Who Are The Leading SEOs In The UK In 2018?

By July 18, 2018Search Engines, SEO
Top SEOs, SEO, Search Engine Optimisation

It’s been quite a while since I’ve created a top SEOs blog post, but I consistently get SEO orientated digital marketers reaching out to me to see if they could be included in one of my top SEO lists.

So, let’s get something straight right from the start. The GrowTraffic, TOP SEO list is created using the vaguest of methodologies. There is a bit of science behind it but I’m not going to try to pretend that this is a scientific analysis of who the top SEOs are in the UK. You could probably conclude that this is at best competitor analysis of those competing in the SEO space in Google’s SERPs from a GrowTraffc perspective.

In the past, I used to carry out several searches in Google, using various keywords including SEO, Freelance SEO, SEO Consultant, Freelance SEO Consultancy, SEO Consultancy, SEO Agency figuring out who was ranked highly and then listing them accordingly.

I’m going to be a little more scientific on this occasion. I’m going to carry out the same searches I used before, but I’m also going to use the competitor analysis functions in the various pieces of SEO software we use, including SE Ranking, Moz and SEMRush.

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In each of the SERPs, I’ll also consider the number of competitive pages, weighting those websites able to rank higher where the SERPs offer more results and I will also weight websites higher where a page ranks rather than the domain. In addition, I’ll also weight those websites which manage to outrank their competitors without an SSL certificate.

Bear in mind this is only about businesses or individuals who offer SEO services.

The Top op 20 SEOs of 2018

So all that being said, here is my list of the top SEOs of 2018 – in no particular order are:

  1. SEO Mark: https://www.seomark.co.uk
  2. Jellyfish UK: https://www.jellyfish.co.uk
  3. Gareth Bull: https://www.garethseoconsultant.co.uk
  4. Clickdo: https://www.clickdo.co.uk
  5. Red Evolution: https://www.redevolution.com
  6. Martin Woods: https://www.martinwoods.me.uk
  7. Mark Preston: https://markprestonseo.com
  8. Custard Media: https://www.custard.co.uk
  9. Impression: https://www.impression.co.uk
  10. Human Level: https://www.humanlevel.com
  11. Polemic Digital: https://www.polemicdigital.com
  12. Daniel Bianchini: danielbianchini.co.uk
  13. Martin Wilson: https://martinwilson.info
  14. Found: https://www.found.co.uk
  15. First Rank: https://www.firstrank.co.uk
  16. Koozai: https://www.koozai.com
  17. Dan Ray: http://raydigitalmarketing.com
  18. Graham Winchester: https://graemewinchester.co.uk
  19. Peter Wooton: https://peterwoottonseo.com
  20. Craig Campbell: https://www.craigcampbellseo.co.uk

So there you have it. I’m sorry to say for the first time I’ve done this, GrowTraffic doesn’t feature in my own top 20! Oh well. Maybe next year!!

It’s been interesting, to say the least, and nowhere as easy to come up with as it was on previous occasions. There is a lot more variety in the different locations. But it’s good to see there are some players – mainly the consultants – who have been able to get their websites rankings in various locations across the UK, taking the fight to local search like all proper SEOs should do.

Most of the names in the list are well known to me. But there are a few in there that I wouldn’t have anticipated. Which must be a good thing.

Most competitive websites in this space are using HTTPS, however, there are still a few websites using HTTP which are still managing to outrank their competitors.

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Naturally, mainly thanks to the methodology I used this time, there are many great SEOs out there who haven’t made it onto this year’s list, yet are nevertheless doing great things, either online or practically.

To reflect this, I’ve composed my runner’s up list, or ones to watch for 2019. Fingers crossed these will be on the list next time I come to write it.

Here they are, in no particular order;

  1. Surge SEO – https://surgeseo.co.uk/
  2. Candidsky – https://www.candidsky.com/
  3. Amit Digital Marketing – http://amitdigitalmarketing.com/
  4. Neil Walker – https://www.neilawalker.com/
  5. GrowTraffic – https://www.growtraffic.co.uk/ 

Contact GrowTraffic

If you’d like to know more or think you should be on the list and want to tell us about the good things you’re doing then please get in touch with the GT team. We’d love to make connections within the SEO community anyway.

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Simon Dalley is a marketing professional with over 16 years of experience. He is the founder and a director of GrowTraffic.

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6 Comments

  • Hi,

    What criteria did you use to define the top 20 please?

    Thanks – Lee

  • Simon Dalley says:

    Hi Lee,

    I think that’s loosely explained in the post.

    I wouldn’t pretend it’s the most scientific list in the world!

    Cheers

    Simon.

  • Amit says:

    Thanks for the mention Simon! I think at some point I actually held top position ( freelance seo consultant ) but I changed host earlier in 2018 due to being hacked – which has set me back somewhat (bloody hackers!).
    Concentrating on my link building clients for now but hope to revisit this at some point.

  • Simon Dalley says:

    You’re welcome! I had GrowTraffic ranking at position one for freelance SEO consultant years, but for one reason or another, I lost it. It’s coming back though! Shame we’re completely rebuilding the site at some point. It will probably never be able to rank for it again once it has redeveloped. But rightly so really, we’re an SEO agency now really, we can’t go on forever ranking for freelance keywords!

  • Thanks for the mention, Simon. 🙂

  • Simon Dalley says:

    You’re welcome Peter – I’ll have to do a new version later this year and see if you’re still up there on the list (that makes it sound more scientific than it is!) I’m sure you will be.

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