There is so much to like about the SEO community.
As our Executive Editor Danny Goodwin puts it:

“SEO is such a giving community. We share strategies, tactics, tips, tools, data, and so much more on social media and at conferences – as well as in articles, research, and blog posts.”

The community is lucky to have industry thought leaders who contribute to the overall growth of the space by providing valuable insights derived from their own experiences.
Since 2013, several digital marketing celebrities have been awarded Search Personality of the year at the annual U.S. Search Awards – a competition that celebrates the very best in SEO, PPC, digital and content marketing in the U.S.
The Search Personality of the year award recipients include:
2013: Marty Weintraub
2014: Duane Forrester
2015: Larry Kim
2016: Eric Enge
2017: Melissa Fach
2018: Barry Schwartz
If we pitted the winners against each other, who should win as the personality of personalities?
We asked our Twitter community to find out.
Who Should Win as the Search Personality of Personalities?
Here are the results from this #SEJSurveySays poll question.
According to SEJ’s Twitter audience:
42 percent voted Barry Schwartz worthy to be the personality of personalities.
34 percent thought Larry Kim should win the title.
13 percent picked Eric Enge as the rightful winner.
11 percent believed Melissa Fach should be the personality of personalities.

NOTE: Past winners Marty Weintraub of Aimclear and Duane Forrester of Yext weren’t forgotten. Twitter only let us put up to four poll choices so we chose the four most recent winners.
One thing all these great personalities have in common?
Ties to Search Engine Journal.
Eric Enge, General Manager of Perficient Digital (and the founder and CEO of Stone Temple, which was acquired by Perficient in July 2018) wrote a chapter of our Complete SEO Guide: What to Do When Things Go Wrong in SEO.
Melissa Fach is the Social and Community Manager at Pubcon, the blog editor at SEMrush, and works as a consultant with a few select clients. She is also a former managing editor of SEJ from 2011-2013.
Larry Kim is the CEO of Mobile Monkey and founder of WordStream. Nearly 100 posts he wrote have been published on SEJ since 2010.
Barry Schwartz is the CEO of RustyBrick, the founder of the Search Engine Roundtable, and the News Editor at Search Engine Land. What people might not remember is that from 2005-2006 he was a news writer for SEJ.
While Schwartz may be the most recent winner of the U.S. Search Personality winner – and the winner of our poll pitting the four most recent winners against each other – it’s important to remember that everyone mentioned here is a winner.
They’re all awesome at what they do.
All six of these brilliant people have helped countless people in our industry over the years through speaking at conferences, writing for top blogs and publications, and sharing their knowledge and expertise with our community in other ways.
So, here’s a big THANK YOU to all six of you – Marty, Duane, Larry, Eric, Melissa, and Barry – from all of us at Search Engine Journal.
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Have Your Say
Who do you think deserves to be called the “Search Personality of Personalities?” Tag us on social media to let us know.
Be sure to have your say in the next survey – check out #SEJSurveySays on Twitter for future polls and data.
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