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SEO cost?
how much does it cost to have a site optimized?

 3:39 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Just wondering what one should expect to pay to have a site optimized to appear prominently on SERPs.

I was thinking of metatagging the site myself, but thought professional expertise might be helpful for a larger web site.

If anyone has an objective recommendations for a good SEO, I'm all ears.


[edited by: agerhart at 3:47 pm (utc) on July 8, 2003]
[edit reason] removed site specifics [/edit]



 3:49 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

The price can, and will, vary depending on a large number of factors.

The best thing to do is research into SEO Firms or Specialists and ask for quotes.


 4:30 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Also depends on the quality of the work prices can range from 250 - 20000 depending on factors here there and everywhere. best thing to do is find someone else who has had it done and ask for there opinion of the company.

jeremy goodrich

 4:33 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

ncsuk, I've seen prices a LOT higher than that quoted some some SEO firms websites ;)

And lower, as well. Best thing to do as agerhart said, is to find a company, do your research, and then make sure you are getting what you pay for.


 6:05 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

You can always ask on the commercial exchange forum.



 6:23 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Can also depend on the site itself, a lot of SEO involves countering SE un-friendly design.

SEO practioner

 6:25 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)


like killroy just said: ask on the commercial exchange- It is still the best way to get a range of quotes.

Good luck


 12:30 am on Jul 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

Price will also vary dependent upon experience of who's doing the work and how good they are. The real problem you're up against is how to tell if you're going to get your money's worth and not have your site banned or trashed.

If you don't know SEO that well then I strongly urge you to learn as much as you can about what NOT to do as well as what should be done.

When you begin the process of interviewing SEO firms/people for the job, be prepared to ask lots of questions. And then be prepared to listen to and understand the answers. The potential contractor should be able to explain what they intend to do such that you'll understand it.

As far as cost goes, if the site has never been optimized and your market is competitive - expect to pay good money.

If you're looking for someone to not only optimize the site but also to help you manage your ad campaigns and help you understand how to realize your ROI - expect to pay even more.

Consider it an education and be prepared to learn fast. All in all, they're selling knowledge as well as their services and there isn't a textbook out there that can teach you what a good SEO/SEM person has learned on their own.

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