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Lee Odden

How to Hire a SEO Firm – According to Google

Lee Odden on Sep 17th, 2008     Google, Online Marketing, SEO, Social Media

With search engine optimization a challenge for most company marketers to stay current with, how exactly are businesses supposed to confidently hire a SEO consultant? Google has an opinion on this if you haven’t noticed.

There’s an ongoing dance of sorts between search engines like Google and the search engine optimization community. They both want a win/win for the searcher (relevant results) and for the same reasons (revenue) but from different perspectives. Google uses the content of web sites against which to run its ads and make money for itself and it’s advertising clients. SEO consultants optimize those web sites to rank higher in the “free” or non-ad portion of the search results for a fee in order to drive traffic to increase their client’s sales.

Lee Odden

5 Pros and Cons of SEO Consultant vs Agency

Lee Odden on Jul 20th, 2007     Business of SEO, Online Marketing, SEO

A reader commented recently about not wanting to hire an entire agency, but rather an individual consultant for search marketing services. From a service provider perspective, I’ve tried it “both ways” so to speak, working at an agency, then as an independent consultant and now with our Public Relations and Online Marketing agencies.

There are obvious advantages and disadvantages to hiring consultants vs an agency engagement, but over time (10+ years) I think I’ve gained a fairly practical and experience based perspective.

As I see it, here are a few of the pros and cons of hiring consultants compared to hiring search marketing agencies.

Hiring a search marketing consultant

Pros:

  • Specialized – you can get the best
  • Personal attention from a senior practitioner
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Top 5 Ways SEO Agencies and Clients Piss Each Other Off

Lee Odden on Jan 17th, 2007     Business of SEO, Online Marketing

Communication is key in business relationships as much as it is in personal relationships. Most of the disappointments that often happen in client/agency relationships have to do with faults in communication. Not being able to empathize with another’s perspective can make things troublesome pretty quickly.

Below are some real and some tongue in cheek considerations for why SEO firm and client relationships can get shaky:

Top 5 Ways SEO Agencies Piss Off Their Clients:

  1. Agency over promises and under delivers
  2. Agency uses tricks and gets client site penalized by search engines
  3. SEO techie insults client side account manager on lack of knowledge about topics such as latent semantic indexing and not knowing the name of the last Google update

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