Wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy?
I really wish there was an answer to this…a tried and true backlinking strategy for niche sites that has and will continue to stand the test of time. Unfortunately, the SEO game simply doesn’t work that way.
Some of our most popular posts are when we explain our backlinking strategy. (Part 2 of our Niche Site Backlinking Strategies has over 100 comments…you can check it out here.) While we’re happy to lay out exactly what it is we’re doing and the reasons we’re doing it, we’re far from experts and a LARGE majority of those that claim to be aren’t either. So what gives? Who can you trust when it comes to solid SEO strategy and advice?
We wanted to point you towards a few of the resources we’re happy to turn to when we want to brush up on our SEO skills.
Check them out at SEOMoz.org
Some complain Rand Fishkin’s content is a bit too whitehat and/or Google friendly, but that’s exactly the kind of SEO content you really should be reading. Unless you’re well past the beginner level, forget about the shortcuts or the promised riches of ebook-pushing wannabe’s…SEOMoz lays it out as it should be and gives interviews with “real” SEO experts, giving you the fundamentals you need to be dangerous. Nobody knows for sure exactly how the search engines work, but these guys are about as close to figuring it out as you’re going to get.
Search Engine Land
Check them out at SearchEngineLand.com
Danny Sullivan has turned Search Engine Land into a monster site, bringing together many of the top SEO’s in their respective spaces as contributors. Search Engine Land is the site many employed SEO’s turn to when they’re looking for the real deal as it applies to Google updates, case studies, and more. There’s a bit of industry news mixed in that may or may not be of interest to you, but you’ll find some real value at SEL.
Check him out at DavidMihm.com
I know that some of you are targeting geo-specific keywords and if that’s the case, David Mihm puts out some quality content you really should be checking out. There are others in Local Search that are worth mentioning (Greg Sterling, Mike Blumenthal, etc.) but he really has his finger on the pulse of the Local SEO space and puts out some fantastic tips for getting sites like duiattorneyssandiego DOT org ranked. He mixes in some industry news that helps to give fresh ideas on areas or niches you might want to be targeting. Excellent stuff here.
Local Search Ranking Factors Vol. 5 – He curates the best information from the top Local SEO’s and breaks each factor down for you…awesome stuff here.
Well…Great! Now what about the Internet Marketing SEO’s? To be honest with you, an overwhelming majority of them are fraudsters or snake-oil salesmen. This is one of those areas or industries that is extremely important for those looking to get exposure, isn’t clearly defined or understood, and is ripe for over-confident and under-knowledgeable scheisters to make a living.
There are a couple I know of, though, that are worth checking out:
Check him out at JonathanLeger.com
Sharp guy who created The Best Spinner. His site’s not a pitch-fest like some others though…he puts out some really interesting SEO information, especially for Internet Marketers. I particularly like how he shares his analysis along with his findings. This part is critical…everyone has an opinion, but it’s so much more helpful when it’s backed up!
Check him out at JosephArchibald.com
You might remember him from an interview we did with him regarding backlinking. He’s a quirky, interesting guy that really pays attention to SEO in the IM space and methodically tests through new strategies himself and shares them with you. I really like the fact that he freely shares and links out to others who are posting interesting information, so his site is a great “hub” to find out what other IMers are up to. He has a strong community of readers and some great information comes through in the comments. Definitely worth checking out.
We asked you for a few of the SEO sites you’ve found helpful and you did not disappoint! We wanted to point to a few of those resources here as a thank-you for your suggestions:
QuickSprout – This is Neil Patel’s blog, one of the founders for both Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. He puts out some great information on social media, SEO, and traffic generation and has a very engaged audience of readers and commenters. Definitely worth checking out. Thanks for the recommendation to Ralph, Marcus, and Kris! Interesting Posts: Twitter Power Users, 2 Tier Linkbuilding, and Marketing With Pinterest.
SEOBook – Interesting and useful resource for those just starting off in SEO. Thanks to Steve Wyman for this one! He also recommended Internet Marketing Secrets and SEO By The Sea - SEO for advanced/intermediates here.
Alright, if you’re looking for the best SEO strategies for niche websites, that should be PLENTY to get you started! Still…I know I’ve missed others who are putting out some high-quality information. Who do you recommend and read regularly? Let us know in the comments below! Please include the Site Name, why you think they should be included, and a link or two to your FAVORITE posts!