In this podcast episode, Rebecca talks about a recent sales call and what you can learn from her discussion with an unsuspecting business owner. She then walks through the important questions you need to ask your future SEO agency or consultant.
- How long have you been performing SEO?
- How did you learn SEO?
- How do you stay up to date on SEO changes?
- Who will be working on my project?
- What will you do as part of our engagement?
- Will we have a formal project plan and list of activities?
- How will we communicate?
- How often will we interact or speak live?
- How long will the engagement last?
- What will we measure to judge progress and ultimate success?
Getting into the Thick of It
- Will you audit my website?
- Will you review technical SEO as part of the engagement?
- Do you review website personas and map the customer journey?
- How will we perform keyword research?
- Do you map keywords to content?
- Who is responsible for writing content?
- Do you have resources available to help create new content?
- What’s involved in the content optimization process?
- Who is responsible for updating the website?
- Will I be able to review changes before they go live?
- Start the conversation with a request for backlinks
- Require industry experience unless you’re in a high touch industry like healthcare and pharma
- Ask for guaranteed results
- Ask for a prediction of ROI (return on investment)
- Ask for a “quick win” or limited engagement
- Expect a discount or special pricing
- Expect you’ll have a hands-off project
- Assign the intern as your primary internal contact
That old saying of “you get what you pay for” absolutely applies to hiring an SEO consultant or agency. Research your future hire, check their online reputation, and ask around before you sign that contract.
Your future agency or consultant should have a public profile and interact with their community. They don’t need to be the divas of the SEO industry, but you should find online references to them and their activity.
Today’s Episode Sponsor
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