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    **New Post for 2015 blogs can be seen here: Best SEO and Content Marketing Blogs to Follow in 2015**

    As Google’s never-ending battle to curtail spam rages on in 2014, the guidelines for best SEO practices remain the same (at least for now): create unique, content-rich information for both users and search engines alike. Last September, Google introduced Hummingbird— a new search algorithm that aims to improve the relevancy of search engine results—in an effort to crack the whip on non-compliant SEOs, some of whom are still trying to manipulate rankings.

    Odds are good that if your site contains algorithmic penalties such as irrelevant keyword stuffing or spammy links that were purchased from a link farm, then you’ll definitely want to brush up on your SEO tactics.

    So how do you do that?

    Remember the chorus line from that song in elementary school, “Knowledge is Power?” It’s cheesy but it does hold merit:

    Knowledge is power. I know what I know.
    The more you learn the farther you’ll go…

    Obviously, the SEO parity here is to stay current and be well-informed. So with that finger-popping tune now stuck in your head, here are 12 blogs that you should bookmark in 2014 for the latest information on digital marketing and SEO best practices:

     1. Moz

    MOZ Seo Blog

    Main topics: SEO and Inbound Marketing

    Why they’re awesome: Original Research & White Board Friday’s (Weekly video podcast with SEO advice, tools, and recommendations)

    Check out this post: Handling User-Generated & Manufacturer-Required Duplicate Content Across Large Numbers of URLs


    2. Search Engine Land

    Search Engine Land Blog

    Main topics: Search Engine Marketing & Search Engines

    Why they’re awesome: Extensive library of relevant SEO/SEM information complete with tools, guides, and “How to” instructions

    Check out this post: Google Updates Its Page Layout Algorithm To Go After Sites “Top Heavy” With Ads


    3. Search Engine Watch

    Search Engine Watch Blog Screenshot

    Main topics: Search Engine Marketing, Paid Search Advertising (PPC), SEO

    Why they’re awesome: Useful tips and industry analysis of search engines

    Check out this postGoogle: Here’s How to Make Infinite Scrolling Websites Search-Friendly


    4. Occam’s Razor

    Occam's Razor Blog

    Main Topics: Digital Marketing, Analytics

    Why they’re awesome: Avinash Kaushik is a best-selling author and a digital marketing evangelist for Google (I.e., Digital Marketing Beast)

    Check out this post: Digital Marketing And Analytics: Two Ladders For Magnificent Success


    5. Content Marketing Institute

    Content Marketing Institute Blog

    Main Topics: Content Strategy

    Why they’re awesome: A great resource for webinars, whitepapers, how-to guides, and ebooks from a content marketing pioneer

    Check out this post: Prove Your Commitment to Achieving Content Marketing ROI


    6. Search Engine Journal

    SEJ Blog Screenshot

    Main topics: Search Engine Marketing, Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media Marketing

    Why they’re awesome: Great resource for advice, news, tools, and tutorials for search marketers

    Check out this postHow-to Guide: 5 Ways to Use Google Webmaster Tools to Maximize Your SEO Campaign


     7. SEO by the Sea

    SEO By the Sea Blog Screenshot

    Main topics: SEO, Search Engines, Google Patent Research

    Why they’re awesome: Provides in-depth, technical information about search engines and how they presumably operate

    Check out this postHow Google Uses Taxonomic Classifications to Better Understand the Meanings of Words on Pages


    8. CopyBlogger

    Coppyblogger Blog Screenshot

    Main topics: Content Marketing, Internet Marketing, SEO Copywriting

    Why they’re awesome: Experts in creating content that “wows” and attracts lead generating traffic

    Checkout this postWhat to Do If Your Great Content Isn’t Getting Found


    9. Blind 5 Year Old

    Blind 5 Year Old Blog

    Main Topics: SEO, Search Engine Marketing, Digital Marketing

    Why they’re awesome: Owner, A.J. Kohn, is a search engine connoisseur with almost 20 years of industry experience

    Check out this post: Stop Carly Rae Content Marketing


    10. Rand Fishkin

    Rand Fishkin Blog

    Main topics: Digital Marketing, SEO, Entrepreneurship. More casual than the Moz blog and backed with Rand’s personal experiences.

    Why he’s awesome: He is the Wizard of Moz and has a proven track record as an SEO guru

    Check out this postSurvey Data on the Growth/Shrinkage of Web Marketing Channels in 2014


     11. SEO Book

    SEO Book Blog Screenshot

    Main topics: SEO

    Why they’re awesome: Widespread archive of training modules and free SEO tools

    Favorite ToolSEO Tool Bar

    Check out this postOptimizing Against Competitors


    12. Matt Cutts

    Matt Cutts' Blog

    Main topics: SEO, Google Penalties, Webspam

    Why he’s awesome: Head of Google Webspam Team with valuable insights into search ranking factors

    Check out this postThe decay and fall of guest blogging for SEO

    Honorable Mention: Google’s Blog, Inside Search 

    This is a follow-up post to our original article published last year: Best SEO Blogs to Follow

    What are your favorite SEO blogs? Let us know in the comments below.