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Why Are Professional Search Engine Marketing Services So Important?

Updated on March 19, 2011

Search Engine Optimization (SEO), as a service and an industry, took a while to fully mature and come into its own. For years (and one could argue that it is still going on), professionals would debate back and forth about whether SEO was a viable service and whether it was even necessary. Now, though, so many businesses have seen what can happen when a website reaches the top of the search engines for some important or lucrative keywords that SEO, in some form, has become almost indispensible.

The question then becomes: can you do it on your own, or should you seek professional search engine marketing services?

Time vs. Costs

The truth is that the basics of SEO really aren’t that hard to grasp. With a little bit of effort and research, it is possible for anyone to start down the right path. Doing your own online marketing will, of course, save you some money – at least at first.

What you need to ask yourself is: how much time can you devote to doing your own SEO? The process may be relatively simple (at least at the basic level), but it can be extremely time consuming. If these activities start getting in the way of actually conducting your business, the costs of doing it on your own may actually turn out to be too high.

A Never-ending Learning Curve

The thing that many businesses don’t realize about the search engines is that they are not static entities. The SEO tactics that worked one year may not work the next. You may think that you have learned something about the search engine algorithms only to find out that they have changed how they rate various elements of your website.

Search Engine Optimization is ongoing. You must keep learning, evolving, and doing in order to keep up with the changes in the search engines. Many companies don’t have the capacity to do this in-house when they have so many other things to worry about, which is why they start to consider employing professional search engine marketing services.

What You Get

A professional search engine marketing company should be able to provide you with a wide range of services beyond the basics, and they can might mix and match these offerings to make sure you get a service that is tailored to your company or industry. Some of your options might include:

  • Organic Search Engine Optimization
  • Pay Per Click Advertising
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Search Optimized Web Design
  • Content Marketing
  • Conversion Optimization

You should also expect your SEO company to be completely transparent with you. There are many different ways a company could provide these services, but not all of them are approved by the search engines. In fact, if you get caught participating in some questionable SEO tactics (the kind that try to manipulate the search engines rather than work within established guidelines), you may be harshly penalized if not removed from the results altogether. If you choose to work with a professional search engine marketing company take the time to look at the services they offer and their history of success. If they have a reputation for providing ethical services that have achieved proven results, it may be worth the extra cost to save yourself the time and feel more confident about your eventual results.

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    • Web Gazelle profile image

      Web Gazelle 6 years ago from USA

      Professional services can vary in costs depending on your specific needs. A SEO consultant will evaluate your website, the competitiveness of the your industry and the strength of your competition to determine what it will take to get you to the top.

      Small business SEO services can cost as little as a few hundred dollars a month. Large enterprise SEO can cost several thousands per month.

    • Ruby Benjamin profile image

      Ruby Benjamin 6 years ago

      I am much do these services cost?