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How To Choose an SEO Company

Find the SEO Agency Right For You How to find an SEO company
Author Jason Dutt
by Jason Dutt - Feb. 1, 2019

What makes for the best search engine optimization company and how do you know if they are the right company for you?

Determing which company fits your needs isn't always easy. The guide below will help you get off to the right foot in your search for the agency that will take you to top of the search engines.

Ask for SEO Case Studies & Client Examples

Ask for examples of websites that they have optimized and which keywords they optimized for. Ideally, you're looking for examples that are current and making good progress right now, not a year ago, however, due to client confidentiality, many companies may not be able to provide you with data to date. Nonetheless, keep in mind that the older the case study data an SEO Company provides you, the less relevant of an indicator it may be that the company is on top of current SEO trends.

Ask that the case studies provided be for sites for whom the primary strategic goal is similar to yours. While it can be helpful to see examples from the same business space as you, this isn't as important of a demonstration as sites that have the same type of goal conversion you do. This means simply, if you're an eCommerce company, with the goal being online sales, the case studies you receive should be for eCommerce companies, preferably with a similar size product catalog to yours. On the other hand, if your site doesn't sell directly, but rather generates incoming leads for you, look for examples of other lead generation sites.

When looking at results, realize that "results" can come in many forms, so it's important to watch what metrics are being offered to you or emphasized as a demonstration. If all the SEO company talks about is rankings, and don't lead the conversation in the direction of thinking about actual sales and conversions, chances are they may not be operating with the big picture in mind. Rankings and traffic are, of course, key SEO performance indicators, but in the end, it's increased conversations (aka Sales and/or Leads) that should be your primary goal. Again, client confidentiality may be an issue in being able to see actual sales data for a client, but they should be able to share percentage growth, at a minimum.

Read Our SEO Case Studies

Aviya Mattress SEO Case Study

Ecommerce Website Design, Marketing

Industry: B2C

Aviya Mattress - Selling the best in sleep

Fanuc World Ecommerce Website Case Study

Ecommerce Website Design, Online Marketing

Industry: B2B

Fanuc World - Delivering Fanuc parts to keep assembly lines moving forward

A&C Plastics

Ecommerce Website Design, Search Marketing

Industry: B2C, B2B

A&C Plastics - Delivering specialty plastics nationwide

Think Beyond SEO

In general, companies that focus on actual sales and/or conversions as a key performance metric likely also have a skill-set in Conversion Optimization. Once your site has good traffic, Conversion Optimization is the process of continually improving the site itself to get the most possible sales or leads from that traffic. It's a critical component of any advanced SEO Campaign, so it only makes sense to ensure the company you choose also has a strong knowledge and track record for improving sales percentages related to incoming site traffic. Learn more by reading 11 ways to improve your conversion rate.

Conversion rate optimization within an SEO campaign usually includes AB testing of headlines, AB testing of button copy, AB testing of colors/element placement and testing of landing pages. Multiple conversion rate optimization platforms are available, such as Google Optimize (a great free CRO / AB testing tool).

Realize There Are Risks With a Low-Cost SEO Agency

The risk of choosing an low-end company to reduce your SEO costs is a real risk. Consider not only may you not get results, but the SEO company does have the ability to create long-lasting damage to your website and domain if they do SEO incorrectly. It's not only about the results not being what you want, but the wrong company could damage your business for years by performing shady link building practices, writing poor content and more.

SEO Traffic Chart
Major traffic declines can happen if you get hit with a Google penalty.

Visit With the SEO Company If You Can

At OuterBox we like to invite clients to come to visit our office and meet with the team. We feel any company that could say they are one of the best seo companies should be willing to have you into their office.

When you choose an SEO Company, you're really choosing an extended partner in your business. Chemistry matters. As well as their ability to relate to and understand you, your goals, and your business model.


Meeting in person, if even only for an initial meeting, can help start a great relationship and give you the peace of mind that you've made the right decision and like the team, you're working with. The team should consist of multiple, specialized members, not just an "SEO person" or two. At OuterBox we typically have over 10 people that will touch each SEO clients project because experts are needed in different areas such as content development, link building, landing page creation, design, technical SEO, and more, which all go into the SEO process.

So, go visit. Get the tour and ask, "which team members will be working on my project?" Get to know them and ask what their roles will be. It'll make for an easier decision-making process and if you do go with that company, you'll be a step ahead in the relationship building process as well.

SEO Guarantees (Watch Out!)

As the saying goes, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". If an SEO company guarantees results, be suspicious. The best search engine optimizer will tell you, there is no exact way to know where your website will be ranked in the search engines after optimization is complete. Search engines do not reveal the exact way that they choose which website is better than another, so no one knows exactly what will place your site above another. We have a great article you should read: Guaranteed SEO Rankings.

Google also made a great video about hiring an SEO agency. Check it out below.

SEO Pricing & Value

As with web design services, it's not always how much you're paying but how much you'll get in return. Paying $5,000 a month for search engine optimization that produces results, and ultimately sales, is a much better value than spending $1,00 a month on SEO services that don't increase your market exposure or sales. Read a full article on how much do SEO services cost?

Just be sure that the company you go with can produce results. The search engines are powerful tools and your website will gain traffic and business if SEO and website marketing is implemented correctly!

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