SEO Forums

Feb 6th

This is a somewhat comprehensive list of SEO forums. If you know of any SEO forums that are missing from this list, feel free to add them in the comments and I may eventually get around to adding them to the list.

Update:
Due to popular demand and numerous customer requests we added an exclusive private SEO community forum to our online SEO training program.

Forum Meta Information:
There are a ton of SEO forums and it is hard to keep up with all of the information that is put out in all of them. Fortunately there are a bunch of bloggers like me who try to point out some of the good stuff in them. ThreadWatch is a bit of a hybrid, sorta like a blog and a forum. It is ran by DaveN, many other friends, and I.

ThreadWatch also sports a good number of gossip column type entries that makes each visit enjoyable. ThreadWatch was created to help the mid to high level SEO professional. ... on with the list of forums.

Top Rated SEO Forums:

  • SearchGuild - Chris Ridings SEO Forums. Very open and layback...good community feel to it, though activity has been a bit slow over the summer...I moderate at SearchGuild.

  • V7N Web Dev Community - John Scott's SEO forum...John is known to challenge some of the "norms" and put out info that sometimes goes against the grain. I moderate at V7N.
  • Search Engine Watch Forums - newer SEO forums where many long time / old school SEOs hang out. Lots of breaking news breaks at SEW forums.
  • Digital Point - a newcomer on the forum scene, Digital Point has quickly grown to be the most active forum by combining a fairly hands off social policy with innovative forum features and cool SEO tools.
  • SEO Guy Forums - newer SEO forum which has taken off well. SEO Guy is a longtime member of SEO Chat. When he made his own forums many of SEO Chat's best members went with him. I moderate at the SEO Guy SEO forums.

What I consider to be a top rated SEO forum is one where:

  • it is ok to express various opinions (if you find an SEO technique effective it is ok to discuss it even if search engines do not particularly like that technique); &

  • there is a high signal to noise ratio.

Largest SEO Forums:

  • Digital Point - a newcomer on the forum scene, Digital Point has quickly grown to be the most active forum by combining a fairly hands off social policy with innovative forum features and cool SEO tools.

  • Jimworld - Webmaster Forums. The late Jim Wilson created what I think was the first popular SEO / webmaster forum. From what I know the forum seems well past its brighter days.
  • SitePoint Forums - webmaster coding forums. Many of the other forums have been primarily driven by the marketing angle. SitePoint places more focus on coding and site development than most of the other large forums.
  • SEO Chat - It was originally started by Darrin Ward around the same time as SearchGuild. Darrin sold SEO Chat to the owner of the DevShed network. SEO Chat has a ton of ads on it and is advertised heavily on networks like O'Reilly.

    The link rentals mean their posts come up well in search results and also that they parse a good amount of link popularity out in post sig links. The heavy on site advertising (some pages have huge ads and even have sponsored text links for buying prescription drugs on them) coupled with the large # of "me too" type posts that their link popularity has makes SEO Chat appear unappealing to many experienced SEOs.

  • Webmaster World - Webmaster Forums. Currently this is perhaps the largest SEO / Webmaster forum (although Digital Point might be getting more daily posts). It was created by Bret Tabke and a few other webmasters with the goal of beating out Jimworld. They appear successful in that goal, but now Webmaster World has strict posting guidelines and over time lost many of its best members. Many of the best old timers from Webmaster World now post at the Search Engine Watch Forums.

The volume of information in large SEO forums is immense...hence the fact I classify them as large ;-)

Large SEO forums tend to eventually lose some of their community feel. They are hard to scale without losing that community feel, and when that community feel goes away the forums become too hard to moderate as the signal to noise ratio makes them too hard to keep up with. Digital Point has done an amazing job of scaling out a forum that still has a good sense of community to it.

The Big SEO Forum List:

  • Abakus Forums - SEO forums - smaller, but they have a larger German version too. Webby moderates at a good number of various SEO forums. Swell chap :)

  • Anthony Parsons SEO Forum - Ran by ... Anthony Parsons. It is still rather quiet as I do not think he has promoted his forum much, but Anthony makes many thoughtful posts at many other SEO forums.
  • AOSEP - newer smallish SEO forum started by some Searchguild moderators.
  • Band of Gonzo's Webmasters Forums - A few of the lead posters at WebProWorld created their own SEO forums. Dodger tends to dig up a good number of interesting news pieces.
  • Buscador Espa�ol - Small Spanish SEO forums.
  • Cre8asite Forums - usability / design / webmaster forums - mid sized. Guys Like Peter D, Black Knight, and bragadocchio post many enlightening posts with lots of experience in business and marketing.
  • Digital Point Forums - Shawn Hogan's mid sized SEO forum. Shawn is a programmer by trade and has created some of the coolest free SEO tools available. His forums tend to be rather liberal and many people who are kicked out of other SEO forums learn now to behave before they get kicked out of his (I do not think I have ever seen him ban anyone). He seems like a rather swell chap.
  • Dirson Google Foro - Spanish forums about Google.
  • Foro Buscadores - Spanish seo forums.
  • Forums Abondance - French webmaster forums.
  • Geeks on Steroids - Newer SEO & webmaster discussion forums.
  • Highrankings SEO Forums - Jill Whalen's mid sized SEO forums. Jill is branded as "the SEO copywriter." Her forum is geared primarily at people new to SEO, but there are also a variety of more experienced SEOs there too. Her forum tends to be rather conservative or "white hat."
  • HTML.it - Italian webmaster forums.
  • IhelpYou Forums - Doug Heil's mid sized SEO forums. Doug is a self appointed crusader against search engine spam. He is quick to judge and his opinion is strongly reflected in his forums. Above when I wrote about the gossip column posts at ThreadWatch the one about Doug Heil's SPAM comes to mind.
  • Jimworld - large webmaster forums. A bit past its prime in my opinion. A larger and older forum on the forum scene which I rarely visit.
  • LilEngine Forums - smaller SEO forums. There is not much activity at LilEngine. When I first started moderating there many people did tons of link drops, but I have been trying to delete them out as best I can.
  • Ozzu - mid sized webmaster forums. I do not post at their forum frequently enough to adequately review it, except to say that it has a decent signal to noise ratio and a cool looking design :)
  • Resource Zone - Webmaster forums for public interfacing with the DMOZ (Open Directory Project) editors. Lots of major webmaster conflicts occur there. Some of the editors are great, but some are also judgemental and mean. Often frustrated webmasters directly accessing these editors means you get to see the best and worst the editors have to offer.
  • Search Engine Watch Forums - newer SEO forums where many long time SEOs hang out. One of my favorite SEO forums.
  • SEO Blackhat Forums - paid forum discussing aggressive SEO techniques.
  • SEO Chat large SEO forums. The signal there is kinda drowned out by tons link drops and some of the top SEOs are driven away by the massive amounts of advertising on that forum.
  • SEO-Forums.com - James Mann's small new SEO forums. I have not visited it enough to give it any sort of review...I can only state that it is kinda small and somewhat new.
  • SEO Guy Forums - newer SEO forum which has taken off well. SEO Guy is a longtime member of SEO Chat. When he made his own forums many of SEO Chat's best members went with him.
  • SEO Debat - Danish SEO forums.
  • SEO Place - Derek Chew's newer SEO forum. Derek also runs Organic Rankings.
  • SEO Refugee - independent SEO forum which sprung up after SEO Chat imploded.
  • SEO Town - Darrin Ward's new small SEO forum. After his 1 year non competing clause with SEO Chat lapsed he made the site, but it has not really picked up much steam.
  • SEO Talk - Newer small SEO forum from the people of Webmaster Talk.
  • SEO Zip - Nandini Maheshwari's newer SEO forums. I help her moderate there.
  • SearchGuild - Chris Riding's mid sized SEO Forums. One of my favorite forums. Great signal to noise ratio and great sense of community.
  • Search This Forums - small webmaster forums.
  • SitePoint Forums - large webmaster coding forums. Site is primarily focused on coding and web development instead of marketing.
  • Spider Food Forums - J.K. Bowman's SEO forums.
    Suchmaschinen Community - German SEO forums.

  • Syndk8 - black hat SEO forums.
  • Top25Web - Anthony Ettinger's small SEO forums. He is a programmer by trade, and I believe the Top25Web forums are primarily geared toward those new to SEO.
  • V7N Web Dev Community - mid sized webmaster forums - John Scott's SEO forums. John has a tendancy to be blunt, but he means well. I post there frequently. :)

  • Web Inspect Forums - smaller, newer forums
  • Webmaster World - large webmaster forums. Strict posting policies. Search Engine Watch forums has recently cut into their userbase.
  • Web Pro World - mid sized webmaster forums. An SEO forum aimed at people new to the SEO scene.
  • Webmaster Homepage - German webmaster forums.
  • Webmaster Talk - webmaster forums focused around coding, creating, hosting, and promoting sites.
  • Xeoweb SEO Foro - Spanish SEO forums.

Newsgroups:
Google Groups: Google Support
Google Groups: Search Engines

While the Newsgroups do have good stuff in them, they also lack moderation and that can lead to lots of misinformation. A newer Newsgroup powered by Google Groups 2 and moderated by Andrew Goodman is located here.

Andrew writes for Traffick.com, is consider as one of the leading gurus on Google AdWords, and he was the moderator of the I-Search list before the I-lists went away. His newsgroup has many higger level posts from sophisticated and experienced marketers.

LED Digest, one of the original email only discussion lists, also discusses SEO and other internet marketing and webmaster related issues.

Old SEO Forums Article
Here is a review of SEO forums I did near the end of 2003. Please note that some of its info may be slightly outdated, as things have changed and I have learned a good bit more in the past year. The information on this page is WAY MORE up to date than the info in that article.

Published: February 6, 2004

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Comments

August 26, 2007 - 2:37am

wow a great list for my favorit bookmark, thx

John S. Britsios
August 11, 2007 - 1:24pm

Aaron, we did our very best to achieve valid markup (HTML & CSS), best semantical structure, accessibility, usability and SEO. Can our forums also be included on your list? Or would you probably like to join? :)
http://forums.seoworkers.com

August 26, 2004 - 1:31pm

Yeah this books great and this sites great too. The forums are all good and informative.

Mr.G
December 25, 2006 - 5:33pm

There is also a new blackhat forum wihch has a great design and layout http://www.blackhatworld.com
You may want to add it to your list.

seoprojectbid
September 7, 2006 - 12:41pm

Hi! I created a new site called seoprojectbid.com

It was created in order to provide a listing of seo companies and allow web site owners to place free requests for seo work that needs to be done. There is also a free article submission directory that has been created to help out websites become an expert in their given field.

The site is fairly basic but will obviously be improved if this website takes off (ex: become more automated). Just wondering what people think of it and more importantly if there is anything I should add that would make it more appealing for use?

November 21, 2006 - 3:41pm

The list was good enough for a newbie. Perhaps they will be overwhelmed. As far as my knowledge goes I think Webmasterworld and IHY along with probably Digital Point makes the largest share. I particularly like IHY Forums for its knowlegeable and helpful whitehat members. SEO tips, tricks and techniques taught out are really beneficial. On the otherhand Digital Point seems to a more open forum.

June 24, 2004 - 3:48am

Great list SEO Book. I need good list of forums and here I find em :)

August 20, 2006 - 4:25am

You are doing a good job.
I have started to benefit from your list on seo forums. You've saved me so much time. Thanks

July 17, 2006 - 10:31am

I was looking for a list of seo forums and just came across this page thankyou for compiling this list. Its always helpful for someone.

Artha SEO
June 9, 2006 - 7:24pm

Hey Buddy,

it seems this really very useful site ...thanks for making a grea8 forum ...

Regards

Lakhani

PS : lol this isnt a SPAM ...

August 31, 2006 - 3:26am

Hi Aaron, Excellent resource. Please consider the "vBulletin SEO" forums as a candidate for inclusion in your list of SEO forums. vBSEO is the leading SEO plugin for vBulletin powered forums. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me to discuss.

November 25, 2005 - 4:04am

I found some useful info on the newsgroups, especially:

alt.internet.search-engines

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July 22, 2007 - 2:35pm

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Auroin
June 19, 2007 - 9:54am

I was searching a BIG list of SEO forums.. and I got it here.. - :)

January 16, 2007 - 1:34pm

here is one more forum that i suggest for u onlyhttp://forums.webconfs.com/

October 27, 2006 - 9:38pm

Don't forget the LED Digest! An email discussion list on Internet marketing, but has lots of SEO folks and topics every week. It's been published for 10 years.

Aaron I found over 20 posts by you in the archives.

It's easy to overlook because of its out-dated format (email is so 2001). I'm working on updating the delivery mechanisms while preserving the same quality.

Anyway, just wanted to do my little promo bit here.

Thanks

October 27, 2006 - 9:50pm

Hi Adam
Updated it to mentione LED Digest.
Cheers,
Aaron

Adam Audette
October 27, 2006 - 11:06pm

thanks much!

Lee
January 18, 2006 - 6:55pm

There's also now the Search Engine Roundtable forums at: http://forums.seroundtable.com

Probably others too, but hard to keep track of them all. This is an impressive list you have Aaron. I can't believe I missed it.

ayakkabı
August 3, 2007 - 2:27pm

these forums are great resources for people who is interested in SEO i could reach quality information especially on digital point forums

July 10, 2006 - 7:24pm

If you ever find yourself doing similar again, it would be great if you would consider the Platinax forums:

Platinax forums

I appreciate that it’s a general business forum with a SEO section, but it’s always interesting to read comments, even if it’s critical.

Tuey
June 21, 2007 - 9:31am

I got everything from here.

Raktinkird.org

September 5, 2006 - 4:46pm

Hi! I created a new site called seoprojectbid.com

It was created in order to provide a listing of seo companies and allow web site owners to place free requests for seo work that needs to be done. There is also a free article submission directory that has been created to help out websites become an expert in their given field.

The site is fairly basic but will obviously be improved if this website takes off (ex: become more automated). Just wondering what people think of it and more importantly if there is anything I should add that would make it more appealing for use?

September 5, 2006 - 4:46pm

Hi! I created a new site called seoprojectbid.com

It was created in order to provide a listing of seo companies and allow web site owners to place free requests for seo work that needs to be done. There is also a free article submission directory that has been created to help out websites become an expert in their given field.

The site is fairly basic but will obviously be improved if this website takes off (ex: become more automated). Just wondering what people think of it and more importantly if there is anything I should add that would make it more appealing for use?

October 28, 2004 - 2:50am

Great book! With lots of good content. Common-sense advice which cuts through the jargon.

October 1, 2007 - 10:59am

Hello,
I am new to this SEO stuff but i guess that i will learn it pretty quickly ovr here. I am building an oil painting site - here it is: my-oilpaintings.com I hope I can do good job for it, with the help of SEOBOOK!

egonzc
October 10, 2007 - 3:12pm

Hi,
I will definitely buy the SEO Book and will utilize the information here to promote my own business site egsmartsys.com. I am reseaching since this site is a full content management site and Im kind if limited in what can be done. Anyway thanks for all the info.

Eric
President EG Smart Sys

June 17, 2008 - 5:16am

Here is one more i found good
http://www.cornwallseo.com/search/index.php/2007/03/16/the-enormous-list...

Thanks For forum list

July 5, 2008 - 10:14pm

Hi Aaron, I guess this post is kind of old, but if people still look at it (it seems like it), here's another one:

www.fudwatch.co.uk (it's the new forum for and by former search guilders (created and hosted by gurtie, brad and eddie)). It's been kind of quiet there so I thought I'd mention it after seeing this post.

July 15, 2008 - 2:23pm

hello Aaron

i knew nothing about SEO, start only 3 months ago with your seobook, and my websites are already attracting a lot of valuable trafic.

Thanks man, and keep the good work!

July 15, 2008 - 6:26pm

Congrats on the success thusfar vitochino :)

October 5, 2008 - 8:15pm

Great List Aaron!
The forums are all good and informative.
I love your Book Aaron.

October 10, 2008 - 1:40pm

Hey Aaron,

Long time, no talk to. Hope all is well!

Wanted to drop in and let you know that we had a minor hiccup on our domain at the BoG ... uh, we lost the domain. Ouch.

But we have risen from the ashes and are tracking down all of our links and came across one here. Thanks for that, btw.

Anyhow, the new domain is thebandofgonzos.com/community and if you could update your listing here, that would be great.

Thanks in advance!

Ronnie.

October 11, 2008 - 12:40am

Long time no see Ronnie. I updated your listing to point to the new location. :)

November 15, 2008 - 10:34am

Very Useful List Aaron.

Farhan.

December 2, 2008 - 2:49pm

So many forums that I couldn't figure out which one is better

December 5, 2008 - 12:02pm

Thanks For forum list

January 6, 2009 - 4:31pm

I need a list of SEO forum threads with Google PR.

January 13, 2010 - 7:17pm

You provide very good information on SEO on multiple fronts. Thank you. But why do you highlight Threadwatch as a forum when it closed down a couple years ago?

January 13, 2010 - 8:14pm

This post was originally made 6 years ago :D

March 7, 2010 - 10:38am

Hi,

I Checked Your Forums List & It's Realy Great But I Cant Find The Warrior Forum? warriorforum.com

Thank You
Dany

February 22, 2011 - 11:25am

hi sir when i submiting URL to directories this error coming "The URL could not be validated. Either the page does not exist or the server cound not be contacted." may i know why this error coming.

email id: nagender341@gmail.com

October 17, 2012 - 6:17am

So many forums that I couldn't figure out which one is better

glory909
February 16, 2013 - 7:18am

Good collection of forums.The list covers already all good forums for SEO. some forums i know which is not mentioned in list that are seocleark,socialclerks forum.

May 9, 2013 - 2:55am

published very informative and updated top seo forums list. I am trying to publish free online seo learning information at Informaion & communication technology website ictreview.com.

June 28, 2014 - 3:59pm

Googling for "SEO Forum" and "Internet Marketing Forum" I have noticed this new website letsforum.com looks like it's tageting both queries but since it's new I would like to know your opinion. Is it worth using, did someone actually used it?

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