How Much Can an SEO Company Really Help You?

Sep 7, 2009 • 8:48 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEM / SEO Companies

There is an excellent topic at a WebmasterWorld thread (required paid access). The topic is named, "Am I asking for too much from SEO companies?"

In short, the thread has one person who has several sites and has, over the years, had to hand over the SEO work to SEO companies. He has been through "all the 'SEO' firms in town" and is really never happy with the outcome. He asks, is he asking too much from these SEO companies? Is he expecting too much? Can an SEO company help him at this point?

We have discussed in the past the pros and cons of bring SEO in house. Clearly, an SEO who focuses for a long time in a specific industry may have some advantages. But at what point are your sites too big for an external SEO company?

The thread doesn't really go off on the size issue. The discussion there is more about what to expect from SEO companies and how to utilize them for a network of site in your situation. Some recommend that for his situation, he should just ask a few trusted SEO companies for SEO audits and then compare those audits. Maybe hiring an SEO on a month to month basis, doesn't pay for him - or maybe it does.

Like I said, lots of good questions and discussion around the top of the value of an SEO company in the thread.

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09/07/2009 01:41 pm

The client, in this case, clearly hasn't chosen the right SEO agency! A good company can be few and far between, and a company with any real "fight" will want to prove their worth before demanding huge contracts. My advice - choose a decent company!


09/07/2009 02:11 pm

This is why it's a good idea to start small. If you tell one agency that they're going to be in charge of your whole SEO operation, you're betting the farm on them. It might be better to give different SEO agencies different sites to work with, and see how you like the results -- not just the change in traffic, but also their responsiveness, adaptability, etc. The risk of this strategy is that you'll end up with a good salesman who uses high-risk blackhat techniques: high rankings in the short run, massive penalties thereafter.


09/08/2009 09:48 am

A good tip is to try a small site with an new SEO company first. Let them work on it for 6-12 months. If the site tanks in the SERPs, due to too many links, or does not rise far enough due to lack of links or the wrong type of links...then not so much harm is done. Once you find a reliable company to work with, you can try to repeat the success with another site.

No Name

09/08/2009 10:27 am

My tip is that the person should have to do a good analysis of his websites and then note down the points where his websites are lacking then he have a clear perspective about his requirements then he can choose a good SEO Agency then check the result i can assure if company is decent then you will see improvement in results of your website over internet as you are attached to these websites for a long time then you can explain the points where your website is lacking.

David Iwanow

09/10/2009 09:23 pm

It can also come down to budget even the best seo agency cant get results for $100/month. I would assume that their expectations are too high and maybe their industry is far more competitive than they think. What is the feedback they are getting from the seo agencies, if it is consistent between them there might be something more to the issue that they have picked bad seo firms.

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03/31/2011 04:01 am

I think website analysis is truly required and he should understand where the lagging part is,and try to change them as soon as possible.

SEO Agency

09/09/2011 03:25 pm

Yes its a very actual issue nowadays. Really many people face the same problem. To my mind, the best way out to try seo services of one of the companies at least for one month and then if you see any good results in their work just prolong the term of their services . By the way, nowadays, there are so many of them-so its not a problem to find a good seo agency.

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06/16/2013 05:37 pm

Maybe hiring an SEO on a month to month basis, doesn't pay for him - or maybe it does.

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