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Ballpark figure for SEO over a year?

Discussion in 'Social Media, SEO/SEM & Online Marketing' started by photor245, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. photor245

    photor245

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    Can anyone give me a 'ball park' figure as to how much they would pay for seo in the 1st year of setting up an internet company
    £300 a month ? more /less ?
    6 months more/less

    i know its a tricky one and depends on the size of company ?
  2. ndistribution

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    How much you should expect to spend on SEO depends on many things; the competition in the niche you're selling in, the amount of keywords you want to rank for, and whether or not your site is already optimised or not.

    For 2-3 keywords in a medium competition niche, you can probably expect to pay around £100-200, depending on who you go with.

    I wouldn't recommend going with any of the SEO agencies who cold call - they tend to charge pretty high prices. I found some decent SEO companies who I outsource SEO work to via Elance.

    That said, SEO turned into a bit of a hobby of mine, so I do like to do a fair chunk of SEO work myself.
  3. megadanny1

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    I personally wouldn't pay more than £100 a month because i can do most of it myself and outsource the rest directly
    unless it was justified by a highly competitive niche
  4. DarrenSpeed

    DarrenSpeed

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    Spot on.
  5. chrisbawden

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    On the first year of our business we spent about £350 per month for the first 8 months. We got no results as the company we used were terrible.

    So i switched to another company increased payments to £450 a month and within 2 months we seen immediate results.

    These days we spend £2k ex vat a month on seo and our results are amazing.

    I would certainly stay at the lower end to start £250-£350 a month. One thing to make sure, demand results from the company you use.

    Demand reports, you are paying them for a service don't let them just do things and forget about it. If they say they are creating x amounts a links a month you want to see the links. If they say they are releasing x amount of PR again you want to see these when written and also the websites they are posted on.

    Their are a lot of excellent SEO companys, but to be honest my opinion is their are more bad ones! Just from experience.
  6. photor245

    photor245

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    Great advoce thanks...
    With all that said, can anyone recomend an SEO company who they have used, or someone via elance?
  7. Anthony

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    Some good advice here.

    Fees will vary dependent on the keywords you are chasing and the type/history of the provider. Initially I would go with a small agency or an individual as I think you're going to struggle to command a larger agency with your budget. Make sure you get a few case studies or recommendations, it's important somebody else can vouch for their work.
  8. DarrenSpeed

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    I would personally spend your £300 budget on paid media personally. Get results much quicker and can rapidly expand when you have worked out a winning formula.
  9. start-small-think-big

    start-small-think-big

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    Have sent you a PM

    Matt
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