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The Best SEO Blogs – Custom Search Edition

John Doherty —  September 19, 2012
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I was just chatting with my good buddy Dave Minchala about a recent change I saw in Google Maps (tl;DR HotelFinder is now integrated into it for me). A big long tweet chain started that brought in the heavy hitters of Local Search. Dave said:


That got me thinking – why not build it and share it? And while I’m at it, why not do it for the blogs that I know and trust and always go to for more information?

So here are two custom search engines for you to do just that.

Best SEO Blogs Custom Search Engine

The SEO blogs that I trust are:

  • www.seomoz.org
  • www.distilled.net
  • www.searchengineland.com
  • www.seroundtable.com
  • www.searchenginejournal.com/
  • www.blindfiveyearold.com
  • www.johnfdoherty.com
  • www.pointblankseo.com
  • www.kaiserthesage.com
  • www.seerinteractive.com
  • seogadget.co.uk
  • www.blueglass.com.com
  • www.outspokenmedia.com

I’m always referencing these and have never had a good way to search just them. So, here is a Custom Search Engine for you to use that searches just these blogs using a site: search:

What’s Happening?

Basically I have taken all of the effort out of searching a set of trusted sites for information you may need. The blogosphere is noisy, so I’ve tried to help you out by having this custom search engine add only the most relevant and trusted sites in the SEO sphere. Of course, this is in my own opinion, and I may choose to add or remove certain sites.

What you will find with this custom search engine is when you search for a specific topic, such as [author rank], you will be returned the results ranked by Google’s algorithm for just those sites. Note: if you are logged in, you will still see the domain crowding that we have all been experiencing in the search results.

Here is an example of a search using the custom search engine:

And here is the search results page broader in Google:

Google’s search has gotten better in the past few months with Penguin, and good information is actually being found now in the search results, but these are the sites where I implicitly trust the information, so they are where I will send newcomers to the industry to learn.


John Doherty


Founder of Credo, I'm formerly the Senior Growth Marketing Manager at Trulia Rentals. Previous to Trulia Rentals I ran marketing at HotPads.com. Previous to that I worked at Distilled for 2+ years as an online marketing consultant. In my spare time I shoot lifestyle photography, ski, rock climb, and update my Twitter account.

27 responses to The Best SEO Blogs – Custom Search Edition

  1. Thanks so much for including SEER, John!

  2. John this is such an awesome idea! Little bit jealous you thought of it first too :P.

    Really cool, thanks again!


  3. Really smart idea! I like how you tied in the keyword targeting of “best SEO blogs” – this is the most unique way I’ve ever seen something like that done.

    • Cheers dude. I thought that might be a good move on my part. There are some heavy hitters in there, so I might need to keep updating this to keep the links coming in :-)

  4. This could be a useful tool. Good idea Dave. Thanks for building it John.

  5. WOW! Bravo! You just made the life of many SEO folks easier. Great idea.

  6. Thanks for the post. I always try to stay on top of the SEO topics and these are some great blogs. Love it!

  7. Great list, I use many suggestions and tips from these experts on my Local SEO Blog.

  8. A great idea and I’m very flattered to be included. Thank you.

  9. John, are you taking suggestions for other blogs to be included (of course your editorial judgement will have the final say)? I’m still flabbergasted that my blog made this short list, but I do think there are a couple others worth at least being in the conversation of being added.

    Cheers and thanks again for including mine! 😀

    • Hey Jon – I’m always down for suggestions, but like I say the final decision is mine. I added a few more today. Feel free to email me suggestions – dohertyjf at gmail dot com.

  10. Enjoyed! Superb. That’s what we call; not missing even a single great idea you get. Cheers!

  11. Bookmarked! Thanks for putting this together.

  12. I have been using this tool to find all the seo stuff i want to research about. Thanks for making the list. However it seems to pulling results mostly from your site??? Did you change the code or something to first show results from your site and then from other sites?

  13. Great idea, definitely have this bookmarked for future.

    • Would love to know your bookmark style … because after some time my bookmark list (on firefox) its messy …

      So I will really appreciate your advice and your secret trick on it :)

  14. Awesome dear. Really its a great list. It will be very informative for me.

    Thanks John.

  15. this is very good post so I like it and in this post very good information.

  16. the list was very helpful..thanks a lot

  17. As you said seo blogs are the best source of keeping our selves update about Google update. Thanks for sharing information.

  18. After penguin and panda updates google is become smart and now they are tracking each and every activity of your website. You much have good quality content on your website to rank well on search engine.

    Thanks for sharing.

  19. I am sticking with your list!

  20. Hello John

    Can you add some other features like date option, so that we can get the latest result.

    This one option will be quite beneficial.

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