The 10 best Infographics of 2011

Posted in Social Media Marketing, Posted in SEO by Matthew Weeks

I am a MASSIVE fan of infographics and this year we have seen quite a surge of great infographics. Every other week there seems to be a new one doing the rounds on the social networks. we are nearly at the end of 2011, I thought I would do a quick round up of some of the best I've seen this year. In no particular order, here they are :).

First up "The 20-Minute (Or Less) SEO Audit" from Search Engine Journal. A great infographic showing you the step by step process of carrying out an SEO Site Audit.

The 20-Minute (Or Less) SEO Audit w/ INFOGRAPHIC

This next one appeared in July of this year after the topic of 'Internet Censorship' hit the headlines after recent events in the Middle East and other countries around the world.

Internet Censorship Report infographic

This year Twitter celebrated its 5th birthday and to celebrate, this timeline infographic was created by the guys over at These guys really know how to create a great infographic and have been pumping them out all year, but this is definitely one of their best.

Twitter Infographic Celebrating 5 Year Anniversary

Some times you see an infogrpahic and you just have to spread the word about it as quickly as possible...this next one had that effect on me.

It appeared over on the Search Engine Watch and shows that sometimes you don't need lots of data to create an infographic, just an awesome bit of imagination. Once you had worked out which colour your lightsaber was you could then add a badge to your website or blog. Brilliant! :)

SEO Wars: Forget Black Hat, White Hat - What Color Is Your Lightsaber?

As SEO's, we love using software to enhance our ability to give ourselves and clients the best possible information available. At Noisy Little Monkey we have a huge set of tools that we use of a daily basis. This infographic appeared on James Agate's blog Sky Rocket SEO showing in great detail the pieces of software used, who uses's it and where. A great amount of time went into this infographic , and deserving belong in this list.

SEO Software Survey 2011 – The Results

With website and page speed playing such a valuable role in SEO and all round performance, this infographic from the guys at Kiss Metrics went down a treat! Packed full of lots of facts and stats, that I was constantly tweeting over the following days.

How Loading Time Affects Your Bottom Line

Thinking about links and how to create awesome link bait can be very time consuming. Coming up with great content to entice people to share it is even harder. So... when Voltier Digital created an infographic covering the basis of link bait, it worked brilliantly!

Linkbait life cycle infographic

Next up we have an infographic that illustrates the top 25 most influential people in performance marketing. I am a bit of a petrol head so an infograpahic that was going to be designed in the form of a race track was going to tick all the boxes in my book.

It was published on Impact Radius blog and is defiantly one of my favourites this year.

The Top 25 Most Influential People in Performance Marketing infographic

The next one is more of an 'active' infographic. This one was again created by the guys at and appeared over on the Thomson website. It shows how different types of music has travelled around the world since the 18th Centurty, right up to today. I watched quite a few times as I kept missing things. A truly fascinating infographic.

How Music Travels Infographic

The final infogrpahic which stood out for me was "where's Google making its money?" Even if you don't work in the industry this is a great infographic is fascinating, and the numbers involved are staggering. This one was developed by Now Sourcing and appeared on the WordStream blog.

Where Google Makes Its Money: The 20 Most Expensive Keywords in Google AdWords

Thats top 10 infographics of 2011! I apologise if I have missed any great ones out, please link to them in the comments as I may have not seen them. :)

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