What is the cost of SEO — A few things you will want to know before hiring an agency.

How much should you spend on SEO services?

According to a survey done by Search Engine Watch, you can expect to pay a monthly retainer of anywhere between $750–5,000 per month for high quality, and white hat search engine optimization services.

For a basic SEO audit, which would take an estimated 5–10 hours, range from $600 to $2,000 is recommended depending on the volume of work. Luckily a leading SEO service provider WebSuitable provides these audits free of charge. (Click here to get your own free SEO audit).

On average SEO companies will charge anywhere between $125 — $200 per hour for an just the analysis, yikes!

Why are there such varying cost difference with SEO?

SEO is not a one size fits all marketing strategy. Every business website is unique, no two campaigns are ever the exact same. For that reason, a unique strategy and analysis must be carried to determine the best ranking and link acquisitions.

Depending on the number of keywords or the competitiveness of the market you are in, or even the number of locations you are trying to rank for will all factor into the complexity of work that is required in any given month in order to rank your website in the search results.

A typical campaign will look at meta information, word counts, keyword density, geo-based factors, page structure, canonicals, schema markup and any coding issues with the site which may be holding you back. The off-page work will consist of citations, social signals, blog posting and press release distribution which are all activities aimed at building reputation and credibility to your site, that is what search engines like Google love to see!

Is SEO real?

“SEO is as real as Sun and the Sky. You can’t ignore the power of SEO (Search Engine Optimization)…. SEO is not very hard, all it takes is unfeigned efforts. If you know the white-hat techniques of optimizing a website, then you can simply do optimize your website for search engines.” — Quora

While that is true and you can certainly perform many of the simpler tasks like registering your business on local directories or even updating your site content the truth is many small business owners simply do not have the time to learn everything there is to know about SEO and fiddle around with learning technical skills to optimize their sites.

This is precisely where a managed Local SEO service geared for small business comes in handy.

How long does it take to start seeing results with SEO?

A typical amount of time to expect to see positive ranking movement is anywhere from 1–3 months. Additionally, your site can attain first page rankings in an estimated 6–8 months (8–12 months for a competitive market).

Where can I find a trusted local SEO company to work with?

WebSuitable is a Digital Marketing Agency located in Ottawa, Canada, and was recently named as one of the country’s fastest growing SEO firms according to Clutch.co. They have also received recognition from industry authorities such as Top SEO’s, and UpCity. Give them a call today or visit them online at https://www.websuitable.com to find out more.