It’s been said that the only constant in SEO is that it’s constantly changing.
This is why, to stay on top of our game, we have to research and read a lot of industry news and advice.
Our team tends to go to multiple sources because no single SEO site is enough for the constant changes and updates in the SEO world.
Let’s jump right into the top SEO sites to watch in the next year (in no particular order).
1. Search Engine Land
Search Engine Land provides insights into Google and other search engine updates and explains industry trends. It shares plenty of tactics and strategies that help its readers launch successful SEO campaigns.
From daily news coverage to in-depth analysis of new features, Search Engine Land is one of the go-to websites for SEO professionals.
With over half a million active members, Moz is the largest community of SEOs. The company uses that community to share industry knowledge and shed some light on the mysteries of search engines.
It has endless resources for everyone from beginner to pro, so its one of the best places to start if you’re looking to learn more about SEO or hone your tactics.
3. Content Marketing Institute
SEO is one of those aspects of digital marketing that touches pretty much everything. It’s a very wide umbrella that includes content marketing.
Content marketing doesn’t necessarily mean SEO, but it also doesn’t not mean SEO, which is why it’s on this list.
Content Marketing Institute is a leader in content marketing education and training. If you’re new to content strategy and creation, CMI is a good place to start to grow your knowledge. It has guides and templates that will get you on the right path.
Brian Dean has made a name for himself and his blog, Backlinko, by publishing huge studies and guides full of SEO advice.
He claims to share only tips and strategies that work and will get you higher rankings. He publishes posts about how he increased his organic traffic by crazy-high percentages in a short amount of time and definitive guides for building backlinks and keyword research.
Ahrefs has one of the biggest databases of backlinks, and — since, again, everything the light touches is SEO — backlinks are a huge part of that.
But Ahrefs doesn’t only do backlinks; it has detailed tutorials, case studies, and articles from industry experts. It’s always a good idea to have Ahrefs in your bookmarks folder and as an integral part of your marketing toolbox.
SEMrush is another powerful tool in your marketing arsenal, made by marketers for marketers. It originated as an in-house tool for its own marketing efforts, but then it became one of the biggest SEO tools in the industry.
SEMrush offers a blog and webinars full of information to help you grow your SEO knowledge and your business.
That’s right; we’re going to plug our own blog in a list of top SEO sites to watch, because we have no shame, and we think you’d really enjoy it.
Our blog has a lot of helpful SEO and content marketing posts for professionals in marketing at all levels. We also do our best to make sure our content is easy to understand for business owners who don’t have a huge marketing team at their disposal and need to do it themselves.
We also send a newsletter once a month so that you won’t be bombarded with emails. All you’ll get is a friendly email from an SEO site written by your friendly neighborhood digital marketing agency. It makes it easy to keep up with the digital marketing trends and tips we’re writing about each week.
8. Search Engine Journal
Search Engine Journal is a helpful website full of marketing news and information. Even though it discusses a lot more than just SEO on Search Engine Journal, it’s known for its astute insights and helpful strategies.
Whether you want to know about industry news or the newest SEO trends for the next year, SEJ is the place to be.
We’ve written before about how the Yoast plugin is basically spellcheck for your SEO. It’s a helpful tool for those just starting out writing SEO content and for those of us who need a second set of eyes just in case.
Yoast also offers SEO basics and training on its website so you can grow your knowledge. It’s a good place to start if you have questions that need answers, such as “which pages should I noindex or nofollow?” and “why doesn’t Google index my content properly?”
10. Neil Patel
Like Backlinko and Brian Dean, Neil Patel has built a name for himself as a knowledgeable SEO expert. He posts huge guides on SEO and content marketing that are some of the best resources around.
If you’re just starting out, his blog is full of 101 guides that are comprehensive and easy to understand.
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