Most of us in the business space recognize that as technology continues to revolutionize our world, it has seeped its way into the core of what we do. Some time ago, it was deemed essential to have a website. Some time later, it was also deemed essential to get involved in social media. But many have seemingly missed the memo on SEO. Not doing SEO is like saying “I don’t need any new traffic to my website,” which then equates to “I don’t need any new business.” It’s the 2017 equivalent to starting a business, opening an office or storefront, and then not putting out a sign.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of increasing the visibility of a web page in a web search engine’s unpaid results. It’s an organic marketing method, and it follows the logic that the higher ranked results on popular search engines like Google (who has the most authority in this sphere), Yahoo, and Bing will drive the most traffic. Effective SEO consists of a variety of different activities broadly grouped into “on-site” and “off-site” optimization categories. I could go on for days talking about SEO methodology, tricks, and techniques. I myself have done it for quite some time and have made it the topic of deep study in the past year. I would rather answer the question, “Well if this is so important, I’ll do it, but how do I get the best value?”
Below I’ve outlined four steps to getting the best value for this vital business tool:
1. Have realistic goals.
The outcome of SEO is commonly referred to as “earned” results. We use benchmarks and set goals, execute the activities, and then monitor and analyze our results to truly optimize the page(s). Seeing good results involves setting realistic goals for an SEO campaign. A small-medium sized business typically cannot expect to compete with the industry leader from the get-go, and any good SEO provider will agree. It’s typically best to start by localizing your campaign to appeal to a more specific target market, for example, by zooming in on a smaller geographic area. We refer to this as “Local SEO.”
2. Set the right budget.
Setting the right budget could really fit under the heading of “Be realistic,” but I separated them to stress it’s importance. Here’s the bottom line: Good SEO will only go as far as your budget allows it to. This is why it is of extreme importance that you set the right budget to get the best value and see the results you want. SEO services are typically paid for as a monthly retainer, and it’s usually best to start with a more aggressive campaign, so you can begin to see immediate results. This requires a higher budget that can later be reduced based on your positioning.
3. Find the right provider.
After you’ve set the right budget, it’s time to find the right SEO provider. Your goal is to find the provider that can offer the most for your money, because with SEO, more is definitely better. Have the provider fully explain what activities will be executed, and to what extent (typically, for how many hours/month). Ensure that they will provide reports to track progress and offer support to answer any questions or concerns. Like anything else, remember that you will get what you pay for. Be wary of any provider offering services for less than $1000/month (which will typically only be part-time, not full-time anyways), and expect to pay a deposit up front.
4. Give it time.
Proper SEO is a continual process. It’s not done overnight, and it’s not a “one-and-done” deal either. This is why most SEO providers require at least a 3 month contract. If after 3 months you see absolutely no progress, it’s probably best to change providers. But typically, by this time, you will begin to see the results you want. This is when you can reduce your budget, but you’ll still need to allocate some money to maintain your new rankings. It’s best to set aside at least 1/2 of what you started with as a monthly retainer for the ongoing services.
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Samuel Corso is the CEO of TechSuite. He is passionate about bringing quality technology to business leaders and entrepreneurs.