When it comes to SEO, you don’t always have to partner with an agency to get what you want.

In fact, you can sometimes get the same exceptional results that you want with a consultant instead.

Consultants are helpful because they don’t require the same time or financial commitments that agencies may need. They’re also generally more flexible than agencies since you’re only working with one or two people at a time.

Best of all, successful consultants have to know their industries inside and out if they want to succeed. Generally, they don’t have a large internal support staff that can give them information — they need to rely on their experience, intuition, and critical thinking skills to deliver what you want.

For all of those reasons, we’ve examined and ranked our own list of the best SEO consultants in 2017. All of these consultants have proven track records of excellence, and they’re run (and staffed) by some of the brightest minds in SEO.

Check out our list below!

Updated January 2017

2017’s Best SEO Consultants

Rank

Rating

SEO Company

Company Website

Pricing Level

Location

Full Time Employees

Gianluca Fiorelli

$$$$

Spain

1-10

Blind Five Year Old

$$$

California

51-100

Stone Temple Consulting

$$$$

Massachusetts

26-50

4th

Rusty Brick

$$$$

New York

11-25

5th

Marie Haynes

$$$$

Canada

1-10

6th

Orainti

$$$$

Spain

11-25

7th

Hall Analysis LLC

$$$$

South Carolina

1-10

8th

Techipedia

$$$$

New York

1-10

9th

Search Engine College

$$$$

New Zealand

51-100

10th

WEBOSIS

$$$

California

1-10

11

Adapt Partners

$$$$

North Carolina

26-50

12

PushFire

$$$$

Texas

26-50

13

Michael Cottam

$$$

Oregon

1-10

14

Stephan Spencer

$$$$

California

1-10

15

Promediacorp

$$$$

New York

26-50

16

Define Media Group

$$$$

Idaho

51-100

17

Kick Point

$$$

Canada

11-25

18

Genuinely

$$$$

Colorado

26-50

19

Siege Media

$$$

California

26-50

20

KeyRelevance

$$$$

Texas

11-25

21

John Doherty

$$$

California

1-10

22

Aira

$$$

United Kingdom

26-50

23

Eric Ward

$$$$

Tennessee

1-10

24

Conversion Rate Experts

$$$

New York

51-100

25

Angular

$$$$

North Carolina

11-25

26

Hop Online

$$$

Louisiana

51-100

27

BigWing Interactive

$$$

Oklahoma

26-50

28

MobileMoxie

$$$$

Colorado

1-10

29

Verve Search

$$$$

United Kingdom

11-25

30

Miriam Ellis

$$

California

1-10

Our #1 consultant is Gianluca Fiorelli

Gianluca Fiorelli is an accomplished independent consultant who’s well-known in the marketing industry. His expertise has made him a thought leader in the SEO community specifically, and his track record of success makes him one of the most sought-after consultants in the world. You can find his articles and blogs on a number of well-known industry websites, including Moz.

If you’re looking to improve your company’s online marketing, Mr. Fiorelli is your best bet.

The runner-up is Blind Five Year Old

Blind Five Year Old is named after an old analogy that compared Google’s capabilities in delivering search results to a “blind five year old.” The company was founded by AJ Kohn, and it’s since grown with a steady stream of clients. The company now advises clients throughout the country in how they can improve their online marketing and revenue.

With a clever name and an elite team to match, Blind Five Year Old is an excellent partner for any company looking to raise its digital profile.

Third place is Stone Temple Marketing

Stone Temple Marketing is a small consultancy firm that was founded in 2002. Since then, it’s grown to include just about every discipline of Internet marketing. They service everyone from small businesses to enterprise-level clients, proving that they can help any company succeed. They also have glowing testimonials from their clients so you can be sure you’re partnering with a strong agency.

Just because Stone Temple Marketing is third place doesn’t mean it’s any worse than our first two consultants — they can still deliver exceptional results for your company and help you achieve the growth that you want for your business.

To learn more about these consultants, check out their websites! You can also contact us with any questions you have.