33 Link Building Experts and Tools to Follow on Twitter and Why

by Matthew Diehl on January 20, 2011

Lately I have been enamored with link building. The data, strategies and impact on SEO “speak to me” as I was raised in house of scientists. So to completely inundate myself with the best link building has to offer I created a Twitter list of some of the best and brightest link builders out there. Here is a round up of the first 33 on the list and why:

Garrett French & Ben Wills of Ontolo
They are the guys behind Ontolo who have created great free link building tools, a link prospecting service and written a solid link building ebook.

Debra Mastaler who blogs at LinkSpiel
Her blog speaks volumes as to why she is on the list, check out here latest post: Are You a Link Loud Mouth?

Wiep Knol
Consistently shares valuable link building resources and creates great posts on his site like Link Building with Content: Link Baiting vs. Guest Publishing

Julie Joyce and Jay Young of Link Fish Mieda
Both like to spread the knowledge about link building on Twitter. Julie is a contributing link building expert at Search Engine Land and has written great pieces like: How To Clean Up Your Link Profile

Cristoph Cemper of Link Research Tools
Christoph has created a lot of great video content on his site that not only speaks to what his Link Research Tools do but why those processes are important to link building.

Martini Buster
An veteran of the link building battlefield that you will find over at Webmaster World sharing his insights in posts like: Link Building in Theory – A Look at Unlinked Citations

Dixon Jones of MajesticSEO Tools
If you don’t know Majestic SEO Tools you have been livin’ under a rock. They have their own set of link data with a great set of link building tools to accompany it.

Darren Shaw of Whitespark
Darren, along with the Ontolo guys, brought us the Local Citation Finder Tool which turned the phone number citation link building theory into reality.

Ross Hudgens
Ross’s writings over at his Link Building blog have been fanominal lately.. You can easily kill a lot of time and learn a lot reading through them.

Eric Ward
One of many link builders on this list that don’t need an introduction or an explanation why you should be following them. It’s Eric Ward, need I say more?
(I will – check out the link building tool he helped create over at Adgooroo)

Melanie Nathan
An extremely knowledgable link builder who is actively sharing great stuff on Twitter. You can find some great posts from her at CanadianSEO.com & Search Engine People Blog.

Paddy Moogan
Paddy work at the Distilled UK offices and recently wrote a post on How to get Links and SEO Value From Your YOUTUBE Videos that if you read closely shares a brilliant method to link building.

Kelvin Newman
Just launched a great link building ebook called Clockwork Pirate that outlines tons of strategies you need to know to be successful at link building and the book is paid for with a single Tweet. So go get it.

Jim Boykin of We Build Pages
Jim brought We Build Pages to life back in ’99 and since then has been kickin’ ass in the link building world ever since.

Ken Lyons
A local (to me at least) SEO who has shared some great work over at the Wordstream blog including this Infographic Case Study that yielded not only a link from CNN but tons of traffic

Wil Reynolds
The founder of SEER Interactive, Wil is a great speaker and incredibly knowledgable when it comes to SEO. You can find his most recent insights in this Link Building Expert Interview.

Nichola Stott
The owner of theMediaFlow, Nichola blogs all over the place about SEO. You can find her latest link building insights over at Search Engine Watch in the article: How to Get Links from Journalists

Linkbuilder Team
The Twitter stream of Linkbuilder is just packed with tons of great posts from all over the web and highly focused on linking. An absolute must have in your stream.

Branko Rihtman
Known as Neyne in your stream, Branko recently put together this deck on black hat vs. white hat link building for SphinnCon Isreal.

Kieran Flanagan
Kieran, a.k.a. SearchBrat, dropped a bit of knowledge on how to beat the link builder’s block (like writer’s block but for link builders) check it out on the Ontolo blog: How to Avoid Link Builder’s Block with Chunking (and 6 Other Tools)

Tom Demers
Many of us know Tom from his work and posts at Wordstream. Tom recently put together a three part series called Quick and Dirty Link Building: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Adam Audette
Adam has been around search since ’96 and should be a familiar name to everyone in the SEO community. He recently put together a post called Quit Obsessing On Anchor Text Already that offers insights about links themselves that many people would have no clue about.

Aaron Wall
SEOBook.com and the 101 Ways to Build Links Fast – enough said.

Hugo Guzman
Hugo shares tons of great stuff on Twitter and his blog and recently wrote a great piece on reciprocal linking: Reciprocal linking is dead; long live reciprocal linking. You can also find him over at the Zeta Interactive blog writing pieces like Enterprise SEO Tip: Leverage media buys for link building

Rand Fishkin
Co-founder of SEOmoz that brought us Open Site Explorer a link popularity and back linking analysis tool that everyone should have in their arsenal .

Eric Enge
You won’t find Eric on Twitter too much but he has written great posts at both Search Engine Land and Search Engine Watch on link building. His most recent at Search Engine Watch was 6 Ways to Sculpt Your Site’s Link Equity

Don’t just take my word for it, these people are the tops when it comes to linking. Follow my link builders list and see for yourself.

Also, let me know if I have left anyone off that you find to be best of breed when it comes to link building. Just let me know in comments below. Thanks!

34th Addition
Tony Verre
Don’t know how I let this guy slip by on the first list. Tony, the Milwaukee SEO, knows his stuff when it comes to link building and recently wrote a great post on How To Perform a Competitive Link Analysis at Search News Central.

{ 12 comments… read them below or join the discussion }

Quentin Aisbett January 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Thanks heaps for the list Matt. Look forward to everyone’s tweets on link building and general SEO.

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Chuck Taft January 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Hello!

Thanks for the tips… I will used tips for my success and hope you have another one like this.

Thanks,
Chuck Taft

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Kieran Flanagan January 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

Thanks for the mention and such a great list !!

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Greg Shuey January 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

Thank you for this list Matt. I was already following a lot of these people on Twitter and their blogs, however, there were many that I wasn’t. I am stoked to get further insight from these smart people.

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matthewdiehl January 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Thanks Greg! These are the cream of the crop. The list keeps growing too, to stay up to date with everything all these link building pros have to offer you can follow the list I started on twitter at: http://twitter.com/matthewdiehl/linkers. It is up to 44 link builders now!

That is the list I start my mornings with to get the latest link building insights.

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Ryan @ Linkbuildr January 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Thanks Matt, it’s an honor to be mentioned! We do also write a ton and hopefully it’s found useful…but we would love to extend our blog to your guest writing efforts at anytime. Drop us a line and have a brilliant week :)

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Richard Stephenson January 31, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Brilliant! I am such a newbie in this arena of link building (and active participation / reciprocation for that matter). Thank you and I currently have 8 of the sites open as tonight’s virtual to-do list. :) Kudos!

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matthewdiehl February 1, 2011 at 11:10 am

I am glad you are finding the list helpful Richard! Everyone on the list continues to push great link building knowledge. Be sure to keep your eyes out for when they post on other industry sites like Search News Central, Search Engine Land, Search Engine Watch or Search Engine Journal.

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Hugo February 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

Thanks for mention, Matt, and keep up the great work!

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matthewdiehl February 11, 2011 at 10:37 am

No problem Hugo!

You have been churning out solid posts across the spectrum of online marketing and linking is just one of the areas that everyone should be listing & reading what you have to say.

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Jason Acidre July 2, 2011 at 4:34 am

Excellent list Matthew, found a few that I haven’t checked their tweets yet and some that haven’t been sensed by my “link prospecting” radar :)

(found this post through Tad’s link building resource mashup on cognitiveseo)

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Charlotte SEO January 5, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Great article, that is a lot of good information in one article. Link building is hard work so finding other options to find suitable back links is good information to have.

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