What to Avoid When Choosing SEO Marketing Companies

So, you have your website up and running but it’s not getting the expected traffic. Would it be wise to use professional SEO marketing companies to improve rankings and traffic? Yes. Are they safe to use? Probably. Are they perfect on service delivery? Well, there we have a dilemma. So, how do we know which SEO company is best to use for our websites? The best way to answer this is to look at what to avoid when choosing your best SEO company. It is good advice to always avoid:

1. A company that promises “cheap” service

Companies that promise to charge less, more often than not offer equally basic and poor service. Although not necessarily true, but in most cases, this “cheap” service will be beneficial only for the short term.

2. A company that guarantees very fast rankings

Ranking on the search engines is very hard to guarantee, and often happens only from continuous long term efforts and hard work. It is not an instantaneous activity and the only way you can probably guarantee it to happen fast is to use black hat and highly prohibited practices. These practices will most likely lead to search engines penalizing your website by de-listing it from the search results. If such methods are used by your choice SEO Company, just to guarantee fast rankings, then you are at a high risk of losing your SEO investment, time and your business if the site is dropped from these search engines.

3. A company that promises not to change anything on your website

For an effective search engine optimization strategy to be drawn, a site audit is necessary. In this audit, the SEO Company tries to establish if your site has technical problems as well as usability issues that prevent it from proper indexing by the search engines. Should there be any problems, the company should fix them by making the necessary changes. Sometimes, a small change on your website may bring a dramatic increase in its traffic. Therefore, a company that only works on techniques that do not involve making such changes on your website is simply promising short term results.

4. A company that offers SEO services to “all types of companies” in all niches and sectors

The best type of SEO Company to use is one that specializes in your specific niche and kind of business. This is because they understand your market and business better, as well as understanding your competition and keyword needs. This type of company will easily provide you with SEO case studies that are within your niche to help you decide what kind of service specifications you will need from them. A company that offers SEO services to all and sundry will only have limited knowledge of your market and needs. As a result, they give you short term results that cannot hold for the long term, and which are easily wiped off by the competition.

Generally speaking, a good SEO services company is one that focuses on a niche and has experience in your niche market. It is also one that asks you intelligent questions to know your business before engaging you in a SEO contract. It also recommends an SEO audit before advocating for an SEO strategy. To top it all, the best SEO marketing companies offer keyword research services, as well as competitor analysis.