Top 8 Questions to Ask the SEO Company Before Hiring

May 10, 2011
by Kimberly Treacy

    Search Engine Optimization Check List When you are looking to purchase successful and reliable Search Engine Optimization Services, it is helpful to know personal and technical aspects of their business. An SEO company should be able to give you a general plan on how they attempt to get your website ranked on the top listing for value added keywords. As mentioned in “Guaranteed Number One in Google – the truth behind the line“, make sure to listen for buzz words that indicate that black hat SEO techniques are being used. An SEO Company breaking the rules can do more damage than good to your website and company reputation.

    Big Red SEO strives to teach our clients and potential clients the basics of SEO. While you may not want to perform the necessary tasks to get your top rankings in search engine results page, you need to understand why you are investing in our services. Below, we have provided a list of questions that are vitally important to determine if the SEO company you are reviewing is reliable. Search Engine Optimization has become a hot topic over the years and unfortunately new SEO companies appear overnight.

    What is an Overnight SEO Company?

    Typically, overnight SEO Companies watch a video or come across a “get rich quick scheme” that teaches them SEO techniques that were used years ago. These are the companies that search engines like Google are blacklisting. Be sure to view our article “Google Penguin 2.0 – Biggest SEO Change Ever!” to learn more.

    Below, our Big Red SEO Team have provided top questions we recommend you to ask a SEO company you’re are looking to hire. These questions will be give you a great start and help determine if they can provide you the top ranking in search engines.

    1. How long have you been in business?
    2. How can I expect to communicate with you?
    3. Will you share with me all the changes you make to my site, and provide detailed information about your recommendations and the reasoning behind them?
    4. Can you show me some example clients of yours and share what was successful for them?
    5. What is your overall SEO strategy, and where are you most proficient? Do you employ black hat techniques that can get me banned?
    6. What do you offer for analytics, web design and usability, conversion tracking, and PPC?
    7. What kind of results can I expect, how long does it take to get position one, and how do I measure your success?
    8. What’s your experience in local, national and seasonal SEO?

    Contact Big Red SEO Today!

    Search engine optimization is a service, not a product. It can take time to see results, sometimes as much as two or three months, so it is important to ask questions so you feel confident in what you are investing in. You do not have to be technically knowledgeable of SEO terminology but knowing the concept behind what you are looking to purchase is a great start. Here at Big Red SEO, we would be glad to help you more on your search engine optimization needs. Feel free to call us at (402) 522-6468 or feel free to fill out our contact form for more information.

    Kimberly Treacy

    About

    Kimberly Treacy (Talbot) is an SEO Guru with a ‘no bullshit’ attitude. As the owner of Big Red SEO, she provides companies of all sizes what they need to know to get their business in front of those looking for their services and products. Big Red SEO is one of the few search engine optimization companies that offers ‘industry exclusivity’ meaning we only work with one company within an industry and their market at a time.

    20 comments

    1. Jacquie Bartolini
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      Search Engine Optimization. You should be using good SEO principles in every type of marketing you do. This includes how you build your web pages and blog posts. Your graphics should be targeting keyword phrases as well.

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      Heya! I realize this is somewhat off-topic however I needed to ask. Does building a well-established blog like yours require a massive amount work? I am brand new to running a blog however I do write in my diary on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my experience and views online. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou!

      • Kim at Big Red SEO (The Omaha SEO Company)
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        @FACEBOOK POKER, setting up a blog can at times be intimidating but with the right resources it is a piece of cake. I would suggest contacting http://www.handsonwebhosting.com where you can install word press with a click of a button. Once it is installed you choose a theme and start typing.

        The major area of work is creating your articles and making unique (new content). I will be posting an article soon that will tell you how to write a unique article.

        Kim with Big Red SEO, The Omaha SEO Company

    3. Anonymous
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    4. Anonymous
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      Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

      • Kim at Big Red SEO (The Omaha SEO Company)
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        We are not experiencing loading issues here. I would suggest clearing your computers cookies. Can you tell me which browser you are using?

        Kim with Big Red SEO, The Omaha SEO Company

    5. |

      Howdy! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

      • kim
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        Hello Chipspokerzynga, Yes we are on twitter. Our username is @bigredseo. Feel free to find us!

    6. Andre van Wyk
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      There are so many entities and firms which are not taking full advantage of local search programs.

    7. chipspokerzynga
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      Hey there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any solutions to protect against hackers?

      • kim
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        We do not have issues with hackers due to our hosting company, http://www.handsonwebhosting.com taking care of us.

        Here is 3 things I would suggest you do:

        1. Make sure your WordPress and plugins are up to date.

        2. Make backups within WordPress so you do not lose your work.

        3. Switch a host that makes backups for you. I would suggest http://www.handsonwebhosting.com as they perform hourly backups, have cPanel hosting and softaculous for easy WordPress installs.

        Hope this helps you!

    8. |

      I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Superb work!

      • kim
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        Hello FACEBOOKPOKER,

        We created our own theme and have a designer on staff.

    9. Chandra Netter
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    10. freeiphonenews
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      • kim
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        I would suggest doing a Google search for discussion forums on topics you wish to get involved with.

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