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What to Look For In a Search Engine Optimization Company

Jul 4, 2008
If you are a serious business website owner, chances are you are constantly on the lookout for ethical means to promote your website to your target market. Chances are also good that you probably read somewhere or heard from someone that your most practical promotion solution is the optimization of your website through as series of processes collectively called Search Engine Optimization or SEO.

If you are familiar with the term but do not have the expertise to properly implement SEO for your website, then you might want to consider hiring a Search Engine Optimization Company to do that work for you.

What is a Search Engine Optimization company? It is an organization whose objective is to provide the necessary tools and expertise to optimize your website towards the goal of securing for you a first or second page ranking in the search engine's list of keyword-responsive sites. A Search Engine Optimization company's role is that of an influencer, i.e., the strategies it employs for your website are geared towards influencing the search engine's 'spiderbot' to give it a high relevance rating which, in turn, influences its ranking. A Search Engine Optimization company's indirect role is also to influence the searcher to visit your website but is not responsible for what happens to the visit.

There is many a Search Engine Optimization company that has hung its virtual shingle in cyberspace, with many more sprouting up each and every day. With so many choices available, it is important that you are guided in selecting the right Search Engine Optimization company that best suits your requirements and budget. Here are a few tips in selecting that Search Engine Optimization company:

- Always Go for Reputation and Experience
This is pretty much a common sense tip. When you are headed for the unknown, it always makes sense to go with a guide who knows what you don't. A Search Engine Optimization company that has years of experience as an organization and has people working for it with years of individual experience is normally a good choice. Experience, however, is just one half of this selection criterion, the other half being REPUTATION. A Search Engine Optimization company may have the experience, but if it has a track record of unethical or even illegal SEO activity, then the experience counts for nothing.

- Avoid companies that Spam
A Search Engine Optimization company that sends spam email to promote itself is not a good Search Engine Optimization company.

- A company that hides everything, has something to hide
Beware of the Search Engine Optimization company that has a 'black box' solution for everything that ails your website, i.e., you don't need to know how it works; you just pay. In all likelihood, what this type of Search Engine Optimization company is hiding from you is, at best, unethical, or at worst, illegal. It is very important for you to understand what is going to be done with your website (in lay man's terms) because, at the end of the day, it IS your website and you will have to live with whatever the Search Engine Optimization company does to it.

- Go Window Shopping
Like with every important purchase decision you make, you must check out more than one Search Engine Optimization company before you make a decision. Ask for a list of the websites they claim to have worked on, and do your own research. Also, ask each Search Engine Optimization company you are considering about what they think of the other candidates in your list. Be wary if they launch into a negative marketing pitch about their competition. A really good Search Engine Optimization company will rarely badmouth a competitor. Even if the competitor is really bad, the worst that a good Search Engine Optimization company will do is objectively point out their strengths and weaknesses.

- Go with the Clear Deal
A good Search Engine Optimization company will always be very clear any work proposal it makes. It clearly spells out the terms of reference, timelines, commercial aspects, guarantees, penalties, any other items that it and you may find relevant towards meeting your expectations. That way, you know what you are getting into and what (and what not) to expect.

These are but a few tips on how to select the expert that will take care of optimizing your website for you. Approach a Search Engine Optimization company like you would any other company that you are considering to handle some work for you, and you are covered.
About the Author
Seomul Evans is a SEO services consultant with DallasSEO Company.
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