In House vs. Agency: What’s the best way to get my website optimized for Google?

Creating an SEO strategy, optimizing a website, writing content and distributing a continuous content schedule are big undertakings.

To accomplish these in-house, you need to have employees trained and ready for the task. Beyond tactical execution, this task requires a lot of research and planning.

Consider the components we apply when working with our clients before determining if your company is up for the task or would prefer to opt for an agency.

1. The research and the plan
Before any optimizing, research hundreds of keywords/key phrases and analyze where your site currently stands in Google search rankings. Then, evaluate your top competitors. The results of this research are compiled into a Benchmark Analysis. Future content optimization and creation revolve around keyword strategies.

2. Site optimization
Once you determine a keyword strategy, begin the process of optimizing the current website to include the backend coding and on-page content. This ensures all the correct headers, tags and descriptors are included in the webpage coding so Google can properly crawl and index pages.

3. Content development
This is the keystone of an SEO strategy–the generation of new and keyword-rich content for the website each month, so the website is continually relevant and fresh. It’s Google’s primary gauge for scoring your website. This means you should write and post one to three new pages of content on your website per month.

4. Distribution
After you write new content, articles should be distributed in accordance with the marketing plan. Consider expanding your website by adding pages, distributing content via social networks, and managing your company blog by writing and posting articles.

5. Back linking
In addition to all of the on-site optimization and content development, research appropriate directories and partner sites to list your business website. When credible sites point to your website, Google sees your website as a valuable content resource.

After reviewing these five key components, is your company up for the task?

It turns out a lot of businesses choose to partner with an agency to develop and execute an SEO plan. An agency has the dedicated resources to drive an SEO plan and generate continuous new business leads. A lot of companies simply don’t have the resources to manage everything for an SEO strategy to be successful. An agency is in a constant state of learning on behalf of its clients and maintains knowledge of all current Google algorithm changes.

If your company is up for the task, consider both of these tips to help accelerate your SEO strategy. 1) Create keyword rich blog articles, white papers, and videos. 2) Task employees to assist with listing the company’s website on relevant directories.

Remember, whether you opt to hire an agency or do the work in-house, developing a successful SEO strategy is an ongoing process, not a one-time adjustment to your website. If you are interested in these services, Proximity offers SEO in Cleveland Ohio – contact us today to get started.


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About the Author

Beth Kereszturi

Beth is our VP of Digital Marketing Strategy who, besides drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, helps clients generate more business. Whether they’ve partnered with Proximity Marketing for a decade or just joined the family, Beth helps clients achieve success and achieve measurable results.