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What websites can I use to learn white hat SEO from scratch?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SilverKnight, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. SilverKnight

    SilverKnight Power Member

    May 31, 2011
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    Just like the title says, what legit websites can I use to learn white hat SEO from scratch FOR FREE? I only know about SEOmoz and I've started doing some reading on that. Can someone recommend other legit sites that 'teach' SEO from scratch (preferably through videos) FOR FREE? I prefer videos over reading.

    One question: Blackhat SEO keeps you in fear of Google's updates (such as Panda and Penguin). Is there any fear with Whitehat SEO? Or can I have a peace of mind knowing that even though the results will take time but I won't be hit by any unexpected nuclear bombs like the aforementioned updates?
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  2. Simas9

    Simas9 Elite Member

    Sep 28, 2010
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    Vienna, Austria
    Every backlink built to increase your positions is considered black hat. There is no such thing as a completely white hat SEO (yes, I know there are a lot of lame SEOmoz guys who try to sell their white hat concept). To learn it start reading the sticky threads/guides here.
  3. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
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    Although there are a lot of both kinds of practices on this forum, it's a great place to learn. You could also check out Warrior Forum, there are a lot of good threads on there.

    Distilled is also a pretty good resource.


    Simas9 raises a good point. Technically Google does not want you building links manually at all. They want these to happen naturally. There are also many gray areas with SEO. In general, you won't have to worry about Google algorithm updates if you write and design for users. When you start creating poor user experiences is when you really have to start worrying.

    Hope that helps,

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  4. IMTopgun

    IMTopgun Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Sep 5, 2011
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    You will get your best whitehat seo education right here. May not be all videos but the information is priceless and mostly free. Sure, you will have to put up with a few cranky comments, but those guys aren't going to help you anyway. Any offsite stuff that you do to your website that is not completely natural is technically black hat. The main difference in the two is generally considered the degree to which you do it.
    Use as much original content as you can create or afford to have created for you, use it on your site then get it indexed. After that, take variations of that content and post it elsewhere such as web 2.0 blogs, etc. with a link back to your main site or innerpage that contains the original content. Use keyword diversity and a fair percentage of general keywords such as check here, read more, etc.

    That is your foundation for your white hat seo.
  5. phpbuilt

    phpbuilt Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    May 16, 2011
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    Going whitehat doesn't prevent you from getting steamrolled by Google. Although, you may be so poor from doing whitehat that you're less able to feel the affects of getting steamrolled by Google.

    One example, hubpages.com. Google did an algorithm change and they started losing traffic. How did they fix it? Hubpages moved authors from folders to subdomains. 100% arbitrary, it shouldn't matter ... but it did.

    1000s of legitimate websites out there that don't even know about blackhat SEO getting steamrolled by Google every day, its part of Google's plan to push everyone except large brands out of the top-10.

    Trying to go only whitehat isn't the answer. It might buy you protection from certain Google penalties, but why do you need protection when you're not ranking to begin with, lol.
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  6. intrepid

    intrepid Regular Member

    Jun 27, 2011
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    "The Home of Internet Marketing" is right here. I've purchased wso's and made no money. I'm still working on making money but the free info and resources on this site (and another one) has been the best education I've had about IM. I'm totally into white hat, sustainable system. Blackhat requires tools and is shortlived but lucrative for those that practice it. People on here will tell you that many respected IMers use blackhat methods and sell wso rehashed *&$$*( that don't work. I like knowing how the cheaters do things so I can protect my website and affiliate accounts.

    Read threads and methods and learn how IM really works. And then create a system using methods you an leverage. Don't forget to diversify and automate or outsource. Oh yeah, and take action. :)
  7. zigato

    zigato Junior Member

    Aug 22, 2012
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    There are plenty of resources on BHW and other similar websites. Also SEOMoz, SEL, SEJ, Distilled etc however they are not really for newbies. Hubspot does a good job for newbies though considering their target market is agencies and marketing managers.