50 Top SEO Influencers

This is the cream of the crop of the search world. The dudes (gender neutral term, I promise) on this list are the shizz. These are the SEO Influencers that you need to be following. These guys give it to you straight. Yah, fine, they are business-people that will try to sell you stuff from time to time, but who cares?? The value they put out into the world of SEO is tremendous and worthy of your time!!

Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin

If you don’t know what Moz is, you should probably find out. It’s essentially the go to business site for SEO software and tools. The brains behind the project is founder Rand Fishkin, who is also an author and blogging enthusiast.

Danny Sullivan

Danny Sullivan

If you’re familiar with Search Engine Land and Marketing Land, you’re familiar with the work of Danny Sullivan. Both sites help businesses and individuals navigate the worlds of marketing, SEO and other areas of business information.

Garrett French

Garrett French

Garrett is the founder of Citation Labs – a renowned and extremely popular link building agency and tool factory for businesses of all sizes. He’s into all forms of marketing, but SEO is his specialty.

Neil Patel

Neil Patel

As the co-founder of two popular marketing and business sites Crazy Egg and KISSmetics, Neil Patel has proven himself to be a formidable influencer in the world of SEO marketing. You might also recognize him as the founders of QuickSprout and Hellobar.

Alex Becker

Alex Becker

Alex Becker is the founder of Source-Wave. An SEO business that does 4-5 million each year. They have tools across the spectrum of the SEO Tools landscape, and an SEO University that is well loved.

Larry Kim

Larry Kim

Larry Kim is the founder of the PPC management software and services platfrom WordStream that offers both paid-for and free tools for SEO and PPC to web developers. He’s also a top columnist at Inc magazine and an expert in adwords and Facebook advertising.

Annie Cushing

Annie Cushing

Annie Cushing jokingly coined the term “Annielytics” as a funny way of showing off her love of data. Now the moniker has become her website where she offers services like consultation, training and audits in SEO, analytics and other marketing formats.

Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty does a lot. She’s the founder of MyBlogU, the brand manager for Internet Marketing Ninjas, and also helped to co-found the company Viral Content Buzz. She’s a marketing genius and knows everything about SEO – and she’s also willing to share.

Matt Siltala

Matt Siltala

As the founder of Avalaunch Media, a site dedicated to business growth through digital means, Matt Siltala is both aware of current SEO trends and how to stay relevant on the Internet both as a business and a person. You may also be interested in following his beard on Twitter.

Kristi Hines

Kristi Hines

Kristi Hines is both HubSpot and Inbound marketing certified. She’s a freelance writer, content marketer and often blogs about business subjects like analytics, growth and SEO. Hines often Tweets and blogs about content topics related to analytics, so she’s not someone to miss.

Vanessa Fox

Vanessa Fox

“Marketing in the Age of Google: Your Online Strategy IS Your Business Strategy” might sound like a mouthful, but the knowledge Vanessa Fox has put into this book is invaluable. She’s an expert on all forms of marketing – most notable being SEO.

TJ Welsh

TJ Welsh

As the director of marketing for Stryde, a content promotion and distribution services platform, TJ Welsh definitely knows a lot about digital marketing. Content marketing is largely about SEO and visibility, so Welsh surely knows his stuff.

Eric Enge

Eric Enge

Stone Temple Consulting is founded and owned by Eric Enge. As the company’s CEO, Enge is familiar with many forms of digital marketing. His business focuses on digital marketing excellence for all their clients and has been in business since 2002.

Ed Fry

Ed Fry

Ed Fry is the General Manager of Inbound.org, a site known for having some of the smartest marketers in business right now on staff. Ed is certainly no exception as he has a vast knowledge base on topics like SEO and digital marketing.

Alex Mcarthur

Alex Mcarthur

Alex Mcarthur might just be addicted to being a Vice President. He’s the former VP of SEO.com, and currently the VP of both Orange Soda and Space.com. His main job, however, is working as a digital marketing consultant.

Tom Critchlow

Tom Critchlow

This founder of Fiercely Curious is somewhat of a SEO genius. Interested in digital mediums and art, Tom Critchlow is also interested in helping counsel startups and media organizations that base themselves on art and technology.

Matt McGee

Matt McGee

Search Engine Land and Marketing Land are two incredibly valuable resources for those interested in all forms of marketing, including SEO. As editor-in-chief of both sites, Matt McGee is an expert in the areas of content and digital marketing, SEO strategy and other forms of business data.

Brett Tabke

Brett Tabke

Pubcon is the premier convention centered around business analytics and SEO data, and the entire operation was founded by this man right here. Brett Tabke is the founder of both Pubcon and Webmaster World Inc.. He’s also a speaker, author, and ML programmer.

Shane Barker

Shane Barker

Shane Barker is a digital strategist, which means he of course has an expansive knowledge on the subject of SEO. He’s contributed to publications and sites like Marketing Profs, SEMrush and Business 2 Community.

Cyrus Shepard

Cyrus Shepard

Fazillion Media is a company run by CEO Cyrus Shepard. Instead of focusing on SEO that works only towards the goal of fulfilling an algorithms needs, he believes SEO should be business and human-centric.

Danny Dover

Danny Dover

SEO is about getting noticed online, and people have definitely taken notice of Danny Dover. His Twitter journey through completing his 150 itemed bucket list has gone semi-viral, and his social media feed offers opinions and tips of marketing and entrepreneurial subject matter.

Aaron Wall

Aaron Wall

Aaron Wall is the founder of SEO Book, a guide for all business owners that want to get information from global SEO experts. One notable site feature is hiring Wall as your own personal SEO coach.

Jordan Kasteler

Jordan Kasteler

Jordan Kasteler is a passionate person. He’s the Digital Marketing Strategist for GET MWI, works in the realms of social media and content marketing, knows all there is to know about SEO and is all about innovating the status quo. Kasteler is also an author, speaker and activist.

Dan Shure

Dan Shure

Dan Shure has recently launched his new podcast “Experts On The Wire” after working on the project for over two months. The SEO marketing expert and business owner is also a Moz associate and owner of EvolvingSEO.com.

Todd Friesen

Todd Friesen

Currently the Director of SEO at SalesForce.com, it’s already obvious that Todd Friesen knows a lot about the subject of search engine optimization. He also posts a lot about search and analytics subjects on his blog, entitled simply “Oilman.”

Avinash Kaushik

Avinash Kaushik

Avinash Kaushik has many areas of interest. He’s interested a digital marketing evangelist, an author of two books (“Web Analytics 2.0” and “Web Analytics: An Hour A Day”), and has co-founded the marketing site Market Motive.

John Doherty

John Doherty

GetCredo, formerly known as HireGun, is the company founded by SEO expert John Doherty. He’s experienced in the world of growth marketing, and has worked at many related companies in the past, including Distilled, Zillow and HotPads.

Ash Buckles

Ash Buckles

InterContinental Hotels Group’s Global SEO Manager Ash Buckles is consistently on Twitter talking about all topics pertaining to business and SEO. As a Global SEO Manager, Buckles is on top of worldwide marketing trends and how they pertain to business.

Adam Singer

Adam Singer

Adam Singer has multiple points of interest in the field of SEO, including being a former marketing director, a blogger for his site The Future Buzz, an analytics columnist at Click Z and all around geek for  all things data and optimization.

Christine Churchill

Christine Churchill

KeyRelevance is a Dallas-based Search Engine Marketing Company headed by Christine Churchill. She’s an avid expert in the worlds of online marketing, PPC, SEO, keyword research and other marketing venues.

Duane Forrester

Duane Forrester

Duane Forrester has many titles, including Vice President of Organic Search Optimization at Bruce Clay Inc., and former SEO Officer for both MSN and Bing Webmaster Tools. He’s also an author, having penned the business books “How To Make Money With Your Blog” and “Turn Clicks Into Customers.”

Mike King

Mike King

Mike King is both the founder of his own company, iPullRank, and consultant to Fortune/INC 500 brands. His marketing technologist expertise combined with his speaking abilities makes his advice and SEO insight invaluable.

Julie Joyce

Julie Joyce

Link Fish Media, Inc., a business dedicated to link building and generation, is owned by Julie Joyce. She’s also co-founder of SEO Chicks, a site that focuses on women in the world of digital marketing and optimization/analytics fields.

Rae Hoffman

Rae Hoffman

Rae Hoffman is both the CEO/co-owner of PushFire and owns the website Sugarrae.com. She’s an SEO consultant that offers tips to being big online both through her website and her consistently updating Twitter stream.

Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz

New York-based web development site has a CEO like no other. Barry Schwartz know a lot about what makes websites work, what makes them engaging and efficient, as well as what gets them at the top of search rankings.

Andrew Shotland

Andrew Shotland

Andrew does client-services SEO with his company Local SEO Guide. Guy has an amazing blog on their website, available by clicking through on the image above. And we highly recommend you check it out!

Lisa Myers

Lisa Myers

The SEO agency Verse Search has been causing buzz in the online marketing community and has even won an award for their services. The CEO and founder, Lisa Myers, is sure to be part of what makes their winning formula so successful.

Bill Slawski

Bill Slawski

Bill Slawski is known as the president and founder of SEO by the Sea, a company focused on SEO consulting and Internet marketing services. Slawski himself is no stranger to the world of SEO, and has been involved in internet marketing since 1996.

David Mihm

David Mihm

SEO isn’t just about your global reach – it’s also about connecting with those right in your own backyard. If you want advice on how to attract local customers, David Mihm is your go-to guy – he’s made the field of local SEO his expertise.

Wil Reynolds

Wil Reynolds

Wil Reynolds is founder of SEER Interactive, an industry leader in the fields of SEO, SEM and analytics. His company works with both hyperlocal SEO marketing strategies and global ad campaigns to fit any size business imaginable.

Lisa Barone

Lisa Barone

Overit is a very ambitious agency that seeks to redefine creativity through venues like motion graphics, design, development and other technical forms of marketing, like SEO and social connection skills. VP of their strategy department is someone very familiar with all of these ideas – Lisa Barone.

Michael Gray

Michael Gray

Ever since he started developing and marketing early websites in 1998, Michael Gray has been obsessed with SEO and how it pertains to business. He works with clients via his company Gray Wolf SEO to help them improve their social media and SEO strategies.