The Best SEO Company - The HOTH

About The HOTH

We help businesses grow with SEO, Content Marketing, & PPC



  • What is The HOTH?

    The HOTH is an acronym for Hittem Over The Head, in other words, to bludgeon with awesomeness. It can be used as a noun (as in our product, or our brand) or as a verb (i.e. To HOTH someone, to HOTH something).

    When we started the HOTH in 2010, the industry was plagued with sketchy service providers with poor support.

    We wanted to change all that. We became the best SEO company so you would have an amazing experience.

    We put our names and faces on The HOTH, made support a PRIORITY and gave out guarantees. We developed an entire suite of products to fit your needs.

    We made a streamlined production system that has allowed us to serve and help over 200,000 businesses. In our 10 years in the SEO game, we’ve managed to make it on the Inc. 5000 list 3 years in a row, and land several other cool awards.

    Check out how we’ve HOTH’d our customers in the past:

    SEO & PPC Case Studies




Trophy Room

A few of our accomplishments from over the years.


  • Best Places To Work - 2019
    Best Places To Work
    Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • Fastest Growing Companies Florida - 2020
    Fastest Growing Company In Florida
    Inc. 5000

  • 2020 Inc. Best Workplaces
    2020 Best Workplaces
    Inc. 5000 Best Workplaces



  • Best Places To Work - 2019
    Best Places To Work
    Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • Best Places To Work - 2019
    Fastest Growing Company
    Inc. 5000

  • Fast 50 - 2018
    #5 Fastest Growing in Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • BPTW - 2018
    #12 Fastest Growing in Florida
    Tampa Bay Business Journal



  • BPTW - 2018
    Best Places To Work
    Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • Inc. 5000 - 2018
    #561 Fastest Growing Company
    Inc. 5000

  • Fast 50 - 2018
    #5 Fastest Growing in Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • Coolest Office Spaces  - 2018
    Coolest Office Space
    Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • BPTW - 2018
    #8 Fastest Growing in Florida
    Tampa Bay Business Journal



  • Inc. 5000 - 2017
    #820 Fastest Growing Company
    Inc. 5000

  • Fast 50 - 20117
    Top 50 Fastest Growing in Tampa Bay
    Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • Up and Comers - 2017
    Up and Coming Professionals – George Papadeas
    Tampa Bay Business Journal



The Team

People are at the heart of what we do.
We built an amazing team to bring The HOTH experience to life.


  • The HOTH Team - Marc
    Marc Hardgrove

  • The HOTH Team - David
    David Martin




Department Managers

This team is the heart of the office.
Their leadership is responsible for the smiles on our customers’ faces.

  • The HOTH Team - Jessie
    Jessie Matheney
    Director of Product & Development

  • The HOTH Team - Chris
    Chris Lancaster
    Director of Client Experience

  • The HOTH Team - Julia
    Julia Cieutat
    Director of Client Success



Account Managers

When you have questions, these are the people that have the answers.
Give them a call and see what they can do for your company.





Marketing Squad

Do you see us in your Facebook feed? All over the internet? In your dreams at night?
These cool cats pump out the campaigns and content to make all of that possible.

  • The HOTH Team - Bobby
    Bobby Bishop
    Marketing Operations Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Jose Camou
    José Camou
    UI/UX Graphic Designer



PPC Party

This is the crew that plans, designs, implements and executes your pay-per-click advertising campaigns.
These are true hustlers!

  • The HOTH Team - Karl
    Karl Bartling
    PPC Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Becca
    Becca Simpson
    PPC Campaign Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Bridget
    Bridget O’Toole
    PPC Campaign Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Hayden
    Hayden Grooms
    PPC Campaign Manager




These are the people that perform magic on Google Rankings.
You’re going to want to work with these ones.

  • The HOTH Team - Steven
    Steven Gill
    Campaign Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Monica
    Monica Rodriguez

    Campaign Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Brooke
    Brooke Beasley
    Campaign Manager


  • The HOTH Team - Rachael
    Rachael Strauss
    Campaign Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Rachael
    Sophie Hartzler
    Campaign Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Morgan
    Morgan Flannery
    Campaign Manager


  • The HOTH Team - Brett
    Brett Frieman
    Campaign Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Trey
    Trey Gonzalez
    Campaign Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Solo
    Solange Gorleku
    Campaign Manager



Product Team

These awesome people produce the content and links to help with your rankings.
Let them help so you can focus on growing your company.

  • The HOTH Team - Trey
    Trey Wallrapp
    HOTH Foundations Production Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Christian
    Christian Cappoli
    Content Service Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Micaela
    Micaela Robinson
    Guest Post Manager


  • The HOTH Team - Alyssa
    Alyssa Fama
    Content Service Coordinator

  • The HOTH Team - Betsy
    Betsy Runyon
    Quality Control Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Aleek
    Aleek Nibbs
    Content Service Coordinator


  • The HOTH Team - Alyssa
    Emilie Haridopolos
    Web Copy Coordinator

  • The HOTH Team - Makayla
    Makayla Wood
    Product Coordinator

  • The HOTH Team - Paul
    Paul Jean-Louis
    Video Production Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Stephen
    Stephen Reilly
    Project Development Coordinator



Customer Support Crew

If an issue arises, these amazing people get it fixed right away.


  • The HOTH Team - Ashley R
    Ashley Shealy
    Customer Support Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Cindy
    Cindy Koch
    Customer Support Coordinator



Next Net Media Family

These guys are the superduper problem solvers responsible for all the behind the scenes magic.

  • The HOTH Team - Matt
    Matt Harrison
    Operations Specialist

  • The HOTH Team - Branden
    Branden Bell
    Operations Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Rachel
    Rachel Hernandez

    Director of Content Services


  • The HOTH Team - Mackenzie
    Mackenzie Lepretre
    Operations Special Projects

  • The HOTH Team - Garrett
    Garrett German
    Operations Coodinator

  • The HOTH Team - Alize Luft
    Alize Luft
    Community and Culture Manager


  • The HOTH Team - Dave
    Dave Fialkoff
    Operations Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Danielle Davis
    Danielle Davis

    Director of Video Production

  • The HOTH Team - Tyler
    Tyler McMurray
    Video Production Coordinator



Development Team

  • The HOTH Team - Alex
    Dev Team Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Adan
    Publisher Manager

  • The HOTH Team - Randy
    Publisher Manager


  • The HOTH Team - Sergey
    Web Developer

  • The HOTH Team - Georgi
    Web Developer

  • The HOTH Team - Ed
    Web Developer



Google Certified Partner

    We are proud to hold the prestigious title of being a Google Partner.
    Achieving Partner status means The HOTH has demonstrated Google Ads skill and expertise, met Google ad spend requirements, delivered company agency and client revenue growth, and sustained and grown its client base.



The History

We’ve come a long way.

Before The HOTH

Before the birth of The HOTH, we ran a full-service SEO agency in Chicago that ranked clients for some of the hardest terms online.

As the agency grew, we saw lots of changes in SEO. We experimented with all different forms of link building, including lots of manual link building. Some things worked, others didn’t. Then Google would change it’s algorithm with Panda or Penguin and everything would need to be restarted from the beginning. Then we invented what is now known as The HOTH.

The HOTH started to deliver SEO home runs one after another, and in a short period of time, we saw huge success with ranking our own clients, beating out huge, established competitor sites in extremely competitive niches.

The Beginning

After The HOTH was well established, we decided to release our first product out to the world as a white label seo service and let other agencies and publishers take advantage of the solution that took us so long to develop. Our agencies can take on more clients and rank them more consistently, all while doing LESS work. We know that the more successful the agencies and publishers are, the more work they will send our way.

The HOTH grew quickly and caught on with agencies around the world. We established a white label seo reseller program to help agencies and consultants resell our services as well as give bulk discounts on our products to our larger customers.

Growth & Expansion

We realized that agencies have more needs than just general link building – so we started expanding our services.

In 2013, we added HOTH Local, our first ever local seo service. HOTH Local focuses on a very smart, well thought out process for procuring diverse types of citations to help customers rank in local searches. We also released our citation cleanup service to help with inconsistent or incorrect citations.

In 2015 we expanded the product lineup to become a full suite of products, offering white hat guest posts, press releases, and more.

In 2016 we grew bigger than ever – our conference circut grew to SMX, Pubcon, BrightonSEO, and AdTech. We launched our blog content service called HOTH Blogger AND re-launched it with an in-dashboard experience! We also added our first OnPage SEO service.

In 2017 we took our growth to another level by launching our managed SEO product, HOTH X, which quickly became our top selling product.

Our growth landed us on the Inc. 5000 list as one of the fastest growing companies in the country. With such growth, we figured it was time for a move so we packed up our 6th floor office and moved to the penthouse suite in our building, take a look! We also continued our conference circuit with our CMO, Clayton Johnson, speaking at SEJ Summit in Chicago.

2018 was a great year with several new additions to The HOTH including HOTHCON, our SEO and content marketing conference, and HOTH Video, our newest product that turns blog articles into videos.

We were fortunate enough to receive recognition as a nominee of Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work Award and Best Office Space Award. While a lot of hard work went into accomplishing these feats, we made sure to kick back and relax the second weekend in February on our company cruise to Mexico!

Today & Beyond

Our goal is to be the most reliable source for SEO tools & services in the world.

We continue to develop the HOTH with constant upgrades and testing to ensure the best possible results. You can find us at national and international tradeshows like SMX, BrightonSEO, Pubcon, AdTech, Affiliate Summit, and more.

You can head over to our company blog to see what we’re currently up to at The HOTH Company SEO Blog.