Stephan Spencer is co-author of The Art of SEO: Mastering Search Engine Optimization and author of Google Power Search: The Essential Guide to Finding Anything Online with Google, both published by O'Reilly. He founded the interactive agency Netconcepts in 1995 and grew it into a multi-national SEO agency before selling it in 2010 to paid and organic search software/services agency Covario. Stephan is the inventor of the automated pay-for-performance SEO (search engine optimization) technology platform GravityStream re-branded as RIO SEO Website Optimizer.
He is a Senior Contributor to Practical Ecommerce and to MarketingProfs.com, and a columnist for Search Engine Land, Multichannel Merchant, and The Huffington Post. He’s also contributed to DM News, Catalog Age, Catalog Success, Building Online Business, Unlimited, and NZ Marketing magazine, among others.
Stephan is a frequent conference speaker on SEO and other online marketing topics for the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), American Marketing Association (AMA), Shop.org, Internet Retailer, SMX, IncisiveMedia (Search Engine Strategies), O’Reilly/TechWeb, PubCon, ECMOD, IQPC and IIR. His hundreds of speaking gigs have taken him around the globe – everywhere from Berlin, London, Toronto, Santiago, Sydney and Auckland, to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and places in between.
Stephan is an avid blogger. He blogs at Stephan Spencer’s Scatterings, NaturalSearchBlog.com, BusinessBlogConsulting.com, ChangesForGood.org, and Google, I Suggest… He’s also been a contributor for the following group blogs: The Huffington Post, Searchlight (part of the CNET Blog Network), Shop.org Blog, and MarketingProfs Daily Fix.
Stephan is on the board of Impact Network and on the advisory board of CrowdGather.
He holds an M.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.