Yesterday I reported that Maile Ohye of Google posted a how to hire an SEO video. Right into the video she said that you really need to give the SEO company or consultant you hire four months to a year to see their black magic work - okay, not black magic as she said but their optimization efforts.
She said, "in most cases, SEOs need four months to a year to help your business first implement improvements and then see potential benefit."
Alan Bleiweiss, an SEO consultant, said that aligns with most of his work.
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