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Tools For Staying Current with SEO News

By Lee Odden     Marketing Industry News, SEO

With our BIGLIST of 400+ SEO blogs, it’s a great resource, but can be a bit overwhelming. There’s simply too much to monitor. That’s why I tend to favor a small number of news aggregators and sites via RSS or on the web. Here are a few of those tools:

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The most recent SEO news aggregator I’ve been using is a new SEO channel from Original Signal that is not unlike popurls. It aggregates feeds from the likes of Search Engine Land, Search Engine Watch and our own Online Marketing Blog. You can subscribe to the aggregated RSS feed or if you like visiting the web pages like I do, then there are some useful tools like being able to physically re-arrange the site feeds on the page and sorting the most popular posts of the entire category by day, week or month. You can also get code to syndicate the feed to your site or tap into the mobile version.

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The next SEO news aggregator is the one that started it all for me in terms of tracking multiple SEO blogs in one spot. This tool is called Search Brains and is run by iEntry, the folks who publish WebProNews. There are no user enabled features, but the interface is interesting in that it grabs posts at time intervals throughout the day and posts them in clusters. It used to update much more often than it does now but still handy.

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NewsNow is a UK based news aggregation service. The interface is similar to Search Brains in that it pulls feeds at certain time intervals during the day and segments them that way. What’s different is that they pull news from a mixture of mainstream media sites as well as blogs.

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Before Original Signal published their SEO channel, the only other popurls-style interface was SEOmash. This aggregator pulls in feeds from the usual suspects as well as SEObook, Search Engine Roundtable as well as from forums, affiliate sites and of course, own proud little Online Marketing Blog.

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The site that really uncovers some gems of content, is of course Sphinn. A forum/social news/networking amalgamation, Sphinn gives us those layers of editorial filtering via user submitted stories, voting and whatever it is the moderators are doing. Some stories that go hot can be a bit sensational, but overall, there’s more value coming out of Sphinn as far as great search marketing content than I’ve seen in one place in a very long time.

If you know of some interesting and productive search marketing news aggregators, please share in the comments.


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