Top SEO Blogs

These are the Best SEO Blogs on the planet.  I used several subjective and objective factors to prune and rank this list. You can read about them here.  If you are interested, I also compiled a list of the Top SEO Trade Publications,  the Top 42 SEO Bloggers, and the Most Popular SEO Blogs.

Top 70 SEO Blogs

Rank Blog Twitter US Visitors/Mo (Compete.com) SEO RECON Files Report
1 seomoz.org/blog ~16.5k
2 seobook.com/blog ~18k
3 toprankblog.com ~86.2k
4 wolf-howl.com ~53k
5 blogstorm.co.uk ~34k
6 seroundtable.com ~30k
7 seoptimise.com/blog ~33k
8 blindfiveyearold.com ~5.6k
9 hugoguzman.com ~13k
10 davidnaylor.co.uk ~10.7k
11 rosshudgens.com ~13k
12 conversationmarketing.com ~51k
13 searchenginepeople.com/blog ~34k
14 techipedia.com ~25k
15 matthewsdiehl.com ~2.4k
16 seopedia.org ~2.6k
17 reelseo.com ~95k
18 pandia.com ~35.5k
19 stayonsearch.com ~26k
20 adamsherk.com ~2.4k
21 seo-theory.com ~15k
22 shoemoney.com ~76k
23 stuntdubl.com ~6.6k
24 kaushik.net ~60k
25 sharkseo.com ~1.8k
26 seobullshit.com ~1.7k
27 distilled.co.uk ~40k
28 aimclearblog.com ~29k
29 grokdotcom.com ~16k
30 getelastic.com ~23k
31 bryaneisenberg.com ~2.9k
32 convinceandconvert.com ~26.4k
33 jackhumphrey.com ~3k
34 sugarrae.com ~23k
35 smallbusinesssem.com ~26k
35 idealaunch.com/blog ~6.6k
36 level343.com/article_archive/ ~2k
38 revenews.com ~14k
39 digitalmarketingstrategy.com ~0.2k
40 yoast.com ~118k
41 teachtofishdigital.com ~0.75k
42 http://voltier.com/blog ~9.8k
43 webanalyticsworld.net ~14k
44 redflymarketing.com ~13k
45 andybeard.eu ~20k
46 invesp.com ~23k
47 marketingpilgrim.com ~77k
48 hyder.me/blog ~0.67k
49 outofmygord.com ~5k
50 chrisbrogan.com ~152k
51 prelovac.com ~126k
52 niceblogger.com ~8k
53 cre8pc.com ~1.4k
54 bruceclay.com ~42k
55 http://www.audettemedia.com/blog ~4.2k
56 searchmarketingwisdom.com ~5k
57 clicktrue.biz ~5.6k
58 searchengineoptimizationjournal.com ~27k
59 http://www.beussery.com/blog/ ~3.2k
60 seobythesea.com ~26k
61 http://www.vanseodesign.com/blog/ ~19k
62 stonetemple.com ~16k
63 managinggreatness.com ~0.761k
64 pagetrafficblog.com ~10.2k
65 seobegin.com ~2.4k
66 themilwaukeeseo.com ~3.9k
67 stepforth.com ~10.6k
68 seomofo.com ~16k
69 clairecarlilemarketing.com ~0k
70 howtomakemyblog.com ~17k

Quick Note:  If this list looks weird without the likes of Searchenginejournal.com, Searchenginewatch.com, Searchengineland.com, SEOChat.com, Clickz.com, Searchengineguide.com, or Emarketer.com, it’s because I’ve given those guys the enviable classification of SEO Trade Publications.  They are ad-driven expo-promoting mega-blogs.  They are awesome, but they’re also a little different than blogs.

Need to Add: Verticalmeasures.com @verticalmeasures – great content, definitely top 40 material.  I’ll add them soon.

How I Built This List:

1. I looked at all the other Top SEO Blog lists on the web, including Invesp’s, SEOMoz’s, TopRank’s, and Alltop’s. I also added several mentioned in other blogs. Then I merged everything into a big spreadsheet. I started out with about 140 blogs and trade publications.

2. Then, I started trimming. I visited every single site and looked to see if it was still alive, and whether or not it was really about SEO. It turns out, a lot of them *used* to have something to do with SEO like 8 years ago, but were inactive or off subject now. A good deal more were really more about social media, PPC, or general internet marketing. Most of those were eliminated. I plan to build another list at some point, but this is a list of blogs that are pure SEO blogs.

3. I also removed 7 sites that I consider to be trade publications. These are blogs. They are not necessarily published by a single blogger, but they have characteristics that differentiated them from trade pubs.

How I Ranked This List:

1. I started with the average rank from the other lists referenced above.

2. I revisited each site, this time taking the time to read 2 or 3 articles in their entirety. I gave each blog a subjective content rating based on my assessment of how deep it dug into a subject. I have a strong preference for a numbers-driven, scientific approach. I also preferred original content (read: stuff I didn’t know). Based on this subjective rating, I bumped blogs up or down from their original position; sometimes as many as 20 slots.

3. I pulled Compete.com and Quantcast.com numbers for each of the blog’s domains. High traffic sites moved up in ranks, low traffic sites moved down; sometimes by as many as 10 slots.

That’s it. That’s how I got here. These are, in my opinion the Best SEO Blogs anywhere.