Grant Simmons SEO

I’m an online marketing strategist, motivator, entrepreneur, idea machine, speaker, author, and experienced bridge between marketing & technology. An SEO practitioner since before SEO was a “thing”,  I use logic, knowledge, experience, and common sense to solve large site challenges, medium-sized site issues, and small site tweaks, to improve and grow the right traffic for business and organizational 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. Those are the best kind.

I’ve been fortunate enough to present at search and marketing conferences around the globe, where I mix an appropriate amount of English humour, self-designed slides, interesting themes and valuable take-aways to entertain and educate diverse audiences of search marketers, SEOs, and other marketing professionals. A smattering of those presentations can be found on slideshare.

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 online business?
I’m available for hourly consulting or retainer-based projects, just ping me at me (at) and let’s chat to see if there’s a mutually beneficial 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 SEO 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 $)
  • (My own slice of quotes and thoughts on the web)



Grant Simmons Quick FAQ

Location of birth: London, England

Occupation: Online Marketing

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

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 Blog Profile

VCBuzz Internal Linking Webinar

Search Engine Journal Author Bio

Crunchbase Listing

Search Engine Watch Author Bio

SEO Mastery Summit 2021

US Search Awards Judge 2018 2019 2021

Digital Day Summit Bio

Search Engine Journal

Bill Hartzer Podcast

Brighton SEO (The Batman SEO Toolbelt) – Audio

While I listened to Grant Simmons’ Batman-themed SEO tools lecture it struck me that this industry was not filled with experts who go to work just to pay the bills, no. This was a collective of passionate, highly creative artists who poured their heart and souls into what they do. This isn’t a job for them, it’s not even a career, it’s life. And I couldn’t feel more at home.

It’s safe to say Grant Simmon’s talk inspired me the most. In case you don’t know, he is the VP of with a career spanning more than 15 years in digital. He has held a number of senior positions at a number of reputable brands and is seen as a thought leader in the industry.

His seminar The Batman SEO toolbelt to vanquish Google’s SERP certainly lived up to expectation. Gliding side to side on the stage and bursting with energy, he discussed the various tools that would make life easier. Be it web scraping tools through to various CRM tools, it was all very helpful!

Pubcon Speaker Bio

Chiang Mai SEO Conference 2019

Rock Solid SEO. Big Ideas. Big Challenges. Massive Solutions.

Working for clients including FoxSports, Red Bull, Warner Bros and Paramount Pictures, Grant Simmons has seen search engine and SEO tactics come and go. In this session, he’ll explore some of the lessons learned from the the organization, optimization and content and link strategies that large sites demand. This will help you mitigate some of the onerous sides of SEO circa 2019 to build a rock solid strategy—with a little Hollywood magic built in.

Plerdy UX Presentation

Humantics – Advanced Search Summit Napa 2021

LRT Con Speaker List

SEMRush Bio

Digital Summit Speaker Bio


Work Experience (a division of The CoStar Group) (hiring press release)

The Search Agency since purchased by Forward PMX – where I drove the SEO and Social strategies for a group of very smart peers

Diamond Resorts – where I helped develop their web presence, and ensure brand alignment across 80+ resorts

Simmonet Marketing – excuse the 1990’s site.. it was built in the 90’s 🙂 – grew from an idea into a service for multinational and local organizations – mainly through web design, development, SEO, branding, video, and meetings. “Ideas that work. Technology that fits.”

TGIF Productions – handled large corporate meetings, media and multimedia, plus dipped into early web content

Club Med: Taught sailing and entertained guests at nightly shows, while learning about customer service and appreciation of culture in Mexico, French West Indies, Greece, Italy, Israel, Bahamas and more! Fun times. And some great people I still call friends.

Grant Simmons Presentations



“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 🙂