10 Non-UK Search Professionals you should be following 2010

by Peter Young on January 6, 2010 · 10 comments

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

David Harry
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!
WHERE: http://twitter.com/thegypsy

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….
WHERE: http://twitter.com/basvandenbeld

Company: Smart IT Consulting
WHO?: Owner/Blogger at Sebastians Pamphlets
WHY: Great posts, great tweets – highly recommended follow
WHERE: http://twitter.com/SebastianX

Darren Slatten aka SEO Mofo
Company: –
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

WHERE: http://twitter.com/seomofo

Bryan Eisenberg
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.
WHERE: http://twitter.com/thegrok

Ann Smarty
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
WHERE: http://twitter.com/seosmarty

Susan Gray
Company: -
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)
WHERE: http://www.twitter.com/Sznq

Brent D. Payne
Company: Tribune
WHO?: SEO Director at the Tribune
WHY: Some of the issues Brent faces, most people only dream of (or have nightmares about).
WHERE: http://www.twitter.com/BrentDPayne

Justin Parks
Company: Freelance
WHO?: Spanish based, Northern Ireland SEO
WHY: Supremely funny, but behind it a hugely capable search marketeer.
WHERE: http://www.twitter.com/justinparks

Brett Pringle
Company: MediaVision
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.
WHERE: http://www.twitter.com/brettpringle

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SEO Mofo January 7, 2010 at 7:15 am

YES!!! Finally some recognition for my SERP description! Those 6 hours I spent on it: totally worth it now. :)

I wasn’t following anyone on your list before, but I am now. (BTW…http://twitter.com/Sznq had an extra “y” added to it.)

Alright, I need to get back to work now…these Windows link cursors aren’t gonna turn themSELVES into middle fingers. (They’ll be available for download soon!)

Darren “Undebatably the World’s Greatest SEO” Slatten

Domenick January 7, 2010 at 8:04 am

Thanks for the list of search professionals, I will be following all, yourself included. Only ones I’m familiar with is Sebastian and Ann Smarty. Just found SEOMoFo a week or two ago, he never fails to having me lmao, but he knows what the hell he’s talking about, quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Great post, great list.


Brett Pringle January 7, 2010 at 9:42 am


Thanks for the mention Pete :)

Peter Young January 7, 2010 at 9:42 am

Once I saw that SERP description there was no doubting at all that you are the worlds greatest :)

Thanks for the feedback Darren – always good to get some feedback to these things

jaamit January 7, 2010 at 10:02 am

Great stuff Pete, a few new folks here and I agree with your other recs – not the usual “SEO megastars” either.

If it’s useful, I’ve created a tweepml list of all these plus your UK list from the other day so you can follow em all with one click: http://tweepml.org/Search-Pros-to-Follow-2010/

Sebastian January 7, 2010 at 10:27 am

Thanks for the kind mention, Peter, and for pimping my pamphlets on Twitter. :-)

Dave January 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Huh? what happened? Were am I? Oh right… Im awake now. Thanks for the pimperatti action and erm… the new company name (hehe..it’s ‘Reliable SEO’ mate… hehe

I was like, “Wow, I am leading off a list of peeps to follow?” – then I realized it was you…Which I can write off to getting MediaPost to call you a ‘Guru’ bwaa ha ha ha ha…

Seriously tho, nice list…All the best for the new year… Keep up the great work!

Bryan Eisenberg January 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm

It’s an honor to be included with such dignitaries. Thank you for the kind words.

Peter Young January 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm

@Dave @Bryan Thank for dropping by and for the kind words – tbh most of it was easy to do and its nice sharing the people I follow with others who may benefit from some of knowledge you guys give out particularly on Twitter.

waqas January 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Excellent post i am shocked to read this but anyway nice post.

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