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    Question Do You Trust SEO Companies With Your Sites?

    I was thinking of hiring someone from DP to do some search engine optimization on my site, and get it ranking higher in the serps. I then thought, what if after the deal, they plan to sabotage my site (ie: bring down my site in the rankings by pointing it from bad sites).

    This is one of my biggest concerns when hiring someone to do work on my site. You never know who it really is, and they could easily perform some bl4ackh4t techniques on your site. They could even be your competitor.

    I am really thinking of hiring someone, but I just can't trust someone on the other end who I never met.

    Have you guys thought about this, or any opinions you would like to share?

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    The problem with hiring a SEO is that it's difficult to put a quantitative value on ranking for a keyword.

    There was a big scam at DP about a year ago where people were paying $100 per million results to get ranked 1st page on a keyword. The results were 100% guaranteed. In the end people were asking for their money back and the SEO couldn't refund. He said that he had wired the money to Beruit Lebanon to someone that he didn't know. Some people lost in the range of $7,000 or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    The problem with hiring a SEO is that it's difficult to put a quantitative value on ranking for a keyword.

    There was a big scam at DP about a year ago where people were paying $100 per million results to get ranked 1st page on a keyword. The results were 100% guaranteed. In the end people were asking for their money back and the SEO couldn't refund. He said that he had wired the money to Beruit Lebanon to someone that he didn't know. Some people lost in the range of $7,000 or more.
    Wow, that sure does suck. $7000 is hell lotta money! We really have to be careful with who we deal with. I was also thinking of going with a local company in my city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5starpix View Post
    Wow, that sure does suck. $7000 is hell lotta money! We really have to be careful with who we deal with. I was also thinking of going with a local company in my city.
    You should consider planning a SEO campaign yourself and hiring service providers piecemeal to perform work as required.

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    I hired a local SEO guy 5 years ago and he was a scam artist. I discovered that he used black hat techniques ( he had poor results) and I fired this guy. I learned the lesson the hard way and paid $1500 for nothing.

    Ironically after that, I did a better job myself. That's perhaps the most enjoyable part of my business to compete with SEO gurus
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    I just got a quote from a local company in my area, and they are asking $1200 for the whole job. 50% up front payment is required.

    I might end up doing it on my own, can't really trust anyone except ourselves
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    When you're insecure about reliability of the SEO company, you should plan an SEO campaign yourself and get providers over the job like Bogart suggested.

    And now about your insecurity, It's rare to impossible that reputed companies will bring their clients' site's rankings down by blackhat stuff but some new companies may take that approach specially if they're working on pay for performance model. Some clients don't pay after they get rankings then the companies may bring the links down they built just to prove that the rankings were because of their work done. Very few companies would use blackhat methods. Companies that take upfront would hardly hurt their clients rankings. It'd definitely hurt their reputation too.

    I have seen many cases when blackhat methods and spam links were build up by competitors and not hired seo companies. It's better if you guaze the quality as well as reputation of a company. And the best approach is, getting individual services from diff providers and work out your own SEO plan.

    Quote Originally Posted by bogart View Post
    You should consider planning a SEO campaign yourself and hiring service providers piecemeal to perform work as required.
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    is difficult to harm ur site by any black hat SEO, else plenty is doing this to their competitor.

    Hiring SEO company :
    1. Ask them what they provide. (most of them can provide u the list, cause some back link is only available thru them)
    2. What type guaranty and time frame. (exact guaranty is difficult due to competitive market).
    3. What their money back return policy.

    good luck .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SonnyCooL View Post
    is difficult to harm ur site by any black hat SEO, else plenty is doing this to their competitor.
    I wouldn't agree too much on that. My friends site was pushed down in the serps, because someone had done some bad link building for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5starpix View Post
    I just got a quote from a local company in my area, and they are asking $1200 for the whole job. 50% up front payment is required.

    I might end up doing it on my own, can't really trust anyone except ourselves
    A SEO usually charges around $500 for analysis and a proposal. The SEO work inluding copywriting, website optimization, and link building averages between $50-$100 an hour.

    It's no so much as whether or can trust the SEO but will you get value for your money. A company or an attorney would be far better off outsourcing the work to a SEO company. Because, the the opportunity cost of placing a salesman or attorney to do SEO work is higher than the rate charged by the SEO firm.

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