This is part of my “best of the best” series, where I link to outstanding resources from authorities on a specific money-making topic. If you have any resources or ideas for future posts, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Since I started this blog, I have gotten a lot of questions about search engine optimization. This is because one of my businesses is buying and optimizing websites to rank on the first page of Google for various keywords. If the keywords are valuable, people may buy a product or service from one of my sites, and I’ll be paid a commission. Over time, this can add up, and can generate a pretty decent income.
To many people, search engine optimization is a mysterious thing. But it’s not actually a very complicated concept. Simply put, search engine optimization (or SEO for short), is a term for all the principles in designing a website that Google ranks highly.
If you do it right, search engine optimization is a great way to get new customers and leads day after day, month after month.
So how did I learn SEO?
Well, I could write a huge post on it, but I don’t want to reinvent the wheel. Instead, here’s a list of the best (free) resources available to learn SEO. Hope you find them helpful!
FAQ on Search Engine Optimization: http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-ppc-seo-discussion-forum/196883-search-engine-optimization-frequently-asked-questions.html. This is really the best starting point for learning the basics of Search Engine Optimization. In this thread, you’ll learn exactly what different terms mean and the major areas that Google emphasizes in determining rankings.
How To Build BackLinks and Dominate Google: http://www.viperchill.com/link-building/ Glen Allsopp over at ViperChill runs an amazing blog on viral marketing, and most of his posts are very in depth. Link Building is probably the single most aspect of “off-site” optimization, and Glen does a great job as always.
Matt Cutts’ Blog (http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/): Matt Cutts is a Google Engineer who has been with the company from the early days. Now, his main focus is educating the public on best SEO practices. Since he is a spokesperson for Google, his advice should be taken very seriously. Check his blog frequently for updates on what is going on.
The Simple SEO Strategy: http://thinktraffic.net/simple-seo-strategy. This is a very simple guide to the fundamentals of keyword research, which is an important component of any good SEO strategy. Definitely a must-read and extremely thorough.
WordPress SEO http://www.viperchill.com/wordpress-seo/: Another great article from Glen. WordPress is a terrific way to get a website started at very low cost, but there are a few things you should do to improve search engine traffic. Glen shows you step-by-step exactly what needs to happen.
Farmer Algorithm Update: http://theresmoneyeverywhere.com/googles-farmer-algorithm-change/ - this is actually an article I wrote here a few months ago, talking all about Google's major algorithm changes. There's a lot of valuable information and analysis here on why Google made the changes it did, and what to expect going forward.
Link-Building: http://searchengineland.com/library/link-building - ok, this isn't an article, but there is basically a whole library of terrific resources on how to effectively build high quality links to your site. Definitely a must-read.
Are there any other articles or resources on SEO that you've found helpful? Please mention them in the comments.