Search engine optimization (SEO) is your key to success but sometimes it just takes too long to implement.
This is when you might consider outsourcing and hiring a SEO company. However all SEO companies are not created equal and there are a lot of pitfalls out there. You will be wise to do a little research before hiring a company. You can view an excellent checklist here at our website design and SEO firm – PageOneRankings.com.au
Points that should be checked.
-How will they be monitoring your site to keep your rankings position?
-What are the initial set up fees? And ongoing?
-What experience do they have IE previous/current clients.
-Where are their customers sites positioned in Google?
-Do they guarantee a specific result or ranking? eg to at least get you in the top 10 positions.
-Do they focus on Google? (We recommend this)
-What services are they going to offer and what is included in the package deal IE support etc
-How are they going to get you in the top 10 placement? Do they give you a report? A free SEO Audit?
Don’t go into this blind! Have the basic knowledge of SEO and the Google rules before you hire the SEO company.
You must avoid the SEO companies that use “black hat” (illegal tactics) some companies will indeed get you to the top 10 but will use some shady tactics to do this. You can check their methods by going to Google finding their site and their customers’ sites. Look in the source and see what they are up to. If they are using some tricks you will soon see in the HTML, and it is time to look for another company.
You cannot fool the Google machine.
Now I can hear you saying “but so what if they use a few tricks, Google will never catch up with me. “My site will be in the top 10 and I will make good money”. Do not fall for this, the Google boys are brilliant programmers and they have hired a few good people like them. The Google machine is relentless sooner or later they will catch you and without warning banish your site to the Google “jail” the infamous sand box. Your short-lived time in the sun will not be worth it.
So keep your eyes open and be sure that your SEO Company is above board.
Know what you are paying for and be sure there are no surprises, like hidden costs and extra fees. Read the fine print and be careful to understand the contract before signing. It is your hard earned money on the line.
So be aware of the Google rules. They are not too hard. Remember these rules and make sure your SEO Company is playing by them. Keep in mind Google customers are your visitors. What is best for Google customers is best for your visitors. Make Google your partner not your opponent and make sure your SEO Company thinks like you. There are a lot of good SEO companies out there you just need to do a little research before hiring them.