…

  6. Thanks for the mention Matt 🙂

  7. This is a really impressive and comprehensive list of sites.

    I will admit that I have not heard of a great deal of them, but that just makes it all the more informative. I look forward to looking through some of those sites and seeing what I can learn!

  8. Great blog with absolutely amazing content, I have really enjoyed learning so much about SEO from you.


  9. Thanks Mark – appreciate the feedback!

  10. Wow what a great article Matt thanks for sharing this list with us. Will have to bookmark these lol

  11. Far-Flung Interactive Corp. January 2, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for the great info also you missed a few critical ones
    1. Spnbabble
    2. Mrdefinite
    there is alot more I tweet all the time “farflungmedia”
    Happy New Year

  12. Great list! Howcome you mentioned Twitter but not facebook? On our 4th quarter campaign we got more links from facebook than on Twitter or am I missing something? :/

  13. Hi,
    The information is quite helpful for an seo….i will definitely bookmark it…

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  15. Great post Matt. It’s all pleasure to go through. Thanks a lot for such nice list.

  16. Now this is what I call handy. I’ve been looking for the best and reliable resources regarding SEO, and knowing that this is up-to-date, I can be sure that I’ll be using current techniques, especially that I’m implementing SEO Wales for location-specific sites.

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  18. We found seroundtable.com very useful in getting more and more search engines update.

    Thanks for making this list.

  19. awesome list. so useful for an seo amateur like myself

  20. Nice list. Wondering if there could be new additions in 2011 or beyond and/or whether the above could be ranked in order of value delivery and people preferences. Any thoughts?

  21. Thanks so much for this valuable site for list 25. I really enjoy this blog.

  22. Thanks for that list, man it’s amazing how much you can learn about things by just Googling these days and spending time to learn!

    There is so much good FREE SEO stuff out there.

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  24. Hi Matt, thanks for the great list. I’ve heard great things about SEOMoz, and have used some of the tools from SEOBook myself. Of course everyone knows Twitter (although it’s not something I have personally used as a tool yet).

    Really appreciate the rest of the list though. I’ll be sure to check it out.

    All the best

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