Top 2012 SEO Women Nominees – Add Your Voice Now!

It’s March 31st, which means National Women’s History Month is coming to a close. What a perfect time to talk about our 2012 Top SEO Women awards 2010, 2011! First, though, an introduction for the top 2012 SEO women nominees – add your voice now!

Interesting Facts About Women Online

A while back, we came across some amazing statistics. As women, they made us feel all warm and fuzzy in side. As marketers, these statistics made us set up and pay attention. The foundation of these statistics is… (drum roll please) women rule the Internet.

Now, the last thing we want to do, especially on a post about the Top SEO Women of 2012, is wave the whole “race of the sexes” thing around. However, the statistics discussed in an article by Aileen Lee on Tech Crunch, Why Women Rule the Internet, are worth paying attention to.

Here’s an overview (you can read the whole article by clicking on the above link):

  • The majority of social networking users are women
  • Women spend 30% more time on these sites
  • Women are responsible for 55% of mobile social network usage
  • Gilt Groupe estimates women drive 74% of revenue to the company
  • The U.S. Census says over 80% of consumer spending can be attributed to women
  • When it comes to the consumer web of the likes of Facebook, Zynga, Groupon and Twitter, women are the majority of users

In fact, the sites listed above, as well as Opentable, Yelp, Docstoc, Flickr, Myspace, Ning, Bebo and others, women rule the space. In online marketing, social media marketing and SEO, women are slowly but surely taking over spaces traditionally “ruled” by men.

We now return to our regularly scheduled program…

Top SEO Women of 2012 – Nominees

Our nominations are open until April 30th, so you still have an entire month to nominate your favorite female SEO. We’d like to have a list of 20 – 25. So far, your nominees are:

  1. Linda Sevier of Pagetender LLC
  2. Raquel Franco from SEO femenino
  3. Heather Lloyd of SEO Copywriting
  4. Anne Handley at Marketing Profs
  5. Melanie Nathan of Canadian SEO
  6. Vanessa Fox of Nine by Blue
  7. Lindsay Wassell at Keyphraseology
  8. Ana Martins with SEO Debrigadeiro
  9. Chiara Marsella Working out of Rome
  10. Gabriela Mori  from São Paulo Brazil
  11. Renata Tibiriçá from Brazil
  12. Kathryn Katz from Florida
  13. Maria Pia De Marzo with Web In Fermento
  14. Leslie Carruthers at The Search Guru
  15. Manuela Sanchez with Elink Builder in Brazil
  16. Mindy Gofton of
  17. Jennifer Horowitz from Ecombuffet
  18. Lisa Myers from Verve Search
  19. Joanna Buttler from Search Engine Chocolate
  20. Hannah Rampton from Browser Media
  21. Julie Joyce from Fish Media
  22. Julie Cheung from ManualLinkBuilding
  23. Sadie Sherran from SEO Creative
  24. Kaila Strong from Vertical Measure
  25. Eren Mckay from Embracing Home
  26. Joanna Lord from  SEOMoz
  27. Patti Fousek of Creative Mind Search
  28. Michelle Robbins of Third Door Media

Please visit 2012 Top SEO Women Finalists for a complete list and to vote for your favorite!

2010 Top SEO Women

Bonnie Burns
Donna Fontenot
Ann Smarty
Dana Lookadoo
Judith Lewis
Angi Nikoleychuk
Christine Churchill
Meaghan Olsen
Anne Kennedy
Alysson Fergison

2011 Top SEO Women

Lyena Solomon
Kim Krause Berg
Melissa Fach
Michèle Ménard
Nichola Stott
Jill Whalen
Rebekah May
Debra Mastaler
Aleyda Solis


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    alice zyetz Reply

    I cast my vote for Heather Lloyd-Martin. Not only has she consistently expanded her knowledge about SEO Best Practices in the last 10+years , she generously shares her information at no cost to new and wannabe copywriters, enriching our knowledge base.
    Alice Zyetz

    March 31, 2011 at 10:44 am
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    Barry Adams Reply

    My nominees (in no particular order):
    Nichola Stott from TheMediaFlow
    Lisa Myers from Verve Search
    Joanna Butler from Search Engine Chocolate
    Hannah Rampton from Crafted Media
    Julie Joyce from Fish Media
    Julie Cheung from ManualLinkBuilding
    Sadie Sherran from SEO Creative
    Kaila Strong from Vertical Measure
    And of course Gabriella Sannino from SEO Copy. 🙂

    April 1, 2011 at 8:29 am
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    Gabriella Reply

    Barry, those are some wonderful nominations. This may turn out to be a bigger list that I hoped for. Thanks for being such a great sport and playing with us. 😉

    April 2, 2011 at 5:39 am
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    Jake Hird Reply

    Yes, certainly agree with Barry on his first three nominations:

    Nichola Stott from TheMediaFlow
    Lisa Myers from Verve Search
    Joanna Butler from Search Engine Chocolate

    … All truly awesome assets to the UK SEO scene.

    – J

    April 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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    Art Remnet Reply

    Wow! What a list of ladies. 

    It’s a very tough call to select just one. However, since that is the task at hand, I select Heather Llyod-Martin. Not only is she a pioneer in the field of SEO, she continues to evolve and educate others by sharing her time and talent. Creating the SEO Copywriter certification program to help stabilize and strengthen the marketplace was just her latest long term move to define an industry that continues to evolve. 

    While the other nominees are very worthy and accomplished in there own right, I have to tip my hat to Heather.

    Thanks for putting on the vote and recognizing these ladies as well. Terrific idea.

    April 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm
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    Marjory Meechan Reply

    I’d like to nominate Eren Mckay from –
    She’s always full of welcome advice and encouragement even when coming from far away in Brazil.
    And, of course, Gabriella Sannino from SEO Copy 🙂

    April 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm
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    Cyndee Davis Reply

    I cast my vote for Heather Lloyd-Martin, also.  Please let us know if there’s another way to vote. Her extensive experience, research, consultation and clearly presented education of copywriters throughout the industry has transformed the way we write for the web.

    April 3, 2011 at 6:50 pm
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    steveplunkett Reply

    i’d add…
    Joanna Butler from Search Engine Chocolate
    Joanna Lord… from SEOmoz?

    @melyssatweeting – from Rockfish..

    April 4, 2011 at 11:09 am
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    denise nelms Reply

    I Would  like to nominate Patti Fousek of Creative Mind Search marketing. [email protected] thank u!

    April 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm
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    Giuseppe Reply

    Coming from Italy, my vote is for Chiara Marsella 🙂

    April 6, 2011 at 5:18 am
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    Luca Reply

    I nominate Chiara Marsella

    April 6, 2011 at 5:29 am
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    Andrea Reply

    I vote for chiara marsella

    April 6, 2011 at 6:00 am
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    Carola Reply

    I vote For CHiara , for her talent, she is a pioner , and she reprensents a focal point for lots of people. Chira not ìonly in Rome. great Woman

    April 6, 2011 at 6:02 am
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    Andrea-Carola-BIMBA Reply


    April 6, 2011 at 6:05 am
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    Carlo Reply

    I’d like to vote for Chiara Marsella from
    She’s the best SEO in the World!!!!!!!!!

    April 6, 2011 at 6:38 am
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    giulio morelli Reply

    I vote for Mariachiara Marsella, an internet marketer with a Big love for organic search engine optimization and copywriting.She loves her job 🙂

    April 6, 2011 at 6:41 am
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    JRPittman Reply

    Thank you to all who have posted their nominations. We’ve added the names of the women on our 2010 and 2011 Top SEO Women list for easy referral. Because we recognize that some SEOs are more well known than others – and so may always make the top list – we will not be including the women who’ve already made the 2010 and 2011 lists for the next year.

    For this reason and this reason only, Nichola Stott and Debra Mastaler will not be in the polls this year. I’m sure, however, that both women would enjoy knowing they made the nominee list twice. 🙂

    For those of you who nominated Gabriella Sannino, thank you so much for including her in this fantastic list of SEO women. However, we’re staying of the fray – people might question what either of our names were doing on a recognition list we created.

    We have an outstanding list of 29 women to vote for once the polls come out. For those of you who provided email addresses, we will update you when the polls come out.

    Now – we’ve been receiving comments that we consider spam for this program. For instance, five comments from the same IP address within a few minutes is a hint. It’s disappointing, to say the least. All of these women have already been recognized, simply by the great comments included with some of the nominations. Spamming to get them voted higher is cheap and tawdry.

    Due to the amount of spam, we have been forced to delete several comments. Please be aware that, as our comment guidelines clearly define, we actively moderate this blog. Suspicious activity WILL BE deleted.

    Happily, this won’t be a problem once the polls come out; merely during the nomination phase.

    Again, to all of you, thank you for your nominations and participating in the 2012 Top Women of SEO awards!

    April 6, 2011 at 8:48 am
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    Stefania Reply

    My vote is for CHIARA MARSELLA, my great sensei! 😉

    April 6, 2011 at 9:55 am
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    JRPittman Reply

    We appreciate your enthusiasm for your favorites – BUT lol

    Please hold your votes until the nomination period is over and the polls are over

    Per favore tenete i vostri voti fino a quando le nomine non sono terminate

    Have patience – the polls will be up Monday, May 2nd!

    April 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm
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    Caitlin Reply

    I’d like to vote for Patti Fousek from CreativeMind Search Marketing! Patti is extremely talented and has a passion for SEO. In a constantly evolving industry, Patti is someone who can really be trusted. @PattiFousek definitely gets my vote 🙂 Thanks!

    April 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm
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    Dan Whitehouse Reply

    I had the pleasure of working with Miss Rampton for just a few months at Crafted. Her technical SEO knowledge is literally insane. She’s a fantastic gal and a bride to be. So, having said that my top 3 are.

    1. Hannah Rampton
    2. Hannah Rampton
    3. Hannah Rampton

    Good luck to all the lesser mortals! 🙂

    April 7, 2011 at 5:25 am
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      JRPittman Reply

      lol – maybe we can put all three together for one big whopping vote for Hannah – thanks for weighing in!

      April 7, 2011 at 8:32 am
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    Kellie Craft Reply

    Heather Lloyd-Martin – she has an awesome certification program and generously shares her vast wealth of knowledge, which is amazing!

    April 12, 2011 at 11:44 am
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    Angelo Reply

    No doubt… I vote for Chiara Marsella!!!

    April 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm
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    Renata Tibiriçá Reply

    Wow! It’s such an honor to be in this list!
    Thank you so much, bella! =D

    April 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm
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    Hannah Rampton Reply

    Thank you very much, I’m honoured to be listed alongside these ladies! The nomination alone is my own personal #win ;0) Thank you

    May 10, 2011 at 2:29 am
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    Mike Reply

    What? No Linda Bustos, Ann Smarty or Laura Callow?

    May 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm
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      Gabriella Reply

      Apparently some people don’t read the links we include in our posts… just saying This is our third Top SEO Women. Some of these women have already been given the honor and kudos. The first one was in 2010 The tip of the iceberg Then we had another round of women In our Top SEO women 2011 I’m sure there will be many more… especially with all these wonderful responses and appreciation for women in the industry!

      May 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm
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    dottorseo Reply

    Go Marsella Goooooooooooooo!

    May 19, 2011 at 8:30 am
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    Susan Malone Reply

    All of these women have already been recognized, simply by the great comments included with some of the nominations. Not only has she consistently expanded her knowledge about SEO Best Practices in the last 10+years , she generously shares her information at no cost to new and wannabe copywriters, enriching our knowledge base. So, having said that my top 3 are.

    March 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm

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