Top 15 Young SEO’s & Internet Marketers in Australia 2011!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 in Other Posts | 13 Comments

I have compiled a list of the top 15 young SEO’s and internet marketing professionals in Australia currently.

Criteria for the selection was the following:

– Be a current SEO in Australia.
– Be active at events in Australia.
– Have your own website or be a part of a popular website.
– Have a voice in the industry.
– Have more than 2 years experience.
– Be under 30.
– I also took into consideration entries from various people within the industry.

The list is in no particular order, It is randomised.

So here is the list for 2011 (Top 15 Young SEO’s & Internet Marketers in Australia):

1. Matt Burgess
Matt Burgess
Location: Brisbane
Company: Compare The Market

Matt is a popular SEO from Brisbane who works on Tourism Queensland and has worked at Wotif in the past, he is also a regular at industry events such as SMX.


2. William Chen
Location: Sydney
Company: China Key

William Chen is a popular SEO and Social Media professional from China Key, William is also a well known blogger and runs several different websites, I have met William at several industry events and he is a great guy to have a chat too about SEO and Social Media.


3. Matthew Forzan
matthew Forzan SEO
Location: Sydney
Company: Eweb Marketing

Matthew is the head of SEO at the well known SEO company e-web marketing, he has many years of experience in web dev and SEO, overall he is a easy guy to talk to and has a fantastic knowledge of SEO.


4. Andrew Glyntzos
Location: Sydney
Company: APG Web Studios

Andrew is another SEO from e-web marketing, Andrew is a funny guy who has experience in web dev and SEO you know Andrew is around when you hear him talking about the finer arts of SEO at meet ups and industry events.


5. Martin Reed
Martin Reed SEO
Location: Brisbane
Company: Dejan SEO

Martin is a SEO Strategist at Dejan, he has a blog about SEO and posts regularly on the Dejan Blog, I noticed the Dejan team recently sent Martin to Serbia on business so he is obviously an asset to the Dejan SEO team.


6. Phillip Ohren
Location: Sydney
Company: Mindshare

Phillip is an online strategist working at the popular agency Switched On Media, I have met Phill a few times and he is a really nice guy and has great insights to share about Digital Marketing, having worked in the UK now based in Australia.


7. Scott Shorter
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Location: Parth
Company: Private Consultant

Parth is an unknown region for me I do not know the region too well like I do the east coast, yet let me say one name comes to mind when Perth SEO’s factor in and that is Scott Shorter, He runs various websites and has worked at several agencys in Perth.


8. Evan Crestani
Location: Sydney

I have met Evan a few times at various industry events, Evan is some one who is not only an SEO yet he is also online business owner he runs various websites such as in the retail area, he also does consulting at a legal firm in SEO.


9. Liza Shulyayeva

Location: Perth (now based in Europe)
Company: Game Developer

Liza is a Perth based SEO with runs her own consulting business, she is also an active blogger and community member on websites such as SEOmoz and several other internet marketing websites. Liza specializes in SEO for small business.

10. Vahe Arabian
Location: Sydney
Company: SEO Consultant

Vahe is an SEO who works at Outrider, he has worked at various companies before this, he posts great insights on Linkedin and various other SEO related websites.


11. Jahn Sapanlay.
Location: Sydney
Company: MEC Global

Jahn Sapanlay is a SEO who works for MEC Global, having been new to SEO Jahn has shown a good amount of skill in the finer arts of link building for various clients. He also is fantastic working with Social Media and can utalize the power of social to benefit SEO.


12. Jason Mun

Location: Melbourne
Company: Bespoke SEO

Jason Mun is a Director at Bespoke in Melbourne, he has been recommended to me by several in the business world so he is a worthy addition to the list.


13. Tyler Campbell
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Location: Sydney (now based in the US)
Company: Rocket Internet

Tyler is an SEO from the USA who is now based in Australia, he has experience working in companies such as 360i in the US and now working with Rocket Internet and a start up in the eCommerce space called The Iconic.


14. Richard Greenwood

Location: Brisbane
Company: Law Firm

Richard Greenwood is a SEO manager at Flight Center and a regular poster on SEOmoz, he is well known in the Brisbane SEO scene.


15. Andrew Gloyns

Company: First Click Consulting

Andrew is a well known SEO from Melbourne who has worked in numerous companies in both Australia and the UK. He has a great personal blog and is also a regular poster on industry sites such as SEOmoz.


If you Missed the cut for this year, please post below why you feel you should be on the list, I will re do the list in 2012 =)

If you are on the list please post below =)

About The Blog Owner: James Norquay is a 26 year old Sydney based SEO who currently works for Prosperity Media a High Performance SEO and Inbound Marketing Agency based in Sydney, working via various business units in the group and on some of the largest clients in Australia. Prior to this he has worked at several other agency’s in Australia, consulted for US clients and managed numerous websites he owns. He is a regular contributor on some of the largest industry websites such as SEOmoz (where he is ranked in the to 20 worldwide), Search Engine Land, All Facebook, Inside Facebook & Many more.


  1. andrew
    November 10, 2011

    Nice way to build links to this page. Very creative James…’re a smart guy

  2. SEO, Social Media & Domains
    November 11, 2011

    Hi Andrew, thanks for the comment. It was not so much about links this post as I have linked to every ones site. It is more about showing some appreciation to up and coming young SEO’s and Internet Marketers in the Australian market, some one was talking to me on a US site saying he had not heard much from AU SEO’s so I wanted to prove that we in fact do have a lot of talent.

  3. Matt Burgess
    November 11, 2011

    Hey James,
    Dude, I’ve just come across this following a few linkedin requests saying “Congrats on being one of the top young SEOs in Australia!”… which left me a bit confused to say the least, until I found the post 😉
    Mate, all I can say is thank you. I’ve been much less active on the public scene as my day-job has taken more and more time, so it’s gratifying to say the least.

    By the way, just pointing out that I’m actually currently employed at Tourism Queensland (although we obviously work closely with Tourism Australia) 😛

  4. SEO, Social Media & Domains
    November 13, 2011

    Hi Matt, I have made the updates =)

    But yeah good to see every one on this post is getting some free marketing =)

  5. Evan Crestani
    November 13, 2011

    Hi James,

    Thanks for the addition to the list!

    Great Post 😉

  6. SEO, Social Media & Domains
    November 13, 2011

    No problem Evan, Tim G said you were a worth entry for your work on ranking for various high level hosting terms, I know that niche is not easy =)

  7. Liza
    November 14, 2011

    Hi James,

    Great list! (and not just because I’m in it :D). Some very interesting SEOs here that I didn’t know about. Thanks for the inclusion!

  8. George Phillip
    November 16, 2011

    Nice write up, maybe a top 30 would have been good. There are quite a few of us out here.

  9. SEO, Social Media & Domains
    November 16, 2011

    Hi George, thanks for the comment,

    I believe I read your name in Mumbrella a short while ago, something about the business hired 28 people hehe. But yes the list could have been top 30, to 100 ect. I just used my best knowledge on people who are going to local events, SMX, posting on industry sites, blogging, ect so it is not easy, had a few people on the line too.

    But funny thing I work down the road from Razor Fish, so you may see me around, that is if you are int he Sydney office.



  10. SEO, Social Media & Domains
    November 17, 2011

    Hi All,

    I have made some adjustments to the list, please not this was just a bit of fun. I did not expect some people to be so angry about it.

    If you want to be removed from the list please feel free to comment and I can do so, I have plenty of people keen to get on the list.

    Kind Regards,

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  12. Perry Bernard
    February 25, 2014

    Nice one, James. How did you come up with the list? Just curious as clearly some of the subjects didn’t know they were being included at the time.

    • SEO, Social Media & Domains
      February 26, 2014

      Hi Perry,

      this is a very old post from way back in 2011, the submissions came in via votes and also from my own analysis of the market. Sure the selection criteria could be more exact yet it was a good starting point.



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