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January 4, 2010

The League of Extraordinary Internet Marketing Experts

Google the phrase “Internet Marketing Experts,” (without the quotation marks) and you’ll get back over 30 million pages of results. But just calling yourself an Internet Marketing expert doesn’t necessarily make you one.

And despite those 30 million pages of results, there are very few “legitimate” Internet Marketing experts. And even fewer who have built universally recognized “authority” sites.

And who bring to the table “real world” business experience, combined with useful, practical knowledge that will actually sharpen your marketing acumen and increase your skill level.

In other words, help you take your Internet Marketing business to the next level.

In my opinion, this group of extraordinary Internet Marketing experts not only meet that threshold – they far exceed it. Are they the only Internet Marketing experts capable of teaching you effectively? Of course not.

However, in addition to having the ability to teach effectively, this group of experts are worthy of our admiration for another reason – longevity. Like the legendary Rock of Gibraltar, they have stood the proverbial test of time. Each individual has been successfully doing business on the Internet for at least ten years – delivering a decade of excellence.

Considering the incredibly competitive and fickle nature of Internet Marketing, that’s quite an achievement. And I humbly salute these outstanding marketers (listed alphabetically) for their impressive accomplishments.

1. Allan Gardyne

Allan Gardyne Gardyne began his professional life in Australia as a journalist. One of Allan’s earliest forays into Internet Marketing was founding in 1998.

Today, ask knowledgeable affiliate marketers who the leading authority on affiliate programs is and chances are, they’ll say it’s Allan Gardyne – and they’d be right., is a comprehensive directory of affiliate programs – a virtual cornucopia of affiliate marketing information, if you will – including articles, software and plenty of helpful tips and advice.

The AP website is divided into three sections – beginners, intermediate and advanced. So you have the ability to choose your own level of learning.

If you would like to learn how to make money with affiliate programs, should be your first stop. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Associate Programs Newsletter.

Each bi-weekly issue is jam-packed with insider tips on how to market affiliate products successfully. In addition, the newsletter reviews the best and worst affiliate programs – and interviews super affiliates who offer success tips of their own.

2. Bill Platt

Name the job, and Oklahoma’s Bill Platt has probably done it. He has worked as a waiter, computer technician, computer programmer, substitute teacher, a radio dj, a salesperson and a manager.

However, since 1999, Bill has been operating for-profit websites. In 2001, he started, the preeminent article marketing service on the Internet today.

Unlike other article marketing services, however, TPW doesn’t submit your articles to article directories.

Their reasoning for this is simple: When you submit your article to an article directory, your article is just one of hundreds – possibly even thousands of new articles submitted that day.

That means once your article has been submitted, publishers or anyone else looking for content have to search the directory to find your article among thousands of other articles in the directory.

Instead, TPW uses a different approach. They submit each article directly to relevant websites and newsletter publishers most likely to publish your articles.

Does their approach work? Apparently it does, because on the TPW website is a “who’s who” list of repeat clients that include some of the biggest names in their respective fields.

By the way, as their name suggests, if you need a ghostwriting service, TPW can provide that as well.

3. Christopher Knight

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last decade, you’ve no doubt heard of, an expert author community of over 150,000+ authors. But just in case you haven’t heard of them…Christopher Knight’s EZA happens to be the #1 article directory on the planet – period.

That’s no small feat, considering there’s a tremendous amount of competition among the mega-article directories. And they’re all vying to dethrone EZA as “King of the article directories.”

However, there’s one thing that sets EZA apart from all the other article directories. And that’s Christopher Knight himself, Publisher and CEO of

Unlike most article directory owners, Chris is personally involved with his article directory. And personality is the one thing you just can’t duplicate in business.

Speaking of being personally involved, you can actually communicate with Chris personally, through his EZA blog:

Think about that for a second. You can communicate personally with the CEO of the world’s largest article directory. With that kind of personal involvement, something tells me, EZA isn’t planning on giving up its crown anytime soon.

4. Dr. Ken Evoy

Dr. Ken Evoy formerly taught and practiced emergency medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada where he was born. Since 1979, Dr. Ken Evoy has been the founder and Chairman of the Board of SiteSell, Inc., and the creator of the revolutionary “next generation” website-building/hosting/marketing system, Site Build It!

Evoy also co-wrote what is considered by many to be the “bible of Internet Marketing,” Make Your Site Sell. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend you do so.

To say that this e-book over-delivers would be a gross understatement. It over-delivers to the tune of 1500 information-filled pages. You can get a free copy of MYSS at:

5. Marnie Pehrson

Marnie Pehrson was born and raised in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. In 1998, Pehrson, a mother of six combined her love for writing with her knack for marketing to create, one of the first and most successful article directories on the Internet.

She also has the distinction (along with her friend, Alanna Webb)of creating the first online mall.

Marnie has a background in computer programming, and she has put that skill to good use by continuing to expand IdeaMarketers, and it shows. Over 50,000 writers submit content to IdeaMarketers.

6. Michel Fortin

Michel Fortin was born in Canada to an abusive father. And while he had a built-in excuse to fail or underachieve, instead, Michel ascended.

Inspired by a quote from author and poet Henry David Thoreau, Michel took his natural ability for persuasive writing, and entered the highly competitive world of copywriting.

Fast-forward to today, amd Michel Fortin is now known as The Success Doctor.

Since its inception in 1997, The Success Doctor, Inc., an international copywriting and direct response consultancy company has helped countless business owners and sales people learn to write the kind of copy that gets results.

Michel is the epitome of that rare breed of Internet Marketing experts who have the ability to teach effectively. In fact, he used to teach sales and mar­ket­ing at a local col­lege in Ottawa, Canada.

7. Shelley Lowery

Since 1998, has been owned and operated by Shelley Lowery, President of Brajusta Publishing, Inc., a direct marketing company located in Lewis Center, Ohio. specializes in providing instructional electronic books, software and publications, and provides visitors with the latest Internet technology for website design and development.

The site contains a comprehensive listing of articles, reviews, HTML tips, tricks and JavaScript codes – as well as the latest Internet Marketing news.

Shelley is also the author of Web Design Mastery – an eight volume, in-depth guide to professional website design. This acclaimed course includes step-by-step instructions, professional web site templates and hundreds of copy and paste codes.

David Jackson is a writer, marketing consultant and entrepreneur. Which online businesses can you trust? Find out here: