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The Best SEO Agencies

Search Engine Optimization


How To Improve Your SEO:

On and Off Page SEO

Improving the content on your website while also improving site structure, speed, and code can make a huge impact.

Content Creation

Creating content that is valuable enough for other people to want to share can lead more traffic to your site and give you more authority.

Backlinking

Building your portfolio of sites linking to your content can to your site can help you reach the front page.
Search Engine Optimization can get complicated. We believe an agency should not only teach you the ins and outs of SEO, but use proven strategies to increase your search ranking over time. You don’t take shortcuts, neither should your agency. See you at the top of the search results!
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How Can Search Engine Optimization Help Your Business?

Improve Visibility

Increase your brand awareness and show up for what your customers are searching for. You want your target audience to trust you. If your content is showing up and solving problems for your customer, you instantly start to build trust and notoriety.

Generate Higher Conversions

An SEO expert should work with the buyer’s journey in mind. By taking keyword research and content creation to the next level - you'll improve your website conversion rate and get more customers. Agencies use the right keywords and optimize your web content to attract, engage, and convert prospects into customers.

LONG TERM SUCCESS

Sure, you can spend money on advertising every month but eventually you're going to look for ways to save money. SEO can help you increase your website views and conversions over the long term. Search Engine Optimization is a long term investment that can make a huge impact on your business.

What is SEO and How Does it Work?

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the practice of improving how a website appears in search results. Google, Bing, and other search engines have specific criteria that determine what websites show up first. No one knows all of the criteria, but we know that things like site speed, the structure of your site, and making sure you use specific keywords in the correct spot on your website make a huge impact.

It's important to consistently update and optimize your website because it helps customers find your website. The difference between being on the first page of Google and the second can make a massive impact on your bottom line.

How Much Does a SEO Cost?

SEO has many different facets and, depending on the agency's strategy, can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to hundreds of thousand dollars per month. On average, you're looking at between $400 and $10,000/month.

Some of the things that can contribute to the price are how aggressive you'd like to be on your SEO strategy and how competitive space is. For example, a local small business will probably have a smaller budget spend than a national brand because there is less competition.

How Much SHOULD I Pay for SEO?

We recommend evaluating a few things when deciding what you should spend on SEO. The first being what your marketing goal and sales goals are. SEO, while vital to your success, is a long-term strategy. If you need sales right away, we recommend putting a portion of your budget towards SEO while being more aggressive with advertising and sales strategies.

Another item to consider is how competitive your market is. Are you a small pizza chain up against national brands? Are you in a niche market with little competition? Creating realistic goals will help you determine exactly how much you should be spending on your SEO.

In short - the average small business isn't spending more than $5,000/month on content and SEO, with most spending significantly less.

How Long Does Search Engine Optimization Take?

Depending on the age of your website and competition, it can take anywhere from 6 months to years to rank on the first few pages of Google.  A small business in a rural area will rank far quicker than a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles.

While some businesses see results within a few months, we recommend budgeting at least 12 months of work to get the best results. After that 12 months, if the agency did well, you'll likely want to continue building on your success.

What Should I Look For When Researching SEO Agencies?

First and foremost, integrity is a must when looking at SEO agencies. Many agencies will charge a retainer and do 2-3 hours of work a month while claiming they are working 30+ hours. Ask if they provide detailed reports of their work and make sure they educate you along the way.

The second most important thing when looking for an SEO agency is their proactiveness. If a Google update is coming, they should be prepared for it and let you know what they are doing months ahead of time.

SEO is a very detailed process, so a detail-oriented agency will serve you far better than one that isn't.

What Is Makes One Agency different from another? 

Many agencies will charge you premium prices while outsourcing your SEO services to an offshore team. Additionally, some agencies have a cookie-cutter strategy for SEO, while others do in-depth research on your customer and what they are searching for on Google.

Typically, if an agency spends more time talking about your potential results and the tools they use rather than the process and ideas they have, they probably aren't as impressive as they sound.

Check Out Our Vetted Agencies.

We carefully interviewed each agency to make sure that they cross all their t's and dot all of their i's. We also took a close look at their pricing to ensure that you won't be taken advantage of and you're set up for success.

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Meet Our Favorite Agencies

The Best SEO Agencies In The World

Note: These agencies have not paid us. However, it is possible that we receive a referral commission if you choose one. As most agencies have a referral system - this does not influence our decision on who we choose.

Our Criteria:

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Incredible Work

You don't get to be featured on Small Business Mentor if you settle for mediocre. All of the agencies featured on our site have incredible results with case studies and reviews to support them. Whether it's incredible design or getting their customers a massive return on investment, success is the number one goal. They put in the extra effort to make sure you're successful, and they don't stop until the job is done. If the results don't blow us away, or they settle for "good enough," they don't make the cut.

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Transparency

Contracts shouldn't be 40 pages long with a bunch of fine print. Agencies should give friendly and clear reminders about upcoming renewals, deadlines, and results. If the agency messed up, they should make it right. Your ad budget shouldn't be increased just because the agency wants to make more money off of you, and they should audit their work regularly. We believe you shouldn't have to watch over an agency's shoulder to make sure they aren't ripping you off.

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Fair and Honest Pricing

You should be able to ask for specific pricing for each service that is being given. Retainers are okay if they can specify how many hours they spent on each of the services they delivered to you. That way, you and the agency can make data-driven decisions on how to spend your hard-earned money. Any agency that can't give you specific pricing or help you calculate an accurate return on investment isn't looking out for your best interests.

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Customer Service

Any business owner knows that the customer isn't always right. However, if you need help with something small and the agency starts referencing the contract you signed, we don't think that's fair. Even better, if the agency is proactive and you don't even have to ask, they get a gold star. The agency should be there to help and support you (within reason) to help you accomplish your goals. Additionally, the agency should include all services needed to perform the job well in the original contract. If they knew they were running your advertising, didn't include landing page design in your contract, and then blamed poor results on not having landing pages - they aren't looking out for you.

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