Tips for hiring an SEO specialist | Search for Beginners Ep 9

Tips for hiring an SEO specialist | Search for Beginners Ep 9

SEO is an acronym
for Search Engine Optimization or Search Engine Optimizer. Hiring an SEO specialist has the potential
to improve your site and save time, but you also risk damage
to your site and reputation if you hire someone
who gives you bad advice or recommends bad practices
and bad shortcuts. Here’s a general set
of recommendations to have in mind as you go about hiring an SEO specialist. First, conduct an interview
with your potential SEO consultant. A good SEO specialist doesn’t focus
only on search engine ranking,whereyou appear, but rather on how they can
help your business through improvinghowyou appear. Good SEO consultants
tend to ask questions like: What makes your business,
content, or service unique, and therefore valuable to customers? What does your common customer look like? How do they currently find your website? How does your business make money,
and how can Search help with that? What other channels are you using? Do you use offline advertising? How about social networks? Who are your competitors? What do they do well online
and, potentially, offline? If the expert doesn’t seem interested
in learning about your business from a holistic standpoint, consider finding another expert. It’s difficult to optimize properly without knowing about
a business’ goals, their customers, and other existing marketing efforts. Be wary of an expert
who gives unrealistic guarantees of ranking first on Google. No one can guarantee that, and often those who try to guarantee that do so by engaging in practices
against Google’s Webmaster Guidelines, like creating unnatural linking
and doorway sites. This could result in your pages or website being permanently removed
from Google’s results if there are particularly
strong violations. The second step in hiring an SEO
is to check references. You want to check with past clients, and confirm the SEO expert
was able to provide useful guidance and worked effectively with their teams. You want to ensure their results
were sustained rather than temporary. A good expert will help SEO
become a part of your general business operations. They should be focused on long-term plans
and helping your brand. Step three is to request
a technical and search audit. If you trust your SEO candidate, give them restricted view,
not full or write access to your Google Search Console data
or Analytics data. Before they actually modify
anything on your website, have them conduct
a technical and search audit to give you a prioritized list of what they think
should be improved for SEO. In the audit, the SEO expert
should prioritize issues and suggested improvements. These suggestions should be based
on data about your site, should apply well to your online presence, and should avoid unnatural practices that may go against Google’s
Webmaster Guidelines. The suggestions you should look for will ideally focus
on techniques and strategies that target a human audience,
as opposed to a search engine. The audit also should estimate
the overall investment and the positive business impacts. After interviews, reference checks,
and technical audits, you should be ready to evaluate
your potential SEO experts. A good SEO expert will prioritize ideas
that will improve your business, using the least amount of resources. They will also suggest improvements
that may take more time in the beginning, but will promote growth in the long term. They should feel like someone
you can work and experiment with, learn from, and help forge a path ahead
for you and your business. Once hired, work with them
to agree upon goals, metrics, and how to track results beforehand, so you know
what you are getting out of this. Thank you for watching, and check out our resources’t forget to subscribe
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10 Replies to “Tips for hiring an SEO specialist | Search for Beginners Ep 9”

  1. Subtitles are available in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Hindi, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Italian, Chinese and English for this video. Click on the Settings icon in the bottom right corner of the video, and select Subtitles/CC from the menu.

  2. I dont like the word SEO anymore. I prefer Autorithy Consultant… you need to create the best content! And SEO is just to optimize the Search Results. I mentioned this in my last researchs in

  3. I know Google has its mind on how to hire an SEO specialist. In my opinion, it's better to cooperate with experts who publish a lot about digital marketing. SEO changes all the time. Standard SEO doesn't work anymore. People who learn and act every day can build an individual content plan and provide results. I'm talking a lot about this on my channel.

  4. As an SEO specialist I totally agree with this video. Always check your SEO expert before working with them. Very good advise here!

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