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The Top 12 Internet Marketing Gurus Changing The World

April 6, 2014 19 Comments

Who are the top Internet Marketing Gurus that are putting out the best content and changing the industry?

It’s tough to discern the mediocre from the best, but there are a handful who stand out.

I’m sure I’ve left some top-notch players off the list, but in my opinion these 12 guys have dominated the digital marketing world and have helped me progress the most.

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Top 12 Internet Marketing Gurus

Frank Kernfrank-kern

Blog – FrankKern

Arguably the best direct response and internet marketer out there.

Frank Kern is a legend to the internet marketing industry. His laid back style and unfiltered personality makes him a huge hit.

He was a broke door-to-door salesman who never finished college and lived in a single trailer.

After failing online for some time, he did keyword research and discovered a market of people wanting to teach their parrot how to talk.

So he hired a freelancer to write a book called, “Teach your parrot to talk,” and it became a HUGE success.

After that he never looked back and has done as high as $18 million dollars on a product launch.

Gary Vaynerchuckgary-vaynerchuck

Blog – GaryVaynerchuck

His start as an entrepreneur began at a young age when he setup lemonade stands around his neighborhood.

He would ride his bike and collect money from all the stands at the end of the day.

Then he moved onto selling baseball cards.

Eventually, he turned his Dad’s family liquor business into a multi-million dollar empire — Wine Library.

He’s high energy and loves the hustle.

Author of big hits: Crush It! and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook.

Ryan Deiss


Blog – DigitalMarketer

Pronounced “dice”… Ryan is the founder and CEO of Digital Marketer, speaker, and consultant.

After graduating college, he only lasted 6 months at his first job before quitting and going all-in with his online business.

Now he serves thousands of products and services to thousands of customers in different markets and countries.

Russell Brunsonrussell-brunson

Blog – DotComSecrets

Russell is an internet multi-millionaire and leader of DotComSecrets.

He started his own business when he was still a student at Boise State University.

One of his first products was a DVD teaching people how to build a potato gun.

He took the skills he learned marketing that product and has transformed himself into an internet marketing guru.

Today, he teaches tens of thousands of people all over the world on how to start, build, and market their business online.

Darren Rowsedarren-rowse

Blog – ProBlogger

Darren stumbled into blogging in 2002 and became hooked on expressing his thoughts, beliefs, and ideas on different subjects.

After working 3 jobs and blogging part-time as a hobby, he “accidentally” started a Digital Photography blog and discovered AdSense and the Amazon affiliate program.

At one point, he created as many as 20 blogs focusing in different niches and was able to go full-time in 2005.

Now he’s a go-to authority in the world of blogging at

Pat Flynnpat-flynn

Blog – SmartPassiveIncome

Pat Flynn’s story is one of the greatest in the industry

Once upon a time, he worked a 9-5 job at an architecture firm and loved the work he did.

He started studying for an advanced degree, but was bored making notes and flashcards, so he decided to use a blog instead.

However, the economic crash in 2008 forced his company to let him go, so he had no job, a family to provide for, and a blog of architecture notes that didn’t seem relevant anymore.

Or was it…

He found out his blog was getting crazy amounts of traffic from other architectures who were studying for the same exam.

Long story short, he organized his notes, created a product from it, and sold it on his blog.

He made a killing.

Now he has a podcast, creates niche sites, and teaches others how to do the same.

Neil PatelNeil-Patel

Blog – Quicksprout

Neil blogs at and is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics.

Neil was a first generation Indian in America and saw entrepreneurship all around him growing up.

His uncles and mom ran their own businesses and that rubbed off on him.

He tried many things growing up — selling burned CDs, reselling automotive parts, and even going door-to-door selling Kirby vacuums.

Eventually he got into internet marketing and creating software that tracked and analyzed data for businesses.

He is now working on growing KISSmetrics into a billion dollar company.

His biggest words of wisdom, “You don’t have to be rich to be happy. You just need to love what you do.”

Rand FishkinRand-Fishkin

Blog – Moz

Ever heard of Moz? Yes, well it’s time to meet the owner of this awesome blog.

Rand reigns over the search engine optimization world.

He started by lurking on the major SEO forums, and now he’s an addict of search and social on the web.

Moz initially started in 2002, and after a decade it has turned wildly successful.

Seth Godinseth-godin

Blog – Seth Godin

Seth is quite an authoritative figure in the online marketing world.

He is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker.

He stresses over the need of having an honest marketer and consumer relationship in order to possess an effective marketing style.

He is the author of 16 popular books including Purple Cow and All Marketers Are Liars.

Mark Hoversonmark-hoverson

Website – Lifestyle Design Network

Name almost any authority figure in the internet or network marketing industry, Mark Hoverson has probably worked with them.

From broke, qualifying for welfare, and having neighbors buy his family groceries, to earning over $10,000,000 (yes, million) in 5 years.

He is a master at direct response marketing and founder of many entrepreneurial movements, such as the Invisible Empire and LIMITLESS, a culture designed to build up young entrepreneurs.

Matt Lloydmatt-lloyd

Blog – AskMattLloyd

Matt built his own startup company, MOBE, out of his bedroom in Perth, Australia which has gone on to do over $50 million in revenue and has over 100 staff employed around the world.

He made his first million online at the age of 25 and is now an 8-figure earner who runs the most premier home business company in the online marketing space.

On his blog, he answers daily questions from internet marketers on how to start, run, and grow an online business.

Eben Paganeben-pagan

Blog – Eben Pagan

Eben is an American entrepreneur, author, and speaker, best known for teaching dating advice under the stage name — David DeAngelo.

He’s widely known for his brand Double Your Dating, but he has started 10 successful businesses from scratch.

He teaches personal productivity, business strategy, marketing techniques, money psychology and wealth creation on his website.

Who Is Your Favorite Internet Marketing Guru?

These are the 12 internet marketing gurus that I have studied and followed the most.

Who is your favorite (even if they aren’t on the list).

Leave a comment below!

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  1. Thankyou for shearing information very nice blog
    Internet Marketing GURU

  2. Tim Alwell says:

    Thanks Peter,

    I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  3. Anouk says:

    No women in your list??

  4. I am great fan of Neil patel, his internet marketing tips are unique and very effective also.

  5. Nerida says:

    Thanks Tim. Love seeing people succeed, Of your list Pat Flynn has been on my radar for a while and you of course. Hope it’s a great day

  6. Suzi Nelson says:

    Hi Tim!

    I’m the community manager over at Digital Marketer – just wanted to thank you for Ryan’s shout-out! If anyone is interested in learning more on what we’re all about here at DM, here is a great place to start –>

    Thanks again Tim, Ryan and the rest of the Digital Marketer team really appreciate you 🙂

    – Suzi

    • Tim Alwell says:

      Hey Suzi,

      Thanks for stopping by! Ryan and the Digital Marketer team earned their spot on this list — I love the content and value you all bring to the marketplace.

      Thanks for leading by example.

  7. Brett Watts says:

    You forgot one of the most influential Internet marketing and SEO legends, BRUCE CLAY! He wrote the book on Internet marketing and SEO. I’m pretty sure everyone you referenced was directly or indirectly influenced by him.

  8. Ed Dale and Steve Clayton deserve to be up there amongst these names.

  9. Wow internet marketing is very much important.Thank you for this informative article.

  10. Parveen says:

    Awesome List! These are great marketing gurus to follow!

  11. Joe Frasca says:

    My 2 picks would be Vick Strizheus of High Traffic Academy and Kyle and Carson of Wealthy Affiliate.

  12. Josh Paiva says:

    Hey Tim,

    Wow great list. Always a good thing to come by a new resource! Enjoy the rest of your week

  13. This is a good list, I do feel there are more missing, although these are the top 12… thanks for sharing…

    what ever happened to jay kubassek , I am sure there are others.

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