About Grant Simmons SEO

Grant Simmons (me) is an online marketing strategist, motivator, entrepreneur, idea machine, speaker, author, experienced bridge between marketing & technology. An SEO practitioner since before SEO was a “thing”,  I use logic, knowledge and common sense to solve large site challenges, medium site issues, and small site tweaks, to improve and grow the right traffic for business or personal success.

I am a father, sailor, traveler, dreamer, idealist, and an occasional catalyst of change. The good kind.

Also well-traveled and house trained, I love to explore and experience countries other than places I’ve been. Or to rediscover places I’ve forgotten I’ve been.

When I’m not orating, ranting or saber-rattling, I enjoy spending time at the beach – any beach – with my lovely wife or enjoying Summer breezes on a Hobie Cat or Laser sailboat. I have two fantastic, smart & awesome kids on the West Coast who will change the world far more than I have. Someday.

My mantra is simple:

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.” – Arnold Glasgow

Got strategy?
Looking for some ideas, SEO help, marketing strategy or a different perspective on your business?
I’m available for hourly consulting or retainer-based projects, just ping me at me (at) grantsimmons.com and let’s chat to see if there’s a mutual opportunity.

Live and In-person?
I live in Virginia Beach, but am often traveling for work & pleasure. I may be in your neck of the woods speaking at a search or marketing event, Twitter is generally the best way to find out where (or ping me and ask)! It’s always great to meet and chat with like-minded marketers over a cuppa.  🙂

Connect with me:

  • Twitter: @simmonet (I share thoughts, smart folk’s posts, and live-tweet conferences!)
  • Pinterest : simmonet (Rarely there, but some good memories)
  • LinkedIn: simmonet (Interested in a business partnership or consulting? Visit me here)
  • Instagram: Grantism (Should be here more, a lot of smart folks are sharing & making $)
  • grantisms.com (My own slice of quotes and thoughts on the web)



Grant Simmons Quick FAQ

Born: December 22nd, 1961

Location of birth: Walthamstow, London, England

Occupation: Online Marketing

Expertise: SEO, SEM Strategy, Search Strategy, Start-Up Strategy, SEO Consulting

Current Company: Homes.com (a division of The CoStar Group) (hiring press release)

Current work location: Norfolk, VA

Previous companies: The Search Agency, Diamond Resorts, Simmonet Marketing, TGIF Productions

Current home city: Virginia Beach

Recent interviews / speaking engagements / author profiles:

Interview with Milosz Krasinski

Homes.com Blog Profile

Search Engine Journal Author Bio

Crunchbase Listing

Search Engine Watch Author Bio

US Search Awards Judge 2018 2019 2021

Digital Day Summit Bio

Search Engine Journal

Bill Hartzer Podcast

Pubcon Speaker Bio

Plerdy UX Presentation

LRT Con Speaker List

SEMRush Bio

Digital Summit Speaker Bio


“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward

Sailing Quotes

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen

“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” – William Shedd

“To desire nothing beyond what you have is surely happiness. Aboard a boat, it is frequently possible to achieve just that. That is why sailing is way of life, one of the finest of lives.” – Carleton Mitchell

“Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar.” – Don Bamford

“A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.” – Grantism 🙂


Comments (2)

  • Chris Dyson February 18, 2014 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Hi Grant….I have been reading your “rants” on thesearchagency.com. I tried filling out a form..got an email back from Alec Green….replied and got a I no longer work here…thought it was amusing that everyone that fills out a form gets and email from a guy that no longer works there. But, I digress. I really enjoyed reading your material. I am working on our new website launch and am looking for someone who KNOWS social media. I am convinced (mea culpa Google) how important G+ and Facebook are for SEO. Looking for someone to work with or someone to point me in the right direction….thanks for your response in advance.

    Chris Dyson

  • Cynthia Gibson March 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

    Hi Grant. I was on Corfu Ipsos at club med summer of 1968. I remember Michel, the head of sailing, we all hopped aboard a ‘caique’ and sailed to Albania for the day!

    Shopping in Corfu, a trip to Delphi, it was all delightful. I miss my ride back and stayed an extra week, returned to Paris via motorcycle. I loved it the people were all so friendly. My room-mate in my caisse was a great gal from Paris! Remember the kind of ‘nightclub’? What great fun!

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