As many regular readers may remember – and many of you who have Twitter accounts may remember we ran a recent poll on the most influential SEO in the UK. I originally was only going to post my own thoughts on this – however the thought of getting the community involved in this not only gave this a bit more personality but was interesting in terms of both the amount of noise this created and the lengths just some of our participants would go to to get near the top.
The vote itself attracted over 5000 votes – however as many people are aware of we had to remove some due to some overzealous scripting (no it wasn’t Paul Madden) for the poll – however we still had around 2000 odd legitimate votes during the lifetime of the poll which ran for just over a week.
30 – Lyndon Antcliff – Cornwall SEO
The King of linkbait, Lyndon has been on the circuit for a number of years. Lyndon runs Cornwall SEO and is a regular speaker on the national and international speaking circuits
29 – Kelvin Newman – Site Visibility
Had the privilege of having Kelvin up for the recent Sascon Manchester SEO mini-conferences, and Kelvin is certainly one of the new generation coming through. Creative Director @ Site Visibility, Kelvin is also one of the founders of the Internet Marketing Podcast which has around 17000 subscribers.
28 – Ben Mckay – MEC Manchester
Ben is one of the SEO directors at Manchester agency MEC Manchester, part of Group M – and runs the justmeandmy search marketing blog. Ben is a prolific blogger and can also be found blogging at Search Engine Journal and SEO Scoop and is also one of the founder members of the Sascon search conference.
27 – Lisa Myers – Verve Search
Lisa is certainly one of the most influential women in UK SEO, and in my opinion one of the best speakers on the circuit at this present moment in time (in my opinion should have been far higher up in this poll). Lisa is one of the founders of the State of Search blog (with Bas van den Beld) and of her search agency Verve Search. Also married to fellow nominee Jon Myers and new mother to Isla.
26 – Jaamit Durrani – OMD
Jaamit’s come a long way since his days at Fresh Egg, and is now the SEO Director at OMD testament not only to his knowledge but also his time on Twitter (joke – PY). Another one of the new breed of UK SEO’s on the circuit at the moment, and certainly one to watch for the future.
25 – Jon Myers – Yahoo
The newly appointed Head of Account Management for Yahoo, Jon is a veteren of the UK search industry. Widely respected within the industry following senior spells at both Mediavest Manchester and Latitude Digital Marketing. Further to that one of the nicest blokes in the industry and the other half of the Myers search dynasty.
24 – Judith Lewis – Beyond
Another SEO who has been around the industry since the early days, and reknowned for her love of chocolate. Now Head of Search at Beyond following a spell at I-Level – Judith is also one of the founder members of the SEO-Chicks with Lisa Myers.
23 – Tom Critchlow – Distilled
One of the two brothers on the nominee list, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom at Sascon last year. Extremely knowledgable within search and analytics, and highly respected within the industry. Tom is Head of Search at Distilled and one of the SEOMoz Alumni.
22 – Andy Heaps – Epiphany Solutions
Now Head of Search at Epiphany Solutions following a spell as Head of SEO at Latitude Digital Marketing. Andy is another that appears to have been round the industry for a number
21 – Kevin Gibbons – SEOptimise
Founder and Director of SEOptimise, and prolific blogger for Econsultancy amongst others. Kevin is also a regular speaker on many of the UK conferences.
20 – Peter Young – Holistic Search
(You may wonder why my name was on there – but this was purely down to a nomination on the earlier Twitter post). New Head of SEO at Brilliant Media following previous stints at Mediavest Manchester and Amaze. Peter also runs the Manchester SEO Mini Conferences as well as being one of the founder members of Sascon. A prolific blogger, Peter also blogs at State of Search and David Harry’s new search news portal – Search News Central
19 – Nichola Stott – TheMediaFlow
Owner of search marketing agency theMediaFlow – a SEO and social media agency based Hampshire. Nichola is a fellow blogger on European search marketing agency State of Search as well as SearchEngineWatch. Nichola is also a regular speaker on the Search marketing conference circuit and and absolute blast on a night out!!!!
18 – Barry Adams – Pierce Communications
Ex SEO for the Belfast Telegraph who as a sidenote went as far as writing a story on the website announcing his nomination. Barry blogs across a number of different online publications including Search News Central and State of Search – as well as being a massive advocate that SEO is not dead
17 – Rishi Lakhani
Aparently your average guy interested in SEO – however there is nothing average about Rishil. Well versed marketeer who from a client side perspective brings a different approach to many of the nominees on the list. Highly intelligent, always entertaining – and well worth a place on the list (as a sidenote his blog explicitly.me is well worth a read)
16 – Neil Walker – SEOMad
Ex Chief Technical Officer for Just Search, and now running his own show. Speaker at the recent Manchester SEO mini-conference – however speakers at a number of events including Traffic and Ad-tech.
15 – James Lowery – Latitude
Currently Head of SEO at Latitude, following in the footsteps of fellow nominee Andy Heaps. Despite a heavy Latitude vote, a very competent SEO well versed in SEO amongst some of the biggest clients in the UK in some of the most competitive industries.
14 – Dom Hodgson – Think Visibility
Founder of the hugely successful Think Visibility search marketing conference in Leeds, and hardcore affiliate marketeer – which belies his age. Certainly one to watch in the industry for the future.
13 – Neil Jackson – Tamar
Director of Search Strategy at search marketing agency Tamar, Neil has been on the scene for a number of years. A regular speaker on the search circuit including SMX and Sascon
12 – Julian Sambles – The Telegraph Media Group
Julian is the Digital Operations Director at the Telegraph Media Group and as such not your typical SEO. A regular speaker on the circuit as with many of the other nominees
11 – Andrew Girdwood – Bigmouthmedia/LBi
Bigmouthmedia through and through, self-confessed geek Andrew Girdwood comes in at 11. In my opinion, one I had expected higher up in the list.
10 – Paul Madden – formally SEOIdiot
Everyone’s favourite dark master, Paul has made a fortune out of affiliate marketing and Adsense in particular. The one person I have heard people always look forward to hearing on the speaking circuit (no matter of their hat colour), and a fantastically intelligent bloke to boot. Despite some apparent ‘automation’ in his votes (Couldnt prove due to different ips – spammers learn a lesson there), well worth his place in the Top 10.
9 – Dixon Jones – Receptional/Majestic SEO
Marketing Director of Majestic SEO, Director of Receptional and Moderator at WebmasterWorld, Dixon eats, sleeps, dreams and breaths SEO. His association with leading link analysis tool Majestic SEO has made him one of the must speak to people when it comes to links and link analysis in particular.
8 – Teddy Cowell – Guava
I had the fortune to meet Teddy at an EConsultancy roundtable a couple of years ago, and was hugely impressed by his knowledge on SEO. The regular collaboration with EConsultancy as regards the SEO industry sector reports, makes Guava and Teddy in particular is one of the reasons I would suggest Teddy is hugely influential in the UK space
7 – Will Critchlow – Distilled
Another on the list who was higher up on my original list, however there is no doubting the influence the Distilled boys have on the UK SEO Industry through their affiliation with SEOMoz and the increasingly popular ProSEO search marketing series.
6 – Richard Baxter – SEOGadget
The increasing success of SEOGadget can only be attributed to the expertise of Richard Baxter. One of the more technical SEO’s on the circuit at present, Richard is a well respected expert within the SEO field – particularly with regards to Microformat markup and information architecture.
5 – Patrick Altoft – Branded3
Respect both sides of the Atlantic highlights the influence both Patrick and his Blogstorm blog have within the SEO Community as a whole. Increasingly visibible on the search marketing conference circuit and definitely a cert for the Top 5.
4 – Guy Levine – Return on Digital
Many may be wondering why Guy is in the top 5, however one has to consider the breadth this poll actually went. A well orchestrated campaign saw Guy end in fourth place in the poll, having even run David close at the top for a couple of days. One of the Millionnare Mentors (on search) with James Caan and founder of Return on Digital, Guy is a regular speaker to both client and agency side audiences.
3 – Paul Reilly – StickyEyes
Head of Search at StickyEyes, and regular speaker on the Gaming and search marketing conferences – and now heading London-way. Worked across a number of highly competitive verticals including gaming and mobile phones, Paul is well respected by both clients and agencies alike.
2 – David Naylor – Bronco
Led the way for the majority of the way, and by the winners own admission the most influential SEO in the UK at this present moment. Dave commands respect – not just for his Yorkshire accent but his expertise within SEO. Known and respected by nearly all SEO’s within the industry, whether new or seasoned veterans, Dave runs the Bronco search agency in Yorkshire as well as speaking at a number of conferences both here in the UK, in Europe and further afield.
1 – Shaun Anderson – HoboWeb
Shaun just sneaked home within the closing stages of the competition, thanks in no small part to a fairly significant promotional campaign which included a number of references via the RSS feed of his site. However there is no doubting the respect and influence Shaun has within the SEO community as a whole.