SEO communities are like any other community; they are close-knit and know what they are doing. That is the theory at least. Being part of the community is the easy part; finding the best communities can be the most difficult part. Fortunately, I’ve got a few communities that you can check out and see if they are a good fit for you.
If you are on Google +, and it is likely you are since you are into Search Engine Optimization. These communities are active with daily posts, advice and other trending topics.
First of all there are Technical SEO communities. They talk about more technical things like search related issues and there are publicly known Search Engine Optimization people on the discussion boards.
The second active community is the Search Engine Optimization Website design. These people covers more broader topics like mobile SEO, ranking, webmaster tools, local SEO, social media, and more. There are other categories like Google Places and Webmaster tools.
The third community you probably should check out is the link builders discussion. This community is open to anyone whether you are a professional SEO, designer or someone just keeping up with the times. This is a group that has entrepreneurs, professional people and other people that like the link acquisition and plenty of discussion as well.
The fourth community that is available is Local SEO Tools. This specifically focuses on local search engine optimization for businesses around one area like a small town or a large city. This happens within the Bing and Yahoo search engines especially, but way too often, businesses overlook this and they don’t take advantage of the ways that people could find them locally versus finding them generally online.
The fifth community is eCommerce news and Insights. This is a smaller community and it’s not strictly geared to SEO, there’s plenty of advice to run an online shop, search strategies and tips. There’s advice, tips and tricks to help everyone that needs it.
Now I’m not saying that these are the absolute best, but like with anything, try it out and if it doesn’t work out, try something else. You can ask your SEO services provider to suggest you more communities that will add value to your SEO strategy. It’s not a perfect science finding the perfect community, but once you find one, you will want to keep them. They will help you when you run into a problem and you have people that can brainstorm solutions together.