10 Great SEO Quotes

  1. SEO is like Acupuncture and Homeopathy: It Works Even if You Don’t Know How or WhyTad Chef, SEO 2.0 SEO Blog
  2. SEO is not dead, it’s just no longer fashionable which is a good thing. — Lyndon Antcliff, Cornwall SEO
  3. It is not the job of search engine optimization to make a pig fly. It is the job of the SEO to genetically reengineer the Web site so that it becomes an eagle.Bruce Clay
  4. SEO is only not seen as rocket science BY THOSE WHO ALREADY KNOW IT. — Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land
  5. SEO’s are the new real estate developers. Our skillset gives us an amazing opportunity to develop an audience on the cheap. — Brian Provost, Scoreboard Media
  6. You can chase whatever keywords and phrases you like, but at the end of the day it’s all about those conversions. –Matt Webb, SEO Honolulu
  7. My rule of thumb is build a site for a user not a spider. — Dave Naylor, DavidNaylor.co.uk (DaveN)
  8. SEO is a noun, verb, and adjective. — Todd Malicoat, Stuntdubl
  9. Google only loves you when everyone else loves you first. — Wendy Piersall, ProBlogger guest postSEO is not SPAM.Matt Cutts

Bonus Quote: Just heard John Carcutt utter these profound words on the SEO 101 Podcast, 11/26/14:

“You don’t SEO your website, you SEO your business.”

Emory Rowland

I'm editor and keeper of the flame at Clickfire, fanatical social media blogger and builder of Internet things from way back. My love for social media and success with organic search led me to start my own consulting company. Apart from the Internet, I could be considered pretty worthless. More...


  1. john

    Great stuff, some excellent seo quotes there which will come in handy for The Internet Business Letter. Thanks a million for this, good blog and I can see above its all about twitter nowadays, i should really join.

  2. Wow excellent SEO Quotes i love them.

  3. i have been researching online on how to use seo for my site. nice seo quotes you have here ;)

    • Shilpi Biswas

      I am also an seo lover

  4. Seo Lair

    I especially like the seasoned insight only Matt Cutts could provide!

  5. ryanvines

    I am ablogger and I truly accept the fact Wendy Piersall. The other insight is given by Lisa Barone, it is the task of the seo to make the blog touch sky.

  6. brian

    This ranks right up there with trying to be a world class golfer while only playing golf during your lunch break from your job at Wal-Mart

  7. jobsearch

    A very funny and interesting posting! There’s nothing strange there are so many interesting quotes as SEO is hardly an easy job to do, so people just have to cope with it somehow and it’s great if it’s done with the help of laughter.

  8. Bryan

    My favorite:
    Google only loves you when everyone else loves you first.

    This one is very true. Thanks for the funny and interesting list of quotes.


    SEO’s are the new real estate developers. Our skillset gives us an amazing opportunity to develop an audience on the cheap. — Brian Provost

    i really like this one

  10. Wendy’s quote above is probably absolutely right, but I’m learning the hard way that “love” is the most subjective thing on the Internet.

    Is “linkbait” love? It is in terms of getting attention and search traffic for a site. Does it communicate a brand effectively, one that people want to stick with? – Ay, there’s the rub. –

    We need metrics that take seriously the demographics of visitors to sites. I’m almost tempted to make my readers fill out a survey.

  11. Emory Rowland

    I think the love that Wendy refers to is the Google rankings and ensuing traffic that result from links–baited or nonbaited.

    The biggest lesson I’ve learned about love is that you have to give it to get it.

  12. I quite like Lee Odden’s quote. Funny :P

  13. Internet SEO

    My rule of thumb is build a site for a user not a spider. — Dave Naylor
    this should be every one’s rule of thumb!

  14. High Search Engine Optimization Ranking

    While he’s right on every part, especially about SEO not being spam, I can’t help but wonder if anyone’s ever thought that SEO is a little bag of tricks you find that work to a particular algorithm. :)

  15. Ashley

    Nice SEO quotes. I like,there are three keys to good SEO: communication, content and backlinks this quote very much. By using these keys only we can get a better result. Relevant content and Back links are very efficient to make the site get a higher rankings in all search engines..

  16. Internet SEO

    I read this while ago,
    “Build a site for people not for search engine”

  17. Briana Malmstrom

    Your Lisa Barone quote is incorrectly attributed. Bruce Clay actually said that and Lisa repeated it, while correctly attributing it to Bruce in the source you submitted here. Just a head’s up! (Lisa pointed this out to me, thanks Lisa!)

    • Emory Rowland

      Thanks for letting me know, Briana. I did some checking and verified what you said with several other sources. Correction made.

  18. i enjoyed the QUOTES, very effective and very very practical. It increased my knowledge regarding SEO.

  19. Find SEOs

    Great words from great persons. These quotes are very true.

  20. webeecreations

    content and back links matters the most for search engines when they rank any sites,Good content must be communicable and this is what they look for..

  21. Arturas Kvederis

    I loved the “Google only loves you when everyone else loves you first”, very funny and very true :)

  22. Nick Seo

    SEO is easy! :D

  23. I have never seen a quotation of SEO. I like this One SEO is “only not seen as rocket science BY THOSE WHO ALREADY KNOW IT.”

  24. This is the best SEO quotes i have this day… lol:)
    Thank you for providing us these nice quotes…

  25. David

    It’s not the quantity of visitors but the quality that matters.

    If you want a website at the top of Google, make a website that deserves to be at the top of Google.

  26. Farhan

    overall nice seo quotes but i like tad chef’s quote..

  27. SEO is symbol..!

    I like the “Google only loves you when everyone else loves you first”.

  28. Nice quotes. But my favorite is:

    SEA is like renting the House, but SEO is OWNING the House.

  29. “SEO gives your website oxygen to breathe. Not to be congested and sweaty.” Boasting BiZ

  30. best seo company

    Yes,Really very impressive quotes.All these quotes are very motivational and motivate us to make our seo work great by quality wise.
    I like “SEO is like Acupuncture and Homeopathy: It Works Even if You Don’t Know How or Why”.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this blog post.

  31. First time I am reading such great SEO quotes.
    all the quotes are very good.
    my personal like is…by matt cutts
    SEO is not SPAM.

  32. Does an affiliate marketing program cause a traffic drop? No, but pure affiliate sites are unlikely to rank.
    (Luisella Mazza, Google).

  33. Srikanth anupoju

    google rules the internet we rule google SEO

  34. SEO is very simple and cool..
    i love SEO and also like above quotes :)

  35. Dennis Thorgesen

    Google is forever changing the rules, I am surprised these rules still apply especially the one which says “Google only loves you when everyone else loves you first.” — Wendy Piersall

    For today this is what works best. If people search the keywords and find your site, like it, and share it enough especially on Google + It will rank page one even if it starts on the last page. As long as the keywords are on the page even once this works.

  36. Hello…
    Can i use an images sitemap like poojamandir.com/sitemap.xml
    basically my website product based. I would like to optimize my website more on images.
    Is my sitemap good or I have to use only alt attribute is enough
    Thank you

    • Emory Rowland

      Ravi, the caption tags aren’t required but in my opinion they can only help.

  37. Thank you verymuch Mr. Emory Rowland
    My Web pages indexed status is 45
    Images indexed status is 0 previous my Images indexed status was 103 now its bacame 0
    can you help me….

    • Emory Rowland

      Looks ok to me except you have 2 versions of the home page listed and I don’t see all of those images on the page. Other than that, submit via Google Search Console and sit back and wait a while. Good luck.

  38. anu sindwani

    Thanks, these quotes are really good

  39. Helloo..

    Could any one explain me what is Geographic target unlisted ?
    Actually I have a website that should target globally can i set Geographic target unlisted in my webmaster tools ?

    Thank you

    • Jay

      Yes , but set it for you preferred country and still sell nationwide,

  40. Jay

    I love my continued progress and strudy on SEO I believe in dedicating serious efforts to have local seo ranking and national seo ranking.

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