The Top 15 Internet Marketing Gurus Changing The World

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 15 individuals have dominated the digital marketing world and have helped me progress the most.

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Top 15 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, loves the hustle, and wants to own the New York Jets someday.

Author of big hits: Crush It! and Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook, and highly successful YouTube channel “The #AskGaryVee Show

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 and ClickFunnels – an elite sales funnel building software.

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.

Tune into his Podcast – Marketing In Your Car.

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


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 for young, male entrepreneur types.

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.

Marie Forleo

Blog – Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo is an entrepreneur, life coach, author and web television host who is a very popular influencer for females worldwide.

She’s been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, INC, 500 and the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Her main coaching program is known as B-School, an 8-week video-based training program that teaches online marketing strategies to business owners.

And she has a fast-growing YouTube channel, MarieTV, with other 357,000 subscribers.

Kim Garst

Blog – Kim Garst

Kim Garst is the co-founder and CEO of Boom! Social, a personal branding and social media business consulting firm.

She provides social media trainings for entrepreneurs and corporations (and has worked with top brands like Microsoft, IBM, and MasterCard).

Forbes named her as one of the Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers.

She also hosts an annual 2-day Boom! Social Conference, which features other top-notch entrepreneurs, leaders and internet marketers

Lewis Howes

Blog – Lewis Howes

Lewis Howes is an author, lifestyle entrepreneur, and former professional Arena League football player.

He was recognized by the White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30.

He hosts the School of Greatness, a talk show distributed as a podcast which focuses on business, leadership and personal development.

And he released his first hard cover book in 2015, titled The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide To Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy.

Who Is Your Favorite Internet Marketing Guru?

These are the 15 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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  • April 6, 2014

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peterzmijewski - September 4, 2014

Thankyou for shearing information very nice blog
Internet Marketing GURU

Tim - September 17, 2014

Thanks Peter,

I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

Anouk - March 5, 2015

No women in your list??

Avnish Gautam - May 1, 2015

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

Nerida - June 29, 2015

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

    Tim - July 4, 2015

    Hi Nerida,

    Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked the post!

    Rajan - November 7, 2015

    Hello I love to hear you about these internet marketing gurus. With this blog now I come to know some more names in my list. Thanks

kazi - September 8, 2015

Great post .

Suzi Nelson - September 10, 2015

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 - September 10, 2015

    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.

Brett Watts - October 17, 2015

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.

    Tim - October 19, 2015

    Thanks for adding some value Brett.

    I’ll definitely check out Bruce Clay.

Andrew Charles - November 3, 2015

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

Rebecca Wright - November 24, 2015

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

Parveen - January 22, 2016

Awesome List! These are great marketing gurus to follow!

Joe Frasca - February 18, 2016

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

Josh Paiva - June 15, 2016

Hey Tim,

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

Understanding Price Action - June 25, 2016

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.

ILYAS AFSPH - October 22, 2016

Thanks you very much

this info very important for me


Jim Katsandres - November 23, 2016

Great list Tim. If you do an article on internet marketing business coaches, I also like Jason and Jeremy at Internet Business Mastery ( who helped Pat Flynn (who is awesome) get going. They have a holistic approach to being successful on line.


Keyword Research Tools - January 24, 2017

Thank you tim for a great list, it will help me alot to get everything from single spot <3

Pierrette Masimango - February 6, 2017

These guys are great but what about the female internet marketing gurus? Seems weird that not one would make it into a top 12 list.

Jack Lederer - February 19, 2017

Surprised you didn’t include Rich Schefren. Any particular reason?

VideoPortal - April 2, 2017

Wow its amazing to see all the internet marketing gurus all together. I do follow some of them but mostly are new to me. I will surely read their blogs for more knowledge. Thanks for sharing about these personalities.

kasperh - April 10, 2017

you did important missing the best of the best of GURU “Rich Schren”.
He’s the no.1 Guru..

James Bada - April 18, 2017

Wow! Thank you for sharing this! I always look for what I call invisible counselor in different areas I needed to learn and improve. In this case, in Digital Marketing world. I can now start learning from them and choose who can best fit to become my future mentor!

Terry - May 4, 2017

Neil Patel
be my favorite

Ernest - June 11, 2017

I think Tai Lopez is one of the best internet marketer there is too.

    Tim - June 16, 2017

    100% agree with you Ernest. Tai is the man.

    I will definitely add him the next time I update this post.

    Thanks for contributing your feedback


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