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Do I pay an SEO company 5k or do it myself?

oh the stress of it all!

     
9:57 pm on Mar 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have a website with a PR0 and a few little relevant links that I have started to exchange with other people in my industry.

I had a webdesigner build the site as I have no experience with this, which also means I cant update my site without paying him to do it for me. The meta tags and keywords seem to be pretty relevant though.

I approached an SEO company who quoted 5000-6000 to get my site from PR0 to beat the current PR5 website that holds command over the specific keywords. Its a neiche market so I guess it shouldnt be too hard to get to the number one spot.

Have I any chance of going it alone?

Where do I start or should I not even try?

10:30 pm on Mar 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Just about everything you need to learn is right here on this forum.

The question you should ask yourself is whether you're willing to spend the time required. The 5K the SEO company mentioned is for their time. And it does take a lot of time.

A website with a page rank of 5 can be beat, but it's not particularly easy, especially if the site has been at the top of the rankings for a long time.

11:06 pm on Mar 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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yeah. 5-6k. I can make it for you at that price. but i will make you #1 within the next 24 months.

ready to wait 2 years? ;-)

11:32 pm on Mar 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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HaHa 2 years...I would be very depressed by then!
12:13 am on Mar 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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but i will make you #1 within the next 24 months.

kidding? or by hook or crook?

2:54 am on Mar 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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how old is your website? if its new then its normal to have a PR0 so there is no way you gonna be able to bring it up to a PR5 in a short time you probably have to wait 1-2 years, so if they promise you fast results then they are trying to scam you, and why a PR5? why not lower? if you just care about your ranking then you could rank well with a low PR too and if you want good links and you are willing to pay some money (way way less then that SEO company is asking for) submit your website yourself to some directories with high PR and their links will do your website alot of good too.
2:59 am on Mar 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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A quick check showed me that 5000 Pounds equals a little less than $10,000. (Sorry have to work in a currency I can understand:)

10K Dollars will buy you a LOT of clicks on Adwords, MSN Adcenter and/or Overture (Y!) and with the right bids that means you will be #1 for your KW's now, not in 2 years or 6 months or even 1 month. Your site is built, I would assume it is ready for traffic so that you can sell whatever product or service it is that you have to offer.

NO ONE can guarantee to get you #1 for any term that has ANY competition and if they get you #1, what is to keep your competitor from hiring another guy to get him to #1?

Then where will you be, will your SEO guy come back and get you back to #1 for free?

My advice, and take it for what it is, my opinion and free....

Buy clicks for a new site if you want traffic and keep working on picking up some links to your site, submit to DMOZ, buy a slot in Yahoo's directory if there is a space for your niche, read around and pick a few other directories to buy a link in. The back links will help the organic traffic come with time and the paid ads will bring the customers now. Consider spending a bit to outsource a link campaign....

One caveat to all of this, if you are planning to make money from this site buy displaying Adsense or YPN ads, ignore everything I just said and learn SEO. Outsource a link campaign to assist. It is VERY difficult to make money buying ads to show people ads (see arbitrage).

Just my 3cents

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