Goodfellas - 3:55 am on Feb 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
Been on Elance, hired 'SEO' firms in the past. If your idea of SEO/link building is getting hundreds of links from 'resource' pages, thousands of links from 'everybody's-welcome' directories and mediocre things like yahoo posts, blog comments, social bookmarking etc.. you're going nowhere in the SERP's.
This is 2010, Google and likes have evolved and matured.. times have moved on. It's much tougher nowadays since inevitably, saturation is taking it's toll. Even a good quality site with something new and of 'value' will have a tough time, unless you actively seek out quality, related links.
What you'll end up from most Elance 'Super SEO' deluxe packages is a fat $600 bill at the end of the month with nothing much to show for it.
..Oh and, you're welcome!