Many SEOs Get Their Hands Dirty By Coding Web Sites

Feb 26, 2009 • 8:58 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEM / SEO Companies

Two days ago, I ran a poll asking if SEO companies implement SEO changes or just recommend changes to be implemented. Meaning, does your SEO company normally start with coding changes and upload files to the web server.

I now have the poll results, which shows the majority of SEO companies do both. They will make coding changes and/or offer recommendations, based on what their client wants them to do.

Here is the break down of 170+ responses to the question, Do You Implement SEO Recommendations or Just Make Recommendations?

:: Both, Implement When Asked & Offer Recommendations When Asked said 121 respondents or 70% :: Offer Recommendations Only said 41 respondents or 24% :: Implement Changes on Site Only said 10 respondents or 6%

The numbers seem logical to me. I wonder why 6% would only conduct SEO services if they can make the changes themselves on the site. I assume it gives them more control and thus makes them more secure in getting the changes they need done, so they can see results?

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Andrew Brinkworth

02/26/2009 03:53 pm

It makes sense that the more value you can provide a customer the better. If a customer has a site that needs SEO and doesn't have a webmaster, then I am sure they would rather work with a company that can recommend changes and implement them. Saves time and money!

No Name

02/26/2009 05:45 pm

Standard practice at my company is to "recommend" SEO or programming recommendations (301 redirects, xml sitemaps and the occasional URL rewrite) rather than actual implementation. However, occassionally a client will need some quick and dirty implementation that I, or one of my associate SEO account managers, can usually handle through an FTP program like HTML kit. However,I have found a lot of wonky CMS systems and the occassional "framed" website that I typically stay away from. Of course, rules can be bent depending on the situation - or attitude of a client.


02/26/2009 08:04 pm

Many of us offer coding because customers just can't find anyone else to do the work. I'd love to just provide good advice, but clients get zero value if they can't implement...

Simon Maddson

02/26/2009 08:05 pm

im not surprised by the results.


02/26/2009 08:24 pm

I believe in being able to *do* what you *sell*. In most cases we will do all of the work associated with our recommendations for a couple of reasons. The obvious one is that it gets done correctly, and the real one is that it gets done at all. It's amazing how many big companies pay good money for SEO recos and never implement them.

Bill Kruse

02/27/2009 09:01 am

I get many of my best SEO ideas when I'm ankle deep in someone's code. I sometimes do have to function purely as a consultant but I find it very frustrating and frankly don't believe I'm able to give of my best that way. BB

Nick Rinylo

02/28/2009 04:00 pm

I think the best SEO people are mathematical and logical thinkers and this also applies to coders. As there is a close skills and the overlap in industrial terms is close I think it is only natural the the same people do coding and SEO.


02/28/2009 06:24 pm

I will do both. I prefer when I get to make the changes because the alternative is then have to argue with developers. They take changes like that as an insult and it seem stupid to them. I spent a week adding unique titles and descriptions to a big site and a few months later the coder just put back the code that put the same title and description on every page.

Wes McDermott

03/17/2009 02:47 pm

I believe that those who only choose to work on the changes themselves are right. When you make recommendations the changes are out of your control, and if they are implemented inccorectly or even worse not at all, then the results won't reflect the recommedation made.

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