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Top 10 Things to Ask Your Potential SEO Company

Online marketing information can change quickly This article is 16 years and 50 days old, and the facts and opinions contained in it may be out of date.

Do your homework when searching for an SEO company. Don’t shop on price…shop on return on your dollar invested. Here are some questions to ask when doing your research.

  1. What type of techniques do you use to acheive rankings?
  2. What type of risk is involved with this method?
  3. What will happend if our relationship is dissolved?
  4. Can you show me examples of past work?
  5. What was the client’s ROI?
  6. What type of volume increase in traffic is reasonable to expect?
  7. How long until I start to see results?
  8. What would you expect from OUR end to aid your work?
  9. What were some of your top search ranking acheivements?
  10. Do you offer any other internet marketing services to supplement your SEO offerings?

Look for good return on your dollar, and a company that understands business, marketing, technology, and the internet extensively. There are A LOT of different level SEO’s out there at this point. The biggest companies AREN’T ALWAYS best for the buck, but there is much less risk associated with your investment. Research and find a company that you are comfortable with. If this didn’t help you, here are a whole bunch more questions to ask your potential SEO companies, and what to look for in an SEO company.

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  • Jim

    #5. What was the client’s ROI?
    I rarely see clients letting thier SEO know their ROI. If they keep paying month after month, there must be a positive return at some point. I know many long term clients whom are making a killing on ROI which ROI on SEO specifically has probably never entered their mind. They just assume that’s “the rate” for SEO and the ROI in their business is looked at as a whole.

    #6 What type of volume increase in traffic is reasonable to expect?
    This is one of the trickiest questions asked if your focus is SEO, and not PPC. Many people I encounter actually believe that the overture estimation numbers are how # of searches they’d get, and some even believe this will be their traffic…ad that up by say believing they’ll rank high for 40 or so phrases, and they think they’ll be milionaires.
    Some also believe that if they rank high for “Blue Tennis Balls” that they’ll actually get tons of traffic and be millionaires, when we know that search volume is nothing, and even google bombing can easily take top rankings.
    Estimating traffic is also complicated by trying to estimate time to see rankings in places like Google vs Yahoo and MSN, as well as phrases targeting, and what was achieved. there’s a big difference from being #11 and #1, and rankings will always be in some type of “flux” and thus, so will traffic. I personally try to stay away from this question. It’s like asking “If I were first in the phonebook under “house repair” how many calls would I get versus #8, and what if I were ranked for more phrases?

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  • Jason

    I have such a large site, how would I know what keywords to target. Here are a few that enter my mind. Stocks, Investing, Stock Tips, Investing Forums, Investor Mesage Boards. Now what are some key words you would focus on?

  • Anil

    Your Information is good but some clients don’t tell you all your anser then you have to stop aasking.

  • Paul Potnuru

    Wow, this is a very nice list. I just used this list to check the validity of SEO’s and many of them were shady with responses!

    Nice work!

  • lee

    Thank for the information, it’s a bit short but at lease i’m getting where to start.

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  • Web Design Glasgow

    I think if you’re to advise someone to ask ‘What techniques do you use to acheive rankings?’, you probably also need to advise them on the sorts of answers they ought to be looking for – it’s likely that they be familiar with keyword density, link building, etc.

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  • Verndale

    I dont like question #7. There is no good way to accurately answer it.

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  • kstanczak11

    I have worked with Total SEO Linking for a while now, and was completely satisfied with their work. There was almost no risk involved, and was able to notice results even quicker than I expected! I highly recommend them for companies of all sizes.

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    I am going to ask these ten things to the owner of the company that I work at. I hope that he’ll appreciate me doing the hard work to improve business for the company. I hope that he rewards me, as well.