What You Should Look for in an SEO Company

On December 25, 2009, in SEO, by entmind

Because of the growing success of SEO in internet marketing, web development companies today are now incorporating their own SEO campaigns to further increase their capability in providing quality websites for their clients; quality in terms of ROI (Return of Investment).

As part of the many strategies of internet marketing, SEO has become one of the most popular means of promoting a website through use of search engines. Search engines, as we all know, are the only gateway for us, users, to find the information around the web; most information coming from popular websites, others coming from those we didn’t even know exist. This is why SEO makes it its top priority to get a website to get the top rank on popular search engines such as Yahoo! and Google.

Many businesses today, such as yours, are about to make use of the services that an SEO company provides. But before entering in such agreement, there are things that you should know about SEO and the process that these SEO guys take to make their efforts successful. Here is a list of what SEO companies do and how they can provide you with quality services.

Ranking Assurances

It’s important for an SEO company to make assurances on the rank they can provide you with. If you ask them about that and you couldn’t get straight answers, then you might as well look elsewhere, because these guys can’t assure you with a successful SEO campaign. Ask questions and references if necessary. Don’t worry, they won’t charge you for that.

Check out what the SEO Philippines can provide you for your SEO campaign and efforts.

Website Redone

SEO campaign involves a lot of changes in the structure of a website. There are several things that an SEO company looks at on a website before starting their campaign, and among the things to consider include the number of graphics or flash objects embedded on the site and complexity of navigation. If you have lots of embedded objects and your navigation includes pull-down menus and hierarchical trees that do not make use of CSS, then you’re in for a lot of problems. These features prevent search engine spiders in crawling your website, and if this happens, your SEO efforts will take a lot longer. Worse comes to worst, you may have to make a major overhaul of your website to make it more SEO friendly. Keyword rich content are what search engines spiders were looking for. It’s like a buffet of live insects for these spiders to crawl on to and spin their webs.

Link Building

Among the many strategies involved in SEO campaigns, link building is the most important. It shares about half of the success of an SEO campaign. An SEO company should provide you a step by step approach on every process of link building they are making. It’s important for you to make sure that every link that they put on your website is relevant to the theme of your website, because link farming is a major offense in SEO and is considered as Black Hat SEO (an offense punishable by banishment). The SEO company should provide a detailed link analysis and tell you where your competition stands and what steps they would take to get links from topical sites, directories and social networks. It’s difficult to determine the number of links required, but the firm should provide competitive link research and analysis.

Check out what the SEO Philippines can provide you for your SEO campaign and efforts.

Constant Reporting

If you’re to hire an SEO company, it’s important that they can provide you with a weekly or monthly report on the progress of their SEO efforts. It’s also important that you’re filled in on what processes are they using in their SEO efforts. But you must also understand that these things take some time; weeks, months, and even years. So don’t expect getting the number one rank in a month. The most important thing is that you understand the reports and that strategies are being applied and adjusted. SEO takes time to materialize, but once it gets to the top, then that is the time that you’ll feel the presence of success.

Pricing and Services

SEO companies should provide a clear listing of the cost of each service that they will provide you on their efforts. Some SEO companies tend to forget this part. And by the time they collect your bills, you’ll be surprised of how many service costs they’ve added. So make sure that these services are properly outlined and organized.

Some companies provide only SEO, but some also provide other services such as PPC, web analytics, multi-variate testing, e-mail marketing, social media optimization (blogs, videos and podcasts), linking and more. If you want a firm that does all more than just SEO, then ask them if they can do all those sort of things for you.

Check out what the SEO Philippines can provide you for your SEO campaign and efforts.

Qualifications

Take your time and make a study about the team you’re hiring for your SEO campaign, because these guys will be working with you until the very end. It’s also advisable to check on their references, or on their previous clients. Make sure you get some information of what efforts they did on their campaign. Testimonials from clients are great ways to find out about your potential vendor. Much like when selecting a doctor, plumber or gardener, word of mouth is powerful. Their list of successful rankings should have traffic for relatively common terms.

Check out what the SEO Philippines can provide you for your SEO campaign and efforts.

Now these are only guidelines on what to look for when hiring a company to do SEO for you. But the success of an SEO campaign doesn’t rely only on the firm, but on you too. Getting in touch with your hired firm is among the many ways where you can guarantee the success of your SEO campaign. Providing them the information they need such as full access on your website is a plus.

Putting a lot of pressure on your SEO team is not very advisable because these things take some time before feeling its effects. Some processes such as reconstructing the structure of your website takes a lot of time. Looking for relevant link partners and building up communities also take a lot of time. Keyword research also takes time to finish. So don’t pressure them onto seeing some good results in 2 weeks time, because these things take months to feel its effect.

For SEO campaigns and assistance, visit the SEO Philippines company at www.myoptimind.com for more details.

Wendy Ang is the president of Optimind Web Design and SEO, a web design and seo company in the Philippines. Optimind specializes in building and promoting websites that are designed for conversion.

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