How 10 Popular SEO Blogs Looked When They Launched

March 16, 2015


Every blog has to start somewhere, right? Out of curiosity, we decided to see how our favorite SEO blogs looked when they launched, and the results were pretty interesting. Listing 10 popular SEO blogs and comparing their first design with their current one, shows us how they evolved through time.

We were able to find how they looked by researching on different resources and thanks to Internet Archive and their amazing digital library (don’t forget to support their cause) and turn them into an ‘interesting’ slidey (we will let you decide if you think it’s so cool as we do).


Moz – 2005 & 2015



Moz started up in 2004, and we’ve been on an epic ride ever since. From our beginnings as an SEO consulting company to launching the first Pro app in 2007, we’ve tried to stay true to our core beliefs—TAGFEE—and to deliver an exceptional experience for our community and subscribers. We owe a huge thanks to our community for joining us on this awesome journey, and we hope that you’ll continue to be a part of our story.

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Hubspot – 2007 & 2015



HubSpot was founded in 2006 as a result of a simple observation: people have transformed how they live, work, shop, and buy, but businesses have not adapted. This mismatch led Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah to create the vision for the inbound experience and to develop HubSpot’s platform to support it. With our powerful, easy to use, integrated set of applications, businesses can attract, engage, and delight customers by delivering inbound experiences that are relevant, helpful, and personalized. HubSpot is, after all, on a mission to make the world more inbound, one business transformation after another.

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Search Engine Land – 2006 & 2015



Search Engine Land is a leading daily publication that covers all aspects of the search marketing industry.

Daily news coverage includes breaking stories, industry trends, feature announcements and product changes at popular platforms used by search marketers to reach consumers online.

Both sites were founded by search industry veterans Danny Sullivan (Chief Content Officer & Founding Editor) and Chris Sherman (VP of Programming & Founding Editor) and are published by Third Door Media.

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Search Engine Watch – 1998 & 2015



Search Engine Watch provides tips and information about searching the web, analysis of the search engine industry and help to site owners trying to improve their ability to be found in search engines.

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Search Engine Journal – 2003 & 2015



Launched in 2003, SEJ is unique in its community-based approach to search marketing content.

Search Engine Journal spotlights the important trends, news, strategies and personalities in the industry. We make it easier for the interactive-marketing community to collaborate and innovate its way to success.

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Matt Cutts – 2005 & 2015



Matt Cutts joined Google as s software engineer in January 2000. He’s currently the head of Google’s Webspam team.

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Copyblogger – 2006 & 2015



Since January 2006, Copyblogger has been teaching people how to create killer online content. Not bland corporate crap created to fill up a company webpage. Valuable information that attracts attention, drives traffic, and builds your business.

Copyblogger founder Brian Clark has been building businesses with online content marketing since 1998, before anyone used that term.

Copyblogger started as a simple one-man blog. Today, Copyblogger Media is a software and training organization with more than 160,000 unique customers — and it’s all done with useful content, smart copywriting, and exceptional products and services.

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QuickSprout – 2007 & 2015



Neil Patel is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. He helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives.

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Clickz – 1997 & 2015



ClickZ is the largest resource of interactive marketing news, information, commentary, advice, opinion, research, and reference in the world, online or off-. From search to social, technology to trends, our coverage is expert, exclusive, and in-depth.

Our mission: to help interactive marketers do their jobs better.

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Search Engine Roundtable – 2003 & 2015



The mission of this site is to provide a single source for the reader to visit to locate the most interesting threads covered at the SEM forums. This will help you save valuable time clicking through the forum threads to find the true gems. In addition, most people are only active in one or two forums – this will allow for comparative advantage to take place between the major forums.

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2 Comments. Leave new

Wow, did not realise some of these sites were over 18 years old.

Granit Doshlaku
March 18, 2015 7:55 AM

I was surprised too. We tend to think that SEO didn’t exist before Google but in the other side we have industry leaders like Danny Sullivan who has been writing about SEO since 1996 (& he also founded SEW in 1998).

I hope you enjoyed the article and thank you for your comment.


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