The Real Worth of “Low-Budget SEO Providers”

by Gary on March 7, 2009 · 5 comments

in SEO Mistakes,SEO Services

Going for a really cheap SEO provider? Think again.

I understand that the economy is really bad right now and everyone’s trying to cut corners but when it comes to SEO going cheap is NOT a good idea. That doesn’t mean that you should go ahead and hire the most popular and/or expensive SEO provider out there, instead what you should do is spend time finding the best value SEO provider.

Like anything you buy in the supermarket getting something dirt cheap usually means that either the product is about to expire or it really sucks and no one else buys it. Getting something dirt cheap on the streets, on the other hand, usually means that it’s either stolen or smuggled. Either way, it spells trouble. And the same thing goes for SEO.

Sure there might be some SEO providers out there that do give their services for a low low price but they are rare (I actually haven’t really encountered one but anything is possible right?). So what can you expect from low budget SEO? Simple low quality results or worse getting ripped off. They might just disappear after you pay. On the other hand if you do get results chances are they are helping you rank using questionable (aka black hat) methods, something you definitely don’t want associated with your site or business. Just remember if the SEO company is any good they will not be giving away their services for free (except to charity maybe).

For tips on choosing a good SEO provider read Gary’s post on finding the right SEO company.

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Chung Bey Luen March 8, 2009 at 5:59 am

Low budget SEO providers might be using unethical SEO which does not help but hurt your business.

Hyder Ali March 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

Well Hannah, not all low budget seo provider using unethical services. Yes, it is right they lack in ranking up the keyphrases but they also put their effort in bringing up the kps. If the company doesn’t have to money to spur out then they have to go to low budget seo company because the good seo provider are also very costly and they also have to wait for more than 6 months to bring up your results. So i think we should first take out all the information of the low budget seo company so that in future we don’t have to be looking back it again.

dape March 25, 2009 at 9:32 am

I like what you have to say about low budget SEO it brings to light the would be designer who knows a bit about SEO with the opportunist book reader who regularly reads the ‘NEW TIPs For DIY SEO. Working in the business I quite often see attempts at SEO by owners of sites or potential SEO enthusiasts and to be quite frank I can understand why the sites do not perform. It takes a sustained campaign to achieve high traffic results and the start the hard part is to maintain the performance ratings.

Oliver Asha April 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Good points well made. There’s also an arena that poorly thought out SEO can lead you to – getting on the wrong side of the law, as well as just the wrong side of google. Check my post about this at

Goran April 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm

It is one thing to make sure a site is set up for SEO, another to sustain a campaign. Getting the PROs to do something that is sustained takes their time, and that is money, as we all know! The “cheap” SEO’s can’t offer much time for the little money they’re charging, and it will have to be seen how effective they are, if at all!