Does anyone pay a company to get SEO for their hubpages? If so, is it worth it and which one do you use?
I think most SEO experts are a waste of money - and often dangerous. Lots of pretenders. If I had to pick one, probably Jill Whalen. I've followed her in forums for years and have been to a couple of her seminars.
It’s unlikely that an SEO company would agree to SEO your HubPages. The site is not under you ownership and that in itself causes quite a few problems. It’s more likely that a SEO company would use HubPages and other web 2.0 properties to help optimize a site you personally owned and controled.
No, it cost more and empty my pockets. My goal is to get regular payouts with my own efforts.
Most of the good SEO companies charge more than it is worth for home publishers, you would get much more from either researching things yourself, or looking for a local (highly rated) SEO tutor or class.
just be careful. There are many SEO experts contacting site owners and promising them the world and bleeding them dry of thousands of dollars and results - Zero.
Anyone who contacts you out of the blue promising you the world is hardly likely to be an SEO expert. If they were, there would be no need to contact you in the first place!
These cold callers are simply con men and spammers rather than, as you describe them, SEO experts.
In my belief, everyone knows their industry and niche better than any SEO company. SEO is very time consuming, but easily learnable and can make a huge difference in your online presence. Would you really want to outsource articles about your market (that you know the most about)? Remember, anything an SEO company does for you is irreversable.
It is extremely hard for me to trust an SEO company to not get my website blacklisted. I have continually researched and done all our company's SEO myself.
I did approach several a few years back. I have a hub that goes into detail about the value of SEO firms, but the overview is this:
Some of them were idiots. I mean that they made horrible suggestions like using invisible text and other long ago antics.
Some were simply mildly incompetent. One insisted that my left side bar was being seen first by Google and was "confusing" them (his words). I pointed out that the sidebar position was done with CSS and actually would be the LAST thing their spider read; he had no idea what CSS was.
Another didn't know what an xml sitemap is and had never heard of Google Webmaster tools.
Many of them insisted that they could help me rank "better" for keywords that I already have top SERP for - obviously they never even tried typing those words into Google!
Another bragged to me that he could get me into the top few hundred thousand positions in Alexa. As my site typically floats around position 40,000 or less, he obviously never checked. I asked him if he really thought it would be valuable to me to be LESS well ranked there!
It wasn't all bad. Some were intelligent, but none of them really had anything of value to offer. If you are going to turn all this over to someone else, a few of them might have been good choices, but there are so many bozos I would be very wary.
I get paid a fair amount for my SEO services, and I definitely agree that you should avoid the cold callers who offer SEO services.
If you own a company and are willing to spend several grand you can get some great people to improve your websites SEO, but you do have to choose carefully.
The people I talked to were not cold callers. They were people I found through Google search. I paid several of them small initial consultation fees ranging from $50 to $100 or so.
As I said, they were not all bad. Far too many were, though.
As I had no intention of hiring anyone (It was all just research for an article), I didn't care, but it did surprise me how horrible so many were.
I don't pay for any one , i make seo for my hubs with my self.
I don't advice to go for the SEO on the assets of others. Hubpages is not your or my company. So spending money on this is really useless. We should have few basic knowledge of onpage seo and its enough to get rank. Sometimes you can do social bookmarking and article submission yourself for your hubpages.
Simply if you want to learn about SEO for your HubPages and you have Google Analytics installed you can look at the Keyword Report and referring traffic to see. A HubPage is like a website but you do not own it.
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