If you want some quick help with choosing an SEO company, take a look at our snapshot of the top SEO companies ranked below. We’ve isolated and researched several factors that make the best SEO companies, well, the best! If you want an in-depth look at the top 35 companies, you can view the full list of SEO companies ranked for 2016 here.
Many business owners are unsure of what to look for when choosing an SEO company. Don’t worry – we’ve been in your shoes before, and we’ve compiled all the necessary data to help you make your decision. For each of the individual SEO companies ranked below, we’ve included factors that are predictive of an SEO company’s effectiveness. Keep reading to learn how these factors affect the quality of an SEO company, or check out our guide on how to choose the best SEO company for more tips.
Best SEO Companies of 2016
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How Are These SEO Companies Ranked?
Our ranking is based on our independent research of SEO companies. We do not accept payment to place companies on this list, nor do we ask the companies ranked here to provide any kind of funding to achieve or maintain their position. This list is based solely on our own opinions as independent SEO experts.
We rank our comprehensive list of top SEO companies based on three highly influential factors that every business and website owner should consider when hiring an SEO company. These factors are price, location, and number of employees. Why are these factors so important? We’ll discuss them in detail below.
The price that you pay for quality SEO is obviously important because it affects how you budget for monthly and yearly expenses. However, the field of SEO is still relatively new compared to other business-related marketing expenses, causing many business and website owners to be uncertain of an acceptable price range for quality SEO services.
Let’s establish a baseline for these expenses. Through our research, we found that successful, quality SEO services should be realistically priced at approximately $3,000 to $4,000 for a basic plan, including initial setup fees and all the features included.
For more inclusive SEO plans, prices will likely increase to a range of $7,000 to $9,000. However, many business owners and website managers see a positive ROI for these services, and often only have to pay this amount of money for the setup and initiation. After the initial month, prices commonly drop to a monthly fee of just a few hundred dollars. But this, again, varies depending on the extensiveness of your SEO plan.
Much like pricing, location plays a key role in your choice of an SEO company. Location is tied to culture, business expenses, and in-person visits. To elaborate, consider the differences between a company based in a rural area as opposed to a company based in a large city. There are advantages and disadvantages to both locations.
It is possible that some rural SEO companies ranked highly on our list because they are based in a less distracting environment, and don’t have bustling city life to detract from their work. Or it could be that rural businesses pay less in building rent or property taxes, and so do not have to charge as much for their services. This could also lead to more finances set aside for face-to-face client visits. Regardless, the decision to choose a SEO agency should not be based on location alone.
We take employee numbers into account when considering the top SEO companies. This is because company size does play a key role in how a SEO company functions. However, a larger number of employees does not necessarily mean that an SEO company will rank you higher, or that they have more resources to dedicate. On the contrary, we’ve found that SEO companies with a smaller number of full time employees do much better in our ranking system. We suspect that the main reason for this is teamwork.
If a SEO company employs hundreds of professionals, these people likely aren’t going to have clear communication practices or much of a sense of teamwork. On the other hand, if an SEO company is a bit more limited in size, the professionals who work together will likely have a greater sense of teamwork and group responsibility – both of which are great for high quality SEO. So it may make more sense to choose a company with a tight-knit, dedicated staff rather than a large group that has trouble coordinating their efforts.
For a comprehensive view of the top SEO companies, check out our complete list of SEO companies ranked for 2016.