This was supposed to be the accompanying post to the post last year, but for a number of reasons (primarily work related) this never got done. This year the work is still there, but I promised myself I would get this done. From the start this isn’t going to include any of the obvious ones, ones, people have on the follow lists as a matter of course – these are ones I have got to know from Twitter, and ones I have learn’t bits (and in some cases a lot from) in that time.
Please note, these are not in any particular order, nor are they the obvious tweeters, who frequent most of the major conferences – however they are people who I have found to be either greatly personable and engaging or very knowledgeable in terms of their search marketing experience
Company: Realiable SEO
WHO?: The man behind SEO Dojo aka The Gypsy
WHY: Someone I have learn’t a hell of a lot from during the course of 2009, and the first on my list of people you should be following without fail. If you aren’t following him, my advice would be to change that – NOW!
Bas Van Den Beld
Company: Nettraject / State of Search
WHO?: Owner of Nettraject, Co-owner and Chief Editor of Search Cowboys and presenter at Webmaster Radio
WHY: If many people had been asked who Bas was 2 years back, many of us would not have been able to answer, however now Bas’s stock is high, very high – and a really nice bloke to boot. That and he has an acute awareness of what is going on in this crazy world we call search….
Darren Slatten aka SEO Mofo
WHO?: Worlds greatest SEO (OK thats open to debate)
WHY: Not for his highly entertaining tweets, nor for his highly commendable rationale in the recent SEOMoz nofollow debate but because he has the best SERP description of anyone I know
Company: Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg & Associates
WHO?: aka The Grok
WHY: Saw him at SES 2008, and thought he was fantastic. Engaging, funny and highly intelligent – backed up by a hugely impressive CV.
Company: Search and Social
WHO?: Search Geek, Social Media addict and synonymous with Search and Social
WHY: A name I often associate with Search Engine Journal, Ann has compiled a significant number of posts on the SEJ blog – many which must be in the top 20 top 20 posts
WHO?: Head of Search from Cape Town, South Africa
WHY: As if I was going to do a post like this and not include someone from my homeland? Seems to have a finger on the pulse, and doesn’t seem to ever be away from twitter (apart from 2 hours of deep tissue massage)
WHO?: Director of Search at MediaVision with Louis Venter
WHY: Another South African, but don’t let that hold you back – but well worth following.