(the following is a guest post from Melanie Nathan)
Ask a SEO what their least favorite task is and they’ll most likely tell you it’s link building. That’s because link building can be tedious, time consuming and mind numbingly hard.
What does that say about the following people, who have consciously chosen to make link building a main weapon in their SEO arsenal? That they eat SEO lightning and crap link building thunder!
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These aren’t just people who know “a little about link building”. Oh no. These people are so well versed and experienced, that they can very safely be considered experts on the subject (though most of them will hate being called experts).
They all have a special aptitude for one of the hardest aspects of SEO, and since effective link builders are an especially rare, yet often overlooked breed, they’re being recognized here today.
Let the linking begin!
Here they are in no particular order:
@wiep is the manager of link marketing at Tribal; an Internet marketing company in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. He’s highly respected yet very approachable and his Link Building This Month posts are cornucopias of link building awesomeness. I’ll be guest posting for him soon but that’s totally not why he made the list. What?! He’s a legend. For reals.
@debramastaler is President of Alliance-Link which is an interactive marketing company based out of Williamsburg, Virginia. She’s one of the few respected female link builders out there, a fountain of smart and one of my professional heroes.
@wilreynolds is the founder of SEER Interactive; an Internet marketing company based in Philadelphia. Seeing as he’s a link builder who loves search and what it can do for businesses, he’s a smart guy and well worth listening to.
@gabgoldenberg is a down-to-earth link building whiz based out of Quebec, Canada. At 22 he’s already president of his own successful Internet marketing company and has received public kudos from some of the industry’s biggest leaders.
Todd Malicoat aka @stuntdbl is a respected marketing consultant and legendary link builder based out of San Francisco. We chatted about secret link resources once and I hope to again sometime soon. I also hope he’ll start blogging again or at least bring back #tooltimewithtodd on twitter.
@will_crithclow runs Distilled which is a smashingly awesome website expertise company based out of London. I once conversed (via email) with Will regarding some of my juicer link building techniques. He then wrote this link building post, which I was super proud to be a small part of.
Michael Streko aka @streko, co-founder of Knowem, isn’t technically a link builder by profession but he’s taught me a thing or two about it and plus I like how he thinks like an engineer (not this one though). This is why he’s often one of the few people I’ll trade my juiciest link secrets with and among the first people I think of when asked about link builders.
Christoph Cemper aka @cemper is a well-known link builder based out of Vienna, Austria. I follow his stuff and learn a lot from the case studies he publishes. Plus he puts out some awesome link building videos.
@ericward founded the Web’s first link building service and is arguably one of the most well-known link builders on the planet. As if that’s not enough the man ranks #1 for link building expert (#jeez). Betcha didn’t know he’s available for training and private consultation too.
@JulieJoyce is co-founder of Link Fish Media; a link building company headquartered in Greensboro, NC and is one of the founding members of the SEO Chicks blog. She’s kind, smart, funny and, even without the link building ninja thing, would be a must follow on twitter.
Gerald Weber aka @the_gman is the founder of a Houston based marketing firm. He’s an old school link developer with impressive new-age link baiting skills. He also has a very admirable number of digg front-pages and is happy to share his knowledge with those he trusts.
@brianchappell is a large scale link specialist with Ignite; a Social Media company based out of Raleigh, NC. He uses his blog to talk about things that most people don’t want to share and his twitter account to make you think. Veteran SEOs all the way down to aspiring bloggers will find his tweets useful.
@PatrickGavin is a marketing consultant based out of Chicago and co-founder of Text Link Ads. His twitter stream is always full of juicy link tips and he’s a natural follow for anyone interested in the world of link building.
@GarrettFrench and @benwills are Internet marketing veterans. Together they form Ontolo; a link building agency based out of Raleigh, NC. Their objective is to provide the most effective link building solution they possibly can and from the sounds of it, they’re doing just that.
Ryan Clark aka @linkbuildr is a link building consultant based out of Vancouver, Canada. He’s funny, smart and really seems to have his finger on the pulse of the link building community.
@aaronwall is a man who, if you’re at all involved in the link building world, needs no introduction. You probably already use his link building tools at SEOBook, so just follow him on twitter already.
Angela Moore aka @amcmoore is director of link development at Intrapromote; a big brand search agency. In addition to Angela’s client-focused link development efforts, she is also a moderator in the Search Engine Watch link building forum.
@jimboykin is definitely one of the top link developers in the industry, unfortunately he doesn’t seem to be on twitter very often. Hopefully he can find the time to start tweeting again soon.
If I forgot anyone be sure to let me know via the comments below!
Author’s Bio: Melanie Nathan is a veteran SEO and link building specialist. Not because she’s a glutton for punishment, but because she has a genuine love of drawing upon her creativity to gain authority links for her clients. I've known Mel for some 18 months or so now and she's a credit to all of us Canucks in the SEO world - I am thrilled that her new company is doing well and that she was able to drop in to ride along with us!
(Dave says;) Oh...and by the way, I've penned my own book on link building (... yea, a' pimping we shall go) - so be sure to follow me on Twitter while yer at it!