Top SEO Women 2011

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Update: Our Top SEO Women badges for 2010 and 2011 are finally out! As well, we’re accepting nominations for the 2012 year, so be sure to nominate your favorite.

2011 is here, and I know many of you have been trying to get your budgets, online presence and campaigns off the ground. I’d love to tell you it’s easy, but I’d be lying to you. Rather than pour a whole bunch of information out today, I decided I’d add to our list of Top SEO Women instead.
Articles throughout 2010 have been written about women and how they contribute to our community. Our post on Top SEO Women for 2010, for example, got a lot of hits and is still being linked to today.

As you peruse this list, I encourage you to take the time and search these women out. Connect with them. Not only are they beautiful people, but they are also movers, shakers and just plain intelligent.

One of the best articles out there that has touched on women online is Kikolni’s (aka Kristi Hines) Kikolani125 Fearless Women Bloggers. Within this list are entrepreneurs, experts, CEOs and published authors, among others. It’s an article well worth reading.

Another place to find a list of fantastic women bloggers is the SOB A-Z Directory. For years, Liz Strauss has had awards for Successful Outstanding Blogger (SOB), and handed them out to many men and women.

Although these two places have excellent links to inspirational writers, I’d like to focus on women just in the SEO community. I hope that we can continue to add some amazing women in our industry – women you can come to know and respect.

Who Are They?

Lyena Solomon Also known as @lyena on Twitter, she’s a wonderful woman I’ve personally met. I was blown away by how such a petite woman had so much dynamite information, especially when it comes to Google Analytics and PPC. She is also bilingual, with a strong command of Russian and English – she speaks both fluently I might add.

Kim Krause Berg Also known as @kim_cre8pc on Twitter, you’ll find Kim’s footprints in several blogs, forums and social feed. Organic SEO, information architecture, usability, search engine marketing practices – the woman knows more about search and usability than one person has any right to remember.

Melissa Fach Also known as @SEOAware on Twitter, Melissa is the owner of SEO Aware, LLC. I’ve been following her wonderful, information Twitter feed regarding SEO. She has a no nonsense approach and is always there for a good laugh or an even greater link.

Michèle Ménard Also known as @michele_menard on Twitter, I’ve noticed she’s one of the few women in Italy keeping up with what’s going on in search. She’s a bilingual Italian/French online communications specialist, as well as a Web 2.0, SEO & social media expert.

Nichola Stott Also known as @NicholaStott on Twitter, this young woman was introduced to me in the SEO Dojo, a place where the real SEO’s hang out. Making her global mark in SEO and social media as the owner of The Media Flow, she’s also a speaker/blogger for State of Search, Search Engine Watch and SEO Chicks.

Jill Whalen Also known as @jillwhalen on Twitter. I’ve been reading her posts everywhere, and as one of our comments on the last post stated, we didn’t include her. We’re amending the oversight this year. Jill has been in search since search engine optimization began in the early 1990s. She’s CEO of High Rankings, the company she founded in 1995.

Rebekah May Rebekah is a fellow SEO warrior from the SEO Dojo and is also known as @rebekah_am. She’s an entrepreneur, SEO and marketing consultant. As well, she founded Whole-SEO, which helps small businesses leverage the power of the Internet to increase their exposure.

Debra Mastaler Debra is a regular on the Dojo and goes by @debramastaler on Twitter. She’s one of those people I like to think of as the backbone of all SEO efforts. She’s known as the link-building powerhouse. Debra creates strategies and tactics focused on increasing link popularity and brand exposure through creative link marketing.

Aleyda Solis Aleyda is a newcomer but this list would not be complete without this fire power from Latin America. You can follow her on Twitter @aleyda

The list from 2010 and today are just a few of the women out there in the world of search. Many work behind the scenes and aren’t known online. You may know someone like this, working next to you every day – the unsung feminine heroine who always gets the job done on time, without fail: the intelligent woman whose brain you pick whenever you have a question about search.

If you do, we’d like to hear about her. If you know someone we haven’t mentioned, tell us whom you think should be added to the list! I look forward to hearing from all of you and again, thanks for all your input.

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    Melissa Fach Reply

    I am beyond honored to be included in this article and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have made my day. 🙂

    January 6, 2011 at 8:10 am
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    Melissa Fach Reply

    Thank you John 🙂

    January 6, 2011 at 8:10 am
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    debra Reply

    Gabriella – what a nice way to start my day, thank you very much for including me on your list along with these other great women. Women of SEO rock! 🙂

    January 6, 2011 at 8:25 am
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    Kim Krause Berg Reply

    This pleasant shock absolutely made my day! What an honor 🙂 Thank you so much for including me with these amazing women.

    January 6, 2011 at 9:51 am
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    Mark Barrett Reply

    Good list, some I already follow but I’ve picked up some new experts from this post. Thanks!

    January 6, 2011 at 10:09 am
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    Dana Lookadoo Reply

    Some of my favorites, too. I’m just going to say “dittos!”

    Nice background about each, learned some tidbits. Well done!

    January 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm
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    Aleyda Reply

    Thank you for listing me 🙂 It is an honor to be with such a great group of SEOs!

    January 7, 2011 at 6:42 am
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    Benj Arriola Reply

    Is this is? My list would have Rae Hoffman, Vanessa Fox, Lisa Barone, and tons more.

    January 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm
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    Nick LeRoy Reply

    I would definitely add @sugarrae and @melanienathan to the list to just name a few extra 😉

    January 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm
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    tom Reply

    Mellissa Fach may be good, but my SEO woman of the year would be Micallef 🙂

    January 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm
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      JRPittman Reply

      lol Thanks for the input, but if the picture on the forum is Micallef, she has a bit of facial hair… not judging, of course, but ya know… it IS top SEO women 😉

      January 10, 2011 at 5:57 am
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    Optimator Reply

    Great list with some (new for me) interesting people to follow on Twitter. Thank you very much.

    January 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm
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    David Reply

    I am so glad to see this many women out there in the field making their names… very nice and wonderful.

    January 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm
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    kylie Reply

    Yes I should have been more prolific! Good to see the girls doing the seo business for 2011 though, go for it.

    January 14, 2011 at 10:37 am
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    Ken Jansen Reply

    How about Ms. Pittman?
    Also Heather Lloyd of SEO Copywriting
    Anne Handley at Marketing Profs

    January 24, 2011 at 5:59 am
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      Level343 Reply

      Ken, as much as I would love to add our Ms. Pittman to the fray, we cannot. But around here she’s our number one! 🙂 We are taking nominations for our 2012 Top SEO Women Plus giving away badges. We will eventually add 10 new names and let the people decide. Cheers, have an awesome week.

      January 24, 2011 at 6:05 am
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    Rebekah Reply

    Thanks for listing me Gabriella – I see a lot of names I respect on this list and its an honor that you thought to include me among them 🙂

    January 31, 2011 at 12:17 pm
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    Leslie Reply

    I’m glad that women can also perform all work, congratulations to these smart girls, especially aleyda Solis.

    May 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm
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    Ana Reply

    Definitely all new faces to me… I loved Kristi’s list, by the way – she introduced a lot of us!

    Hope I’ll make your 2012 list. lol

    March 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm
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      Gabriella Reply

      2012 is gone my dear Ana 😉 we’re going to get our list for 2013 ready. As a matter of fact I’ll be sending you an email regarding this “other” project I have going that I think you would be PERFECT for. Stay tuned, let me catch up with this week (to think it’s only Monday) work then I will be contacting you. Are you in California too? Where?

      March 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm
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        Ana Reply

        Ayayay – what am I thinking! this post is 2011, not 2012! lol

        Just moved to San Francisco; isn’t it where you are as well?

        March 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm
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          Gabriella Reply

          Yes, been here for almost 17 years, left for over 6 years and now I’m back! We should have coffee soon 😉

          March 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm
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    Kristian Reply

    thanks for a great list of very interessting persons.

    Some of them im going to follow on G+ now 🙂

    June 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm
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    Mark Reply

    In AW Media, we’re currently looking to hire a new SEO Manager. Sadly, there haven’t been one single female application. There are too few girls in SEO!

    April 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm
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      Gabriella Sannino Reply

      Hey Mark hopefully you’ll find someone soon. 🙂

      April 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm
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        Mark Reply

        Thanks – hope so! Have a nice weekend 🙂

        April 18, 2013 at 11:20 pm
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    Glen Michaelsen Reply

    I been working with SEO on a daily basis and very rarely see women working with SEO, and not quite understanding why there are so few women in the SEO Business. Women often seem to have some very interesting ideas working with online marketing.

    August 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm
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    Erin Reply

    It’s great to see women getting recognition in the SEO industry! Well done, ladies!

    August 8, 2014 at 10:32 am
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    Simon Reply

    It is very rare that we receive applications from women within SEO at our agency here in Copenhagen.
    Has been like this since we opened our doors in 2011. However I can see this change over the next few years as SEO is also changing.

    October 6, 2014 at 1:48 am
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    Stephanie Højager Reply

    This isn´t the newest but dahm it was useful and looks like some really sharp womans. I feel inspired 🙂 Will for sure keep reading blogs post here. Thanks

    July 8, 2015 at 2:35 am
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    Gabriella Sannino Reply

    Stephanie we are all cheering for you 🙂

    July 8, 2015 at 6:21 am

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