Do You Need to Hire an SEO Company?

Keywords & Ad Copy; PPC and selling your Business

Just to shift the focus onto a different subject, here is another post on SEO but more particularly about the actual tools that we use whether they are free or premium. I suppose this post is in part, a response to an article from Problogger that I read the other day, Daren Rowse writing about his recent visit to the Blog World Expo where he met Shoemoneys’ Jeremy Schoemaker and was lucky enough to receive a free account, (Yes all right I believe you Darren; ((“I don’t do a lot of PPC (in fact I’ve not done any for 9 months or more”)) Darren’s words not mine))  The PPC Tools that have been developed by Shoemoney are quite extensive and i wanted to draw some attention towards other solutions that are freely available as well as giving my own views.
First of all here is a condensed list of what’s available through Shoemoney, by all means pop over and have a look for yourself, you will need to register. And the list is somewhat more revealing, but that’s the point it’s only a list, and of course the obligatory video presentation. I can’t help feeling that I would have preferred to have a trial run before I got out my wallet, but hey that’s salesmanship for you.
There is an impressive list of referrers with a lot of letters and certificates after their names; all together very polished, too much for my liking.

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Brief List of Shoemoney’s PPC app’s
SEO Tools   : Backlink Analyzer Domain - Marketplace- Find Backlinks- Keyword Density Tool- Keyword Tracker -Most Linked- Text Optimizer-PPC Tools : Ad Generator- Ad Manager- Instant PPC Builder- Keyword Generator- Keyword Grabber- Keyword Manager- Local Keyword Generator- Local Trademark Bidding Tool- PPC Keywords-  Local Search, enter zip-PPC local brand tool
Link Building Tools-Backlink Analyzer-Find Backlinks-Most Linked-Related Blog Posts
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If you have a promotion coupon like “problogger” it will cost you $20.00 for your first month, then after that it will cost you $100 a month “ouch” no thanks guys. Now I am not knocking Shoemoney but I think this service is a bit on the pricey side and not in a lot of people’s budget, I mean that’s $1200 a year which is probably beyond a whole bunch of online marketers or business for that matter. Now I suppose it all depends on your own circumstances and just how serious you are about getting to the top of the search engines with your PPC campaign. But I have to say that there are a lot of other alternatives out there that don’t charge anything like a $100 per month, sure there are some that actually charge more. If you check out my main website at MaxHomeBits.com you will notice that I promote WEB CEO, now apart from getting commissions for sales, I feel it’s important to point out that the free version has many useful features that you can utilise, below is a sample of what you can do with the free version.

Increase Your Link Popularity by Finding Link Partners

Manage Your PPC Campaigns with Paid Engines’ Services

Analyze Trends In Search Engine Rankings

Improve Your Rankings by Analyzing Backward Links

HitLens Web Analytics and ROI Improvement Service (15 Day Trial)

Upload Your Optimized Pages

Monitor If Your Websites are Up and Running (Upgrades available)

Submit Sites and Pages to Search Engines and Directories

Quick competition overview in the built-in browser

Unlimited Keyword Mining from your competitors’ pages thru the ‘Get Suggestions’ tab

Unlimited Number of Web and Local Pages to Analyze

Plain English Advice for General Search Engine Compliance

Analysis of External (Off-Page) Ranking Factors (Links, Site Theme, Google

PR, Alexa TR, Backlinks’ Themes)

Keyword Density Analysis for General Search Engine Compliance

Analyze Your Pages vs. Competition

Analyze and Edit Critical SEO Parameters (Frequency, Prominence Weight) in Important Page Areas

Easy Edit and Access Important Meta Tags

Change Meta Tags on Multiple Pages at One Go

Easy Edit and Access to Page Areas Important for SEO (Page Title, Headings, Alt tags, etc)

Replace Text or Tags in Multiple Pages

Robots.txt Editor for Your Robots File

Xml, Txt, Html and ROR Sitemap Generation, Pages in the Sitemap

As you can see its quite a comprehensive list of SEO functions and to tell you the truth I haven’t used every one of these functions yet, there are so many of them. Web SEO might not be for everybody and the software does take a bit of time to get used to, but a very powerful tool it is none the less. You will also find several other free tools on MaxHomeBits which are very useful and are all available completely free.

Here are the only two sources that I use on a regular basis on the net.
Search Engine Land All the latest trends discussed by Industry experts
SEO Chat A more comprehensive selection of SEO tools you will ever find
Along with these two resources I use WEB CEO on my desktop which keeps all my information backed up and organised. So you be the judge and let me know what you feel about SEO and more particularly PPC. Whether you do it yourself or hire a company to do it for you one thing’s for sure you can’t do without it!

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6 Responses to “Do You Need to Hire an SEO Company?”


  1. 1 Computer Support

    Bill,

    You made me to visit your blog regularly.
    All the post on your blog are informative and its helps me to optimize our technical blog

    Thanks
    Bala
    http://blog.support1000.com

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  2. 2 Ruby

    Thank you for your informative post, I like the slant on how you wrote this post. I definitely agree that search engine optimization is important for websites nowadays. Be sure to update your blog with more of such informative posts!

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  3. 3 Max

    @Ruby, Thanks for the encouragement, I will try to fulfill your wishes

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  4. 4 Computer Support

    Hi Bill,

    It seems there is a recent google dance happened last night..
    Any comments?

    http://www.sribala.com/2008/10/google-dance-october-2008.html

    Bala

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  5. 5 Max

    @Computer Support,Hi Bala yes i just had a look at your stats and they look pretty good, my blog is still a nipper at the moment and probably still in the sandbox. :roll:
    The Google Dance Tool is provided as a tool to help you, the webmaster, determine when the Google search engine is spidering the internet. This is extremely useful if you want to know when your site(s) will rank in Google.

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  6. 6 John

    A search engine may use hundreds of factors while ranking the listings where the factors themselves and the weight each carries may change continually.

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