Everybody is an expert in search engine optimization technologies, or so it would seem. The fact is that old school SEOs were knowledgeable in artificially bringing a website to the forefront of Google’s natural listings. The methods used to deploy this type of artificial technology are called black hat and offer temporary success at best. In the long run they will destroy websites credibility and ultimately penalize a website to the point where only Indiana Jones could find it. Let us take a look at some of the ways you can safeguard yourself and your business from contracting the wrong SEO.
Do not be lured by promises of fast or immediate page ranking jumps. Google with Panda and Penguin measuring everything a website does makes it virtually impossible to artificially rank a website. Even if something does climb to the top of the natural listings Google is sure to find out through other methods. Like your competition. Ask the search engine optimizer what steps he will take to improve your rankings. What is the game plan they would use to help ensure a steady but natural rise in the listing?
How will the SEO use local listing algorithms to help you attract a higher listing. What methods embraced by Google will the SEO use bring to the forefront your ebusiness? Make sure that local businesses, their addresses, and perhaps a brief description of what they do can in fact help your ranking. As an example, if you own a restaurant, include local distributors where you purchase some of your goods. If you are a national marketer bring write blogs about local merchants who have purchased your goods and or services.
Will the SEO offer methods to make your website more engaging. Will the user experience offered by your site keep the user engrossed long enough to influence Google’s algorithms? Time spent on your site will not only turn into a more influential page ranking but will ultimately turn into sales.
How will the SEO take your unique visitors and convert them into euros or dollars. How will the conversion rate you currently have improved upon. If the SEO can raise your unique visitors dynamics and in addition to that the conversion rate your sales will grow proportionally.
You can evaluate an SEO in ways other than your listing rank. See if they can be contacted easily, ask questions about the campaign they have designed for you, have them help you through the ins and outs of Google search engine and how the other search engines work. If once you are satisfied with their work ethic then you can perhaps propose a longer relationship.
Lastly, choose an SEO as you would a sales person, check their references, any other work they may have done, other clients etcetera. It is the surest way to look under the hood of your new business partner. They hold some of the most important keys to your success, be prudent and diligent in choosing wisely.
Selecting an SEO Expert and emplying him or her is the best investment for your business.