Following on from our UK seo Personalities line up post in February, we thought we would now get round to updating the post with all your comments and suggestions... here goes, and sorry it has taken so long!
David Naylor - Director - Bronco
Well what can I say!? Everyone knows him but perhaps better by his alter ego DaveN. Hes probably the biggest personality in the UK seo Industry. I have met David several times, he is a very nice chap. I read and comment on his blog regularly. Dave is an affiliate marketing bloke, runs a web design agency called Bronco and is a frequent contributer on many forums. He is well know for his direct personality, oh and I think he knows Theo Paphitis from Dragons Den. Lucky him!
Tim Nash - Venture Skills
Very funny and satirical writer. Not sure he realises he is satirical but none the less his posts tend to be bloody funny. Tim runs Venture Skills, a SERP control & reputation management company, plus he does the odd bit of seo training as well. Tim likes to "sneak into universities and try to corrupt the innocent" apparently... not sure what that means, but it sounds like good clean fun to me
Shaun Anderson - Director - Hobo Web
Allan has known of Shaun and Hobo for years, but until recently they were little known. Their business and website appears to be making big waves in the Search industry and its very nice to see a small and hard working Scottish seo company go far. Oyster Web did the same. Us to, FireflySEO formally Firefly I.T. were from Scotland! You can take our country but you can never take our Freeeeee Search. Sorry that was really bad!!
Edward Cowell - Digital Marketing Director - Guava
Former Technical director at Neutralize, a company who Allan has had dealings with on several occasions whilst working with Pulse and always found to have a very good, straightforward and having a creative approach to search. Allan was very impressed with Neutralize, particularly their PPC campaign model. Neutralize are now known as Guava, a full service agency of which Edward is the Digital marketing Director.
Warren Cowan - CEO - Green Light
Well, good old Warren, heâ€™s been knocking about Search for a number of years now. Allegedly he used to work at WebOptimiser, over in the City of London, before starting up his own company Green Light. Warren has a nice way about him and a great knowledge of search, particularly for corporates.
Warren gets around a bit, regularly speaking at Ad:tech and Search Engine Strategies in London and many other seo related conferences
Craig Mytton - Search Group Head - Cheeze
Allan met Craig at the Online Marketing Show 2007 in London Business Design Centre, a very-good show by the way! Apparently Chatted to him for a while about Web 2.0 and PPC. Again, seems to know his stuff, but they are BIG time expensive. I think their business is focused on the corporate markets, which would explain why they have plush offices in that there centre of busyness and fun that is London.
Allan Stewart - Pulse
Former partner of FireflySEO, Allan helped to start the company way back in 2001 whilst still at Stirling University. Allan now heads the seo efforts for a large medical recruitment company, having previously worked in online gambling for one of the UK's leading companies in that area, massively improving returns in their online efforts. Allan spends his time in between hours at the PC completely wrecking finely tuned race engines whenever the chance presents itself (don't let this man borrow your car!) and jetting off on ski holidays (he used to be an instructor in Whistler, BC no less!) Seriously, the hardest working bloke in the Universe, bar none, and a great friend of mine. Allan really wants to rank for seo UK at the minute. LOL. That will probably change next month but might as well give it a bit of internal linking.
Paul Steven - NorthSouthMedia
Paul runs NorthSouthMedia up in Ayrshire, Scotland. Paul seems to think like me about seo, and writes a mean blog! Paul had the great idea of running a competition on his blog for any seo company to get top ten placement for a variety of terms.. not sure what this accomplishes but I'm sure it gets NorthSouthMedia lots of backlinks and makes for an interesting read! His article on seo superheroes was highly amusing... I'm still wishing I didn't move back down from Scotland... the lack of fresh air and clean water in and around London is just not funny!
Lyndon Antcliff - Cornwall seo
Lyndon (like many of us) is getting, by the sounds of it, a little fed up with being called an seo expert, probably because of all the negative publicity caused by scam merchants popping onto the scene, so now says "I no longer call myself an seo and have not done for a long time, (if I ever was one) and I now the pursue the path of viral content creator". I've not met Lyndon myself, but from all the comments from the last post we did all you lovely people out there seem to like his witty approach on life, so that's as good a vote as any in our book! Lyndon seems to know a thing or three about Linkbaiting and has been quoted in the Sunday Times no less!
Glen Allsopp - Viperchill
Don't know if Glen qualifies as a UK seo anymore as he now lives in South Africa apparently, but it's obvious from reading his blog that he knows what he is talking about where social networks are concerned. Glen has worked for some pretty impressively big companies in his time, including that giant of automotive boxyness Nissan. Good that Glen got into the seo scene at such an early age (I only managed it in my mid thirties cos I was too busy enjoying myself!), and good on him for getting so far in such a short space of time!
Tom Critchlow - Distilled
I enjoy reading Tom's blog posts... he digs up some very leftfield but neverthless interesting ideas from blog posts around the web, the sort of things that make you say.. Eureka! It's clear that Tom has an analytical mind (I suppose doing maths and stats at Uni does that to you!) and it really comes through in the blog. Tom works with his brother Will at Distilled in the city of London, with a whole host of other like minded individuals who look like (from their smiling faces on their team page) they actually enjoy seo... or was that a picture from University guys?
Lisa Ditlefsen - seo Chicks
We've not met any of the seo Chicks crew, but they look like a lot of fun as well as knowing what they are talking about. Lisa currently works for BaseOne Interactive as head of search. LisaD as she is more commonly known, is now engaged to Jon Myers (formerly of Latitude we believe), and we wish them all the best.
Lisa got voted as 'best looking seo' last year on David Naylors blog by the seo community, well deserved I'm sure.
FireflySEO will be running (if I have anything to do with it) a 'weirdest looking seo in a Dracula costume', for which I have some very... er... interesting pictures of a Mr.Allan Stewart...
Ciaran Norris - AltogetherDigital
Ciaran was mentioned in our last post comments in February, but being a bit of a donkey I forgot to include him into the updated list, so here goes...Ciaran works for AltogetherDigital, a full service agency in that lovely City of London. Having got into the game in 2000, Ciaran has worked on some pretty impressive contracts for companies such as Vonage and Brylcreem. I've just read some of Ciaran's blog and it's a riot... I especially liked the post lampooning Julie Moult of the Daily Mail... very amusing! Not sure we would bother to increase a Daily Mail employees profile by posting images on our own website though... as they say in the business 'there's no such thing as bad publicity'...
Andrew Girdwood - BigMouthMedia
Self confessed geek Andrew works for those stalwarts of the seo community Big Mouth Media in their Edinburgh offices we believe. Andrew wears his hair long - probably because he's too busy working for the biggest independant marketing agency on the planet to bother with trivialities like fashion, and hey, why not! Anyone who knows me will know that overexuberance of hair is one of my past looks...
Andrew, in true fashion of one who takes his job seriously writes a lot of technical articles and is a prolific blogger
Jon Myers - MediaVest
Jon works for Manchester based MediaVest, having previously worked for Latitude. Has been in and around search since the rocks cooled on earth, so knows just about everything there is to know about seo and SEM, speaking regularly at expo's and conferences around the planet. Jon is engaged to LisaD, another seo in our list above and founder of seo Chicks.
Rob Kerry - EvilGreenMonkey
With a company name like Evil Green Monkey we just HAD to put Rob in our list...Rob is a face at many conferences at home and abroad and has just lauched a new business Amiya Search Marketing. Rob is also moderator on a number of forms, he is a moderator on sphinn and he writes his own blog.