Businesses struggling are often searching for low costs and quick fixes, hoping for miracles.
They see an appealing ad online from some sleazy marketer and immediately jump in.
Not only that, but as an exclusive and limited bonus, “You get the whole world kissing your butt for JUST $99 per month.”
“That’s right, folks, and it’s an offer you can’t let pass!”
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It’s sad to say, but this is often the case with the whole SEO scene.
A lot of people’s expectations are out of line when it comes to SEO. This makes it easier for sleazy SEO companies to snatch a good chunk out of your marketing budget.
When your gut tells you it’s too good to be true, then 99.9% of the time, you’re right!
But why do people still chuck their money to these cheap SEO companies every month?
I guess it’s human nature. We want to dream and believe that it’s all going to work out in the end.
Besides, “The world’s going to kiss my butt for just $99.”
What a deal!
Don’t get me wrong. I’d love for your dreams to come true! And I’d like to see your clients rave about your business.
But as a business owner looking to succeed by being cheap, you won’t have that raving fan base anytime soon.
You’ve got to give value to get value.
If Rome had cheap people running it, the empire would crumble within a few hours and ceased to exist in history.
Never give cheap people the keys to your empire.
Cheap SEO Is Always Expensive SEO
Yeah, no kidding. You think you’re getting a bargain, but it’s going to come biting you in the rear-end.
The damage cheap SEO does to your website is quite painful.
There are loads of shitty backlinks, and the entire website structure is out of wack.
Getting this all fixed depends on how long you let those companies mess with your SEO.
The more the damage, the higher the cost of getting it fixed.
The time it takes to go through thousands of links and disavowing them can be discouraging. Believe it or not, but a good SEO company may not even want to mess with it because they don’t want to deal with the headache.
Once that’s fixed, you can then build a proper portfolio with quality backlinks.
There’s more to it like website structure and technical SEO. I bet your last company didn’t talk about that with you, huh?
Sometimes that type of work requires a professional developer to help. It’s not cheap, either.
If you don’t think the last SEO company did much or any damage to your SEO, the question I would ask you is.
How long have you been with your SEO company, and are you on top of the first page of Google for any keywords?
The more important question is, are you getting the types of leads you want, and making sales?
If you find it hard to answer any of those with confidence, there’s a big issue.
If you’ve been with your SEO company longer than a year and still see mediocre results, your best bet is to end it.
End it fast!
And if you end it, do not jump from one cheap company to another affordable company. It’s an endless loop of misery both mentally and financially.
Many people do this, and it’s a waste of their time and money.
No matter what, Cheap SEO is always the same. It’s digging a deeper hole of a problem than you started with.
Because a lot of cheap SEO companies use Blackhat tricks.
The stuff that gets you penalized by Google. If not now, then soon when they update their algorithm.
Real SEO requires time and quality of the work.
It takes time to create valuable content for your website that Google and your visitors love.
To keep it simple. You want all SEO work to be quality. You want quality effort put into your website and business.
It can’t be outsourced for a mere $99 or $299 a month.
If cheap SEO services could get everyone results… Then why are there still so many businesses out there struggling?
Black hat SEO done by cheap SEO providers is: “everyone is doing the same thing” there’s no differentiation. No competitive edge…
Would a well-known company in your industry pay that cheap service to get to where they are?
If you’ve read this far, you most likely understand.
We may have a chance to save your business from further damage.
The Three Red Flags to Avoid When Choosing an SEO Company to Work With
Red Flag #1
To have a pleasant experience with SEO from the very start, all you need to do is avoid lousy SEO services.
Easier said than done, of course.
A lot of people don’t know how to go about detecting lousy SEO services.
For one, you should avoid cheap SEO services (what we’ve been discussing at the very beginning).
But what is cheap SEO? How much should you even spend?
Money-wise cheap SEO is usually around $100 – $500 a month.
If that’s too much for your budget, then that tells me your business is either a startup doing DIY SEO.
Has been doing SEO with little to no results (low-quality SEO).
The truth is, the ROI of quality SEO will generate “mucho” revenue for your business. You don’t even think about the cost after that because it’ll be minuscule.
Pricing SEO requires many factors and isn’t a one size fits all kind of deal. The company you work with should care about where you’re at and the type of problems you’re facing. They need to understand how much it will take to solve the problem and give you the proper estimate to get you a good ROI.
Red Flag #2
The second red flag is promising you’ll get quick results or bold guarantees.
Any SEO company that promises & guarantees you significant results within the 1st month is lying to you.
This is especially if you’re in a competitive market.
Ok, I lied, you can see some results in the 1st month, but they’re minor.
The results you get depends on how competitive your keywords, your location, and your market is. The more competitive, the longer it’ll take to see results. The less competitive, the quicker it is to see results.
Usually, the first month of proper SEO work is to fix any technical SEO and Web Structure. Think of it as setting the foundation for everything to work.
Keep this in mind. “SEO is a long-term strategy.” It isn’t a “quick get me to the first page, and then bye!”
It doesn’t work like that.
SEO takes six months to see some decent results and up to a year to see actual results.
Yes, that sounds like a long time. But when the results come, it’ll always generate organic leads and sales for your years and years to come.
Why does it take so long?
Because it takes consistency to produce quality content on your website, it takes effort to reach out to other authorities and earn backlinks. And it takes time to gain trust from Google as an authority.
Red Flag #3
The third Red Flag! Keeping secrets and not showing you exactly what they do.
Sleazy SEO companies will come up with excuses such as, “It’s our private method and can’t reveal it to the public.” and “We can’t tell you what we do because it’s our competitive edge and we don’t want the competitors to know about it!”
There are no secrets to SEO. It requires rolling up your sleeves and doing it the right way from the get-go.
A real SEO company that cares about your results will tell you exactly what they’re doing to your website. The exact strategy and approach they’re going to take. And they’re going to share it with you every single month.
Honest, no bullshit, and straight to the point SEO is what I call it.
Here’s what they’re hiding from you—blackhat SEO tricks, backlink building software, and content generator that plagiarizes other’s work.
All the gimmick will end up costing you, as we mentioned a while back.
Don’t dig any more holes you can’t get yourself out of.
Treat Your Business with Respect and Give It the Best.
You may have heard it from others, but your business is your baby.
Would you let an abusive baby sitter take care of your baby?
Healthy growth starts with a solid foundation.
I hope you found this article before ever getting into SEO. Saving you time and money while getting results is what the actual value of SEO is all about!
Now that the beans have spilled, take caution when deciding to work with any SEO company, even ours.
And if you’re stuck in a similar situation, get yourself out of there and find someone better. You always have that choice.
Use these red flags for when you are looking to work with any SEO company.
P.S: If you’re interested in getting a free audit done for your website and SEO, reach out to us here.