Being new to something sucks anywhere and anytime. Being a young specialist in SEO can make your head explode as this industry is for the one who has the guts to keep a finger on the pulse of any minor change in a vagarious SEO world.
This is why we've prepared this list of SEO pros to follow on Twitter. These folks are fast, have relevant experience, personal opinion and can also have a decent chat with you.
The choice isn't based on followers' count like the majority of resembling posts but rather on:
- Influence in the industry
- Ability to produce genuinely unique opinion that at times contradicts with an established opinion in the industry
- Whether a user is active on Twitter
- Whether a user responds to ''ordinary mortals''
1. Matt Cutts, official representative of Google-the-almighty. - @mattcutts
Everyone knows Matt Cutts and his official Twitter account can be especially helpful when it comes to certain announcements. Matt is usually the first one to announce Google search engine updates, algorithm changes and things of the kind.
Moreover Matt cares to respond to some critique or questions on Twitter concerning his circle of duties within Google. Even users with pretty poor or mediocre profiles have a chance to get an answer if it's in line with Webspam team policy, strategy and plans.
2. Barry Schwartz, SEO specialist with an authentic opinion. - @rustybrick
Barry is the Founder of Search Engine Roundtable, a very powerful and influential SEO blog that's frequently updated. Barry is pretty famous for his bold views and if you ever want to know the opinion that resonates with the popular one (the opinion that most SEOs support) – see what Barry writes. His posts are brief and to-the-case so you won't need too much time.
Barry is a must-follow person because he is probably one of the few SEOs who searches forums, listens to other folks' complaints and then systematizes them all in one picture. Normally he is the one who questions everything Matt Cutts says and is not afraid to share his ''don't bullshit a bullshitter'' opinion.
3. Bill Slawski, the only SEO tech guru out there. - @bill_slawski
Bill is one of these next-door guys who are always nice to you and will never forget your name. Besides being an open-hearted person he is also one of the most influential SEOs in the industry who specializes in Google patents. Bill spends quite a lot of time on reading these patents and interprets them in a way we all could understand.
If you have any questions concerning patents or his posts, Bill is the last person who will ignore your tweets. No matter who you are, what you are or what your skillset is he will respond and help. Plus Bill is a very experienced technical SEO and is keen on nature.
4. Danny Sullivan, news guru. - @dannysullivan
If SEO is the industry where not keeping an eye on news is a suicide, then not keeping an eye on what Danny says, i.e. tweets, is a sign that you don't get the essence at all. Danny is the major personality in SEO news industry and he's been sharing his wisdom, best posts on the web and writing outstanding content since 1995.
Danny is normally capable of reacting very fast to any industry changes, scandals and news as he has very good connections with Google quality team and comes up with unprejudiced conclusions and visions.
5. Aleyda Solis, International SEO expert and the first lady on our list. - @aleyda
Aleyda Solis is probably one of the most remarkable women in SEO who managed to find her place in the industry that was traditionally viewed as men's. Her specialty is International SEO and she shares her experience very eagerly: blog posts, guest posts, slideshare presentations, conferences, etc.
One should not also forget that Aleyda is very active on Twitter and struggles to respond to almost any tweet addressed to her no matter whether it's on SEO or whether you want to discuss if Ben Affleck is inappropriate for Batman role.
6. Dan Petrovic a.k.a. Dejan SEO, Australian SEO with a thirst for SEO experiments. - @dejanseo
Dan Petrovic is an interesting personality in SEO who writes brief but very practice-oriented posts and analyzes SERPs fluctuations with help of Algoroo, free service developed by his company Dejan SEO.
Dan is really to be better contacted on Google+ where he also responds more often, but his twitter is just an ideal place to keep track of his recent SEO experiments and plunging into a meaningful conversation as Dan seems to be always open for a fruitful discussion.
7. Jon Cooper, young, ambitious SEO with a focus on link building. - @PointBlankSEO
The best part in SEO is that anyone can become successful in this industry in spite of his age, gender, education or physical abilities. Jon Cooper was 18 years old when we first heard of him and he is still an undergrad student at the University of Florida.
Jon is extremely good at creative link-building and even has online courses for those who are not so confident in this sphere. You can learn some of his wisdom too if you follow him on Twitter.
8. Mark Traphagen, your guide to the world of Google Authorship. - @marktraphagen
Mark is a Social Media expert with an established reputation of a man who always does his best to engage, help and interact. His tweets can be mainly interesting for those who want to understand Google Authorship and everything related. He never misses a chance to visit SEO conferences and share the knowledge he gets there with the world.
Even though Mark is a bigger fan of Google+ and has a huge audience there he still cares to answer on Twitter or any other social network. You will hardly ever find a person as educated in Google Authorship as Mark.
9. Julie Joyce, one of the first female specialists in SEO. - @JulieJoyce
Julie has been working in the industry since 2002 and unlike many SEO specialists has a very solid technical background. She fights for women rights in SEO and equal pay.
The main reason for following this person is Julie's outstanding posts and the way she talks to her followers. Be sure she will not ignore any tweet you send her if there's no good reason for that.
10. Darren Rowse, a full time blogger with the experience you’d die for. - @problogger
You can rarely meet a blogger who truly makes his living by blogging. Darren is one of the few and his advice is really helpful and inspirational.
For 15 years he managed to make blogging a career worth exploring and also proved it can be profitable. Almost anyone can learn from his posts, tweets and ask for expert advice.
11. Brian Clark, content marketer with blog posts like masterpieces. - @copyblogger
Brian is the person who's been doing content marketing even before it got its name. Not surprisingly he's got vast experience now and one of the best blogs in the industry.
Brian's profile is a perfect mixture of his posts and personal witty tweets.
12. Kristi Hines, young freelance blogger who knows how to capitalize on her talents. - @kikolani
Kristi writes for many influential magazines such as Social Media Examiner, Search Engine Watch, Search Engine Journal, Unbounce, KISSmetrics and the like. She writes an amazingly huge number of outstanding content and it's not an accident she is published on so many resources.
Kristi is a friendly person who eagerly shares her charm and copywriting secrets on her Twitter profile.
13. Mike Blumenthal, local SEO guru. - @mblumenthal
I thought that number 13 should belong to someone special and even somewhat unique. Mike Blumenthal runs an advanced blog devoted to Google Places and Local Search. While most SEOs don't make a distinction between SEO and local SEO Mike clearly understands that even minor differences can be either your key success or key failure factor.
You can hardly find anyone who's able to provide you with deeper insights in local search.
14. Tadeusz Szewczyk, the man who banned Google. - @onreact_com
Tad Chef is an SEO who believes in direct traffic, traffic from Social Media and other referral traffic. That's why he banned Google to see how well his blog can perform without the Big G and never regretted it.
Tadeusz's Twitter profile and blog are extremely interesting because any SEO specialist comes to a conclusion that he needs to be less dependent on Search Engines but very few dare to change something so radically.
15. Robert Scoble, your guide into tech world. - @Scobleizer
Sometimes being an expert in SEO requires knowledge in more spheres than just SEO. Robert Scoble is already almost a legendary persona in tech news. Even if you don't know his name, you still know his avatar.
Following Robert's profile is the best way to keep track of recent news, changes, sensations, and development in tech world. He's got lots of connections, visits lots of conferences and lets the whole world see innovation in real time.
Here is our list of top Twitter users who any SEO should follow. Do you think there's anyone who also deserves to be on the list?
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