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    Separating the wheat from the chaff: how do you choose a *good* SEO?

    How does one choose a good, reputable SEO consultant?

    There are so many snake-oil salesmen out there posing as SEO experts. You could get a really bad one! The thing is, if you don't know what you're looking for, you don't know what's dodgy or good. Also, the discipline of SEO is kind of difficult to understand if you're a newbie at that whole thing.

    What should people be asking about when they look to engage a good SEO consultant? I'm talking stuff like testimonials from other customers, things like that. If someone phones, emailed, or came to your office and said, "Look I know I need SEO, but what is it? Also, why should I hire you?" -- what should you tell them or show them to prove how good you are?
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    Kinda old but still relevant. Check out this artilce by aaron wall:
    http://www.search-marketing.info/new...right-shoe.htm

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    http://www.phoenixrealm.com/find-the-right-seo-company/
    and I think it's helpful for those who want to find the right SEO company.
    Last edited by raena; Nov 27, 2009 at 06:23. Reason: we don't copy-paste entire articles here

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    I never read anything about this topic since it is common knowledge. How do you choose any service over the other? Accomplishments. Case Studies. If SEO doesn't have a detailed case study for at least 3 client projects then I would look somewhere else.

    Conversion optimizations? Statistics before and after.

    First spots in Google for highly competitive keywords (both product-based and information-based).

    etc
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    I never read anything about this topic since it is common knowledge.
    Well, there are obviously lots of people getting sucked in by shady operators, so I don't think it is common knowledge,
    "I'm Commander Shepard, and this is
    my favourite post on the internet."

    We'll miss you, Dan Schulz.

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    When I didn't know SEO and was looking for an SEO firm, I went on a prospect's site and called 3 of their clients randomly. They all seemed to be real happy with the work. That's just one thing you can do.

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    Being asked this question many times by my clients, I simply recorded a video about it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xzF3Icw9HQ (part 1)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcpRVfdnqBA (part 2)
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    I do some research whenever I needed a reputable SEO consultant, I check the company profile and background thoroughly. I think that, it all ends up to the outcome of there work to figure out how good they are in the field of SEO.

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    To best answer this question it might be important for yourself to take a small training course in SEO. It will give you a better understanding on what types of questions to ask and what to also look out for that might signal a red flag.
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