Best SEO Blog of 2005 : Best Search Blog Awards

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Best SEO Blog of 2005 : Best Search Blogs Awards

What perhaps may be the most expanding niche of search engine related blogs in 2005, SEO blogs have followed the transformation of the Search Engine Optimization industry in 2005 into a legitimate marketing vehicle for both innovative & traditional businesses. Following the path of SEO out of the link trading and keyword stuffing of yesteryear, SEO blogs have risen to discuss such strategies as link baiting and natural link building, exposing spammers, and picking apart search engine technology patents.

The inaugural 2005 Search Blogs Awards nominations included a handful of SEO blogs from different schools of thought within the SEO community, ranging from SEO Black Hat to Greg Boser’s WebGuerrilla, and from Aaron’s SEO Book to Matt Cutts of Google’s Matt Cutts Blog. Over the reader voting period I did receive some complaints over the grouping of so-called “Black Hat” blogs with a blog from a Google Engineer, but I strongly feel that such grouping is a reflection of the ongoing morphing of our SEO world, and that letting the readers decide on the most valuable blogs will ultimately expose SEO preferences.

This being said, here are the nominees for the 2005 Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Blog: SEO Book, Link Building Blog, Matt Cutts Blog, TextLinkBlog, SEOMoz, FishSEO, SEO Black Hat, StuntDubl, Jim Boykin’s Blog, Greg Boser’s WebGuerrilla, Stepforth SEO Blog, SEO by the SEA, and SEO Speed Wagon.

And the winner of the Best SEO Blog of 2005 Award is :
Matt Cutts Blog.

Here is a bit I wrote up about Matt last week for something else I was working on which still reflects my thoughts on the man and his mission : Since Matt started blogging and making himself more accessible online and at conferences, he has been handed the task of holy search messenger by Google to help bring some sanity to the SEO world.

And SEO has changed over the past year. No longer is the industry loosely associated with such short term results targeted & senseless practices such as keyword stuffing, link mining, and article & content reprinting. Instead, Matt has helped tremendously to add legitimacy & professionalism to SEO by persuading practitioners to focus value on original content, valued earned links, and natural language text.

Additionally, Matt’s diplomacy has assisted in shining the spotlight a bit brighter on usability, bringing long time forums such as Cre8asite and its moderators into the ‘SEO’ tutorial & expert mix.

Enough placing Matt on a pedestal, here’s a rundown of the SEJ Blog Awards reader voting :

Matt Cutts Blog : 3.53
SEO Book : 3.14
SEOMoz : 2.98
StuntDubl : 2.89
Greg Boser’s Web Guerrilla : 2.8
Jim Boykin’s Blog : 2.77
SEO Black Hat : 2.72
SEO Speed Wagon : 2.68
Stepforth SEO Blog : 2.64
Link Building Blog : 2.6
Text Link Blog : 2.54
SEO by the SEA : 2.51
FishSEO : 2.49

Although Matt blew away the competition, it should also be noted that Aaron’s SEO Book was a strong runner up, as he and Matt were the only two blogs to be rated above a 3.

Winners of the Search Engine News Blog, SE Community Blog, and the Zawodny-Cutts voting will be released on Tuesday December 27th. I’ll also have an awards wrap-up.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Matt is doing what Googleblog should have been doing for the past few years – GETTING CLOSER TO THE USERS!!

    While it is not hard to understand why Googleblog would NOT want to take comments on their blog…it was really a void for them NOT to share any Algo/ Update information. Even Yahoo and MSN are bridging the gap to some degree.

    Matt is just clearing up some of the misconceptions that have existed for years on blogs and forum posts – and allow users to voice their frustrations.

  • David

    What happened to the awards for Search Engine News Blogs, the Matt Cutts & Jeremy Zawodny voting results, and the Community Search Blog Showdown?

  • Loren

    “Winners of the Search Engine News Blog, SE Community Blog, and the Zawodny-Cutts voting will be released on Tuesday December 27th. I’ll also have an awards wrap-up.”

  • Hi,

    Very useful stuff. It really inspires the upcoming bloggers.

    Best wishes,
    SEM Times

  • I’m 15 and have a Family Blog. Its my first try.

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  • The list is great vut where are URLs ? Some of this stuff I have read but still miss more and more about SEO

  • I read all these…
    very heplful..thanks all

  • Really helpful info for webmasters. Thanks!

  • I think both Matt and Aaron are great in their own way – hard to separate the two and determine the best.

  • Any SEO or IT geek should be as accessible as Matt at least to demystify the tyranny of search engines

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  • Barbara

    Your comments on seo blogs are accurate and I compleetly agree with you, but it is my opinion that you have left out a few very important details on the subject. The best source of information that I have have come across lately, on the topic of seo bloging, is an article that was writen by someone named Jason Ryan Isaksen and it has proven to be a very helpfull resource to myself and others who are looking for legitimate information on this topic. If it would be ok, I would like to provide your visitors with a copy of this article on your web site, I have a copy of it and I would like to hear some your opinions on Jason Ryan Isaksen or on his strategies and techniques if any. Has anyone ever dealt with Jason Ryan Isaksen or read any of his several informational articles? Or if there is anyone who might be familiar with his services at all, I would be very happy to hear of your opinion on them. I have read quite a few reviews on Jason Isaksen on many other web sites and this guy seems to me to be extreemly knowledgable in the area of seo bloging, and when it comes to any sort seo strategies in general he is influencing the way people go about setting up their individual blogs, in a positive way. Any legitimate opinions on Jason Isaksens techniques or any of the articles he has published on the seo topic would be greatly appreciated.

    Barbara Q

  • Yeah, this is a very very cool blog. 😉
    I just added you to my favorites.


  • congrats to MAtt!

  • good info I read all these and i think seo is endless.

  • lol, its not surprising matt cutts won. 😛
    btw it was a great read, i mean this post

  • Congrats, Matt! SEO totally baffles me.

  • Nice article. Its good to read seo articles back then and a lot of changes happens 3 years from now.. 🙂

  • Congrats to Matt. Hopefully, my blog gets nominated this year. Feel free to visit and nominate my blog. Thanks a lot.

  • Matt Cutts dominates the blogging world. Its impossible to compete with these guys. Anyway, we learn a lot from these people. Just continue sharing your knowledge and skills.

  • Excellent SEO infomation, though I was late. Very informative.

  • do you have the rankings for last year’s best SEO blogs?

  • Congrats to Matt. Hopefully, my blog gets nominated this year. Feel free to visit and nominate my blog. Thanks a lot.

  • Hi,

    Congrat Matt. You have done a very very good job. It has inspired me. I like to become a pro blogger. I will visit this page regularly.

  • wow..congrat to you Matt…i hope my blog will be nominated next time 🙂

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  • thanks matt….

  • fuh… feel lucky to be reached here…

  • Hi Matt

    Nice post….. Inspiring me a lot to become a professional blogger….

  • Nice article. Inspire us to learn more about SEO

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  • I am learning more and more everyday with your posts! Thanks so much.

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  • john

    hai matt…good info journal for me,i will came
    here regularly to learn more…

  • hi matt…
    Very useful info. It really inspires the new bloggers.

  • Great, thanks for the priceless infor – CONGRATULATION

  • Congrat Matt!
    very useful info,this inspires me to be a successfull blogger and hopefully my blog will be nominated next time. 🙂

  • Very useful info for me. Congratulation matt!

  • this is my first try with something very nice.


  • Thanks for sharing this great article…

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  • We also can be like that if works hard.yeah!


  • I don’t understand with blackhat word?

  • Great article…thanks for sharing..

  • Great! it look pretty clever and a sweet i love it so much…


  • congratulation matt

  • Great info. SEO is my focus now, to improve searchability to my blog. Still new, still lotsa work to do.

    Congratulation matt for your effort and sharing.

  • I read all these…
    very heplful..thanks all

  • Hi Matt,

    Thanks for SEO information sharing. Its inspires us a lot. Thanks again.

  • Hi…very useful info. I am trying my best too keep my site ranked at the first page.

    SEO is the best technique ever if you keep your link building. Of course, I doing mine….:)

  • I wish my blog is one of them..;)
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  • mus99

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