Topic: SEO recommendations?

Has anybody had a positive experience with a legitimate SEO pro? I have a client looking.

I'm NOT looking for people who think that if you stack a bunch of keywords in the meta tags and/or page, or trade links w/ a bunch of loosely related sites you're done.

Jana    -- daily beggar; daughter beloved

Re: SEO recommendations?

No.

"I was blind, but now I see!"  John 9:25

Re: SEO recommendations?

"legitimate SEO pro" - Do those exist?

Give me liturgy or give me death.

Re: SEO recommendations?

I do believe there are people out there that can give advice about what content to put where in the code, and what sorts of tags to use for what sorts of content, without being the "black-hat" SEO pros. while a developer will get a great start doing those things by using semantically rich code, I think there's another step to having experience with getting a site to climb search rankings.

I would call someone with that experience a "legitimate SEO pro", though *they* might want to stay away from the moniker because of the negative associations.

we are currently working with Craig Smith from Trinity Insight and have been pretty pleased with what he has recommended so far. he provides a lot more than SEO (the kind focused on content and clean code), but that is part of it.

Last edited by danofames (2007-03-03 15:15:43)

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I would avoid those key word types but go for the content and clean code types basically someone who knows how websites should function.

Re: SEO recommendations?

Thanks, danofames, for the lead. Don't know if that'll be a good fit for my client, but I'm passing it on.

I discovered a whitepaper on best SEO practices (as of 2006) at  the Trinity Insight website: http://www.trinityinsight.com/SEO.pdf

Last edited by Jana (2007-03-04 17:30:02)

Jana    -- daily beggar; daughter beloved

Re: SEO recommendations?

Another guide to search engine optimization is the Beginner's Guide to Search Engine Optimization at SEOmoz. The guide is available in several formats, html, Word, OpenOffice. I've found it to be very helpful.

"Change is inevitable, growth is intentional" - Glenda Cloud

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Thanks, Deborah. That's a great resource.

I found another good article on that site, on what to look for in an SEO firm: http://www.seomoz.org/blog/what-separat … m-experts.

Jana    -- daily beggar; daughter beloved

Re: SEO recommendations?

Jana,

The SEOmoz site is a great resource for all things seo related. They regularly blog, and their staff are very open about discussing different web-related issues. Last year, they posted several articles on pricing, including this article on pricing SEO Services.

Last summer and fall, I spent a lot of time learning about search engine optimization and creating search engine friendly websites. Depending on your client requirements, there's an article by Robin Steif on how to increase your conversion rate for $1524 that may also be helpful.

"Change is inevitable, growth is intentional" - Glenda Cloud

Re: SEO recommendations?

Being newly registered here I am sure my opinion holds very little water, however I do know a little something about SEO practices.  I find it very difficult to label myself or others in the field as "SEO Pros", for many reasons; none of which I feel like mentioning at the moment.  With that said, let's use the term Internet Marketing, as this best describes the whole picture.  There is more to good marketing than just search engine results, there is also more to good rankings than "clean code".

The secret is in the right combination of fresh content, clean code and participation in directories, internet advertising and reciprocal linking.  There is some great, easy to read, information that we put together over here: http://www.idmfirm.com/search-engine-resources/ and here: http://www.idmfirm.com/search-engine-optimization/

I hope this helps you in your quest towards Internet Marketing.

Last edited by TonyDevlin (2007-03-12 07:57:17)

Re: SEO recommendations?

I found this article really helpful.

http://www.sitepoint.com/article/ultimate-seo-checklist