I always wanted to find out who the best SEO’s thought the Best SEO’s were, I’ve asked around and made a list of the top ten. If you don’t agree with any of the list, please contact the people on it directly:
10. Seth Godin – He may not call himself an SEO but he sure is – http://sethgodin.typepad.com/
9. Dave Naylor – Load mouth, big balls, lovely bloke, knows everyone, everyone wants to know him. – http://www.davidnaylor.co.uk
8. Ralph & Dirk – AKA Fantomaster.com – These guys revolutionised the industry and have forgotten more than you’ll ever know
7. Brett Tabke – Brett built upon Jim’s initial work and commercialised it. Commercial intent and capitalism are the underpinings of SEO and for that Brett should be in this list
6. Bob Massa – Being an effective SEO doesn’t just mean understanding the algorithm inside it, it also means having the balls to “go for it” darn the consequences. No one has gone for it more in the search engines than Bob when he sued Google – http://searchenginewatch.com/showPage.html?page=2165111 He didn’t win but he definately has testicles the size of watermelons!
5. NFFC – He simply is search and if he doesn’t know the answer he knows someone that will. Who he is, few know, how to get in contact with him, fewer still know but if you have a large floodlight, can beam an image of Nottingham Forest Football Club’s logo into the sky, he may just come to your rescue.
4. Matt Cutts – I feel confident that if the gamekeeper ever turned poacher he’d have more venison that he’d know what to do with
3. Jason Duke – Where do the top SEOs go for help when they don’t know? Well know you know!
2. Krishna Bharat – Hilltop, nuf said. A bloody god!!! – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna_Bharat
1. Jim Wilson – Jim was to SEO as the Wright brothers were to flight – http://memorial.jimworld.com/legacy/ He is missed!!
** I’ve been told that Jim Wilson was rude mean and spiteful to people new to the industry, again, not my opinion, just what I’ve heard.
I also thought Danny Sullivan, Michael Gray, Greg Boser, Aaron Wall and Todd Friesan deserved a place, they are certainly up there with the best.