Well, we hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s! We’re looking at an amazing year ahead; 2013 will be spectacular in many ways – especially now that we know the world hasn’t ended. Now that all the celebrations are out of the way, it’s time to get back to work.
It’s also time to start looking for the Top SEO Women of the Year again. We’ve been “accused” of pushing the envelope with our Top SEO Women award, but we’re thrilled to see this wonderful campaign’s third year. For the sake of brevity and clarity, let’s get the “Why are you only focused on SEO women,” question out of the way by referring you back to our original article: 2010 Top SEO Women – Just the Tip of the Iceberg. Everything has grown from that point.
Of course, by “everything”, we have to include the number of people that have remarked on how one sided (or one sexed) the award is…
With this in mind, let’s be clear. Most of the women we’ve met in this industry aren’t seeking the limelight. They’re not looking for applause any more or less than anyone else. They’re busy kicking ass and taking names, doing what they were hired to do. – And, we know a number of equally intelligent, equally worthy men in the SEO community; we don’t have anything against them and have often voted for them when they’ve come up for one award or another. However, as a woman-run company, we want to give recognition to these amazing women.
Now, as some of you know, we’ve been doing this for a few years now (the list of previous years is below), but we’ve decided to do things a bit differently in 2013. We’ve asked a handful of our previous winners to pick their three top choices, along with their reasons for choosing these women. They’ve been gracious enough to take time out of their busy day and send in this year’s nomination, and for that, we thank them. As a company, we take pride in knowing we have such wonderful resources and would never abuse or take advantage of their generosity.
Unlike other years, no restrictions were placed on whether or not a nominee had been a contender for previous years. Of course, those doing the choosing weren’t allowed to nominate themselves, and the Level343 team is not eligible to vote. Some of our nominees were nominated by more than one person, and they’ll have multiple quotes under their names.
Now that we’ve compiled the list (our longest ever), we shall allow the masses (and of course our readers) to pick the top three. Without further ado, here’s a list of the women nominated for the Top Women of 2013 award, along with the reasons why each was chosen. To keep things fair and avoid any possibility of undo influence, we’re not sharing who nominated whom, or who said what about whom. Vague enough for you? Good!
The names of the nominees are listed in alphabetical order (by first name). The list of previous winners who nominated these spectacular women are listed below the nominees.
Ann writes spectacular, out-of-the-box articles about blogging – and I love her perspective!
Despite her infectious joy and enthusiasm for search analytics, Anna retains her rational and scientific love of data digging; and is a fantastic speaker to boot.
Ops director at SEO agency 3Door Digital, Anna is fiercely organized and without doubt one of the best content writers in the biz.
One of the most diligent and creative SEOs and also one of those lucky left-brain/right-brain types. Annabel has a solid technical bedrock of knowledge with an open mind to engaging marketing strategies.
She’s always willing to share and has done excellent presentations at MozCon and SearchLove.
Another super-smart woman who makes analytics sound fun and easy!
She is one smart cookie! Some of the SEO blog posts she has written this year is truly amazing and shows us what a good SEO is all about: creativity, forward thinking and “let’s try it” attitude. If she ever moved to London, I would try to hire her in a heartbeat.
Always thinking outside the box and coming up with interesting approaches.
She’s a delightful powerhouse with a passion for SEO and how human behavior fits in.
Bright outlook, not afraid to ask questions and try new things.
She was my colleague at Sems; I know for sure she’s very qualified in SEO, SEM and Google Analytics too.
Heather Lloyd Martin
Tells it like it is and focuses on quality and big picture all the time. Attention to detail and big picture is important.
Jennifer Evans Cario
This woman has been editor of Search Engine Guide, has written a book on Pinterest and is one heckuva social media marketer.
Jennifer Sable Lopez
A rare marriage of super-geek and people-person with unmatched organizational skills… and having told cancer to go fuck itself tells you more about her spirit than I ever could.
Jessica’s corporate experience sets her above and beyond in the area of SEO audits. She understands what it takes to get SEO implemented throughout an organization’s culture and how to train team members to own and care about their participation in SEO processes.
The most fair-minded person I know. Always looks at both sides of an issue before making a decision.
Super intelligent. I pay attention when Joanna speaks about PPC or remarketing.
Amazing work ethics and determination. Not only does she run her own agency and have two kids but she writes for pretty much every big SEO blog out there. Her content is consistently brilliant. She is also a person I admire a lot for her attitude, she is never different with anyone, she treats everyone the same and is always open and willing to help people in the industry.
Extremely knowledgeable in all areas of online marketing which makes her see things from a holistic view when it comes to SEO, but she also knows the tools and steps to get there practically.
Laura’s approach to SEO is well rounded with a focus on search, social, and content strategy. She is a Dashboard Diva and leads the pack of women SEOs when it comes to her ability to present the right amount of actionable data to various levels within a corporation.
I met her two years ago during a convention. I follow her on Twitter especially for her tweets about Social; she has a very lovely way to communicate.
Melissa is an overachiever powerhouse who includes usability in her work. Melissa is never afraid to ask questions and I like that. This tells me she is very interested in knowing everything.
Love her analytical approach. A true “techno-geek”
Adaptable, eager & never backs down from a challenge… she’s also a black belt in Karate, which means she’ll kick the shit out of you if it comes right down to it.
Rhea has worked overtime to keep her SEO Company in the game and competitive.
Wicked smart & insanely dedicated – a dangerous combination, I assume, for anyone whose life goals involve… well, having one [a life] (but I’ll bet her growing baby bump is bound to change all that).
Rhea’s insight and understanding about technical aspects of SEO as well as content strategy and link building set her apart from most SEOs (male and female) in the industry. She is one of the best Internet marketing strategists I know. “Rhea” and “respect” are synonymous!
From Koozai, who is technically not an SEO but does writes for State of Search and organizes “digital females meetups” in London regularly. Sam is hard working, very intelligent and great with people. People can learn a few things about networking from her; to her, it’s a natural way of being.
Shari is a super-smart, woman who helped set best practices for the industry. One of the few first-generation SEO women.
The Women Who Named The Nominatees for 2013
Now it’s time to vote!
The polls close mid-year on June 16th at noon (CST)
Top SEO Women in Previous Years
A few women requested that we delete them from consideration, so we have honored their requests.