Have you considered SEO?

Where Website Design Ends And SEO Begins

by: Chris London

Many people looking to have a website developed think the only investment they need to make to have a successful website is in the design of the website itself. I won’t argue that design is important, but any professional knows that without a long term search engine optimization and website marketing plan that website is never going to gain visibility. When clients pay a lot of money for a website that has no visibility they usually get upset. This is why any business owner should research exactly what they need their website to do and who can help them achieve this.

Business owners should look at professional SEO services as part of their website development budget as well as part of their yearly advertising budget. Professional SEO is an investment in your websites’ success where ultimately the traffic generated and business driven to your site will pay for this investment. Website design and SEO services work hand in hand to make a successful website, however you may need to go to two separate agencies to get both of these services. Getting a few different quotes for both design and SEO is always wise. Just like getting estimates from any other service provider, the lowest estimate isn’t always the best choice especially with Search engine optimization.

There are several factors that affect the pricing of SEO services with the main factor being the time involved in getting a specific site to rank well. Professional SEO companies that offer quality services don’t come cheap, but they usually offer a free website analysis and come up with a custom plan on how to achieve the best results for your website. This is important because every website is unique and so is it’s niche in the world wide web. A professional SEO company will check to make sure that your website is designed with not only the visitor in mind but the search engine crawlers as well. They will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your website compared to your direct competitors’ websites and also determine how populated your specific niche is. They will then evaluate your site for useful content and determine what must be done to better your content and maximize target keyword search rankings.

Successful SEO is not a one shot deal it is a continuous effort that utilizes a combination of website marketing tactics. Many people are tempted by low one time fees offering to submit your website to over 12,000 directories with guarantees of high quality back links that will sky rocket your website to the top of search engine rankings. I’ve said this many times, "if it seems too good to be true - it is!" A professional SEO company will use a combination of marketing and link building services to naturally build links, credibility, and popularity to gradually increase your organic search engine rankings.

I don’t want to undervalue the importance of directory submissions, but directory submissions alone aren’t enough. Business owners should look at SEO companies offering a diverse range of SEO services to build your sites rankings. Things you should be looking for an SEO company to handle as part of their bundle of services are; directory submissions, content writing, article writing and article marketing, press release writing and distribution, blog creation, blog posting, and reciprocal link building with high quality related websites. Things you should steer clear of are one time only submission services and websites that guarantee first page rankings for comparatively inexpensive prices.

Ultimately, there are no tricks or gimmicks that will get your site top positioning. If your website is brand new It is realistic to expect to see positive results within four to six months. You will probably see very noticeable improvements in your website search engine rankings within one years time and in many cases even top ten rankings. Like most other forms of advertising - search engine marketing is a long term strategy that will eventually produce an excellent return on investment.

About The Author

I am the art director for a highly rated website design company, graphic design and SEO Company. I have many years of experience in website design, WordPress Blog Design. I truly believe that one of the greatest assets a company can have today is a well designed website combining good looks, intuitive navigation and the right amount of search engine optimization and marketing.

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