10 UK Search Marketing people you should be following on Twitter

by Peter Young on January 6, 2009 · 31 comments

As the second part of the Twitter series here on Holistic, I thought I would suggest some of the people I am, and would recommend following on Twitter, and being a SEO in the UK, obviously all these are UK based.

Dave Naylor (DaveN)

Company: Bronco

WHO?: One of the ‘big dogs’ of UK search marketing, Dave started working in the SEO industry over 10 years ago.

WHY: Hugely popular, highly respected and well worth following

WHERE: http://twitter.com/DaveNaylor

Jon Myers

Company: MediaVest/MVi

WHO?: Head of Search at MediaVest. Industry veteran (sorry Jon)

WHY: Widely respected and a regular speaker on both the SMX and SES speaking circuits. Amongst other things – he’s my boss.

WHERE: http://twitter.com/JonDMyers

Andrew Girdwood (aka Girdy)

Company: BigmouthMedia

WHO?: Head of Search at Bigmouthmedia.

WHY: Hardcore Search Marketeer – and ‘face’ of Bigmouthmedia (erm :) ). Passionate about all things search, and if that bores you, theres always his gaming.

WHERE: http://twitter.com/AndrewGirdwood

Patrick Altoft

Company: Blogstorm/Branded3

WHO?: Director of Search at Branded3.

WHY: Been a magic year for Patrick and the Blogstorm blog.

WHERE: http://twitter.com/patrickaltoft

Jim Connolly


WHO?: Marketing Expert @ jimsmarketingblog.com

WHY: Hugely experienced marketeer and VERY well connected (Over 16000 followers on Twitter)

WHERE: http://twitter.com/Jimconnolly

Ciaran Norris

Company: Altogether Digital

WHO?: SEO and Social Media Director at Altogether Digital

WHY: Entertaining blogger, and if that fails theres always the music commentary.

WHERE: http://twitter.com/ciaranj

Kevin Gibbons

Company: SEOptimise

WHO?: Director of Search at SEOptimise

WHY: Some great posts coming out of SEOptimise at the moment. Worth following for that alone.

WHERE: http://twitter.com/kevgibbo

Mel Carson

Company: Microsoft/MSN

WHO?: Microsoft Adcentre’s Community Manager

WHY: Works for Microsoft apart from anything else (Who would turn down the chance of winning an ‘I’m a PC tshirt). Apart from that his regular commentary is hugely entertaining

WHERE: http://twitter.com/MelCarson

Will Critchlow

Company: Distilled

WHO?: Founder of Distilled with Duncan Morris

WHY: His involvement with SEOMoz is well known, however the site itself is a wealth of information.

WHERE: http://twitter.com/willcritchlow

Rob Kerry

Company: Ayima Search Marketing

WHO?: One of the Ayima Gang

WHY: Entertaining Blogger, and hugely entertaining twitter read not just in terms of latest on hangovers….

WHERE: http://twitter.com/evilgreenmonkey

Others to watch:

Matt Sawyer – DataDial -Online Marketeer, SEO and Social Media Junkie – http://twitter.com/mattuk

Rob Watts – Latitude – SEO – Stephen Pavlovich – Bonytoad – http://twitter.com/bonytoad

Jane Copland – SEOMoz/Ayima – Only here as she isn’t 100% in the UK yet- http://twitter.com/coplandmj

Judith Lewis – I-Level – Search Director at I-Level – http://twitter.com/JudithLewis

Lisa Ditlefsen – Base One – Head of Search at BaseOne – http://twitter.com/LisaDitlefsen

George Hopkin – Johnston Press – SEO Evangelist – http://twitter.com/GeorgeHopkin

Paul Walsh – Various http://twitter.com/PaulWalsh

Nikki Pilkingtonhttp://twitter.com/nikkipilkington

Dave Davis – RedFly Marketing http://twitter.com/daveredfly

Dan Alderson – Amaze PLC – http://twitter.com/pinje

and the final one

Peter Young

Company: MediaVest / Holistic Search

WHO?: SEO Manager at MediaVest.

WHY: Why not?

WHERE: http://twitter.com/peteyoung

Thats just some of my recommendations, Please feel free to add yours…

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Burgo January 7, 2009 at 4:36 am

Hey… just an fyi, I see that Will Critchlow’s Twitter link is listed incorrectly…

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Will Critchlow January 7, 2009 at 6:40 am

Honoured to be included. Thanks! You got my twitter link wrong though:


Oh, and I’d add Pete Wailes to that list (and probably lots of other people I haven’t thought of!).

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James Poole January 7, 2009 at 7:45 am

Wow the spam question was tough for this time of the morning


shameless plug i know but relevant to the post i think

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Peter Young January 7, 2009 at 8:35 am

Cheers Will/Matt – Amended now.

James – got you on my follow list, good to see you on here…

Matt Sawyer January 7, 2009 at 8:59 am

Thanks for the mention Pete, but my company link is wrong – it should go to http://www.datadial.net. Either that or Mel hired me without me knowing :)

rishil January 7, 2009 at 9:18 am
Jon Myers January 7, 2009 at 9:25 am

Thanks for the mention Pete, good list and some good people on it.

Will not take offence at the “veteran” comment! I have been kicking around like DaveN for 10 years so I guess I have to carry that tag!

Peter Young January 7, 2009 at 9:31 am

Thanks for that Rishil. Lyndon and Dixon were actually meant to be on there. Guess thats a good reason to not do posts at 12 o’clock at night.

You yourself actually came into consideration for the list…

rishil January 7, 2009 at 9:33 am

@Jon – Have you been “kicking around” FOR or WITH DaveN…. for 10 years… some of those stories you guys told me… lol.

Ciarán January 7, 2009 at 9:40 am


Honoured to be on the list. Also a bit surprised as, according to the link, I now seem to be working for Jim Connolly ;)

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rishil January 7, 2009 at 9:43 am

ha ha ha. Maybe I should be in “Honourable Mention”

Mel Carson January 7, 2009 at 9:45 am

Thanks Peter – Very Kind

I notice you’ve not tried to win an I’m A PC T-Shirt on my blog!

Comps open to all :-)

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David Towers January 7, 2009 at 9:47 am

Nice post Peter. Surprised you missed Lyndon off the list – I see in the comments that it was a mistake!

A couple of small suggestions to improve this post:

1. Number the people 1 to 10.
2. Make the Twitter addresses linkable so readers can click through to them to add them!


P.s. Shameless plug: http://twitter.com/davidtowers

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Andrew Thomson January 7, 2009 at 9:49 am

Great post, was scrambling for the follow button on quite a few of those names which I’d forgotten.

I bet your all going to have quite a spike in your followers by the end of the day :)

Judith Lewis 'deCabbit' January 7, 2009 at 9:51 am

Wow – Thanks so much Pete! I’m chuffed to bits that you think I’m even interesting :-D

Peter Young January 7, 2009 at 10:07 am

Just a bit – My inbox seems to be taking a pounding…

Peter Young January 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

Noted – especially the links. TBH Mel below suggested same thing.

Nikki Pilkington January 7, 2009 at 10:16 am

Nice one – thanks for the inclusion.

A few people there I hadn’t yet checked out on twitter.

Check out http://tinyurl.com/5d2jg8 to see how I use Twitter! Send me an @ to say Hi!

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Andrew Girdwood January 7, 2009 at 11:54 am

w00t. Thanks for the mention.

Someone at bigmouthmedia marcoms emailed me in surprise to say; “You made the list!”

Gee. Thanks for the support marcoms! :)

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Jonathan Thomas January 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for a great list. Been looking for UK Tweeps to follow.

Ian T Taylor January 7, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Super post!
Great to see a bunch of UK Tweeps here.. following all of you :-)

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Lisa Ditlefsen January 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Thanks Pete =) I thought I was one of the most boring twitterers ever though. Twitterers, now that can’t be a word, surely?

Oh yep it’s official I am the most boring tweetelywhateveryoucallem one of my updates says “I want meatballs” Insightful aren’t I lol.

Thanks again Pete.

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Ben McKay January 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Another to add to the list maybe?!

Great list – a couple I had missed so thanks for filling the gaps! :)

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Jane Copland January 7, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I was wondering why I got 25 new followers overnight! Thanks Pete :D

(PS: I *so* should have been listed ahead of Stephen :P )

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Dan Alderson January 7, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Thanks for the add Pete! I must be the most junior of the lot, but it’s always good to have some more followers and people to follow! Cheers

robwatts January 8, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Thanks for the mention Pete, what with all these new eyeballs I’d better keep those booze fuelled tweets to a minimum :D

p.s theres an issue with the link above…

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Shane January 29, 2009 at 11:11 am

Good list, think I have many added already :)

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