Is there any difference when using a search engine optimization company in Houston compared to having the staff working on this inhouse? Should you hire professionals from a search engine optimization company in Houston or can one just as well use staff in the firm to take care of search engine optimization in the firm?
The questions above has a number of aspects that you should think about. In the article I will highlight some of the things you should be aware of before deciding whether a search engine optimization company can be useful or whether it is better using internal staff in the company at the local branch office in Houston.
Use of your own staff in Houston to manage projects outsourced to the search engine optimization company
Often, people in the Houston-department can have broader knowledge of what is going on locally than what one would expect from a search engine optimization company far away or what the people at the headquarters of your firm have detailed knowledge about. Although, this does not necessarily mean that it is good use of resources to engage internal human resources locally in relation to the search engine optimization company. Below I will highlight some of the things that need to be thought about.
The project you think of setting out to a search engine optimization company can be time consuming and difficult to learn, but it can be well worth the time and resources used
Putting the work out to a search engine optimization company can certainly pay off, but it is still important that there are available resources that can handle this in a proper way on the part of the company.
If you already have limited resources, the project will almost guaranteed not get enough attention and dedication from internal staff without adequate resources to handling the project. The search engine optimization company knows that these things require a lot of attention and dedication and are knowledge-intensive, so they have dedicated the resources necessary to handle the project in a responsible and thorough way.
But, I have always been of the opinion that it is you who know your service and your market best, so if you have the resources needed, it is definitely the best thing to do it yourself. This is something that must be carefully considered before making a decision on how to proceed with search engine optimization.
Good search engine optimization tools
There are some things you need to be aware of when using a search engine optimization company – whether this is handled by local staff in Houston, or centrally at the headquarter. Below is a handy checklist of things you need to think about, as well as the best tools you can use for either free or commercial tools where free alternatives are not available or significantly inferior to the commercial ones.
To be on top of things, it is important to know what happens as early as possible. Google Alerts sends you an email every time someone mentions the words and phrases you specify. This can be anything from trademarks that are important to you, people of interest or general words and phrases that are important to your business. You can have alerts for all employees, freelancers you use, your trademarks including websites you run and words and phrases you focus on. All of this gives you a good overview of what is being talked about that matters internally. Google’s notification is free to use and helps you to be early in terms of being on top of what your competitors in Houston are doing, potential public relations disasters in the form of negative reviews and much else useful.
Ranks.nl has many professional SEO tools that I can really recommend. One of the tools I use most is Page Analyzer. With this tool, you can check keyword density on each subpage of your domain to optimize for keywords or phrases. If the search engine optimization company you are planning to use is at all professional, they probably use the tools available from ranks.nl – or similar tools extensively.
Majestic SEO is the world’s largest link index. Use this tool to find out everything you need to know about links to your own pages and what your competitors locally in Houston are doing, or what national and international competitors are up to. Links to your website and subpages are crucial to your search engine rankings, so this is important to keep tabs on.
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