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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is critical to the success of many Internet businesses because SEO helps drive traffic to your Internet site. SEO is the process of making your Internet site appear higher in the search engine rankings for particular keywords or key phrases. A keyword or key phrase is a word or combination of words that people use to find information on a particular subject. For example, if a person wanted to find information on repairing a calculator, a person may search the Internet using the key phrase “how to repair a calculator.” There may well be many results but the person would probably only review the first page advertisers rather than scroll through several pages.

SEO is difficult because it constantly evolves and because it is not an exact science. As more Internet sites come online, as current Internet sites add links, lose links, add keywords and/or key phrases, and as the importance of keywords and/or key phrases increases or decreases, your SEO efforts will be affected. Additionally, depending on how a search engine calculates “relevance,” your Internet site may appear higher in the search results for certain search engines but appear lower on others. As such, you have to constantly be aware of the latest trends and content. Thus, if you are not constantly monitoring the ever changing environment of SEO, you will lose portions of your very important search engine traffic.

Theoretically, it is possible to monitor and conduct your own SEO, but because you have to worry about updating your content, driving traffic from other sources, and obtaining sales, your efforts will not be as efficient or as effective as will be the efforts of a professional SEO company. Therefore, the best thing for your Internet business is to hire a professional SEO company.

A great way to find a good SEO company is to use the search engines. This approach makes the most sense because you are hiring a company to optimize your search engine ranking and traffic. As such, the SEO company that appears first in the search engine results is obviously great at utilizing its strategies to dominate the search engines. That being said, be weary of companies that talk big but produce little results. It does not make sense to use a company that does not follow its own advice.

If you do not feel comfortable randomly selecting an SEO company off of the search engine results, you can always seek a referral from friends or colleagues in the business. If you make your living out of your Internet site, chances are you have made many contacts in the Internet business. As such, a referral from somebody who has a relationship with a company is a great way to find a one.

These are the two best ways to find an SEO company for your Internet marketing needs. As such, use either one or both of these methods and you should be able to find a quality SEO company. Do not expect miracles. It takes time to get a good position in the rankings and will not happen overnight. You should see some improved results after a couple of months.


Louise G Author, SEO and Management Consultant wrote this article about jobs. Lousie G is also a marketing partner at www.salesrecruitmentjobsite.com the leading job board for sales jobs.