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Now You Can Have Your Own “Promoted Stickers” On Twitter

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Back in June, Twitter introduced their new ‘Stickers’ tool, which enables users to attach customizable, emoji-like pictures to their photos.

At the time, we noted that the wording of Twitter’s announcement suggested that they would look to use these new tools as an advertising option at some stage. As it turns out, that evolution wasn’t far off – today, Twitter’s announced that:

“…brands can create and promote custom stickers for anyone on Twitter to use. A brand’s stickers will be featured in the #Stickers library and offer a form of creative expression that makes a person’s photos more fun and engaging.”

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As shown in the sequence above, Pepsi will be the launch partner for Promoted Stickers, sharing “some 50 custom stickers across 10 markets as part of their “PepsiMoji” campaign”.

According to Twitter:

“Brands can design four or eight stickers — like accessories and other props — for users to add to their own photos. Photos with a brand’s stickers are shared with all of a user’s followers, allowing brands to be featured by their fans in a truly authentic way. #Stickers act as a visual hashtag, meaning that photos with your brand’s sticker will be connected and discoverable to anyone who taps your brand’s sticker. This allows a brand to see and engage with the people who are using their stickers in creative ways.”

The search element of the new option is particularly interesting – when Stickers were first announced, the hashtag-style search by sticker function seemed like an interesting add-on, but in a brand context it makes much more sense.

Now, like branded hashtags, marketers will be able to search for mentions by sticker, which is a great way to keep track of where and how the tools are being used.

Branded stickers are Twitter’s own play on sponsored creation tools, a trend spearheaded by Snapchat. Unlike traditional, and often disruptive, ad content, sponsored creation tools aim to make it fun for users to share brand messages with their networks – Snapchat’s most notably done this with Lenses.

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By providing an entertaining and engaging option that people actually want to use, you can expand the reach of your campaign organically, which, if done well, can greatly expand the reach of your message.

However, the tricky part, of course, lies in that first element – such campaigns need to be fun and engaging, people need to want to use your branded content tools. And while it’s easy to see why Snapchat’s lenses have been popular (who wouldn’t want to see what they’d look like as a taco?), Twitter stickers seem less compelling – an interestingly, Twitter’s provided no stats on the current use of Stickers in their announcement, aside from this note:

“Since [stickers were launched], millions of photos have been Tweeted using #Stickers in creative and dynamic ways across sports, news, and entertainment.”

But then again, stickers have stemmed from emoji, and emoji use on Twitter has been huge – more than 110 billion emoji have been tweeted since 2014, a usage rate the prompted the switch from ‘star’ to ‘heart’ as the favorite icon.

And really, with the capacity to track sticker use, it won’t be long before we have stats on this front – doing a quick search of my own, most of the new Pepsi stickers don’t seem to be in high rotation as yet, though this one looks particularly popular (and note the brand mention in the search screen, right beneath the image itself).

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It is kinda’ interesting to be able to search by sticker, and I suspect it won’t take long for Twitter to add sticker-tracking capacity into Tweetdeck to help brands keep tabs on them. No doubt too, given you can already use emoji as an ad targeting option on the platform, Twitter will also enable brands to hone in on people who use their stickers to reach them with ads.

Promoted Stickers are now available globally to select marketers with a managed account – no mention of how much campaigns cost at this stage.

SEO Experts To Follow On Twitter

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Who are the most useful SEO experts to follow on Twitter?

In this post you will find a list of good SEO influencers’ Twitter handles, as well as some other useful suggestions.  We prefer individuals rather than brands, just to keep the list at a manageable size. Please feel free to suggest any person that may be missed. So here is the list in no particular order. It has been broken up into Google staff, writers and SEOs, though there is plenty of crossover between these categories. Check them out.

SEO practitioners

  1. Dawn Anderson
  2. Dan Sharp
  3. Kevin Gibbons
  4. Sam Silverwood-Cope
  5. Nichola Stott
  6. Hannah Thorpe
  7. Gerry White
  8. Kelvin Newman
  9. Joost de Valk
  10. Rae Hoffman
  11. Ian Miller
  12. Lisa Myers
  13. Andy Drinkwater
  14. Pete Handley
  15. Brian Dean
  16. Chris Dyson
  17. Stacey Macnaught
  18. James Perrott
  19. Shelli Walsh
  20. Ian Lurie
  21. Malcolm Coles
  22. Barry Adams
  23. Mags Sikora
  24. Phil Nottingham
  25. Arnout Hellemans
  26. Michael Gray
  27. Rob Watts
  28. Tony Dimmock
  29. Jan-Willem Bobbink
  30. Jamie Peach
  31. Ross Hudgens
  32. Glen Gabe
  33. Nick Wilsdon
  34. Dagmar Gatell
  35. Dave Cain
  36. Andrew Isidoro
  37. Irish Wonder
  38. Rishi Lakhani
  39. Olga Andriendko
  40. Shaun Anderson
  41. David Mihm
  42. Will Critchlow
  43. Andrew McGarry
  44. Greg Gifford
  45. Dixon Jones
  46. Glen Allsopp
  47. Omi Sido
  48. Marianne Sweeny
  49. Jon Henshaw
  50. Emma McHale
  51. Richard Baxter
  52. Patrick Altoft
  53. Peter Nikolow
  54. Dejan
  55. Danny Denhard
  56. Gabriella Sannino
  57. Craig Campbell
  58. David Tutin
  59. James Carson
  60. Josh Salvage
  61. Tim Aldiss
  62. Usman Patel
  63. Peter Young
  64. Dave Naylor
  65. Jon Earnshaw
  66. Stephen Kenwright
  67. Carl Hendy
  68. Marcus Tober
  69. Tadeusz Szewczyk
  70. Stephen Morris
  71. Paul Shapiro
  72. Andrew Martin
  73. Dewi Nawasari
  74. Malcolm Slade
  75. Aaron Bradley
  76. Ammon Johns

SEW writers and contributors

  1. Christopher Ratcliff
  2. Graham Charlton
  3. Chris Lake
  4. Tereza Litsa
  5. Rebecca Sentance
  6. Sam Underwood
  7. Ryan Johnson
  8. Andrew Betts
  9. Andrew Girdwood

SEO writers and analysts

  1. Barry Schwartz
  2. Pete Myers
  3. Cyrus Sheperd
  4. Ann Smarty
  5. Rand Fishkin
  6. Matt Southern
  7. Danny Sullivan
  8. AJ Kohn
  9. Loren Baker
  10. Jennifer Slegg
  11. Bill Slawski
  12. Matt McGee

Googlers

  1. Gary Illyes
  2. John Mueller
  3. Matt Cutts
  4. Eric Schmidt

Twitter is Incorporating Searcheble Emoji and Stickers to Uploaded Photos

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It’s not a secret anymore that people love emoji, and social media channels know this.

Recently, Facebook introduced ‘Reactions’ in part as a response to the way in which people were already using those little smiley faced images on their platform, while Instagram released a report last year which showed that nearly half of all text on the platform now contains emoji in some form.

Doesn’t want to get behind the race, Twitter is starting to get into the emoji game. The good news is, of all the  social media platforms, Twitter’s format probably makes it best suited to emoji. The 140-character limit requires more creativity in how you communicate, so anything that can make it easier to convey your meaning in fewer words is beneficial – which is exactly what emoji facilitate.

Twitter users’ interest in emoji is reflected in the numbers – the platform recently reported that More than 110 billion emoji have been tweeted since 2014, and, like Facebook’s Reactions, Twitter’s made its own changes to work with this trend, most notably in the switch from a ‘star’ to a ‘heart’ icon for ‘favorite’ last year. And again, part of the motivation behind that was the fact that the heart was already one of the most used emoji on the platform.

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Given this, and given Twitter’s need to get more people interested and involved with the platform, today’s announcement comes as little surprise.

From now on, you’ll be able to add emoji-like stickers to your photos when you post them to Twitter via your mobile device.

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Of course, people have been able to do similar on other platforms for some time. With Snapchat, you can even put stickers on your video posts and have them move and scale as the video plays. However, this improvement should be a good step for Twitter to face the more and more competitive battle ahead.

Five Biggest Mistakes You’ll Never Want To Make On Twitter

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With all of its limitations, it’s quite easy for people to fall into a marketing blunder on Twitter.

Most people think that doing social media marketing is a trivial task. If handled carelessly, a social media disaster can happen and take down your business in no time. To avoid that, in today’s post we will share five biggest mistakes that will destroy your credibility in the Twitter universe. Stay away from them and you will be just fine.

1. Buying Fake Followers

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Here is a question for those who are buying fake Twitter followers: What are you trying to achieve?

All of you may want to sell your product, start a personal brand or genuinely connect with a group of people who care about all the stuff you do. All of this is because it makes you and your customers feel good.

However, buying fake followers is counter-intuitive with the above notion. No one will want to buy your products, because it just a matter of time when they find out that your followers are fake. These fakers don’t actually advocate what you have to sell. Ultimately, no real people will want to connect with you, because it is obvious that all you care about is a number, not a mutual relationship.

Rather than buying fake followers, you can invest your time in developing social media assets. The more time you put into the relationships at the beginning, the bigger the rewards will be in the future.

2. Following then Unfollowing

It’s quite annoying when someone follows you, and then a day or a week later clicks that unfollow button.

Keep in mind, it’s not about how many followers that you have. It’s about creating a community, a connection and a valuable relationship for the future. The next time you’re going to follow someone, ask yourself these questions:

  • Will you enjoy reading their Tweets in your feed?
  • Will you click on the links they are sharing?
  • Will you re-tweet their content to your followers if they are truly interesting?
  • Would you value their opinion if you asked them a question?

If you answer ‘Yes’ to these questions, follow them. If you answer ‘No’, then perhaps it’s a connection you don’t need.

3. Using too many hashtags

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When you see a tweet with a lot of hashtags, what is your reaction?

Most of the time, excessive hastags on a tweet discourages others from re-tweeting. It also drops the credibility of the user. Instead of spamming your followers with hashtags why don’t you piggy-back an event, a hot news story or a trending industry topic?

4. Too much ReTweeting

All of us agree that Re-Tweeting is a great way to connect with people and show you are willing to share their content. However, if it is all you do, then you are not adding value to anyone. Ultimately, you are reducing the chance of people that are wanting to follow you.

Twitter is essentially marketing yourself, you are marketing your content. You are marketing the content that you’re sharing. So ask yourself this; what can I share RIGHT NOW that will draw on my followers’ emotions and add value to their day? By adding value to your followers you are repaying the favour for them following you.

If you’re not adding value, don’t Re-Tweet it.

5. Becoming someone you’re not (Or even worse, an egg!)

Remember: authenticity breeds trust, pretending breeds fear and it’s a huge turn off when people are fake.

The brands and people that create meaningful connections on a regular basis do so because they are authentic. They are focused, clear and purposeful in their interactions. By being clear on your purpose (or goal) for engaging on Twitter and aligning your communication to that purpose you will gain followers that trust and admire you.

A starting point for being authentic on Twitter is your profile photo and description. Make sure this captures your personality, and do us all a favour – Don’t be an egg!

If you want to build a large list of people on Twitter; buy your followers, follow then unfollow, use an excess of hashtags, re-tweet everything and pretend you are someone you’re not. But if you want to create a community of engaged Twitter followers above all else be authentic.

Twitter’s New Look For Android Users

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Twitter is rolling out a completely revamped Android app, adopting the Material Design.

With the new, refreshed look, finally Twitter is ready for 2016. For reference, here’s what the old design looks like:

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And here’s the new one:

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The Google-approved aesthetic makes for a few functional differences:

  • The tab bar has been moved from the bottom to the top, and you can now simply swipe between your Timeline, notifications, direct messages, and moments.
  • There is a floating action button for composing new tweets. The single button can be used for composing different types of tweets – such as GIFs or videos – from a single spot
  • You can swipe from the left to go straight to your profile, settings, contacts and more.

The update has been rolled out globally on June 8th, 2016.

40 Fabulous Companies You Need To Follow On Twitter

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Great brands always inspire their consumers and prospective customers.

The latest and easiest media to accomplish this task is through social media. Today, let’s take a look at some of the most inspiring brands you definitely need to follow on Twitter.

1. @DIGIORNOPIZZA

You didn’t know pizza could be funny? Well thanks to DiGiorno’s Twitter presence, we now know that it definitely can be. Pizza lovers especially will love the brand’s enthusiasm for its product.

2. @MarsCuriosity

Mars Curiosity is NASA’s latest mission to explore the surface of Mars. The mission’s Twitter account delivers some pretty amazing photos of the planet, presented with just a little bit of sass.

3. @tacobell

The Taco Bell Twitter account has been going nuts ever since the release of the taco emoji, but it’s an endlessly entertaining account even without the emoji-mania. Taco lovers rejoice, this one’s for you.

4. @OldSpice

Surprisingly, this account is more full of jokes than brand propaganda. Sure, you’ll get an Old Spice commercial thrown in there every once in awhile, but in general, Old Spice will just fill your Twitter feed with dad-esque jokes.

5. @hotpockets

Did you think you left hot pockets behind with middle school? Think again! The brand is still very much around, and they boast a hefty following of 17.6K users.

6. @DosEquis

If a brand already has killer marketing in place, it tends to carry over well to its corporate Twitter account. And let me tell you, Dos Equis has killer marketing. Who doesn’t love the most interesting man in the world? If you’re a fan of the ad campaigns, you’ll get a lot more where that came from with the Dos Equis Twitter account.

7. @Delta

It’s hard to be an airline on Twitter. Most spend their time fielding customer complaints, and no customers are unhappy like airline customers. Delta, however, handles complaints with grace and gives its followers some entertaining tweets along the way.

8. @Oreo

The Oreo Twitter account achieved fame after the blackout incident of Super Bowl XLVII, and it hasn’t disappointed since. Great pictures, videos, and jokes await you with this corporate Twitter account.

9. @Arbys

Arby’s does a pretty hilarious job of creating art with its menu items. Who doesn’t love that?

10. @CocaCola

For a soft drink, Coca Cola does a pretty great job of keeping up with pop culture. Follow the account for funny pop culture related gifs, photos, and videos.

11. @toptalllc

If you’re into programming and technology, Toptal is the account you need to follow. Every day, you’ll get a different blog post about a different new technology, programming language application, or set of tips and tricks. It’s a very handy way for software developers and designers to stay on top of their game. Not to mention, the accompanying illustrations are pretty incredible.

12. @salesforce

Salesforce is a great account to follow if you want to learn more about promoting your business. Content includes information about what customers want, current digital marketing trends, and the kind of online ads that work best.

13. @CNN

The CNN Twitter account will keep you updated on all the latest news, so you can keep yourself generally informed on happenings all over the world. Most tweets also include pictures and video.

14. @Pillsbury

A great account to follow for recipes, but you might not want to check it if you haven’t eaten in a few hours, since most recipes are accompanied by mouthwatering images.

15. @treehouse

Treehouse is another great option for programming enthusiasts that is geared more towards beginners than Toptal’s account. The company’s Twitter feed includes helpful tutorials, so you can get started in any programming language. Recent videos include instruction in AngularJS and Swift.

16. @Etsy

Etsy’s Twitter account is a great source to visit if you’re in need of unique gift ideas. The company’s feed features a wide variety of different items featured on its website that you might not be able to find otherwise.

17. @intel

Followers of Intel will learn about all kinds of ways different people are using the company’s technology. Recent examples include a 15 year old who built a microwave and an Australian surfer who makes 360-degree HD videos.

18. @TEDTalks

This one is a no-brainer – who doesn’t love a good tech talk? You can learn about things like why wine tastes better when you think it’s more expensive and how you might be 3D printing your clothes at home pretty soon.

19. @WholeFoods

Need to brush up on menu items to prepare for the holidays? Or the best gifts to bring your host? Whole Foods has all the answers.

20. @SpaceX

SpaceX is always up to something pretty cool and interesting, such as the first SpaceX mission to fly Astronauts to the ISS. The account also posts pretty awesome pictures of launches, tests, and new technologies.

21. @Petco

What’s not to love about a twitter account that posts pictures of animals all the time?

22. @Photoshop

Photoshop’s tweets not only come with beautiful images enhanced by the tool, but their tweets often feature new tips and tricks that you can use with your own photoshop work. Talk about inspiration.

23. @NatGeoPhotos

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Everyone loves the beautiful photos featured in National Geographic, so why wouldn’t you want to see them featured in your Twitter feed every day?

24. @nytimestravel

If you’ve got a strong case of wanderlust, this is the twitter account for you. New York Times Travel posts breathtaking pictures from all over the planet, so you can feel like you’re traveling the world without leaving your Twitter feed.

25. @Habitat_org

Habitat builds houses for those in need all over the world. By following their account, you can learn about the most recent projects and how you can help by giving back.

26. @WWF

The World Wildlife Fund is on a pretty important mission to save all the animals, and its Twitter account is a great way to see what the organization is up to.

27. @UNICEF

If you want to know how to help children all over the world, UNICEF is a great organization to follow on Twitter. The account can help you learn about some great ways you can make a difference in the world.

28. @the1010project

If fighting poverty is your goal, be sure to follow the 1010 Project. The organization aims to empower local leaders and break the cycle of poverty for good.

29. @anitaborg_org

Maybe you’re passionate about women in technology? If so, the Anita Borg Institute is another great account to follow.

30. @LEVIS

Levis will give you all the information on sales you need, so you’ll never have to buy jeans at full price again. The company’s feed is full of other handy tips and tricks as well, such as how to use a bandana as creative giftwrap.

32. @Starbucks

Starbucks frequently tweets deals that are going on in stores, as well as delicious drink recipes. It’s a win-win.

33. @WarbyParker

Need a new eye wear? Follow Warby Parker for the latest deals and trends in fashionable eye glasses.

34. @hm

We already love H&M for being relatively inexpensive, but following the company’s Twitter account can help make the brand even more affordable. You can also get tips on styling your favorite purchases.

35. @NASA

Who doesn’t want to learn about space?? Followers will get information on some of NASA’s current missions, awesome photos from space, and some throwbacks that detail the space program’s past projects.

36. @google

Google is always up to something exciting. Follow the company’s Twitter account to stay up-to-date with all the latest happenings.

37. @Nike

Need some fit-spiration? No better place to turn than Nike!

38. @patagonia

Patagonia will make you feel like anything is possible, plus they use their social media platform to try to achieve some good. What’s not to love?

39. @DisneyPixar

Disney-Pixar always makes us feel a little better about life, and their Twitter account surely doesn’t disappoint in that realm.

40. @MalalaFund

Where better to find inspiration than from a fund started by an 18 year old who’s already changing the world?

Now You Can Add Image Descriptions on Photos You’ve Tweeted

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Do you know that the fourth most requested feature on Twitter is the ability to add alternative text for images?

enabling better functionality for people who are visually impaired. Twitter’s now actioned that request – from today, people using both the iOS and Android versions of the Twitter app will be able to add descriptions of up to 420 characters to images within Tweets.

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The addition of text descriptions will improve the user experience for those who are currently not able to view full tweets. Automated screen readers and Braille devices are able to translate text, but images, of course, prove problematic, denying visually impaired users full access to the platform’s content. With text captions, such devices can now work in greater collaboration with tweets, providing a more comprehensive on-platform experience. Already, The New York Times, The Associated Press, The BBC, and Sky News have started using the new option to better connect with their audiences.

Twitter’s using web-standard alt-text coding to add in the new feature, while they’re also updating their REST API and Twitter Cards services, enabling access to the same, which effectively opens up the new option to publishers and developers. This is particularly interesting as it may lead to a new data source with uses beyond assisting the visually impaired alone. Alt-text data is one of the many elements used by Google, for example, to better match relevant content to user requests. As such, description text could provide new insights and data for tweets – and at 420 characters, it takes the potential for tweet embedded info well beyond the standard 140-characters available.

In essence, Twitter is providing developers a new data tool to play with, and if enough publishers get on board and start including text descriptions within their tweet images, it could become an interesting and beneficial source. Imagine being able to search tweets by image content, being able to get data on what images and image types are more popular and where, on what different types of words are being used to describe similar objects in different regions. Businesses could also set up alerts to let them know when people use images of their brand representatives, products or logos, in which image descriptions could be of value.

However, this update is currently only available via iOS and Android, you can’t add descriptions via desktop at this stage. Once added, the image description won’t be visible, but will be accessible via assistive technology or back-end code.

6 Key Elements of Successful Twitter Campaign (Infographic)

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Twitter is a great platform to share your thoughts and opinions, to interact with people in your niche, and to promote your business or brand.

However, even if you are an active Twitter user, you may not know all of the Twitter secrets that will help you improve your social media presence. To become Twitter’s power user, a certain set of rules must be obeyed. In today’s infographic, you will find six key elements you need to focus on while maximising your business on Twitter. Take a look at all of them!

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Infographic credit: Follows.

Prioritised Video Ad Option is Now Available in Twitter

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Recently, Twitter has launched an ad option for businesses that guarantees a premium video ad is the first thing that users see when they arrive at their Twitter feed on mobile and desktop.

On mobile platform, the ad will be the second tweet down, after research found that this is actually the most prominent slot. Twitter sales director Angus Keene says the ‘First View’ ad option offers advertisers “premium placement and maximum reach” over a 24 hour period.

It tested the ad unit with Samsung Australia last week and the brand found 30% reduction in cost per video and a 39% increase in video views compared with a standard video ad on Twitter. However, it was unable to specify exactly what those numbers were.

“The benefit to advertisers,” he claims, is the premium nature of the video placement. “We’re adding more scale and more cost efficiency from premium products.”

Twitter is selling the ad unit as part of a package alongside promoted trends and advertisers can measure the same data points including impressions, engagement and video views. The social media platform, along with Facebook and Instagram, were criticised, as social media marketing is “massively over-rated”. Keene attempted to rebuff those claims emphasising that 300 new advertisers came on board with Twitter Australia last year, adding that the APAC region is the growth market for Twitter globally.

“That’s certainly not the feedback we’re getting from advertisers,” he says. “Advertisers are enthusiastic to learn more about Twitter and and the innovations. We’re focused on delivering solutions, and ROI for advertisers and there are a number of great successful partnerships we can share locally and globally.”

Keene added that the launch of First View was delivering “what advertisers want”. Namely reach and premium video spots.

20 SEO Influencers to Follow on Twitter

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Search engines help consumers find online merchants and one of the best places to learn and improve search engine optimisation skills is Twitter.

Here is a list of SEO feeds to follow on Twitter. These feeds offer an abundance of strategies, resources, news, and opinion on search. There are publications and agencies, creative content marketers, social media influencers, big data thinkers, and many entrepreneurs.

1. Google Analytics

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Get digital measurement news and strategies straight from the Google Analytics team. Learn how to make data-driven decisions.

2. Search Engine Land

Search Engine Land is an online publication that covers the search marketing industry. Its feed focuses on news, tips, and expert opinions on SEO, pay-per-click advertising, and search engines generally.

3. Moz

Moz is an inbound marketing site that offers search marketing tools and services. Its feed offers plenty of useful content on search.

4. Rand Fishkin

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Rand Fishkin is founder and CEO of Moz. He has co-authored multiple books on SEO and co-founded Inbound.org, an online forum for marketers. He writes 30 to 40 tweets per week about SEO, marketing, technology, and startups.

5. Danny Sullivan

Danny Sullivan is founding editor of Search Engine Land and Marketing Land. Sullivan also serves as chief content officer for Third Door Media, which produces the SMX Search Marketing Expo conference series.

6. Barry Schwartz

Barry Schwartz in the CEO of RustyBrick and founder of the Search Engine Roundtable, which has covered search for more than nine years. Schwartz is also news editor at Search Engine Land.

7. Aleyda Solis

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Aleyda Solis is a digital marketer focused on international SEO via her consultancy Orainti. She’s also a search marketing blogger and frequent speaker. She provides insights for “digital nomads” at her Remoters.net.

8. Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts is head of Google’s webspam team. He’s a good source for insights on the Google perspective, regarding SEO and everything else.

9. Julie Joyce

Julie Joyce is owner and director of operations at Link Fish Media. She’s a helpful resource for information on linking strategies and life in Greensboro, N.C.

10. Bill Slawski

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Bill Slawski is director of search at digital marketing agency Go Fish Digital, as well as founder of the SEO by the Sea blog. He’s one of the best resources to learn how search engines work.

11. Richard Baxter

Richard Baxter is founder and CEO of Builtvisible, an SEO agency in London that helps brands with search and data-driven creative content strategies. Baxter’s blog posts offer a good mix of the creative and the analytical.

12. Neil Patel

Neil Patel founded KISSmetrics, Crazy Egg, QuickSprout, and Hellobar. He’s a serial-influencer and general marketing expert. His stream is full of useful how-to posts on SEO and digital marketing.

13. Ralph Tegtmeier

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If you’re looking for a guru to follow, consider Ralph “Fantomaster” Tegtmeier for search. He’s the founder of logobotixX SEO, the mastermind behind a slew of search products, and a prolific author.

14. Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty is the creator of MyBlogGuest.com, community and brand manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas, and former editor-in-chief at Search Engine Journal. Smarty is an authority at leveraging social for SEO.

15. Jon Cooper

Jon Cooper runs Point Blank SEO, a link-building site to help companies build high quality, white hat links to move up in search rankings.

16. Brian Dean

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Brian Dean is the founder of Backlinko. He specializes in providing practical strategies to master the art of link building, user experience, and content promotion.

17. AJ Ghergich

A.J. Ghergich is the founder of Ghergich & Co. Yes, the “@SEO” handle is a legitimate reason to follow Ghergich, but he also delivers plenty of practical tips and useful search industry news.

18. Annie Cushing

Annie Cushing is founder of Annielytics. Her feed is a good source for news and ideas on data, particularly web analytics data. Her data enthusiasm is infectious.

19. Jill Kocher

Jill Kocher is senior SEO manager at Resource/Ammirati, and longtime contributing editor for Practical Ecommerce. Follow her for news and ideas on search, big data, and all things geeky.

20. Tadeusz Szewczyk

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“Tad Chef” writes the thought provoking SEO 2.0 blog and helps people with blogs, social media, and search. His Pinterest success alone qualifies him as an SEO trailer blazer.