Think Beyond SEO
In general, companies that focus on actual sales and conversions as a key performance metric likely also have a skill-set in Conversion Optimization. Once your site is receiving healthy traffic, Conversion Optimization is the process of continually improving the website 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 a 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.
Significant traffic declines can happen if you get hit with a Google penalty. If you’re in this situation, learn more about our SEO recovery services or have an SEO audit performed on your website to understand your issues more clearly.
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 choosing an extended partner in your business. Chemistry matters. The ideal company for your business will have a keen 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 actually 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 often required 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 a more natural decision-making process. If you do choose 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 $1,000 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 properly executed!
Also be sure to check out our articles on PPC Management Pricing if you are also interested the instant-gratification pay-per-click advertising model available from search engines like Google.
Choosing the Right SEO Company
Remember, it’s not about finding the best SEO company, instead focus on finding the best SEO company for your website and its goals. In case you weren’t taking notes, we’ve summed up our 6 tips for choosing the best SEO company below.
Follow These 6 Tips For Choosing The Best SEO Company
- Ask for case studies and examples of successful SEO campaigns
- Think beyond SEO
- Visit the SEO company in person
- Understand the risks of low-cost SEO agencies
- Avoid SEO guarantees
- Familiarize yourself with SEO pricing models and establish an SEO budget