Three Tips for Spotting an SEO Scammer
So how do you spot an SEO outlaw before he holds up your stagecoach? In a post at Search Engine Watch, Garry Przyklenk discusses telltale scammer giveaways like these:
Your traffic is purchased, not organic. "Savvy coders might even rewrite the traffic coming from AdWords to make it appear as legitimate organic visitors in logs and Web analytics reporting," Przyklenk notes. Unless you take a close look at reports and logs, you might not realize your "organic" traffic is driven by a paid online marketing service.
You're being pushed into social media. Blogs, Twitter, and Facebook don't provide an automatic SEO boost. If you're not prepared to maintain a steady flow of new content and interactivity, a consultant's advice to enter social media might actually harm your rankings, he warns.
Your SEO provider is brand-new. According to Przyklenk, plenty of SEO shops disappear two months into a yearlong contract. The more established your consultant, the more certain you can be about dealing with someone who will see your contract through.
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