The Top 5 Internet Marketers To Look Out for In 2011

The following is my list for the top five social media and Internet marketers to look out for in 2011. These people have all made their mark in 2010 and I am expecting big things to come from them this year. If you have not heard of them, you should look them up now because they will become household names among Internet markets.

Oliver Roup – Co-Founder and CEO of VigLink

Dynamic CEO Oliver Roup runs Viglink, which enables bloggers and forum owners to monetize their content by installing simple javascript which then makes every out click an affiliate click. Oliver raised millions from Google Ventures and First Round Capital, setup Viglink and bought their biggest competitor all in 2010.  With his tech background and skill at attracting investors, he’s the top of the list to watch.  He’s taking the affiliate market by storm and I expect great things in 2011.

Deborah Carney Founder of Team Loxly

Deborah Carney’s Team Loxly is the best Outsourced Program Manager (OPM) company in the industry.  She’s come a long way from her days as a photographer at cat shows to become a rock star in the marketing world.  In 2010 she launched ABCs Plus, a highly successful affiliate forum. Rumor has it that in 2011 she will be running the Affiliate Summit forums.  This will be the dominant forum in the affiliate marketing industry, the only question is when  – not if – it will overtake wickedfire. To know Deborah Carney is to know the future of affiliate forums.

Murray Newlands, CEO of Affiliate Heat and Co-founder of Influence People

Author, speaker and international event organizer Murray Newlands was in demand around the globe in 2010 speaking at events and running his own. His team ran social media marketing events in London, Paris, Miami, Boston, New York and Miami. He founded the London Blog Club and the San Francisco Blog Club, both of which have over 100 monthly attendees. Kicking off the year in Las Vegas, Murray told me that he will be running truly global events in 2011.  Anyone who puts together the strategy, relationships and logistics the way Murray does is going to be an important person in the industry.

Charles Calabrese of Performance Horizon

Charlie was Operations Manager at and the driving force behind the company in the USA. He is now working with some revolutionary technology at Performance Horizon. They’ve attracted great venture capital support and it looks like that’s just the beginning.  Their cutting-edge technology and unrivalled experience deliver market-leading performance marketing solutions. 

Brian Solis principal of FutureWorks

Brian Solis gave a great talk at Affiliate Summit New York in 2009 about the Conversation Prism.  He moved up to keynote speaker at Affiliate Summit Las Vegas in January 2011 so I looks like his profile will just grow and grow.  You have to know about Brian Solis, if for no other reason that you’re not embarrassed that you don’t know about him when someone else asks.

57 thoughts on “The Top 5 Internet Marketers To Look Out for In 2011”

  1. Brian P says:

    Will keep a look out for these people!

    1. Rahul says:

      It’s so happy to see people succeed. I hope that someday I’m one of them.

      1. d3so says:

        John forgot to add me to the list 😉

        1. dotCOMreport says:

          Your @d3so, don’t take it personal. It’s the problem of the tree that falls without anyone to hear it fall…

          1. John …

            Have an idea of your posting –

            Why don’t you add one post every week about the people who inspired you.

            Though this post will be time taking compare to your other post but believe me in coming years these post can be your most viewed posts.

          2. Kirk Taylor says:

            That’s a great idea. I always enjoy connecting with mentors of those that inspire me.

          3. PPC Ian says:

            Great post, I had not heard of several people on the list, I will definitely keep an eye out for them!

          4. Hey PPC Ian,

            I have barely heard of or seen the names of only two people in this post.

            John is usually up to date so having our eyes open for these may be a good idea.

          5. And I think this year will be under their guidance to our successful blogging access.

          6. As good as they may be I wouldn’t go that far.

            It’s mainly what we do ourselves that is important.

            A guidance is often overated.

    1. GOD ??

      Would love to know how you will describe GOD in your own words.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        I agree. Maybe John Chow or Shoemoney, but Brian Solis?

        1. None of them is a “god” even with a small g.

          Anybody who thinks that never met the people they call this way.

          It’s a fanaticism and being naive at least if not being delusional.

  2. Wonderful to see good people doing good things..hope I can make it next time.. I will check them out..

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

    1. I think you should also add …

      “Black Seo Guy “Signing In”

      Lollzzz … just kidding my friend.

  3. W3times says:

    Definitely guys……

  4. Donny Gamble says:

    I see Brian popping up on everyones list for something. I definitely think that 2011 will be a very good year for him.

    1. Yeah just going through his blog ( ) few of his posts are quite well.

  5. Kristi says:

    Great bunch of people (and marketers)! I met Murray at Blog World – cool guy! Deborah I’ve chatted with online a good bit, and I saw Brian Solis speak at Blog World. 🙂

    1. @Kristi surprised you weren’t on there 🙂

      1. Kristi knows ast least 3 of these people. That means that they are really good. If John and Kristi like them that’s a big endorsement.

  6. Yeah Brian Solis is a good guy, I’m happy to see him succeeding, and I hope he continues to rise in the world of IM.

  7. Thanks for sharing,

    we have to learn from those people !

    1. Yeah and there services will also be very helpful in successful blogging activity in the great new Year.

  8. Huge congrats to Charlie, Deb, & Murray – some of my favorite affiliate marketing people!

  9. Clay Burt says:

    I’ve only heard of a couple of these, but I’m very new to IM. More on the domaining side currently, but trying to blend the two. Nice info though as I took a look at their links I can see why they made the list. Will be spending some time browsing tonight I guess!

  10. Mathew Day says:

    Great list. Looking forward to hearing more from these great people in 2011.

    1. Yeah and I think John should keep posting about people who inspired him …

      1. I think that you have already said that in your comment above.

        John will post asbout what he wants. I think that he gets inspired himself a lot and doesn’t need to be inspired by dozens of other people.

  11. John I want to thank you for including me on this very short list of very impressive people. For those reading wondering “who the heck is SHE” I have been quietly (or not lol) teaching merchants and affiliates how to do affiliate marketing right since before most of you were even online 🙂

    Some people in the industry know me as Loxly, a former moderator of the CafePress forums and the ABestWeb forum, plus a variety of other ecommerce and marketing forums.

    I’m VERY excited about the Affiliate Summit forum since they already create “community” twice a year. It’s our goal that we can help keep the networking going in between each Affiliate Summit event. Go sign up for the launch announcement 🙂

    Thanks again John, and when we revisit this post in December 2011 it will be interesting to see all that is accomplished in the coming year!

    1. Kirk Taylor says:

      Debrah, It’s no wonder you find success. You’re quick to connect with your readers, which you did with me yesterday.

      Thanks, and btw, I now have that pass so I’ll be at ASW11 for sure….

      I look forward to adding more to your forums

  12. Great post about the movers and shakers of the blogging world. I love seeing what the big dogs are doing from time to time.

  13. Strong group of people there John. Hope they do the best with their ventures.

  14. Didn´t know them yet, but keep an eye on them. Thanks for!

  15. Never heard of them before. But will watch our for them from now on.

    1. Yeah … but read about them and see their websites and blogs.

      I am sure you will be impressed with their success.

  16. These names have strong backing of their awesome journey.


    1. PPC Ian says:

      That is true, it’s all about persistence in following and achieving your dreams.

      1. Shouting in comments by capitalizing all letters in a sentence is not usually considered cool or a good manner.

        You can get attention that way but not necessarily the kind you want.

        Do you think that people can’t see regular letters?

  17. Chris V says:

    I hope I make this list one day…

    1. I hope you will enter my name in that list ….

  18. Kirk Taylor says:

    I’ve been learning more about each and actually connected with some. That’s great information and I will be paying attention at ASW11

  19. All of them seem to be excellent althoguh i have to admit the first guy’s idea rockz.

  20. A big thanks to John for putting me on a list like this…I had no idea.

    Hope to meet up with all of you at ASW11!

  21. fas says:

    You forget a few key ones in your post.

  22. Kevin Lett says:

    VizLink is an awesome site. I should have thought up that concept. So simple yet so complex.

  23. Craig White says:

    Thanks for the heads up on Brian Solis. I believe you are correct that he will be at the top for 2011. His blog is powerful and full of fantastic ideas.
    Thanks again for sharing,

  24. Looks awesome…and you should add me to the list too 😉

    Happy new year!

  25. ikki says:

    nice lists of internet marketers

  26. Matt says:

    well i think that More on the domaining side currently, but trying to blend the two. Nice info though as I took a look at their links I can see why they made the list. Will be spending some time browsing .

  27. ZXT says:

    Chatted with Murray one time in Twitter…really cool guy.

    1. Murray says:

      Thank you very much

  28. Those are some good personalities to look out for. They already made a good impact on the web world, so the year ahead might be a great one.

  29. Interesting people, I might follow some of them just to see what I can learn. Having people with real experience as a guide is really helpful according to me, it’s way better than just spending time on forums talking with all the “wannabes” who think they know a lot but they actually do not know a thing. Thanks for the post. =)


  30. All of them seem to be excellent.

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