SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is an aspect of digital marketing that you can’t afford to do wrong.
If you are relying on paid advertisements alone, then you are on the wrong track. Consumers are wary of paid ads.
According to Moz of all US searches, only ~2.8% of people click on paid advertisements.
Moreover, if you embark on paid advertisement campaign and your website is slow and not well optimised, you will be throwing money down the drain. Because this stats say, 39 per cent of people will leave a website if it takes too long to load.
These days, more than 60% of internet users turn to search engines to find information; getting your site appearing in search results is even more critical.
The importance attached to SEO is one of the reasons why you need to find the best SEO agency you can afford to partner. To do your SEO well, right from the very start.
For example, 48% of local searches result in phone calls or people visiting that location in 24 hours.
When growing your business online, you’re not only competing against your direct competitors; you are also competing against all other website owners. You are all competing for the coveted top position on the first page in search engine results.
Stats from Moz, the top 3 or 4 results are getting more than 70% of those clicks, 65% or 70% and Page 1 gets 95% plus of the clicks.
According to this article, a recent study shows that the first three organic search ranking positions result in nearly 40 per cent of all click-throughs. While up to 30 per cent of all results on Page 1 and 2 don’t get clicked at all.
The same article in Search Engine Journal also mentions that Google owns about 75 per cent of the overall search market. The remaining 25 per cent of the market held by other engines is valuable to brands, too. It is the reason why the majority of SEO practitioners focus on Google.
Criteria Used in Selecting the Right SEO Agency
So how can you go about selecting a top SEO agency that’s right for your brand? As a business owner, it’s understandable if you don’t know much about SEO.
However, you don’t need to worry. Your SEO agency must explain to you what SEO is all about. For a start, you can use the three criteria mentioned below as a guide.
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Compatibility is one of the most important things to expect from an SEO agency. The SEO agency needs to get to know your business.
They need to discuss with you to understand your own business and define the goals of your SEO campaign.
You need to agree on what KPI’s (links, rankings, traffic, referrals, social shares, and so on) you’d be using to measure the success or otherwise of your campaign.
Discuss the cost and if it’s affordable for you taking into consideration that an SEO campaign is not a one-off affair. It usually requires a long-term commitment from both parties to yield any tangible results.
Find out what strategies they would use to help you meet your goals and if they would be able to achieve your goals within a reasonable timeframe. According to these stats, 56% of organisations don’t feel they’re capable of defining a focused digital strategy.
Is the SEO agency ready to answer all your questions? Are they transparent about their strategies and processes, or are they dodgy?
Transparency is a sensitive topic because SEO and most things related to digital marketing have to do with intellectual property.
So the agency may not want to divulge all their processes and strategies to you without getting a firm commitment from you.
Agency’s not willing to divulge all their processes to you is understandable. After all, as a client, you must learn to respect the agency’s intellectual property rights. Nobody likes a client who tries to “play smart” or “pick your brain” for free.
Ask lots of questions to know if the SEO agency that offers the level of transparency that makes you feel comfortable.
Once you’ve selected your preferred SEO agencies and they’ve signed you on as a client you should expect that their level of transparency will increase.
One thing you must realise, as noted in this article is that the constant change in search engine algorithms, makes the majority of digital marketers learn on the job.
There must be open lines of communication. The agency must be proactive in communicating to you how your campaign is performing and if any issues need attention.
With regards to the set goals and KPI established, you must hold the SEO agency accountable to meet them.
Before you hire an SEO agency, they must tell you who will be held accountable for what and why.
They should also be able to let you know the kind of feedback they would need from you on your SEO campaign.
Most professional SEO agencies are proactive in this regard and will always reach out to you with daily, weekly, or monthly and so on, accounts and reports depending on what you’ve agreed.
They will keep you abreast of the what, why and how of each step in your campaign. If the drive is not going according to plan, the agency will reach out to you with suggestions on what to do to get back on track.
These three things are some of the most important criteria you should use in selecting an SEO agency to handle your SEO campaigns.
As mentioned before, it’s essential to partner with an agency that understands your brand’s vision and mission.
Your brand is unique, and the SEO agency that you hire has to treat your brand as such and find custom SEO solutions for your brand.
Gone are the days of cookie-cutter one size fits all SEO campaigns. Google’s algorithm has developed a lot than what it was 5 or 10 years ago. Therefore your SEO strategies and tactics have to move with the times.
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