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12% of this Year’s Best SEO Posts are from 2005-2006




2007 was a good year for SEO blogs. But perhaps it wasn’t our best year ever. In a classic and pretty well executed piece of linkbait, Evan Carmichael has listed the 50 top SEO posts of 2007. We’re happy to have made the top 10 with our 26 Free Buzz Monitoring Tools. To his credit, the list is a pretty good summary of the year in review, and pretty balanced throughout the year.

However, six of the 50 top blog posts of the year are from . . . other years. The dates on these posts aren’t secreted away or somewhere in CSS-hidden text. For many of them, they’re even above the fold.

The oldest post is from April 2005. There are three posts from 2005 and three from 2006. Granted, they are good posts. They just don’t qualify as the top posts of the year for this year.

Other interesting facts about the data set:

  • The list comprises fifty different SEO blogs, and forty-nine different listed editors/authors. The one repeat? Andy Hagans.
  • 18% of the posts were written by someone other than the editor/author listed. (All of those names were clearly available on the post pages, some even more so than the editor/author listed).
  • Two listed authors/editors didn’t write the piece from their blog, but did write one of the other top 50 posts: Neil Patel and Danny Sullivan.
  • One author wrote more than one of the top 50 posts: Barry Schwartz.
  • The best months for SEO blog posts in 2007? February and October, with 7 entries each. August had 6 (including ours).
  • Sorry, Rand, Rebecca, Jane, Scott, Matt and everyone else who wrote on the SEOmoz blog this year: the SEOmoz entry was promoted YOUmoz content. (But aren’t you glad you instituted that feature?)
  • The most popular topic? The October PageRank debacle (3 stories).

All in all, the list is really pretty good. It’s got a nice mix of useful tips (though several of them have since been outmoded), important news developments and humor.

So, what can we do to help? Why not suggest some replacements for the anachronisms and share your best post of the year here in the comments?

  • http://www.howtospoter.com Alex

    This data is interesting but I think it also shows that bases are covered and many of the current advices flying across blogosphere is nothing more but regurgitated information already covered in above mentioned posts ..

    Alex

  • http://www.capeplates.co.uk Bob O’Donnell

    I agree with Alex. Not many SEO posts actually offer something new. Articles are even worse.

    People always bang on about how SEO is a saturated market in the blogosphere but I honestly think there is only a handful of decent bloggers out there. The problem is that people who really know what they are doing don’t want to share it because it can be so profitable – and they want to protect there profits.

  • http://d4rksorrow.blogspot.com/ D4rksorrow

    I’m doing my research on SEO and how to get your site up the ranks, i also talk about making money online and stuff like that.

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