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Factors That Affect SEO Costs

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There has been a lot of debate as to why there is no standard for search engine optimization ( SEO ) costs.  SEO  costs normally vary greatly according to different factors and from company to company.

First of all you must keep in mind that  SEO  is a service and not a commodity. Unlike most commodities, government agencies can regulate the prices to protect the consumers. Costs of most services,  SEO  included, vary according what companies or professionals think sustainable and profitable for them. Usually, they look at how much time they have to spend for the particular task and the number of people who are going to do it. Companies also differ in the tools and techniques used. Some offer standard  SEO  services, while others provide customized services according to the customer’s needs.

The following are some of the factors that affect  SEO  costs.

Competition

 SEO  specialists have to consider the competition in your niche market. If the competition is not so stiff, then it is a lot easier to get your website to the top of SERP. However,  SEO  may not be enough to make your target audience aware and to promote your products or services. You may need some kind of search engine marketing and advertising that could add to the cost.

If your niche market has really tough competition, it is a little difficult to get your site to the top of the search engine results. This will require more effort and different strategies, thus increasing the cost.

Keywords Used

Another factor that keeps  SEO  costs at various degree are they popularity and the competition of the keywords you want to rank for. Keywords that have high competition are ones that are popular and common. If the competition is high, there are many websites are using the same keyword in order to capture the market. Trying to rank in a very competitive market requires a lot of effort, time and money; making it costly for some businesses.

Age and Design of Your Site

Additionally, the older and well established your site is, the more it is favored by search engines. It is less expensive and a lot easier to rank an old, established site with rich content. The design of your website can also affect how easy or difficult it is to rank it in search engines. Usually, search engine friendly websites are preferred by search engines. It is easy to for spiders to crawl the pages, unlike those that use complex technologies such as Flash. The number of pages a site has, the more effort has to be made compared to those with few pages. This is because there are only a few pages to rank in search engines. If a site is focused only on one service it is also easier for  SEO  companies to rank it. All these contribute tremendously in  SEO  costs and how fast it can rank.

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Source by Samantha Davidson

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