If your answer is no than the first thing you should do is check with your SEO agency to see if they are ranking on top of the search engine result pages themselves. If they don’t rank on the first page of Google, Bing and Yahoo than there is a good chance that they won’t be able help you with your SEO needs. If you find yourself in such a situation it is better to cut your losses and cancel your monthly payments, but don’t let this turn you off forever, reliable SEO agencies do exist!
There are many companies calling themselves qualified SEO agencies. All of them claim to be offering affordable or cheap SEO services, but unfortunately a good share of them cause nothing but trouble. While a cheap SEO agency may charge less than the average SEO company, it could eventually cost you a pretty penny if the result is that your site will end up being penalized.
The truth is that many so-called SEO agencies simply don’t have enough experience and knowledge, yet everybody can start an SEO website without the need for certification. Some will try to get you ahead by using duplicate content and comment spam, while others employ excessive link building or over-optimize your articles, all techniques that will cause exclusion from the SERPs.
So before deciding to settle with a cheap SEO company make sure to verify whether or not the company in question is listed on Google, Bing and Yahoo. See if they have a blog where you can reach them, and ensure they are responsive to your messages. These are all important factors when making your choice. Using white-hat SEO techniques only is a must. Black hat SEO may sound mysterious and cool, but it will generally end with your company’s website being penalized.
I hope this will assist you in making a better choice. If you ever need SEO work done feel free to contact me for a site audit and I will tell you how I will be able to help 😉