TOP 10 SEO women to follow

February 25, 2016 - 2  min reading time - by Emma Labrador
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The SEO sphere can sometimes be seen as a men’s world. But there are also several talented SEO women out there. We have selected 10 female personalities that are thought leaders in the search marketing industry.
Our selection is based on their authority, their ability to have built a strong community, their publications and speakings during SEO conferences.

1# Aleyda Solis

Aleyda Solis SEO expert

SEO consultant and owner of Orainti, Aleyda is one of the most inspiring women in SEO. International speaker for all major SEO conferences, she has developed her expertise through the years. She is also a columnist for Search Engine Land and a blogger for Moz and State Of Digital.

2# Annie Cushing

Annie Cushing SEO Expert

Owner of the Annielytics blog, Annie makes data visualization and analytics more fun. She provides great analysis about the use of marketing tools and how to use data. Always sharing her knowledges and expertises through conferences, blogging, publications, she has become a serious reference when it comes to analytics and SEO.

3# Dawn Anderson

dawn anderson seo expert

Dawn is the Managing Director at Bertey and a technical SEO reference. Speaker, Search Awards judge, she is known for her research about machine learning and SEO.

4# Julie Joyce

Julie Joyce seo expert

Julie Joyce, known as the founder of Link Fish Media is evolving in the SEO sphere since 2002. She is a passionate SEO expert, one of the founder of SEO Chicks and with more than 14K followers, she has built a strong community. Current writer for Search Engine Land and Search Marketing Gurus, Julie shares in-depth articles.

5# Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty seo expert

SEO consultant and owner of the since 2009, Ann has quickly become a reference in the SEO industry by becoming a regular contributor to Search Engine Journal. Brand manager at NinjasMarketing, owner of SEO Smarty, she also achieved number 7 spot in the best 2010 Wikio SEO blog.

6# Judith Lewis

Judith Lewis seo expert

Founder and CEO for the Decabbit Consultancy, Judith has more than 15 years experience. Willing to change the perception of SEO, she is a really passionate, friendly and hardworking SEO influencer. She is also judging for the Search Awards and offers bespoke training and teaches two econsultancy courses

7# Jill Whalen 

Jill Walhen seo expert

Jill Whalen is a huge reference in her industry. Jill has been recognized as an innovator of search engine optimization. She started in the field of SEO in the 90’s and founded her company High Rankings in 1995. Her experience spans over many industries; helping them to increase their online reach, conversion rate and sales using search engine strategies.

8# Rhea Drysdale
Rhea Drysdale

SEO and link building specialist, Rhea is the owner of the digital marketing agency Outspoken Media. Dedicated and trying to be the best at what she does, Rhea has become a strong authority among other male and female partners in the SEO world.

9# Alexandra Tachalova

Alexandra Tachalova

Digital Marketing consultant, Alexandra is a well known and frequent speaker for international conferences such as BrightonSEO, SMX, SEMdays, and many others. She also has been in charge of advancing SEMrush’s brand presence in European markets. She is always keen to share her knowledges about SEO and digital marketing.

10# Lysa Paasche

Lisa Paasche


Founder and CEO of the award winning SEO agency the Verve Search, Lysa has over 10 years experience in SEO. Highly adaptable and hard worker, she has won several international awards and is taking part into leading SEO conferences.


Here was our top 10 of SEO female influencers you should follow in 2016. You are more than welcome to add your suggestions in the comments.

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Emma was the Head of Communication & Marketing at Oncrawl for over seven years. She contributed articles about SEO and search engine updates.