Best Forums for SEO and Web Development

by Scott Allen - March 18, 2007 
Filed Under SEO, Web Design / Development

Don’t Be a Hermit — Be Active in the Web Community
Be active in the web community.

When you are a web designer or search engine optimization specialist, it may be tempting at times to be anonymous or keep a low profile. However, this limits your ability to grow and connect with others in the industry. I highly encourage you to become an active part of the web community. An easy way to do this is to pick two or three forums in the area you are interested in, and become an active member. Forums are a great place to learn new skills and ask questions, get feedback on a design, share your expertise, network with other professionals, and make some new friends! I’ve put together a list of some of the best forums in the SEO and Web Development communities.

(The number in parenthesis is the number of members at the time of this post — to give some perspective on the scope of each forum.)

Web Development and SEO Forums
These forums have great resources not only for webmasters, but also for those interested in or involved with SEO.

  1. Digital Point Forums (63,056) – A great all-around forum, that is growing quickly. One of the most active forums. There is a wide variety of topics to choose from, including in-depth webmaster, web development, and SEO discussions. The site also features a handy suite of free webmaster tools. In general the community is very friendly.
  2. V7 Network Forums (22,902) – Another great forum featuring a variety of web development and SEO topics. John Scott started this SEO forum. He is known to challenge some of the “norms” and publish information that sometimes challenges accepted ideas. However, sometimes it’s refreshing to have a different perspective.
  3. WebmasterWorld.com – A huge forum with a multitude of resources for both webmasters and SEO’s. The mother of all webmaster forums. There is a lot of good information to be found here, but be forewarned that the posting policy is very strict.
  4. Cre8asite Forums (10,639) – This forum has a member list that includes some of the most well respected and skilled search engine marketing professionals. Many of the administrators and moderators are well known in the industry and have years of experience and history in the SEM field.
  5. iWebTool Forums (4,108) – A smaller forum, but very friendly.
  6. WebProWorld (54,521) – A busy forum where web professionals can exchange ideas and discuss topics in web development and SEO.

Forums Focusing on Web Development
These forums are focused on web development and webmastering.

  1. DevShed Forums (201,729) – A large and popular forum covering a wide range of in-depth web development topics, including coding, site development, site management, databases, hosting, and more.
  2. SitePoint Forums (165,857) – A popular hub for web professionals worldwide, with discussions on hundreds of topics daily. Largely focused on coding and site development.
  3. WebDev Forums (17,766) – A forum about web development, web design, and web hosting.

Forums Focusing on SEO
These forums are focused on Search Engine Optimization.

  1. SEO Chat Forums (33,182) – A great forum for both novices and professionals alike.
  2. Search Engine Watch Forums (15,103) – A leading Search Engine Marketing forum.
  3. High Rankings Forums (13,401) – An SEO forum focusing on content (on-page) optimization. Targeted mainly toward newer SEO’s.
  4. SEO Guy Forums (13,505) – A newer SEO forum, but that hasn’t stopped it from having some great discussions.

Not a Forum, But Still an Awesome SEO Community
This may not technically be a forum, but is an awesome SEO community nonetheless and deserves mention.

That should get you started! Join some forums (er, uh, communities), start discussing ideas, and get your name out there!


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Comments

9 Responses to “Best Forums for SEO and Web Development”

  1. Web Site Reviews | WebGeek on February 25th, 2007 10:00 pm

    [...] There are several forums out there where other web designers will be happy to review your work and provide constructive feedback [...]

  2. 14th Colony on March 19th, 2007 1:00 pm

    Great post and I agree that participating in the web dev community is much better than doing it alone. I did want to mention SEO Refugee as an excellent resource for SEO. There is a lot of talented SEOs there and the community itself is a lot of fun.

  3. Scott Allen on March 20th, 2007 9:00 am

    Thanks for the feedback and for the tip! I’ll definitely check it out. Keep the suggestions coming. :)

  4. Yichen on March 28th, 2007 5:45 pm

    Hi Scott. Great post. How about designerstalk forum? I think it is a great site and looks more Web2.0 like.

  5. The Web Files » Blog Archive » Some great webmaster forums that you should join on March 31st, 2007 8:00 am

    [...] found a post over on WebGeek that lists a number of top webmaster forums and communities. The numbers listed beside each forum [...]

  6. Scott Allen on April 12th, 2007 4:14 pm

    Thanks! I’ll check it out.

  7. SEO Reloaded on April 22nd, 2007 11:18 pm

    Hi Scott. Very useful post, with some great links. SearchGuild is another SEO forum which has gained a lot of popularity recently. I think it will be a good one to add to the list.

  8. Learn SEO - Basic SEO Training | WebGeek on June 8th, 2007 2:00 pm

    [...] step is to become involved in the SEO community. One great way to do this is to become involved in forums, where you can get to know others and ask questions as you test out your new skills. You may also [...]

  9. crank on February 12th, 2008 5:22 am

    forums really helps a lot in terms of providing backlinks for a site and as well as a community to learn something and to share..great resources..

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