Here are my 13 recommended top forums and groups if you want to learn and implement SEO for your agency or website.
I’m fairly certain SEO Book is now inactive but it used to be a great place to learn and connect with others in the SEO industry.
There’s places like Warrior Forum, where I’m sure a lot of people hang out to learn SEO, but I’m a snob and like to hang out in more reputable places.
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Ahrefs is a keyword research and SEO tool and the community that I use most frequently.
This is a free group but for paid Ahrefs subscribers only.
The company are great at leading discussions with the tutorial and data studies they produce.
The group members post a lot of questions about how to use the Ahrefs tool but users also post questions about specific problems they have.
SEO topics covered include :
- Technical SEO
- Keyword Research
- Choosing keywords and topics
- Software comparisons
- Competitor Analysis
- Link building strategies
- Ranking factors
- Why did my traffic decline?
- How do I grow my website traffic?
The group is moderated so don’t go posting about you and your services.
However, every once in a while the group moderator does invite everyone to a “speed dating” post.
Your name’s not down, you’re not getting in !
This group is strictly for paid members of Brian Dean’s SEO That Works training programme.
Membership to Brian’s training costs low 4 figures; I paid up monthly.
Without doubt the best SEO investment I’ve ever made.
What Brian teaches isn’t easy; but if it was easy everyone would do it.
There’s a good mix of experienced and “trainee” SEO practitioners in this group.
I just checked that I’ve been a member of the forum for over 3 years now.
SEO Topics covered include :
- Power Pages and SEO That Works training
- Content Creation
- Link Building Strategies
- Examples of work members have done
- Technical SEO advice
- CMS and website platform recommendations
- How do I do this
- I have a question about …
- Looking for recommendations
- Which SEO tools to use
So Google WebMasters have a video channel on YouTube where their community leaders post hangouts about SEO.
With over 275,000 subscribers that’s a fairly big community.
But now there’s a community section to this channel.
John Mueller at Google appears to be leading the community.
A post will be added to the community about a forthcoming hangout asking if you have any questions.
There’s been 20 comments and no replies to the latest posts.
So at the moment I’m not sure how this community will pan out unless there are active responses.
But if you want SEO advice straight from the horse’s mouth I guess this will be the forum to participate in.
I’m not a Moz subscriber so I don’t subscribe to this forum.
However you can’t omit a Moz forum when talking about SEO forums.
They list the topics they cover as follows:
- Affiliate Marketing
- Competitor Research
- Email Marketing
- Inbound marketing
- Keyword research
- Link building
- Local SEO
- On Page SEO
- Social Media
- Technical sEO
- Web Design
- And Whiteboard Friday
You’re either an Ahrefs, SEMRush or Moz fan boy; pick one and decide.
Now we get into the dark social forums.
I just can’t get used to Slack but the Backlinks groups is a fairly good forum to mix with other SEOs.
I’ve no idea how I joined it or who runs it but there are 1400 SEO people on this slack.
There’s a general channel for everything related to SEO.
A section on guest posting and boosting your website traffic.
There’s more commercial exchanges and communication here than other forums but that’s cool.
This subreddit is the community for SEO tips, news and case studies.
That’s what it says on the tin.
Anyone can join; for free.
As I write, 89,800 subscribers of which 215 are online right now.
That’s a massive forum.
The topics included are wide ranging.
So you are probably best to search for the problem or question you have.
So let’s say I’m doing SEO for a Shopify website.
I’ll enter shopify in the search box and relevant results are returned.
I can then see how many comments there are to posts I’d be interested in or I can filter those searches by time and relevance
Or use the Hot, New, Top and Rising filters to find interesting SEO discussions.
This forums covers SEO and the broader subject of inbound marketing.
There’s 27,500 subscribers at the time of writing and 51 people online.
Use the forum the same way you use the SEO subreddit however there is a Casual Friday post where people chat about what they’ve been up to or any SEO news.
I’ll confess I’m a lurker in these 2 forums.
But if you genuinely need SEO help, post your problem and you’ll get a response.
There’s a number of forum moderators so don’t even think about posting commercial messages.
Whilst strictly not an SEO forum there are plenty of SEO questions by freelancers that tend to be about the business of SEO or how to charge SEO fees.
There are 88,300 subscribers to this group.
I find this forum really interesting as I have a lot of freelance web design clients who use my SEO services.
So it’s great to see and read their problems and challenges with clients and how I could help them in SEO related areas.
Think Traffic Tanks is a private Slack community with a monthly subscription run by 3 very experience SEO professionals.
I’m not a member but Nick Eubank, one of the SEO experts, posted a tutorial about how to identify keyword opportunities using Ahrefs.
Ahrefs appear to recommend Think Traffic Tank; so that’s good enough testimony for me.
This is really a community for SEO agencies who are operating at an advanced SEO level.
Just checked that a couple of my agency clients are members of Think Traffic Tank.
If SEMrush is your keyword research tool of choice then I’d recommend that you follow them on Facebook.
Not strictly a forum but they are very active posting articles and seminar and hangouts that they run.
As I said earlier, I’m biased towards Ahrefs and love their Insider channel and YouTube videos.
Yoast SEO plugin has a forum.
With WordPress being the most used CMS and Yoast being the most used SEO plugin it’s good to see they have a forum.
So if you have a Yoast issue or questions definitely get your answer in this forum.
The biggest issue that I had with Yoast was my sitemap file.
After a few months the sitemap stopped rendering.
I tried every route for a solution but felt I was being upsold to their premium plugin in order to gain support access to fix the issue.
This forum should get more credit than it does.
You probably use this forum already to get answers to webmasters, search console and sitemap issues but you just don’t know it.
As long as you have a google account you can post or open up a new topic.
Responses aren’t huge but you have got some seriously good technical experts on hand to help answer your questions.
And finally I shall promote myself.
Whilst SEO Box has a low monthly subscription to learning SEO there is a free community element.
You can register for free, get access to 27 SEO videos and you can post a comment of help or support.
I’ve got nearly 100 people subscribed to my SEO Hacks and Tips section inside SEO Box.
I’ve love you to join in.