10 [Non SEO] Websites That Are Pure Awesome

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good SEO blog. The thing is, you can glean so much inspiration by stepping away from your SEO folder in Google Reader and checking out the wider web technology and development community. I’ve been on a low SEO, high technology diet for the past few weeks and I’ve loved reading these blogs. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s worth checking out these resources:

High Performance Web Sites blog

URL: http://www.stevesouders.com/blog/
RSS: http://www.stevesouders.com/blog/feed/

Steve Souders was the man behind the Y!Slow project (of which there have been 1.7 million downloads!). Now a Googler, Steve’s heavily involved in the making the web faster initiative. Steve’s site has significantly improved my understanding of how web browsers work, and why websites can be slow. Recommended.

Catch him presenting at Google I/O here:


URL: http://line25.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/line25blog

Chris Spooner writes an excellent web design and development blog. More CSS and jQuery based stuff with some good instructional articles on issues like PhotoShop to XHTML layouts. Check out the tutorials section, Line25 Sites of the Week and this amusing take on SEO.

Web Appers

URL: http://www.webappers.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/webappers

Open source resources for web developers. If it’s open source, it’ll be on Ray Cheung’s site. Just today I read this article on handling 404 (linked to) pages with the JQuery plugin, and thought, “nice”.

Yahoo! Developer Network Blog

URL: http://developer.yahoo.net/blog/
RSS: http://feeds.developer.yahoo.net/YDNBlog
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ydn

Whatever Yahoo might be up to in organic search, the developer network resources show no sign of disappearing anytime soon. Thank god for that! YQL is awesome, Christian Heilman is awesome and, if you don’t want to take my word for it, read this post on Analyzing World Cup Data with YQL


URL: http://www.readwriteweb.com/
RSS: http://www.readwriteweb.com/rss.xml
Twitter: http://twitter.com/rww

Every time I log in to Google Reader, seems I’ve missed about 100 new articles from this site. Pitching themselves as “one of the most popular technology blogs in the world, known for offering insightful analysis about each day’s Internet industry news”, I’ve become aware of so many new technologies here (PubSubHubbub, for example), it really is a joy to read.

A List Apart

URL: http://www.alistapart.com
RSS: http://www.alistapart.com/site/rss

A ton of expert articles on web design and front end build, this is the site that first taught me about HTML5. The site covers a range of cool topics from (obviously) the technologies involved in web development, but also processes in web production, culture and user science.

Smashing Magazine

URL: http://www.smashingmagazine.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/smashingmag
RSS: http://rss1.smashingmagazine.com/feed/

Smashing Media owned Smashing Magazine is a corker of a resource for web designers and front end developers alike. A great resource for inspiration and a place to keep abreast of the latest web design technologies (HTML5, CSS3 etc). It’s a particular favourite of mine thanks to the freebies, resource lists and seemingly infinite jQuery resources.

And a few others

Honourable mentions go to favourites Ars Technica, Mashable! and Geeks Are Sexy. All awesome stuff, and I hope you enjoy my list – if you’d like to make any suggestions, I’d love to hear them…

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5 thoughts on “10 [Non SEO] Websites That Are Pure Awesome

  1. I’d like to thank you for brining Line25 to my attention! I’ve been following A List Apart and Smashing for years but Line25 has somehow escaped me.

  2. Hi Jordan,

    No problem! Even if readers of this page only pick up one new site, that’s a quality site and deserves a good read. Thanks for dropping by!

  3. John C says:

    I’d suggest googlesystem.blogspot.com for google news and prelovac.com for wordpress/SEO posts.


  4. I think if you start doing analysis of your own steps then you will definitely get the answer. For seo i think search engine live journal, Matt cutt blogs and seo book articles are useful they are constantly publishing articles as per new services launched

  5. Innes says:

    Smashing magazine is one I go on all the time; it has so much to offer and ideas for us to give to out web master. At the same time, I’ll go and look through these others.

    Though ive never been on there, I have heard of ReadWriteWeb many times

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