webdesignbangkok - 7:17 am on Mar 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've literally just joined this forum and was quite frankly astonished that someone actually said: "I was really going to look into outsourcing it to some Indian or Thai SEO firm." I do agree that directory links are all but worthless now.
I will always offer SEO to my clients but no longer do I get involved in link building services unless it's a subject I know about and can write good copy for a company or individual I trust.
Even then, it's sometimes difficult to gauge how the stories hold, especially with social media sites on seemingly humdrum subjects like SEO. I seem to get nowhere with them. prlog, sitepronews and on-site blogging works for me.
As for outsourcing to Thailand, I live in Bangkok. Thai people do not speak, read or write good English, as their newspapers can attest. In general, expats are not much better. India is renown for buying links that don't work and their methods are now years out of date. Forget both.
Most comments on this post say do a DIY job and I agree with that.