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Credo helps companies find and hire the right marketing partner.

How We're Different

The Credo vetting process


Results

A company can be polished and professional and still not deliver great results, so we specifically ask each network applicant about their clients and results they have driven.

We ask every applicant for:

  • Two projects for each marketing channel they offer
  • Description of the work they did and results they achieved
  • Client contact information so Credo can contact the client and ask for a recommendation
  • Analytics or other corroborating evidence of work done well

Professionalism

Quality of work delivered is extremely important to us and extremely important to you.

Our professional vetting involves the following:

  • Review of two deliverables sent to clients
  • Review of applicant's website to see professional design, clarity of writing and thinking, and more
  • Review of other profiles, such as LinkedIn and social media

Culture

Every network applicant must also pass our culture screening to make sure they're aligned with our standards.

This involves a 30 minute call covering:

  • Their professionalism on the phone
  • Promptness to the call
  • Clarity of thinking and speech in delivery
  • How their agency delivers work

The industry trusts Credo

"GetCredo.com is one of the few trustworthy places to find a good SEO."
Rand Fishkin
Rand Fishkin
"After working with a number of clients who had been burned by illicit consultants, industry veteran John Doherty was inspired to create [a company] that would help companies find reputable search marketing and SEO professionals."
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Marketing Land
"I don't know of anyone who puts as much care and attention into properly vetting and matching SEO projects with vendors than Credo."
Tom Critchlow
Tom Critchclow

How to hire Classified Sites SEO Companies


Hire agency with channel experience

Find agencies who have experience with the channel and your type of business

Prioritize agencies who have experience with the channel or channels you need help with. If you have multiple needs, we recommend prioritizing a full service firm who can do all channels as opposed to hiring individual agencies or contractors for each channel. This will reduce the number of providers you have to contact as well as the management overhead once they are hired.

Note - at Credo we match you with providers from our network who both fit your marketing channel needs and have experience with your type of business (SaaS, Ecommerce, etc). Where possible, we also match you with providers who have experience in your industry.


Agency discovery calls

Conduct discovery calls with all and strategy calls with a few

We recommend speaking with multiple agencies to verify that they have the experience you require and that you like speaking with them. Culture fit between you and your agency is the unspoken factor we find that determines if an engagement will be successful. We then recommend that you conduct longer strategy sessions (about an hour) with 2-4 agencies to dive deeper on your needs with their team.

Note - Credo schedules the initial discovery calls for you with agencies from our network.


Agency project proposals

Receive proposals and negotiate

Once you’ve gone deeper with 2-4 agencies, ask for proposals that you can review that include scope, timeline, cost, and terms. We recommend that you use our Agency Reviewer resource to make it easier. Some agencies may have a separate contract with terms and conditions, which is fine.

Once you receive proposals, you can negotiate back with agencies. The most common things to negotiate back on are scope and timeline. If ideal budget is above your ability to pay, see if you can reduce the scope to get the project within budget while understanding the tradeoffs.


Work with digital agency

Commit to one for a period of time

Finally, make a decision about who to work with and commit for a period of time that is long enough to know if you’re able to get results but not so long that it traps you into something that isn’t working. We recommend that you agree to at minimum a 3 month contract, and ideally a 6 month contract with a three month out.

Make sure healthy expectations are set and your agency fully understands your objectives. The best results are created when you have alignment with your agency around your business goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the best SEO companies?

The best SEO company for your business is likely different from the best SEO company for someone else's business. The best SEO company for your business is the one that you can afford, has proven results working with businesses like yours, and with whom you can work well.

Finding the right SEO company doesn't have to be hard. Use Credo.

How do I find the best SEO for my business?

To find the best SEO for your business, you should conduct research online, ask your friends for referrals, and work with a company like Credo that specializes in helping you find and hire the right SEO.

Finding the right SEO company doesn't have to be hard. Use Credo.

What companies use SEO?

Companies of all types, sizes, and budgets use SEO as an acquisition channel to drive more customers, revenue, and profits. SEO is commonly understood as a viable digital marketing channel that has many intricacies, and thus many companies hire an SEO company or consultant to help them properly optimize their site and rank in search engines.

How much does it cost to hire an SEO company?

SEO costs vary widely based on your business, the scope of the engagement, the experience of the SEO company or consultant, location, and more. Most SEO companies charge around $150 per hour, between $1,000-$5,000 for a single project (pricing depends on the need and scope), and between $1,500-$4,000 per month (and up, depending on need and scope) for retained SEO consulting and services.

Who's in Credo's network?
Credo's network includes digital marketing agencies and consultants who are experts at what they do and who they do it for. We're digital marketing experts ourselves and started Credo in 2013 to help great businesses do a better job hiring and executing on marketing strategies. We've helped thousands of businesses since then, so let us put our expertise to work for you.
How does Credo determine who the right pro is for my project?
Because we've been around since 2013 and matched over $125,000,000 in projects to agencies, we know how to make the right matches for your needs. We base matches off your marketing channel needs, your industry, your business model, your budget, and more. We've custom built our technology to facilitate this.
What is the difference between Credo and Upwork/Fiverr/etc?
Credo is a fundamentally different type of company. Instead of listing anyone in the world who wants to offer marketing services, Credo has a vetted network of agencies who we work with closely to make sure they deliver industry-best results for their clients.
Do I still have to interview firms within Credo?
Yes. After we match you with agencies, you are scheduled with them for initial calls. We believe fundamentally that you should know and trust the person doing your work. Ultimately, the decision on who to hire is yours.
How is Credo involved after I sign a project?
Once you decide on the firm to hire, you sign contracts with them directly and pay them directly for their work. Credo is not involved, though we would appreciate honest reviews on your firm's Credo profile once you've worked with them for a while!
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