QUOTE(mahesh @ Jul 17 2004, 04:53 PM)
Can anyone please enlighten me on how much will a seo firm charge for getting a TOP 5 slot in google?
I heard that it would cost b/w 12,000 to 30,000$, is it true?
I don't think too many firms would give you a set price, but more a monthly price to continue the ongoing slog until the ranking was achieved, dependant upon the competitiveness obviously of the term.
I am going to disagree with chrishirst and OWG on certain points of this matter. You can guarantee rankings, it is more the continual time you cannot guarantee. For example, I supply my customers guaranteed top 20 rankings for 80% of the terms broadly spread across the "x" engines. It is not that hard to achieve, it depends more upon the phrases as has been said.
What I agree with is this: only a moron would guarantee a top 5 ranking across Yahoo, MSN and Google for any mildly competitive term onwards. I say this because the three engines have to many indifferences between their algorithms and the way in which your site will rank for given techniques.
I would say that many an SEO could guarantee top 5 rankings for any term for one engine only, as they could concentrate on that term. The guarantee any higher than that is really starting to play with fire IMO, but it can be done by those with confidence and the knowledge in the engines.
Jill guaranteed top 10 for years and years, with no problem to her clients or she would be out of business. I do for top 20 with no problems.
What must be remembered mahesh is that having the ranking is one thing, it doesn't necessitate that people are going to visit you nor purchase from you. You can improve those more important factors with less money in some instances.
Is there a guideline hourly-rate that SEO's charge? Obvioulsy, multiplied by the number of hours spent? If there is no guarantee of a top 20 ranking, then why would we want to pay $$$$$s for an improvement in SERPS from no.200 to no.100?
Exactly. Frankly I am sick and tired of hearing people say they won't or can't guarantee rankings. For example, if I put a client under a 6 month contract to have x,y & z done by 6 months, then that is all that matters. I will clearly state the rankings are not guaranteed after that point. Most rankings when done right will hold steady for some time. Hell, I think Jill says some of her clients are still holding strong years later, some may not be. Either way, the contract period is the contract period.
A good contract, smart, clear with honesty and commonsense built in to protect the SEO and client is all that is required IMO. A good SEO can achieve any ranking dependant upon time.
OWG states about sites holding "x" amount of links. I disagree with that too. I can point out numerous upon numerous highly competitive rankings for my clients that are holding the positions with only a couple of hundred backlinks in Google, compared to their competition below them with 20,000 or more. Quantity of backlinks have bugger all to do with rankings. Quality of backlinks and anchor text has more to do with it than anything else.
Sorry OWG, but I disagree with some points of your statement, others I stand by with you. What OWG said about the cost variable is really the big factor in agreeance with him. You have to way up the cost vs. the effort vs. PPC vs. ??? and so forth. This is why I always try to get customers to not just optimize, but branch out, get into articles, get into an affiliate program (CM / CJ / etc) which already have hundreds of thousands viewing the site. For one small cost to be listed in com junction for example, the cost of professional banners and so forth to be made to enhance the product / service can achieve more than spending thousands in SEO in some cases. Some not so.
I have plenty more, but will shutup now.