It used to be that you only heard horror stories about plumbers and builders before the Internet came along and now these stories have been matched, if not replaced, by people constantly saying what a waste of time SEO companies are and how they feel they have been ripped off. Like plumbers and builders, there are some really good SEO Firms that are working well for their clients, but we seem to hear the bad far more than the good in this day and age.
Search engine optimisation is a vital part of any websites life, you have to make sure that your on page and off page optimisation are constantly being worked on and you are moving in the right direction. SEO can not be done in one day, it is a process that needs to be worked on over time and with some forms of optimisation taking months to really show anything when it comes to the results in the rankings.
There are no guarantees in life, but you can try to do as many things as possible to try and make sure you do choose a good SEO company, one which will work with you, update you and then deliver the results that you really require.
Below, we look at our top tips to making sure you choose the correct SEO firm to work for you and your business.
Have A Meeting – Your first steps before you begin working with any SEO firm is to actually go and meet them, as this will give you a good chance to learn more about the people you will have to form relationships with and also find out more about where they operate from.
Look At Portfolio – Have a browse through the portfolio of previous work and ask to read through some case studies and testimonials. You can also get a good idea from checking out previous work exactly what the company specialises in and whether they are more niche specific rather than general.
Research Previous Work – Don’t just take the company in question word for it, go and have a little wander on the Internet and have a look at some of their work. Simply by typing in the name of the potential company you should get some information, especially if anyone has anything bad to say about their previous work.
Services On Offer – Check out the services that they have to offer, because you might not need everything they want to provide or it might not be applicable to you. A good SEO company will be flexible and try to work out and tailor a plan for you, as every customer is different and therefore has different needs and requirements.
Gather Client Testimonials – A reputable SEO firm will allow you to contact a selection of the clients that they have worked with before. Of course, some clients may not want this, but most of the bigger firms will at least have a couple of people you can either speak to or write to.
Reporting – Ask to see a selection of reports they are going to send to you on a monthly basis or when they have completed the work. The amount of companies we see that just email a list of keywords is unreal, as you need a good report back at the end of each month to really comprehend what’s going on.
Financial / Budgeting – The best SEO company in the world might be charging the earth and require money you just haven’t got, so you do need to make your decision with your budget and financial constraints in mind. Although the SEO will hopefully deliver increased returns, this will take time so there is no point in spending all of your money before you even get going.
Once you have decided on the perfect SEO firm for you to use for your needs and wants, you simply have to keep on top of what they are doing and monitor the success levels. Don’t be too demanding and you must understand that GOOD SEO takes time, it will not happen overnight, so do not go knocking on their door if you haven’t seen results within a week.
Any company that offers good SEO services will only start to show results within a reasonable time frame, but you can then at least be sure that these results are going to remain and be consistent. A flash in the pan rise of traffic is not about true optimisation, as you have to approach a campaign as a long term structured operation which will take time and effort to really show consistent results.