25 Search Engine Journal Industry Leaders at State of Search

That moment when SEOs across the world endorse your conference lineup!

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Search Engine Journal Executive Editor Danny Goodwin posted a question on Facebook last month, asking the community to help him compile a list of SEO industry authorities/experts to learn from. Danny was looking for tips on who to follow for an article he’s writing for SEJ.

If y’all saw the post and watched that list grow like crazy, it’s a sure bet you’ve found some new people to follow. But for the State of Search team, the answer to this call for help turned out to be so much more…

The starting list was an impressive who’s who of 75 industry leaders, but also a massive endorsement of the State of Search speaker lineup in 2017:

Also added as word spread about the list were

and a couple of dozen other folks with mountains of experience in the SEO world.

It’s a powerful list

So after all that, we did a quick analysis of the list.

The State of Search Conference is organized by the Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association (DFWSEM). Three on the list are DFWSEM Ambassadors: Bill Hartzer, one of the founders of the organization, and Tony Wright, a past president. And Greg Gifford, a driving force behind the State of Search Conference.

At least eight of them have spoken at DFWSEM monthly events.

  • Mike Blumenthal
  • Greg Gifford
  • Jenny Halasz
  • Bill Hartzer
  • Rae Hoffman-Dolan
  • Bill Slawski
  • Brett Tabke
  • Tony Wright

DFWSEM has been hosting monthly events for 12 years, so it’s possible there are others on this list who have spoken — but since I’m working from memory the list is probably incomplete.

Four on the list have delivered Keynotes at State of Search in the past:

  • Rand Fishkin
  • Gary Illyes
  • Wil Reynolds
  • Duane Forrester

At least twenty have spoken at State of Search in the past:

  • John Doherty
  • Eric Enge
  • Rand Fishkin
  • Duane Forrester
  • Greg Gifford
  • Jenny Halasz
  • Bill Hartzer
  • Jon Henshaw
  • Gary Illyes
  • Kelsey Jones
  • Ryan Jones
  • Michael King
  • AJ Kohn
  • Jabez LeBret
  • Ian Lurie
  • Wil Reynolds
  • Andrew Shotland
  • Jennifer Slegg
  • Brett Tabke
  • Tony Wright

But what’s most impressive is how many people on this list are speaking at this year’s State of Search! Twenty five of these outstanding SEO practitioners make up 50% of the biggest and best digital marketing speaker lineup to hit Dallas yet. Yes, every speaker linked in the list above will be speaking at State of Search in October.

Add some of the world’s most respected paid search minds – that’s right y’all, we have PPC Hero’s #1, #2 and #16 most influential PPC experts on the roster in Larry Kim, Purna Virji and David Szetala. Sprinkle in a contingent of social media, analytics, video marketing, content creation and tech startup experts and you’ll have an idea how huge this year’s event will be!

So if you want to learn from these 25 amazing leaders all at the same time then Dallas is where you need to be on October 9 & 10.

Meeting them all in person will be so much better than following from afar. Register now using code meetthe25 to get $150 off the cost of your two-day tickets for State of Search.