Every news source you read should be questioned.
News is often provided with manipulative goals. One of the greatest advantages I have over most other SEO news site or SEO websites is my own lack of affiliation or property.
Since I do not need to make a ton of money to support myself, I usually recommend people do not buy most things. If you know what you are doing it does not cost much to do a good job at SEO. The learning process can be somewhat expensive, but after you gain the knowledge it does not go away.
The real reason for this post is that I am now the Inktomi moderator over at SearchGuild. When I provide future information about SEO I will probably be biased saying that SearchGuild is the best SEO forums.
Last year (long before I was a moderator at SearchGuild) I reviewed some of the SEO forums, and stated that SearchGuild was one of my favorites.
These are some of the things I stated I liked about SearchGuild last year in my article.
- Chris and crew frequently come up with their own compelling theories on the whats and whys of search engine news
- it is independent of large firms and corporate America
- lots of technical know how (for example Chris made a bot to surf DMOZ listed sites to make a data resource)
- has an extremely friendly feel about it
- not much misinformation floating around
One thing I did not include on that list is that there is no hard sale at SearchGuild. People try to answer your questions without sounding overly witty or super self promotional.
I view SearchGuild as the open source equivalent to SEO and am glad to be affiliated with it. What do you think?
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