Top 50 Online Marketing Influencers Of 2014

Posted: Jul 11 2014, 5:21am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 11 2014, 5:26am CDT, in Advertising News


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Top 50 Online Marketing Influencers Of 2014

It’s getting more and more difficult to know which sources to trust online. I think this helps explain why lists like this one are consistently some of the most read and shared: people want (no, need) to know that the content they’re reading is reliable and trustworthy.

When it comes to determining the ‘top 50’ (or 75, or 100) of anything, there are any number of variables that can come into play. Some of the ones I considered for this list included:

  • Usefulness and reliability of blog and social media posts
  • Advanced knowledge in one or more areas of online marketing
  • Size of audience
  • Level of engagement on their blog or social media
  • Ability to create and sustain a sense of community with their audience
  • Awards received
  • Books written

I’m absolutely certain I’ve left some amazingly successful online marketers off this list; if I’ve forgotten you or someone you know, please leave a comment at the end of this post!

Following are the top 50 online marketing influencers of 2014 (as I see it).

1. Neil Patel: Web analytics and conversion expert, and founder of Crazy Egg, Kissmetrics and Quick Sprout.

2. Matt Cutts: Matt doesn’t normally make it onto these lists, but there’s no doubt he’s near the top in terms of online influence. Star of Google’s Webmaster videos and current head of Google’s Webspam team.

3. John Rampton: President at Adogy, Editor at Large of Search Engine Journal, and frequent contributor to, and Huffington Post.

4. Tim Ferris: Productivity expert and author of the must-read 4 Hour Work Week.

5. Rand Fishkin: Founder of (formerly SEOMoz), speaker, and expert on SEO, marketing and entrepreneurship.

6. Danny Sullivan: SEO expert and founding editor of Search Engine Land.

7. Larry Kim: PPC and SEO expert, and founder and CTO of WordStream, an industry leader in keyword research and PPC tools.

8. Seth Godin: Author of many bestselling marketing books including Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers. Founder of and inductee into the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame.

9. Drew Hendricks: Social media strategist and freelance writer (as seen on Huffington Post,, and

10. Sean Gardner: Ranked as #1 on Forbes’ Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers in 2013, Sean Gardner is a social media consultant and regular contributor to Huffington Post and Social Media Week.

11. Aaron Wall: Founder of SEO Book and its corresponding SEO training program.

12. Jeff Bullas: Online marketing blogger, author of Blogging the Smart Way – How to Create and Market a Killer Blog with Social Media, and #8 on Forbes’ World’s Top 40 Social Marketing Talent.

13. Mari Smith: Facebook marketing expert and author of The New Relationship Marketing.

14. Chris Brogan: New York Times bestselling author, business strategist and online marketing expert. According to his bio, his consulting is “business strategy meets powerful personal development.”

15. Gary Vaynerchuck: Author of Crush It!, professional storyteller and CEO of VaynerMedia, a social media brand consulting agency.

16. John Boitnott: A journalist and digital consultant, Boitnott has worked at TV, newspapers, radio and internet companies in California for 20 years. He has written for NBC, Entrepreneur, USAToday and Venturebeat, among others. He now invests in startups and works primarily with tech entrepreneurs to scale their businesses.

17. Aaron Lee: Founder of Ask Aaron Lee and #5 on Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers 2013. Perhaps best known for his strong presence on Twitter.

18. Sandi Krakowski: Facebook marketing expert and one of Forbes’ 20 Women Social Media Influencers.

19. Heidi Cohen: Marketing expert who focuses on providing practical, actionable online marketing advice for business owners. On Social Media Examiner’s list of Top 10 Social Media Blogs.

20. Jay Baer: Author of NY Times bestselling book Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help, Not Hype, speaker, marketing coach, and founder of digital marketing consulting agency and blog, Convince & Convert.

21. Amy Porterfield: Social Media strategist, co-author of Facebook for Dummies and creator of the FBInfluence 2.0 training program.

22. Danny Brown: Co-author of Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing. Voted one of Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 Social Media Blogs in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

23. Lewis Howes: Podcaster and blogger at, named one of Details magazine’s 5 Internet Gurus Who Can Make You Rich.

24. Andrea Vahl: Co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies, former community manger at Social Media Examiner and social media speaker and strategist.

25. Darren Rowse: Blogging and copywriting expert at

26. Jon Loomer: Advanced Facebook marketing expert and founder of Jon Loomer Digital.

27. Brian Clark: Founder of CopyBlogger, the web’s premier source of content marketing and copywriting info, and host of New Rainmaker, a weekly marketing audio broadcast.

28. Kim Garst: Expert on leveraging social media for business. Owner of Boom Social, and one of Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers.

29. Brian Solis: Digital analyst and author of What’s the Future for Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences.

30. David Airey: Author and graphic designer who blogs about visual identity, marketing and branding.

31. Kristi Hines: Prolific freelance digital marketing writer and founder of Kikolani, a blog about blog marketing.

32. Chris Ducker: ‘New business’ marketing strategist and blogger, podcaster and author of Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive and Build Your Dream Business.

33. Derek Halpern: Founder of Social Triggers, a blog, podcast and online TV series dedicated to the art of online persuasion.

34. Bryan Eisenberg: Authority on online conversion and persona marketing, and author of Call to Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results.

35. Matthew Barby: Digital marketing consultant, popular columnist and lecturer at the Digital Marketing Institute.

36. Sam McRoberts: SEO auditing specialist, social media consultant, guest lecturer, and owner of VUDU Marketing.

37. Ryan Deiss: Email marketing superhero and founder of Digital Marketer.

38. Michael Hyatt: Author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World and voted one of Forbes’ Top 10 Marketing Experts to Follow in 2014.

39. Yaro Starak: Founder of Entrepreneurs-Journey, a blog that focuses on earning a full-time income through blogging.

40. Pam Moore: Lovingly referred to as Pam Moore, The Marketing Nut, Moore is a specialist in conversion optimization, social branding and is a Forbes Top 5 Women In Social Media Influencer.

41. Murray Newlands: Internet marketing expert, prolific blogger, advisor, teacher, and author. Columnist at Search Engine Journal,, and more.

42. Ann Handley: Chief Content Officer at MarketingProfs, regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine and co-author of Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blog Posts, Podcasts, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business.

43. James Schramko: Offers expert advice on how to start and grow an online business on his blog SuperFastBusiness.

44. Matthew Woodward: Blogs about SEO and affiliate marketing; ranked as one of Technorati’s top 100 Business Blogs.

45. Pat Flynn: Affiliate marketer extraordinaire who is known for his regular online earnings reports; blogger and podcaster at Smart Passive Income.

46. Yanik Silver: Serial entrepreneur and founder of multiple 7-figure businesses, Yanik’s story is the classic ‘rags to riches’ tale.

47. John Lee Dumas: Podcasting guru at Podcasters’ Paradise and host of Entrepreneur on Fire, daily interviews with inspiring entrepreneurs.

48. Frank Kern: Internet marketing expert best known for his enormously successful subscription-based marketing strategies.

49. Pam Dyer: Expert on using social media to increase sales and improve branding. On Forbes’ list of Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers.

50. Howard Jacobson: founder of Ask Howie, co-founder of Vitruvian Marketing and co-author of Google AdWords for Dummies.

If you’re looking for help with your online marketing strategy, refer to these experts. If you’re interested in my advice, grab my eBook, “The Definitive Guide to Marketing Your Business Online.”

Who would you add to this list? Leave a comment below!

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