- By John Cunningham
- Published 08/3/2009
Search engine optimization (SEO) has grown into a lucrative business such that almost everyone who wanted a quick and easy way to earn money has considered offering SEO services. It is in fact so easy to learn how to do SEO. It is considered as the modern backyard industry, because all you need to get started is a PC and an Internet connection, and the ability to sell your services to potential clients. Because of the fact that the SEO industry is a democratized industry, many who offer SEO services these days are not competent enough to provide quality SEO services. What can you expect from people who sell better than do SEO? As such, it is very important that you weigh your options and evaluate potential service providers, in case you are looking at partnering with one. It is also important for you to know that as with any industry, the SEO industry is replete with scammers, which makes selecting your partner of choice a bigger challenge.
When choosing an SEO services provider, there are a number of key factors that you should keep in mind so you are sure that you are getting no less than quality SEO services. The first thing that you should do is to carefully evaluate your list of potential partners. The biggest mistake that SEO clients make is to jump at the first provider that presents to them or that sounds credible and competent enough without doing some background- or fact-checking. Scammers are evolving as fast a
s the Internet is, so remember that when it comes to SEO, sometimes the providers are really not what they seem. There are a number of ways by which you can accurately evaluate your potential SEO provider. You can, for example, test their responsiveness by sending an email or placing a call. A provider who gets back to you right away should be in your shortlist because responsiveness will play an important role in your engagement. Also, you will know that a company is legitimate and reputable if it does not hesitate to give details to any prospective client or to the public in general. If you go to their website, they should have an “About Us” page that clearly tells you about their business, when they were established, their headquarters or place of business, as well as the people behind them. There should also be a page dedicated to testimonials from satisfied customers, along with their names and contact details or affiliation for confirmation purposes.
Finally, because this is a cutthroat industry, many players resort to unfounded promises just to get clients to sign up with them. No matter how tempting they may sound, promises of instant results or guarantees that you will rise up to the number one position are most probably empty. In fact, you know that your SEO provider is legitimate if it is candid enough to tell you that SEO does not guarantee these things. Instead, they should be able to offer you statistics about your website standing, as well as track developments about your website’s positioning in search engines.