I recently made a website for a client of mine, which can be found hear http://www.stridecommunication.co.uk/index.html
I am looking for someone to help with search engine optimization, and generally getting the website found by search engines.
I just wanted to see if there is anyone out there that does thing sort of thing, please just give a rough quote on what you think.
This is the sort of thing we do for a living, budgets are based on what keywords and how fast you want to get to the top.
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Drop me a line and I would be happy to give you a full report along with my recommendations.
budgets are based on what keywords and how fast you want to get to the top.
This is an interesting way to charge. Our company charges based on an hourly rate. However many hours we put into the site (keyword research, optimizing content, metas, reporting, etc.) is what the client pays.
Nobody can guarantee placement in a search engine, except for that particular search engine, so charging a client based on “how fast they want to get to the top” sounded strange to me.
With a larger budget we could optimize more pages of your site and add more back links so this would get you to the top faster.
You are right that no one can guarantee a #1 position in Google but we certainly can analyze what got the top website there in the first place.
From that information we could give some pretty accurate estimates on how much of a budget it would take to get there yourself. And of course some keywords have more competition than others.
For example imagine the top dog for a certain search term has 1000 back links so we know we are going to need at least that many to be able to get above him.
Also another factor that many people do not realize is that just because we delivered a visitor this is not enough.
The website or landing page still has to be compelling enough to turn that visitor into a lead or better yet a customer.
I hope this helps you understand our fee structure a bit more.
You can do a lot of the basics yourself to save money.
Other basic things you can do, I think I mentioned most of them already: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/12-basic-on-site-seo-tactics-for-optimized-results/5966/
Its also nice to generate a free Woorank report.
And everyone has a different opinion about the w3c validator, but in my opinion is it important to try to make the content as valid as possible, try to limit the errors, it doesnt have to be 100% error-free, but every error less can be positively affecting the site.
Good luck and keep us updated! Dominick