I’ve written before about how there are many women are involved in search and search marketing, but blogrolls like ours can still feel man heavy. Fortunately, there are some new blogs up from women in search, including Google Webmaster Central’s Vanessa Fox. Here’s a round-up.
Let’s start with Google, and some background on other personal blogs by those who work with webmasters. To date, that’s been the men. Back in August 2005, Google search quality czar Matt Cutts launched his own blog (still currently down for April Fool’s), which soon turned into a resource for those wanting to know more about Google. Matt does write about non-Google issues, but there’s plenty about Google to make his blog required reading.
Adam Lasnik had joined Google in 2005 to work with Matt on webmaster relations, giving webmasters another blog to watch — Adam’s own. Adam doesn’t actually blog much about Google issues there, however. Instead, you’re more likely to hear him interacting at places like WebmasterWorld or Google Webmaster Help at Google Groups.
Enough of Google men. Like Adam, Vanessa Fox deals with webmaster relations for Google. She oversees Google Webmaster Central and has been blogging plenty at the old Inside Google Sitemaps blog, which became the Google Webmaster Central blog. Now she’s launched her own personal blog, which so far remains Google free.
Her domain name, well — it’ll raise some eyebrows. Some backstory here. There’s another Vanessa Fox on the web that apparently works in the adult industry. This came to light when Dave Naylor discovered after doing a post mentioning Goggle Vanessa that he got traffic for her name and, well, something adult related. If you go to vanessafox.com, it will NOT be the Google Vanessa’s blog. Since she can’t have her name, as a joke, she’s picked up a domain name the other Vanessa might want. Plus, it gives Dave Naylor a chuckle.
Speaking of having your own name, search marketer Jennifer Slegg has run her own blog about contextual ads at JenSense since November 2004. Now she’s got a new one under her actual name, JenniferSlegg.com, where she plans to write on SEO and online marketing and content development.
Rae Hoffman’s Sugarrae blog isn’t new. In fact, it has just turned a year old. But somehow, it slipped past me. So being new to me, I roll it into today’s post on new blogs on search by women! Plenty of good reading on it, including her recent Five Link Development Experts: A Group Interview post.
More blogs from women? I ran down our blogroll to pull out those either run by women, from companies owned by woman, or where women tend to do a significant amount of the blogging:
- Ask Kalena
- Bruce Clay Blog
- Charlene Li
- Cre8tive Flow
- In Search Of Stuff
- Search Engine Guide
- Search Engine Watch Blog
- Search Marketing Gurus
Need names and backgrounds of women associated with these blogs, or even more search and marketing blogs from women? Li Evans has a continuing series on Women Of Internet Marketing that you should check out. It’s now into part 15.
By the way, a note on our blogroll at Search Engine Land. I get a lot of requests to be on it. Here’s the deal. I tend to list things we read at Search Engine Land, and we can’t read everything. I also rarely list a brand new blog, because I like to see them develop into solid resources before I take the time to add a link. The very best way to get on it if you’re consistently writing content of substance. If so, then it’s a natural fit. It’s also something I notice, so you’ll likely get a link without even asking.
Sorry I can’t list everyone, but my primary job is to write about search news, not ensure the world’s most comprehensive list of search blogs. You want that — you want Lee Odden’s Search Marketing Blogs list, now coming up on 400 blogs.
One last tip. I remain amazed at the number of requests I get for blogroll links where the person asking either doesn’t have a blogroll themselves or has one but doesn’t list Search Engine Land. I will and do list people regardless of a backlink. But it’s only polite, you know? Link onto others as you would have them link onto you.