Meet the experts

[ DE ]

Marcus Tandler

Mediadonis | Co-Founder and Managing Director at Ryte

Marcus loves SEO :-)

[ UK ]

Alex Schultz

Alex has been on the teams for user and self-serve advertiser growth at Facebook for the last 9 years. He runs online performance marketing at Facebook. He has a lot of experience on what it takes to grow a social service and will happily answer questions on that and the Facebook platform in general.

[ US ]

Robert Hansen

RSnake | OutsideIntel

Robert is one of the top whitehat cyber security experts in the world. He’s a keynote speaker at various conferences around the globe, like the New York Cyber Security Conference, and also briefed the US Department of Defense at the Pentagon.

[ NL ]

Joost de Valk

The Linking Dutchman | CEO of Yoast

Joost de Valk is a well-known specialist in the fields of SEO and web development, and often speaks on the topic. Currently, Joost is a freelance consultant in SEO, web development and online marketing strategy, working for clients such as eBay, RTL, Salesforce and the European Patent Office. Joost has built many a plugin for WordPress (over 4,5 million downloads) and Firefox.

[ US ]

Joe Sinkwitz


Joe is a pretty good damn SEO :-)

[ UK ]

Dave Naylor

CEO at Bronco

David Naylor, started working in the SEO industry over 15 years ago with three major corporations releasing their database driven data, creating internal link structures and improving usability. David’s main motivational driving force is the belief that there is no point having a site if it doesn’t rank No 1. His dedication to giving clients great ROI has led to the constant development of new optimisation techniques and the ability to see algorithmic changes before most other SEO’s. David Naylor has the reputation of being one of the best SEO’s in the world, who has a proven track record of successes in the most competitive markets.

[ US ]

Bob Rains

Brains | SEO Nerd at CBS Interactive

With a history of creating and implementing innovative, ROI-enhancing Internet strategies, Bob Rains is known internationally as one of online marketing’s most accomplished experts. He brings to the SEOktoberfest family almost a decade of online success, having previously served as an affiliate and in high-profile leadership roles for Betfair,, PUMA, and many other top-tier organizations.

[ NL ]

Fili Wiese

Search Brothers

Until recently Fili was a senior support engineer at Google, identifying and tackling web spam and click spam related issues for almost 7 years.

Third Door Media
[ US ]

Michelle Robbins

SVP Content & Marketing Technology at Third Door Media

Michelle is the Editor in Chief for Third Door Media's digital publications, Search Engine Land, MarTech Today and Marketing Land, directing a full-time staff of reporters and editors managing contributed content. She is responsible for developing the content strategy across all properties and aligning those initiatives with the programming and audience goals for Third Door Media's two leading marketing conference series, Search Marketing Expo and The MarTech Conference. In addition, Michelle oversees information technology operations including user experience, mobile strategy, analytics, data management and maintenance of all internal and third-party marketing technology systems utilized by the various business divisions.

[ CA ]

Duane Forrester

Vice President of Industry Insights at Yext

Before joining Yext in 2017, Duane Forrester was Vice President of organic optimization at Bruce Clay. Previously, he was a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft, running their internal SEO program and running the public outreach side of the Webmaster program. He was an inhouse SEM running the SEO program for MSN in the US & Americas. He's also the founding co-chair of SEMPO's In-House SEM Committee, was formerly on the Board of Directors for SEMPO and is the author of two books: How To Make Money With Your Blog & Turn Clicks Into Customers.

[ US ]

William Sears

Group Product Manager, Growth at LinkedIn

William leads SEO on the Growth team at LinkedIn. In addition to SEO, he uses other digital marketing channels including social media, content marketing, and app store optimization. He spent the prior six years leading a cross-functional digital marketing team at the Walt Disney Company for Disney Interactive's portfolio of websites and games, and ESPN's website.

[ NL ]

Dennis Goedegebuure

Vice President Growth & SEO at Fanatics, Inc.

Prior to Fanatics, Airbnb & Geeknet Dennis has been with eBay for 9+ years in various roles in the Internet Marketing team. Dennis started his eBay career in The Netherlands office working for both eBay and Marktplaats, which is the local classifieds site. After 3.5 years he transferred over to the US San Jose office, to take on a global coordination role in Internet Marketing, with the emphasis on SEO. In this role he not only worked for the eBay websites, but also consulted for Paypal, Skype,, StumbleUpon & the classifieds portfolio.

From 2008 until 2011 Dennis has been responsible for all SEO for the 22 global eBay marketplaces sites.

[ DE ]

Marcus Tober

CTO at Searchmetrics

Marcus Tober studied computer science in Berlin and started his career by developing the known SEO platform This passion to every kind of search engine data led to the founding of Searchmetrics in 2007. Today Searchmetrics is a global leader in Search Analytics solutions with more than 100 employees and offices in Berlin, San Mateo, New York, London and Paris. Searchmetrics delivers the knowledge and the software to successfully increase companies organic and social search traffic. Customers like Siemens, eBay, Verizon, T-Mobile, Symantec and Lufthansa trust Searchmetrics.

[ ES ]

Aleyda Solis


Aleyda Solis is a technical search marketer. She's specialized in International, Mobile and Technical SEO and has wide experience in International and multi-language SEO projects. Aleyda leads the International SEO division at SEER Interactive, is an SEOmoz Associate and State of Search blogger.

KBJ Capital
[ US ]

Kristopher B. Jones

KBJ Capital

Kristopher B. Jones is an internet marketing veteran and best-selling author with over 12 years of internet experience. Kris is the former President and CEO of Pepperjam, a full-service internet marketing agency and affiliate network he founded in 1999 and sold to GSI Commerce in 2009, which was later acquired by eBay in 2011. Kristopher is the author of the best-selling book: Search-Engine Optimization: Your Visual Blueprint to Effective Internet Marketing which was the top selling book of 2008 and 2009 on search marketing.

[ AU ]

Dan Petrovic

Managing Director at Dejan SEO

Dan Petrovic is a well-known Australian SEO and a managing director of Dejan SEO. He has published numerous research articles in the field of search engine optimisation and online marketing. Dan is a Griffith University graduate (Bachelor of Multimedia) who keeps in touch with his academic side by continuing to research, test and publish his findings in some of the most reputable SEO groups and communities around the world. Outside his day job Dan’s interests are primarily in the field of science, education, research, technology and futurism.

[ US ]

Cindy Krum

CEO & Founder of MobileMoxie

Cindy Krum is a highly sought after conference speaker, presenting and training in-house teams throughout the US and around the world. She also serves as faculty at Rutgers University, teaching mobile marketing in a Digital Mini-MBA program, and soon, a dedicated semester-long mobile marketing course. Cindy’s book, "Mobile marketing: Finding your customers no matter where they are", by Que Publishing is a top-rated mobile marketing book available in most book stores and on It is also used as core curriculum and required reading in university-level classes across the United States.

[ US ]

Marty Weintraub

Founder & Evangelist of aimClear®

Marty is a 5X Inc.500/5000 entrepreneur, author, speaker, musician, EU Search Awards judge & 2013 US Search Personality of the Year. He founded Aimclear®, a fanatical marketing agency redefining audience targeting, distribution, customer acquisition, PR mashups and classic creative values. Career credits include eBay, Airbnb, Dell, LInkedIn, Eurail, Firestone, Amazon, Martha Stewart, Omni, Intel, Travelocity, Macy’s, GoDaddy, 3M, Siemens, The Washington Post and numerous others. A fixture on the international conference circuit, Marty has appeared at hundreds — and has keynoted dozens — of international search & social marketing conferences.

Lisa Myers
[ UK ]

Lisa Myers

CEO at Verve Search

Lisa Myers is the founder and CEO of multi award winning SEO agency Verve Search. She has been working in Marketing since 2001 and got “bit” by the “SEO” bug in 2005, when she was tasked with setting up the Search department at a Integrated Marketing Agency. In 2009 she decided to start her own agency and Verve Search was born. Lisa is a prolific part of the SEO community worldwide and contributes regularly to publications on and offline as well as best practice guides and round tables. She is the founder of Women in Search, and Non-Executive of

SEJ search engine journal
[ US ]

Brent Csutoras

Managing Partner at Search Engine Journal

Brent is Founder & CEO of Pixel Road Designs, a well respected marketing design firm, and Managing Partner at Search Engine Journal. Brent has over 10 years experience in Social Media Marketing and is an avid Futurist, focusing on the implications of future technology on society and societal growth.

[ US ]

Michael King

Founder at iPullRank

An artist, hiphop musician and a technologist, all rolled into one, Michael King recently founded boutique digital marketing agency, iPullRank. Mike consults with companies all over the world, including brands ranging from SAP, American Express, HSBC, SanDisk, General Mills, and FTD, to a laundry list of promising startups and small businesses. Mike has held previous roles as Marketing Director, Developer, and tactical SEO at multi-national agencies such as Publicis Modem and Razorfish.

[ UK ]

Tom Anthony

Head of R&D at Distilled

Tom's background is a mix of both web development and an academic background in Artificial Intelligence. After 3 years in the consulting team at Distilled, in March 2014 Tom established Distilled's R&D department, which focuses on a variety of areas, including spending time looking at technology trends and trying to forecast the impact they'll have on SEO and Digital Marketing.

Publicis Media
[ AT ]

Curt Simon Harlinghausen

Business Transformation Lead EMEA at Publicis Media

Since 1996 Simon is leading and developing online projects and he works as a strategist, transformer and challenger in the fields of digitalization and automatization of processes, robotics, social media, SEO and digital marketing. His 12 companies service international clients like METRO, Siemens, Vodafone, AOK, L’ORÉAL, Payback, Lufthansa, Ferrero and many more.

Simon is a international lecturer at several universities, chairman for the startup initiative of the german association for digital economics, founder and entrepreneur.

[ UK ]

Jono Alderson

Principal Consultant at Distilled

Digital Strategist. Marketing Technologist. Full stack developer. Hardcore Technical SEO. Analytics Guy. WordPress Expert.

[ US ]

Carolyn Shelby

Director SEO / SEM at Tribune Co. (Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times)

Since late 1994, Carolyn been professionally designing/building websites and helping businesses of all sizes integrate their offline and online marketing efforts. She specializes in organic search engine optimization, content marketing, and helping businesses rebuild under-performing (or just ancient) websites while preserving existing inbound links and search engine rankings.

[ DE ]

Bastian Grimm

VP Organic Search at Peak Ace

Bastian Grimm is Vice President Organic Search at Peak Ace – a full-service performance marketing agency based in Berlin, Germany - where he heads the SEO department as the VP of Search. Prior to running his own companies, Bastian set up and trained in-house SEO teams for brands like Fox Mobile Group and oversaw their SEO activities in 25+ countries and for 100+ websites.

[ RU ]

Grigory Bakunov

Director of Technologies at Yandex

Grigory Bakunov, a coding fiend always keen to feel every new technology with his own hands, is someone who has been behind Yandex’s core technologies since 2005. Grigory is Director of Technologies at Yandex, responsible for all experimental R&D that may or may not be implemented in the company’s future products. Grigory is married to his iGadgets and his motorbike. And rarely sees his beard trimmer. He is the founder and anchorman at Radio-T (, a Russian-language podcast for geeks with 500,000 weekly listeners.

Trade Machines
[ DE ]

Philipp Klöckner

InHouse SEO at Trade Machines

Philipp has been inhouse SEO and product manager at Idealo - the market leading price comparison business in Europe - for more than 6 years. Since 2011 he focusses on management consulting for startup companies and ecommerce ventures to share his experience in online marketing, organic search and business intelligence. Among his partners you’ll find ambitious search startups like Wimdu and ShopAlike as well as Europe’s biggest publishing house Axel Springer or the Samwer Brothers' mega-incubator Rocket Internet.

Heddle Marketing
[ US ]

Tim Mayer

CMO at Heddle Marketing

Tim has over 15 years of search experience with previous roles as Vice President of Web Search Products at Overture, General Manager and VP of the Web Search Division at FAST Search & Transfer/ and Director of Product Management at Inktomi. Tim also held a variety of senior leadership roles at Yahoo during a seven year tenure. Tim’s most recent role at Yahoo (2010) was leading a cross company initiative at Yahoo in which he grew search query volume by 210 basis points following thirteen consecutive months of query share decline by Yahoo Search. In 2013 Tim became the Chief Marketing Officer of TruEffect.

[ SCO ]

Derek Devlin

Derek ist a very skilled Growth Hacker

[ AU ]

Frank Watson

CEO at Kangamurra Media

Frank is a true Online Marketing Legend

[ US ]

Emily Grossman

Director of App Strategy at MobileMoxie

Emily Grossman is a Director of App Strategy at MobileMoxie, and has been working with mobile apps since the early days of the app stores. She specializes in app search marketing, with a focus on strategic deep linking, app indexing, app launch strategy, and app store optimization (also known as ASO).