Vote for the Search Blogs Awards of 2007

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The nominations for the Search Blogs Awards of 2007 have been compiled and we’re ready to have you vote for your favorite Search Blogs, Communities and other search related categories for 2007.

This year, we have 19 voting categories and had to condense a few due to the new blogs and themes which have become common in our industry. We also have some new additions to the search communities and added search blog tools like WordPress Plugins into the mix.

We were going to host a vote for the best search marketing post of 2007, but after reading Techipedia’s post on the subject, we decided to give Tamar her due (don’t let this influence voting).

You can vote by using our form on SurveyMonkey, you’ll then be redirected back to Search Engine Journal when finished. Be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed to be alerted of the winning blogs and voting results.

OK, so please vote for your favorite Search Marketing Blogs of 2007.

I also highly recommend you keep this page open in your browser, and follow the links on this page to the blogs and sites of the nominees.

Nominees for Best Search Blogs of 2007

Best SEO Blog of 2007

Best Search Industry News Blog of 2007

Best Overall Search Marketing Blog of 2007

Best SEO Plugin for WordPress

Best Link Building Blog of 2007

Best Social Media Marketing or Optimization Blog

Best Local Search Blog

Best Google Blog Not Owned by Google

Best Search Engine Corporate Blog (owned by the search engines)

Best Contextual Advertising Blog

Best Affiliate Marketing Blog

Best Search Engine Community/Forum

Best Search Engine Research Blog

Breakout Blog of 2007

Best Search Conference Coverage of 2007

Best Search Conference Coverage in Photos

Best Search Marketing Facebook Group

Most Giving Search Blogger

  • Bill Slawski
  • Aaron Wall
  • Charles Knight
  • Danny Sullivan
  • Barry Schwartz
  • Rand Fishkin
  • Kevin Newcomb
  • Tamar Weinberg
  • Lisa Barone
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  • Jonathan Dingman

    Hmmm I wonder why my site didn’t make the cut for Google blogs…


  • jim boykin

    my blog is actually at …not

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Jim, my bad, changed on both the post and survey.

  • Searchβ—Š Engines Web


    Some of the wordings have been changed since the original posts, thus biasing the results.

    Also, Link Bait Blog does not appear to have been added to the finalists – this was a good addition.

    Cutts’ blog certainly deserves more than a few categories – in fact looking at the Technorati top 100 popular blogs, just a few of the blogs on that lists have ever made it.

    There should be another category for non search or non advertising blogs.

    One should be Tech business and Another should be Tech Gadgets.

  • Peter Davis

    Voted….. and thanks for organizing this Loren, lots of fun!

  • Andy Beard

    Good luck to those that got nominated and included

  • Lee Odden

    Hey Loren, thanks for including TopRank!

    The blog post above does not include TopRank in the “Best Conference Coverage” category, but on SurveyMonkey where the voting happens, it does?

  • Loren Baker

    Thanks Lee, will address that tweak.

  • Lee Odden

    Cool, thanks. When does voting end?

  • chris

    you forgot “Most Ignored Blog Commenter” (number one is SearchEnginesWeb)

  • SlightlyShadySEO

    Best of luck to those who made the cut.
    I’ll be back next year πŸ™‚

  • Li Evans

    hey loren on #3 you have SMG twice, while i’d love the votes from being listed twice, it might harm more then help! LOL πŸ™‚

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Li, fixed.

    Chris, I’ll add that category next year πŸ™‚

  • Hobo Scotland

    Vote for all the blogs that kept you from your work in 2007. πŸ™‚ Congrats to all. πŸ™‚

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Lee, I’ve decided to leave voting open until January 4th, since things are usually slow during the holidays.

  • Sebastian`s Pamphlets

    Loren, thanks for running the contest, and many thanks again for the nominations. Being on this list is truly an honor.

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Sebastian, your blog kicks a$$, keep it up man!

  • Lee Odden

    I agree with Loren, Sebastian’s Pamphlets rock!

  • uGuX SEO

    Maybe once I cream Wikipedia at becoming number one for “SEO”, I’ll be nominated. πŸ˜‰

  • Sebastian

    Loren & Lee, thanks for the compliments! I’ll do my very best to crank out more pamphlets in 2008.

  • Navneet


    Thanks for including PageTraffic Blog this year too!

    Our blog name is PageTraffic Blog. I think it accidentally got listed as Pagetrafficblog.

  • Linda Buquet

    Thanks Loren for including the 5 Star Affiliate Blog in the affiliate marketing category. Congrats to all the nominees in the other categories too!

  • Rohit


    Thanks for including my blog in the social media marketing category. I noticed that you just listed the URL for my blog as “” … would you mind listing the name of the blog (Influential Marketing) instead of the URL as I think more people probably know it by this title? I’m looking forward to exploring some of the other blogs on the list!

  • Mike Blumenthal

    Thank you very much for the nod!

    Mike Blumenthal

  • Patrick Altoft

    Pleased to be a breakout blog at just 6 months old. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  • allen stern

    thanks for including me!

  • Blogging Experiment

    This year’s competition is going to be TOUGH there are a lot of great blogs on the list.

    @ Sebastian, gotta agree with everyone else on this one, keep up the good work!

  • Glen Allsopp

    Really expected to make the list this year, will make my votes anyway

  • DazzlinDonna

    I think you’re gonna get some skewed results. I know a lot of people who didn’t understand the concept of how to vote…choosing 1 for #1 (best), 2 for 2nd-best, etc.

  • Video SEO

    Bummer, guess ReelSEO is probably too knew but these are great nominations. I would just like to say that as far as most giving search blogger…. I would like to call out Charles Knight. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Charles and he has been very giving and helpful in my blogging efforts.

  • David Wilson


    Thank you for including me Loren.


  • Charlie Anzman

    Hey Loren – 19 is like almost impossible !

  • Gary Price

    Thanks for including ResourceShelf given that it’s not a “true” SEO blog but more for our core reader’s, librarains and other researchers. In about two months we will celebrate our 7th birthday and now have a team working on both of our sites. In those seven years and much to my wife’s dismay, we have posted at least one new item everday minus about six. Tiring? Sometimes. Fun and hopefully useful, absolutely!

    We are honored just by the nomination.


  • Loren Baker

    Cheers Gary, and tell Patrick and the rest of the crew thanks for the holiday card!

  • Wiep

    Wow, thanks for the nomination Loren, I really feel honored to be on the list!

  • Kathryn

    You are missing a good one!

  • joe

    No nomination for Michael Martinez? He’s really my favorite..

    My most recent 2 faves..

  • chetan

    Loren, can we have any glimpse of any live results?
    Or we just have to wait till 4th Jan?

  • deluxdon


    Thanks for making this wonderful List.

    Juse voted.

    When does voting end?


  • chetan

    Don, i think he said 4th January!

  • Kalena Jordan

    Most giving? Giving what?

  • Debra Mastaler

    Rohit – Leaving your URL and not the blog name was my faux pas, not Loren’s. Sorry, was in a hurry…:(

  • Kim Krause Berg (cre8pc)

    Hi Loren. Your’s are the big awards the SEO/M industry looks forward to. It’s late in the game (holidays!), but I wish to write-in my nominee, Jennifer Laycock, for “Exceptional Use of Social Media by an SEO blogger.”

    Jen Laycock’s going up against the pork industry by using her marketing skills to handle that situation in ways both sides could benefit from, represented the industry by putting into action a lot of what others just give lip service to.

    And, in a year where education was finally getting much needed attention, I’d like to suggest that a category for “Best in SEO Education” be considered for future awards. I would nominate Kalena Jordan for this because she started the Search Engine College years ago and has never been acknowledged by the industry for her efforts. She’s one of the first to understand the value of education and finding certification criteria.

    Thank you πŸ™‚

  • Gab Goldenberg

    Facebook Whores for SEO, SMO and SEM Awareness get my vote

    Also, Dosh for breakout blog of 07. Killer advice right there.

  • SEOish: Pat

    Loren, thanks for putting this out and it is great to have been nominated for best breakout blog.

    Forgive my post about it, I am me. Drunk and smartass, I don’t see that changing πŸ™‚

  • Kalena Jordan

    That last category made no sense to me until I read the explanatory text in the survey, hence my comment above.

    @ Kim – thanks for the kudos *blushing*


    I have just finished survery, excellent categories, but still some good site name missing in survey.

    May some of wellknown sites getting more votes. Specially people awaiting result for last the question.

  • Henri

    Nice survey. But some categories are too long.

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Thanks Kim, yes, I’ll be throwing in some honorable mentions.

    I’ve read that there is some confusion surrounding the rating system. Each blog is to be rated from 1 to 5, 5 being the best. And if you don’t read the blog, you can skip it and not rate it.

    Yes, some of the bigger blogs get more attention, but that’s just the name of the game, which is one reason we spread out the categories and added the Breakout blog section.

    By most giving blogger, the purpose is to honor the blogger which gives time, information and other parts of their self and experience the most, in your opinion.

    You may feel that one blogger gives more because they write more. Another blogger may write less, but with lots of amazing material.

  • Hamlet Batista

    Hi Loren,

    Thanks a lot for the nomination. It is really an honor to see my name on this list.

    Happy New Year!

  • Fridaynite

    The “Paid Link” Question is the best of all πŸ˜‰

    Happy New Year!

  • Zerosleep

    Digital Point Forums all the way πŸ˜€

    Happy New Year

  • Abhilash

    Congrats & good luck to all the nominees. Happy NYE everyone!

  • Duane Forrester

    Just a point to note some disappointment that never made the list in question # a community. πŸ™

    I mod there, to be fair, but still… Was it simply overlooked or are we just seen as dead? I’m busy there every day, so I know there are plenty of new folks floating through asking questions…

    I also realize not every community could be included, but I’m trying to build a picture of how SEF is viewed these days – and no, I won’t suggest the question be edited. πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for the chance to rank some of my faves, though, Loren. πŸ™‚ All voted up!

    Duane (SportsGuy)

  • Local SEO Guide

    Muchas gracias for the nomination although I was really shooting for best coverage of Paris, Brittany & Lindsay. I’ll have to try harder next year.

  • lyust

    I think there are too many categories, but that is not big problem.

  • Masood

    The question and the answeres match perfectly. Great selection of course. πŸ™‚

  • The Rock

    DP is the best SEO forum in world

  • product design

    Wow, what you call a big list!

  • Loren Baker, Editor

    Voting is closing today at 9pm PST. We’ll then be tallying the votes and making announcements on Monday.

    Thanks for voting, Loren and the SEJ team.

  • Jaan Kanellis

    How is WebProWorld not included in the award for:

    Best Search Engine Community/Forum


  • Snoop Bloggy Blog

    Come on “Drinking Your Way to Popularity”,

    You can dew eit!

  • Artem Vaulin

    I like it

  • Daryl Clark

    Great post! Not only do I see a lot of my favorites sites your post has helped me learn about more SEO resources I wasn’t aware of. Great job and great post. Thanks!

  • AskApache

    This list has some really fantastic links, thanks for compiling it!

    The robots is really nice but it overcomplicates things maybe a little. That one would get my vote though for sure for the “seo plugin” category, its great.

    I’d say the Google 404 Seo Plugin was overlooked. It wasn’t purposefully made for SEO, but its still pretty cool!

    Google 404 Plugin

  • Hip-Hop

    Thanks for the share Loren!!!!

  • Amaan Goyal

    Loren,Thanks for making this wonderful List.I think there are too many categories, but that is not a problem.

  • Brook

    That is an awesome reading list. thank you.

  • nile

    I am Searchig about seo award and found the list, i am happy for the work you done.

    Thank you

  • Nick Stamoulis

    This is a great list! I look forward to seeing the 2008 version of this list!

  • Alan


    Thanks for the list. Was very helpful with finding resources as well.

  • Ironing Boards

    Thanks for this comprehensive list, I’ve been back here often to dive down the rabbit hole of a new blog, love it.

  • Brad

    I know who my votes going to πŸ™‚

  • randy bragg

    Seems like a list that I have seen before with a few added goodies…..Thanks…

  • kanishka

    Thanks for the wonderful List. πŸ™‚

  • econcept infotech

    Good information – Keep it up ! – Hemang

  • Website. designer in faridabad

    Thanks a lot …. this will really be very helpful and the matter of the fact is the whole content fall so smoothly at place …. make it very readable …. appreciate the effort.