Thanks to Rand for his original idea of creating a list of recommended and trusted providers. These are some good folks that I’ve gotten to know over the years. Many of the same, and a few additional.
Pay Per Click
Brad Geddes – If you have very high end questions, or enterprise level needs, Brad’s the one guy that I’ve never seen miss a PPC answer, and often teaches the engines themselves the correct ways to accomplish things.
Shimon Sandler has created a heckuva blog about PPC, and keeps highly informed on the important aspects of PPC.
Adam Glazer and company at Glazer Enterprises are top notch PPC folks that know the other aspects of internet marketing well also. Located in NYC, Adam is a great choice for folks that need guidance or management on their paid search campaigns.
Aaron Wall literally wrote the book on SEO. One of the best and brightest on all things SEO.
“Sugar” Rae Hoffman – Rae made a name in some high competition industries – be prepared to listen up to what she has to say.
Greg Niland aka GoodROI – I wouldn’t doubt him living up to his name with your SEO campaign.
CK Chung of Webosis – as of 9/07 CK is fairly new to the solo seo consulting game. Hurry up and get signed up with him while he is still reasonable and has some availability. CK is a top notch seo that has gone by the alter ego of kid disco for many years on forums. I don’t imagine his rates will be getting cheaper the longer you wait.
Brendon aka TallTroll was among the original elite members of the world of SEO, and has lingered in many a smokey pub to philosophize with some of the best minds in search optimization.
Ben Pfeiffer aka Phoenix is as sharp as they come with his SEO knowledge. You can’t go wrong hiring him for assistance on your SEO.
Full Service SEO
WebGuerilla, LLC – If you haven’t heard of the man, you probably can’t hire them. If you’re in a high competitive space – you need them. Top shelf performance based SEO from Greg, Dax, Adam, and crew.
Epiar – Ken Jurina and his brilliant staff has some amazing search optimization tools – if you hire them, and spend lots of money – tell them you came from my site so perhaps one day I can get some access.
Full Service SEM (PPC & SEO)
Rand Fishkin of SEOMoz is probably the hardest working guy in the business. You probably shouldn’t hire him, because I’m sure he could use more sleep. There are few better if you can convince him to take your work.
TopRankResults – If you can manage to convince Lee Odden that he should hire YOU as a client, then you’ll be better off – have your pitch ready before you ask for some of his time – Top notch at both public relations, blog optimization, SEO, and much more.
Web Design and Development
Barry Schwartz of RustyBrick blogs waaaay too much, but luckily he has a fantastic staff to do all the development work for his company. Barry has built a reputation for a company providing top notch development.
Jeremy Lounds at DynamiteWeb is a very talented designer and developer with several dozen sites under his belt, and very reasonable pricing.
Jon Leland’s ComBridges – His company also includes Flash designers, database developers & more . He’s a “marketing guy” that “gets” SEO!
My personal favorite for setting up quick and easy affiliate programs. VERY reasonable rates for affiliate program setup.
iDevAffiliate is a nice package for startup guys looking to run their own scripts. If you’ve got some gumption, this is the way to go for you.
Alternative Traffic, Viral Marketing and Other
Justilien Gaspard – One of the world’s best linkers, that can market for links as well.
Analytics and Tracking
Clicktracks – Above and beyond my favorite analytics provider. I couldn’t say enough good things. Try it because I said so – Keep it for the usability – Love it for the knowledge.
I really dislike making hosting recommendations – but some of the places I host with:
I generally use 1and1 or moniker as my registars.