The Top SEO Experts of 2024

Last updated: October 18, 2023

In our latest study, we crunched the data to determine the top SEO experts available for consulting, speaking, or interviews in 2024. By comparing SEO experts on the basis of their experience, publications, speaking experience, citations on Google, and social media influence, we came up with the 8 experts that appear to understand modern SEO better than the rest. 

In the table below, we list these 8 SEO experts along with the criteria we used to compare them. Afterwards, we describe each expert in greater detail, sharing their area of expertise within the field of SEO, the recognition they’ve received for their talent, and their availability for collaboration. 

The Top SEO Experts of 2024

Name Length of Time in SEO Industry SEO Books SEO Keynote Speeches Google Citations Social Media Followers Active SEO Blog Available for Hire?
Evan Bailyn 18 years 3 ~240 9,500 148,900 Yes Yes
Barry Schwartz 17 years 0 ~60 18,100 156,400 Yes Yes
AJ Ghergich 17 years 0 ~15 62 102,300  Yes Yes
Vanessa Fox 14 years 1 ~30 7,700 35,800 No No
Aleyda Solis 12 years 1 ~120 665 95,000 Yes Yes
Cyrus Shepard 12 years 0 ~90 289 76,500 Yes No
Marie Haynes 11 years 2 ~30 447  32,300 Yes Yes
Brian Dean 11 years 0 ~25 2,290  125,100 Yes No
Pete Meyers 10 years 0 ~70 6,900 80,000 No No
Danny Sullivan 16 years 0 ~100 104,000 533,000 No No
Jono Alderson 14 years 0 ~100 10,400 14,000 Yes Yes

The Top SEO Experts: Breakdown and Contact Info

Evan Bailyn

Evan Bailyn was one of the early pioneers of modern SEO, taking up study of Google’s search algorithm before the company went public in 2004. He currently runs the largest SEO agency in the U.S., and has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Forbes.

His expertise is in the confluence of thought leadership content and SEO, which his company translates into a lead generation service.   

  • Expertise: Thought Leadership & SEO
  • Contact for: Lead generation services, interviews, speaking
  • Social media: Twitter (41,900); Facebook (107,000)
  • How to reach: For services, interview requests, or speaking inquiries, use this Contact Form
Summary of Online Reviews
Evan Bailyn “thinks in a clearer way than others” about SEO strategy and its connection with ROI, providing “an analysis you can do something with right now” for the organizations he works with.

Brian Dean

Brian Dean founded the popular online marketing blog Backlinko, which specializes in backlink building strategies. He also runs a popular YouTube channel. He has been featured in Forbes,, and TechCrunch, and currently offers SEO training for professional marketers.

  • Expertise: Link building and SEO strategy
  • Contact for: Training your internal SEO team, interviews
  • Social media: Twitter (117,500); Facebook (7,600)
  • How to reach: Contact directly through Backlinko.
Summary of Online Reviews
Brian Dean is “a recognized SEO expert” specializing in backlink strategies that grow leads from “an average of five new leads a week to four new leads a day.”

Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz runs the popular SEO news website Search Engine Land. He is also the CEO of Rusty Brick, a web design and development firm and has received awards from US Search Awards and Search Engine Land. He maintains an active Twitter account that reports on the latest Google updates and industry happenings.

  • Expertise: The latest news on Google’s updates and current practices
  • Contact for: Interviews, web design
  • Social media: Twitter (146,300); Facebook (1,100)
  • How to reach: Use the Rusty Brick contact form for web design services or the Search Engine Roundtable form for news tips. 
Summary of Online Reviews
Barry Schwartz is someone with “their pulse on the Search Engine Industry,” which has made them “one of the leading voices in the SEO industry globally.”

AJ Ghergich

AJ is the holder of the coveted @SEO Twitter handle, which if nothing else shows he knows the value of keywords. A serial entrepreneur-marketer, he ran his own agency for 6 years and is currently VP Consulting Services at Botify.  

  • Expertise: Technical SEO, Paid Search, Content Marketing
  • Contact for: Agency services, guest articles, interviews
  • Social media: Twitter (102,300)
  • How to reach: Use the Botify Contact Form for service inquiries or Twitter for any other request
Summary of Online Reviews
AJ Ghergich is a “proactive, accessible” individual who provides “thought provoking conversations” about SEO.

Aleyda Solis

Aleyda Solis specializes in international SEO, particularly in European, American, and Latin-American markets. She was the European Search Award’s Personality of the Year in 2018, and she is a prolific speaker at European SEO conferences.

  • Expertise:International SEO
  • Contact for: International seo services, consulting, speaking
  • Social media: Twitter (90,900); Facebook (4,100)
  • How to reach: Reach out through her website’s contact form for consulting or speaking, and through Orainti for SEO services
Summary of Online Reviews
Aleyda is “the ultimate expert when it comes to SEO,” which is displayed in her “technical knowledge and expertise” which “bring[s] a deep understanding of the entire business.

Cyrus Shepard

Cyrus Shepard led the SEO and content team at Moz before founding his own SEO consulting agency in Zyppy. He specializes in on-page SEO, technical SEO, site architecture, and internal linking, but is currently unavailable for new consulting projects.

  • Expertise:Technical SEO and internal linking
  • Contact for: Keynote speaking
  • Social media: Twitter (76,500)
  • How to reach: Check his contact page at Zyppy for current availability, and e-mail him directly at
Summary of Online Reviews
Cyrus Sheppard is an “accomplished SEO guru” who provides audiences and readers with “insights on internal linking strategies” and other major factors impacting SEO.

Marie Haynes

Marie Haynes is a specialist: her expertise lies in website quality, backlink audits, and manual action removals. She has published two books, Unnatural Links: A Guide to Removal and Dr. Marie Haynes’ Google’s Quality Raters’ Guidelines Book. She blogs about how Google’s updates affect the role of link building in SERPs, and hosts a weekly podcast about SEO.

  • Expertise: Link auditing and manual action removal
  • Contact for: Consulting, link-related SEO services
  • Social media: Twitter (32,300)
  • How to reach: Reach her through the contact form at Marie Haynes Consulting for SEO services
Summary of Online Reviews
Marie Haynes is “completely obsessed with trying to understand how Google assesses quality” which leads her to conduct “detailed website review containing a range of practical solutions” for various client types. 

Vanessa Fox

Vanessa Fox worked on Google Webmaster Central, an early educational resource Google created for website owners and administrators. She was named as one of Seattle’s 40 under 40, and one of the top 100 women in Seattle Tech. Since her time with Google, she has focused on search analytics software and platforms, and is the founder of Keylime Toolbox, an SEO metrics platform.

  • Expertise: SEO analytics and education
  • Contact for: Speaking, interviews, and training your team
  • Social media: Twitter (35,800)
  • How to reach: Reach out to her through her website’s contact form for speaking, or Keylime Toolbox if you’re interested in her SEO metrics platform
Summary of Online Reviews
Vanessa Fox breaks down SEO to its basic elements, providing “good examples and even tools that are free to use,” making her works a “must-read-to-survive business book of the 21st century.”

Pete Meyers

Pete “Dr. Pete” Meyers is a marketing scientist at Moz and created the MozCast tool for tracking and visualizing “turbulence” in Google’s algorithm. He also maintains Moz’s Google algorithm history tracker, and focuses on data science and analytics.

  • Expertise: Data science and analytics
  • Contact for: Speaking and interviews
  • Social media: Twitter (75,000)
  • How to reach: Reach out via LinkedIn if you’d like to discuss speaking opportunities or interviews
Summary of Online Reviews
Pete Meyers operates like a “weather report for detecting when Google has made an update to their algorithm.” His specialization is in “algorithm updates and tracking changes in Google SERPS.

Danny Sullivan

Danny Sullivan is a former journalist and cofounder of Search Engine Land who joined Google as a public liaison in 2017. He strives to help the public better understand Google search, as well as help Google address public feedback.

  • Expertise: Google algorithm and education
  • Contact for: Speaking and interviews
  • Social media: Twitter (533,000)
Summary of Online Reviews
Danny Sullivan has been explaining the “ins and outs of search to the world” for ~25 years, which he is able to by being “one of the leading experts on the subject.” 

Jono Alderson

Jono Alderson is the head of SEO at Yoast, the leading SEO plugin for WordPress. He focuses on the technical side of SEO and web development, offering consulting support on technical site audits and website performance optimization.

  • Expertise: Technical SEO and web development
  • Contact for: Speaking, interviews, and consulting
  • Social media: Twitter (12,800)
  • How to reach: Reach out to him through email at
Summary of Online Reviews
Jono Alderson is “one of the most trusted names in the SEO community” who uses a wide “breadth of expertise” to ” “turbo-charge websites, implement growth strategies, prepare for the future, and win markets.” 

Top SEO Experts by Specialty & Industry

Our team has also compiled lists of the top SEO experts for various specialties.

The Top SEO Consultants

# Name Specialty
1 Evan Bailyn Thought Leadership & SEO
2 Cyrus Shepard Site Architecture & Internal Linking
3 Aleyda Solis International SEO
4 Jono Alderson Digital Transformation &  Performance Optimization
5 Marie Haynes Link Auditing & Manual Action Removal

The Top SEO Trainers

# Name Focus Area
1 Brian Dean Link Building & SEO Strategy
2 Barry Schwartz SEO Recent Developments
3 Aleyda Solis International SEO Strategy
4 Jono Alderson Technical SEO & Digital Transformation
5 Marie Haynes Link Auditing & Manual Action Removal

The Top SEO Keynote Speakers

# Name # of SEO Keynotes
1 Rand Fishkin ~180
2 Evan Bailyn ~260
3 Dana DiTomaso ~200
4 AJ Ghergich ~15
5 Robert Rose ~300

The Top SaaS SEO Experts

# Name Clients
1 Evan Bailyn Salesforce, Equinix, US Bank
2 AJ Ghergich Github, Owler
3 Aleyda Solis Krisp, Turo
4 Jono Alderson Microsoft

The Top Healthcare SEO Experts

# Name Clients
1 Barry Schwartz Alternative to Meds Center, CPR Certified
2 Evan Bailyn Dignity Health, City of Hope, Institute on Aging
3 Vanessa Fox American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance
4 Cyrus Shepard N/A

The Top Financial SEO Experts

# Name Clients
1 Barry Schwartz FM Home Loans, Collectibles Exchange
2 Evan Bailyn US Bank, SoFi, Defi Solutions
3 Aleyda Solis Trade Republic
4 Jono Alderson McKinsey

The Top SEO Authors

# Name SEO Books
1 Marie Haynes
  • Unnatural Links: A Guide to Recovery
  • Dr. Marie Haynes’ Google’s Quality Raters’ Guidelines Book
  • Understanding Google’s Spam Updates by Dr. Marie Haynes
2 Rand Fishkin
  • The Art of SEO
  • Inbound Marketing and SEO: Insights from the Moz Blog
3 Evan Bailyn
  • SEO Made Easy: Everything You Need to Know About SEO and Nothing More
  • Outsmarting Google: SEO Secrets to Winning New Business
4 Vanessa Fox
  • Marketing in the Age of Google: Your Online Strategy IS Your Business Strategy
5 Aleyda Solis
  • SEO. Las Claves Esenciales
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