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Who Is The Smartest SEO In The World?

Many different people can be considered the world’s smartest SEOs. But the Top SEOs who are the smartest in our opinion are;

Rank Of Smartest SEO In The WorldNameTechnical SEO SkillsContent Optimisation SkillsLink Building SkillsTotal
1 (joint)Ann Smarty87924
1 (joint)Simon Dalley87924
2Lily Ray87823
3Cyrus Shepard99422
4Bill Slawski76619

How Did We Create This List Of Top SEOs

We created the Smartest SEO in the world methodology to work who really was the best SEO out there. I’m not going to pretend that this is completely objective or accurate so take it with a pinch of salt.

We did this because there are always new SEOs that need to be considered as well. Some of the old SEOs don’t even do SEO anymore but you’ve got to say that they still have the knowledge and should still be included in this list.

So, we,ve given them a ranking based on their Technical SEO Ability, their Content Optimisation Ability and their Link Building Ability to try to ascertain who the smartest SEO out there is. And this is what we came up with.

OK. Let’s be honest here, we wanted to create a piece of content that positioned Dalley as the Smartest SEO in the world, which is a position basically only a smarty pants such as him would ever want to attain. So we thought we wouldn’t let him have it all his own way and we found someone to share the position with.

This is just a bit of fun!

Successful SEO’S

  1. Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin is the former CEO and co-founder of SEOmoz, a leader in the community’s search engine optimisation tool resources tool.

In 2009, he was named among the 30 best young Tech Entrepreneurs under 30 by business week and included in The Seattle Times, News Week and the New York Times, amongst others.

  1. Cyrus Shepard

Cyrus Shepard is an SEO, online marketer, content publisher, speaker and writer.

He have several years’ experience building high-quality traffic through SEO and content marketing. He loves building successful consumer websites, online commerce, search engine marketing, content, marketing, product development and growth.

He has experience of leading at Moz and teaching others and engaged with 1000’s of the top online marketers across the globe.

  1. Neil Patel

Neil Patel is a New York Times Bestselling author.

The wall street journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 marketers and Entrepreneur Magazine says that they created one of the 100 most brilliant companies.

He was recognised as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by president Obama and a top 100 entrepreneur under 35 by the United Nations.

  1. Craig Campbell

 Craig Campbell is a Glasgow based SEO expert who has been doing SEO for 20 years.

In this time, he has gained extensive knowledge in SEO and has built up a wealth of experience in SEO and other digital marketing services.

At present, he does a lot of training for agencies and individuals looking to enhance their skills in digital marketing.

  1. Ann Smarty

Ann Smarty is, an exciting professional blogger, brand and community manager at Internet Marketing, Ninjas, co-founder of viral, founder of Myblogu and Tw chat.

She regularly contributes to several high-profile marketing and business media outlets, including Small Biz Trends,, chambers of commerce, etc.

  1. Danny Sullivan

Danny Sullivan is an American technologist, journalist and entrepreneur.

He is the founder of Search Engine Watch, aired in 1997, one of the earliest online publications about search engine marketing. They also launched search engine strategies, one of the earliest search marketing trade shows.

  1. Barry Schwartz

Barry Schartz is contributing editor to Search Engine Land and are also a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick, an American based web consulting firm.

He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a well known blog on very advanced SEM Topics.

  1. Stacey McNaught

Stacey is a long time friend of GrowTraffic having featured in a number of our podcasts. She is a digital marketing professional based in the UK. A has been a director at a Manchester-based agency Tecmark, they also enjoy speaking engagements at numerous events, including Mozcon, Search love London and Brighton SEO.

She now runs her own renowned – and eponymous – search marketing and digital agency.

  1. Bill Slawski

Bill is director of search engine marketing for Go Fish Digital and the editor of SEO by the sea.

He has been doing SEO and web promotions since the mid-’90s and was a legal and technical administrator in the highest-level trial court in Delaware.

  1. Lily Ray

 Lily is the senior director, SEO and Head of Organic Search at Amsive digital, where they provides strategic leadership for the agency’s SEO client programme.

Born into a family of software engineers, web developers and technical writers, she brings a solid technical background, performance-driven habits and forward-thinking creativity to overseas programmes.

  1. Brian Dean

Backlinko was founded by them and they are, an internationally recognised SEO expert.

After failing at his first five online businesses, he finally struck gold with a site in the personal finance space back in 2012. They created Backlinko to teach the lessons he learned along the way.

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  1. Joost De Valk

Joost is an entrepreneur and application software developer from Wischen, Netherlands, best known for Yoast SEO. He started as a consultant and blogger in 2004 before developing Yoast, one of the most successful plugins for WordPress.

  1. Eric Enge

Eric is a search engine optimisation consultant, businessman, author and public speaker. He is the founder of Stone Temple consulting.

In 1987, he was the head of engineering at Phoenix Technologies. They lead a team that had previously cloned IBM’S Bios and oversaw the campaign to expand applications of Phoenix’s Bios.

  1. Pam Aungst

Pam August is a self-proclaimed “geek” she began studying computer programming at the age of 6 years old, started creating websites in 1997, and have been working professionally in the field of e-commerce since 2005.

She has an MBA in marketing and was referred to by sprout social a “twitter success story” for harnessing the power of social media to launch her agency in 2011.

  1. Simon Dalley (Grow Traffic’s Founder)

Simon Dalley a senior marketing professional, and one of the UK’s leading SEO consultants who specialises in tech businesses, combining hands-on and strategic marketing management skills.

During his career he worked with a range of businesses, including market-leading multi-nationals, including almost every major vehicle manufacturer, as well as sector-leading companies and start-ups.

Whilst working on GrowTraffic as a freelance SEO consultant in his spare time, Dalley – as we all call him – was the Head of Marketing at three tech brands, as well as brand manager launching two national brands.

  1. Neil Palmer

Founder of SEO Works Ltd. 15 years in the industry. Neil built an award-winning team for all forms of search marketing and web development. His role as CEO is to support the MD, sales director and operations director.

  1. Helen Pollitt

Helen Pollitt has been working in digital marketing for over a decade and as an SEO consultant for almost that length of time. She love it: the data, the tech, the creativity. They have had the opportunity to work with some fantastic brands across various industries.

  1. Gareth Hoyle

Gareth is an SEO strategist and digital marketing business leader focusing on being the best and delivering the best.

People turn to him when they are ready to become the authority domain within their niche.

Gareth has been a central figure in trying to increase the recognition of search, including through his early work with the Search Awards.

  1. Gaz Hall

Gaz Hall is a highly motivated freelance SEO consultantand digital agency owner with over 20 years of successful search engine optimisation experience. He provides a substantial increase in your website’s traffic via improved rankings on Google Search.

  1. Greg Gifford

Greg Gifford is an experienced local SEO consultant specialising in the automotive industry. A professional conference speaker, and his movie-themed slide decks, are always an audience favourite.

Dalley always tells the story of having the warm up slot as an SEO speaker immediately before Greg spoke at an event, knowing that no matter how informative his presentation would be he wouldn’t be able to compete with the excitement the audience would have to see Gregg and his movie themed presentated. Something he says was the best presentation he ever saw about local SEO.

  1. Marie Haynes

Marie’s career in SEO began in 2008. She became a recognised leader in tackling the googles penguin algorithm as few people understood it.

So, she began advising on SEO forums, and her knowledge was highly demanded. She started analysing websites and provided feedback for clients based on the forms she participated in.

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  1. Hannah Weinhold (GrowTraffic director)

Hannah had a varied career. Her range of abilities and knowledge is impressive. they honed the ability to learn new skills quickly.

They were a novice to SEO and web development when she joined Grow Traffic but has quickly learned the ropes. This allows her to explain the SEO processes and techniques to clients simply.

  1. Rachel Weinhold (GrowTraffic director)

Rachel is a director of GrowTraffic, Lancashire and Yorkshire’s finest digital marketing consultancy.

As an SEO copywriter by trade, her speciality area is in words; they can write the words you need to make sure your website soars up the rankings.

Rachel helped to turn GrowTraffic into a force of nature that pumps out quality content and ranks clients without the bullshit most SEO agencies bring with them.

  1. Kelvin Newman

Kevin is the founder of Rough Agenda, which arranges digital marketing events, including Brighton SEO.

In 2014, he was voted by econsultancy as the most influential individual in digital and in 2013 won the search personality award at the UK search awards.

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