77 (of the) Best SEO Blog Posts and Articles of 2009

March 8, 2010

Search engine optimization (SEO) can sometime seem like the province of quick-buck hucksters, particularly when well-regarded technology writers like John Dvorak refer to SEO proponents as “snake oil salesmen” (wrong as he is). This is particularly so for those on Twitter, which is infested with scammers and spammers: “Buy my miracle internet marketing kit and get thousands of clicks overnight!” Ugh. The advice I gave in Just Say No to Bad SEO still applies.

SEO Best of 2009 - WebbiquityBut while the sleazeballs are out there, most companies seeking SEO assistance understand that it’s a long-term investment, and most practitioners are honest, competent sorts doing their best to produce results through a mix of art, science and established, non-manipulative techniques. For that majority just trying to produce quality content and get it fairly ranked through legitimate practices, here are some of the best articles and blog posts from last year on various aspects of SEO.

The posts and articles are divided into six categories: SEO Guides, Tips and Tactics; SEO Tools; SEO Link Building; SEO Keyword Research; SEO Keyword Tools; and Local Search Tips, Tactics and Tools.

SEO Guides, Tips and Tactics

Learn the Basics Before You Try Anything Fancy! by SEO.com
Dan Patterson

Performance-based Pricing for SEO won’t work by Conversation Marketing
Ian Lurie

SEOmoz’s Biennial Ranking Factors 2009 Released by SEOmoz
Rand Fishkin

Top Ten Ways To Get Banned From Google by High Position
Tobias Bowman

Top 5 Ranking Factors by SEOmoz
Rand Fishkin

Tips and tools for measuring your SEO strength by iMedia Connection
Grant Simmons

TopRank BIGLIST of 100+ Search Marketing Resources by TopRank Online Marketing Blog
Lee Odden

Google Caffeine Update: “Real-Time” Indexing Favors Fresh Content by All Virtual Marketing
Rebecca Murtagh

What should I do if I don’t know why I’m penalized? by YouTube
Matt Cutts (video)

Why Your Company Needs a Google Profile by Search Marketing Sage
Tad Miller

25 Link Building Tactics to Improve Blog Search Engine Rankings by TopRank Online Marketing Blog
Lee Odden

The Ultimate Fast Guide to SEO + Flash by MediaPost Online Media Daily
Rachel Moran

Social media offers SEO opportunities for dominating top 10 search terms by Brafton

The Importance of Business Blogging by SEO Wizardry
Pete Hollier

List of Best and Worst practices for designing a high traffic website by webconfs.com

The Truth About SEO by TopRank Online Marketing Blog
Lee Odden

Do It Yourself SEO by SEO Wizardry
Pete Hollier

SEO Tools

List of Free and Paid SEO Tools on the Internet by SEO & PPC Expert UK

Xenu’s Link Sleuth – Find broken links on web sites

Google Base Opens Up New Doors for Internet Marketers by Best Rank Search Engine Marketing
Ryan Frank

Crawl Your Site for Broken Links, Errors and Duplicate Content by Daily SEO Tips
Loren Baker

Google Insights for Search Just Got More Insightful by Find Resolution
Erica Barth

SEO Cockpit

WordStream: Keywords Management Made Easy by Search Engine Journal
Mihaela Lica

BuzzStream – Link Building Tool

Google AdWords Traffic Estimator

101 Free SEO Tools by Investintech.com

Covario (formerly netconcepts) SEO Tools

Compare domain backlink history by Majestic SEO

KPMRS – Free Website Ranking Monitoring SEO Tool

Backlink Watch Free Backlink Checker

How to Do Keyword Research with OneLook Wildcard Search by Search Engine Journal
Ann Smarty

21 Free Keyword Density Analyzer tools to optimize your website by Kittu K
Aakanksha Kekan

List of Great Firefox Plugins for SEO by SEO.com
Dan Patterson

LinkExaminer: SEO Friendly Link Scanning Utility by Search Engine Journal
Ann Smarty

Free SEO Tools : 12 Absolutely Free Keyword Suggestion tools, Keyword Popularity tools by Kittu K
Aakanksha Kekan

Web Page Analyzer – 0.98 – from Website Optimization by Website Optimization

Small Business Guide to Tools that Help Your SEM by Search Engine Watch
Carrie Hill

Best Keyword Ranking Tools for SEO by WordStream Internet Marketing Blog
Ken Lyons

BLVD Status – Live Stats, Keyword Vitals Ranking Report and Custom Alerts

Analyze Link Popularity : 20 Free Backlink Checker Tools by Kittu K
Aakanksha Kekan

SEMRush – Advanced Keywords and Competitors Research Tool

SEO Link Building

Link Bartering by Search Engine People
Donna Fontenot

Link Building 101, Part 2 by Search Engine Watch (February)
Ron Jones

5 Ways to Optimize Your Existing Links for Maximum SEO Benefit by Winning The Web
Gyutae Park

The Perfect Link Request Email Template by Wiep.net
Wiep Knol

Online Forums: Marketing Muscle and SEO Strength by E-Commerce Times
Brandon Leibowitz

Link Building for Small eCommerce Sites by SEOmoz
Rob Ousbey

Linktive tries to end the SEO gaming with a social network for site links byTechCrunch Europe
Mike Butcher

Link Building from A to Z by SEOmoz
Wiep Knol

Link Building Tactics 101, Part 2 by Search Engine Watch (August)
Ron Jones

SEO Keyword Research

Peering into Match-Types: The Hidden Info Advantage of the Google Adwords Keyword Research Tool by The Acquisio Blog
Naoise Osborne

What Parts of Marketing Can’t be Automated? by SEO Book
Aaron Wall

SEO Keyword Tools

Do more with less – Part 3 of 3 by Indside AdWords
Amanda Kelly

An Insider’s Look At Google’s Search Based Keyword Tool by Search Engine Land
Josh Dreller

Free Keyword Suggestion Tools by Marketing ROI or Die
Rebekah Paul

Use Multiple Keyword Research Services with KeywordSmash by Search Engine Journal
Ann Smarty

4 tools for measuring your keyword strength by iMedia Connection
Bob Alperin

Improving Keyword Research by SEO Wizardry
Pete Hollier

Local Search Tips, Tactics and Tools

Search Engine Confidence Score Has A Google-Like Feel by MediaPost Online Media Daily
Laurie Sullivan

Gettin’ to Know GetListed.org by SEOmoz
Rebecca Kelley

3 Keys To Success For Local Search SEO by Search Engine Journal
Ryan Caldwell

How Citations Help with Local Search by ClickZ
Mary Bowling

Leveraging Reverse Search For Local SEO by Search Engine Land
Chris Silver Smith

A Framework for Thinking About Local Search Campaigns by Mihmorandum
David Mihm

Local Search Strengthens Move To Maps, Reviews by MediaPost Online Media Daily
Laurie Sullivan

Tools for Local Search by ClickZ
Mary Bowling

Local Search 101, Part 2 by Search Engine Watch
Ron Jones

A Closer Look At Local Search Ranking Factors by Search Engine Land
David Mihm

I Think Yahoo Neighbors Could Be Huge by Small Business Search Marketing
Matt McGee

Local Listing: An Attempt to Understand Rank Factors by SEOmoz
Tim Sorweid

Despite Assurances, Google Place Pages Now Showing In Search Results by Search EngineLand
Greg Sterling

Citysearch Rolls Out Twitter Integration On Business Listing Page by MediaPost Online Media Daily
Laurie Sullivan

When All Search Is Local by ClickZ
Mary Bowling

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9 Responses

  1. THANK YOU…very informative. I’ve heard alot about your methods and absolutely want more. Good work!

  2. Tom 

    Thanks for the positive feedback! More to come.

  3. Marie 

    Great post, I’m looking forward to finding some new link building tools. I’ve been using wordloo.com recently to search for link building opportunities, it pulls in up to date news, blogs, videos, and Tweets all on the same page. It’s been saving me time from searching multiple sites. I’m sure I’ll find lots of tips in these blogs too, thanks!

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  5. Even though its old information its well worth reading.

  6. sam paterson 

    good artical worth reading no matter how old

  7. Tom 

    Thanks Sam. I’ll have an update with 2011 content coming out in the not-too-distant future.

  8. Wow ! what a big collection ?! Many many thanks to Author.

  9. Tom 

    No problem Somona! A new collection of social media stats and facts will be coming soon.

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