SEO scams happen more than you know – especially in the roofing industry. As a matter of fact, chances are that many of you reading this post have been scammed by SEO companies before.
That’s why I decided to open this subject and delve a little deeper into it – so that it doesn’t happen to you again. And for those of you who have been lucky enough to avoid this type of problem in the past, this post is to make sure you don’t run into it the future.
I’ve heard from many local roofers how they got burned by SEO companies promising them placement on the first page of Google, just to leave them with empty pockets and no results whatsoever.
What these scammers do is take your money, pretend to do a little work, and, when push comes to shove, they have nothing to show for it.
So how can you set these scammers apart from verified professionals?
Read on to find out the answers.
Just to Clear Things Up
Just to clear things up before we get into the scammers and their M.O. – expert SEOs are an endangered species but yes, they do still exist . And once they get down and dirty, you can expect tangible results.
You see, SEO is a complex process. Things don’t happen overnight. So all those phone calls and emails you get on a daily basis from SEO “gurus” guaranteeing instant results and top Google placement, are plain and simple – crap.
But when done by the right person who will get down and dirty, SEO does work. Not by some magic but by grabbing and keeping the attention of people from your area.
You see, in the past, people used phone books and yellow pages to find local contractors to help them with their roofs, windows, etc. Today, they just flip their phones and use Google instead.
Say I need a roofing contractor. I’ll take my phone, google roofing contractors in my city, and go through the first few results that pop up (I rarely go beyond the first page, do you?). If they have enough positive reviews, a neat website, and all in all looks great and professional, I’ll give them a call.
That’s what SEO is about. Putting you right there in front of the customers by increasing local exposure, increasing visibility, optimizing your website, and ranking you higher. The truth is, if you’re not on the first page of Google, you’re done.
If you look at the diagram below, you’ll see that almost nobody checks out the second page in the search results. There is even a saying that “the best place to hide a dead body is on the second page of Google”.
Now that we’ve made it clear why and how SEO works, let’s go back to scamming
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