Tuesday, Search Mojo hosted this week’s #seo411 Twitter chat session, Learning SEO. Last week we discussed SEO with a focus on effective SEO measuring. We want to thank all of our #seo411 participants for the great discussion surrounding Learning SEO. These chat sessions wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for you guys! Here’s a quick recap of what went down Tuesday afternoon.
Q1: What blogs do you find helpful for learning SEO?
Q2: What conferences have you been to/ sent employees to/ or would like to go to for SEO knowledge?
SMX East / West / Advanced
Search Engine Strategies
**Great tip from @amandadchaney: “I like following the conference hashtags [on twitter] … It’s almost like you’re there”.
Q3: What are the biggest challenges you face when getting started with SEO?
Most of the Twitter chat participants agreed that the hardest part is knowing where to start and getting the right information about SEO.
Q4: What books do you recommend for learning SEO processes that aren’t outdated? E-books?
Because search engine algorithms change so frequently, everyone participating in #seo411 thinks that books aren’t typically your best resource for learning SEO as they become outdated as they’re hitting the printing press . Therefore, participants recommend sticking to the online resources, but warn that it’s just as easy to find bad SEO information as it is to find good SEO information.
Q5: Who do you follow on Twitter to get industry updates as soon as they are announced?
This list got a bit out of control as there are so many individuals on Twitter that provide up to date tweets about the industry. Some of the most repeated names included:
Q6: What do you think of SEO certification programs. Are they worth it? Respected?
@gatzseo, one of our #seo411 Twitter chat regulars, said it best: “I have yet to find a certification that means anything to a potential employer/client.” While SEO changes daily, it’s hard/close to impossible to find a certification that keeps up.
Q7: What do you find to be the best method for determining the validity of an SEO resource?
A great way to determine the validity of an SEO resource is to see who’s associated with the resource (are they on the suggested follow list above?), see what others in the industry think about the resource, and above all test, test, and test again.
Q8: Forums used to be the main resource to learn SEO. Are forums still valid? Do you participate on them?
Many participants think forums are a great resource when you have a specific question, but that you have to be careful of the information provided. I guess you could refer back question 7’s answer to determine validity of the forum.
Q9: Is knowledge about cutting edge SEO tactics still shared? Or have SEO’s become more secretive?
Most all SEOs are willing to share tactics and experiences within the industry. However, to quote @kaitlyn07 “[SEOs are] just more protective of their internal processes”.
Q10: What other resources do you use to learn SEO?
Best suggestion: find an SEO mentor that knows what he/she is doing and soak up the information. Oh and of course, join the #seo411 Twitter chat every Tuesday at 2pm.
Thanks again to all of our followers who help make our #seo411 chats successful! I hope everyone will spread the word and join us next Tuesday (5/11/10) at 2pm ET for our next chat session: #seo411: SEO for Press Releases.