Search Engine Optimization Consulting
SEO has become a lot more complex over the past few years. Previously, it was possible to do your own SEO for free and get acceptable search engine rankings. However, search engine algorithms (complex sets of rules for how results are delivered) have become more complex, and there are multiple pitfalls that are unknown to the novice. Hiring a qualified SEO consultant will allow you to bridge the gap between theory and practice.
- Keyword Research
- Baseline Reporting
- DomainTrust Audit
- Link Popularity Audit and Analysis
- Competitive Analysis
- Optimized Code Analysis and Recommendations
- Professional Content Optimization
- Account Management
- Rankings Management
- Scheduled Optimized Code/Content Check-ups
- Website Analytics
- Monthly Recommendations
- Quarterly Reviews
- Online Reputation Managment
More About Search Engine Optimization
One of the first things to know is that your online competitors have most likely been using search engine optimization consulting firms for a number of years. There are only a few sites online (like Myspace, Wikipedia, and Facebook) that have the kind of strength to get good rankings by being “viral.” Most other sites need SEO consulting from the outset, because it is essential to make your site readable to search engines in a manner that is consistent with a number of factors. For instance, the site has to be readable to the search engine spider (also called the useragent), formatted in a logical hierarchy, and content-rich. It can’t have content that has already been seen on other websites, or it won’t get good rankings. Worse yet, you have to get other sites out on the internet to link to yours, and if you don’t do this right, your site will get banished into results pages that nobody can see.
What should you look for in an SEO consultant? In a word, experience. Consulting requires a level of expertise that comes from optimizing a variety of websites. A little known fact about search engine algorithms is that there are different rules for different lines of business. Optimizing a real estate website uses different factors than a site for pharmaceuticals, and optimizing for B2B firms will use different elements than B2C ecommerce companies. While it is true that search optimization rules are fairly similar for all sites, a consultant who has a diverse range of knowledge will be able to apply techniques and tricks that may be unknown to someone who has only optimized a few sites, or who only optimizes for one field of business.
SEO consulting firms (and individuals) will present customized solutions to each client based on individual factors. The number and type of links already pointing at your website are going to determine link popularity initiatives, and the current setup of your website is going to determine the necessary strategy. There is no such thing as “one size fits all” optimization, so your consultant should be able to craft a plan that takes on page factors (meta tags, titles, content, and navigation) into account while simultaneously designing a linking strategy that bolsters your overall site popularity.
Finally, hiring an SEO consultant should be an educational process for you as a business leader. Your consulting firm should be able to explain every part of the process in a straightforward manner that gives you confidence in every part of the process. You should get transparent information that shows you how well all the initiatives are working, and consulting alternatives based around how much you would like to spend on the entire project. Given the nature of the internet, there are no “proprietary” techniques or secrets, but there are large advantages that come from proven search engine optimization experience. The best SEO consultants educate you on how the optimizing process works, because it will give you the ability to explain the progress of the project to decision makers in your company, and counsel them on the patience required for an initiative that can take up to 6 months to show appreciable results. In the final analysis, your SEO consulting partner is there to get more traffic and sales on your website, so finding the best consultants may take some homework, but it is the first step in improving your bottom line.