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Garrett Digital
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Garrett Nafzinger is an SEO consultant and founder of Garrett Digital based in Austin, Texas. Garrett helps organizations and businesses grow traffic, leads, and revenue…

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Marketing 261
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by Chelsea on Marketing 261
Incredible and Honest Insight
Your Job Title: Marketing Manager

Michelle is an absolute expert but approaches everything in a tangible and understandable way . We leaned on her for marketing best practices and SEO recommendations, and her insight was impressive and honest. The info she provided was not only informative but actionable for our needs. She'll be the go-to for our next marketing project!

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Michelle Urban is the founder of Marketing 261, a digital agency for startups. With a hands-on, get-it-done attitude, she focuses on executing measurable plans to…

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John Reinesch
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by Ella on John Reinesch
Detailed, proactive and personable
Your Job Title: Founder

I've worked with John for a few months and have really enjoyed his thoroughness and true desire to improve a client's performance. He is proactive in suggesting content to create and is super organized, even creating easy to understand dashboards for the client. I look forward to working with John on many more projects.

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John is a B2B digital marketing strategist with expertise in developing SEO campaigns, PPC, & Web Analytics. He has a passion for growing businesses by improving their lead…

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Nifty Marketing

Nifty Marketing
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by Heidi S. on Nifty Marketing
So pleased with the SEO strategies!
Your Job Title: Office Manager

Nifty Marketing is a talented group of creative professionals. Not only have we received excellent customer service from our account managers they are also extremely helpful and answer our many questions as we continue to grow our business.



We are so pleased with the optimization strategies they have applied to our website. We love seeing our website at the top of the list time and time again.

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Nifty was forged out of a potato field in Idaho. No joke. We got our start selling Idaho Potatoes online in 2009 and now have…

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BigWing
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Founded in 2010, BigWing has grown from a small local SEO agency to an international agency serving clients in 26 U.S. states, Mexico, Canada, Puerto…

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Juris Digital
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by Michael Beliz on Juris Digital
Great SEO company from people who care
Your Job Title: Attorney/Owner

Over the years I have spoken with many SEO companies. Juris Digital is the one of the few, maybe the only, who produces quality work, great results, and excellence customer services.



I am far from the biggest law firm, however, I am able to complete for rankings for highly sought after keywords in a very competitive geographical area. Juris Digital walked me through the process of how to build and SEO my website. They though of creative ethical ways to move my website up the rankings. With their knowledge and expertise, I have seen great results to my SEO.



Most importantly I feel like the people at Juris Digital really enjoy their work and care for my website. They have a passion that I can hear every time I speak with them on the phone. They keep me update on my website. Whenever I reach out to them, they always response back within a short amount of time.



I highly recommend Juris Digital.

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Juris Digital is a law firm digital marketing company that is focused on helping law firms get more clients through Organic SEO, Local SEO, PPC,…

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Digital Slingshot
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by John Bolen on Digital Slingshot
Driving Online Success
Your Job Title: President

With Chris's help, we have seen our business grow to be the dominant driving school on Florida's Treasure Coast. Our online registrations for drivers ed, ticket classes, driver's license test and other services have far exceeded our expectations.

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With an online marketing career spanning 20 years, Chris has experience in a variety of verticals including: • Retail business both domestic and international •…

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Louder Online – Aaron Agius

Louder Online
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by Ryan Speak on Louder Online
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Your Job Title: Director at Speak Realty

Aaron is my go-to-guy for content and digital marketing. He has guided our team to develop and implement smart actionable strategies to boost our online profile, and create a steady stream of leads.



The online marketing game is constantly evolving, so it's imperative as a business owner, that I stay on top, to maintain a competitive edge. Every time I speak with Aaron, I get a nugget of gold to implement.

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Aaron Agius is one of the world’s leading content marketers. Co-Founder of the acclaimed digital agency, Louder Online, the agency is regularly sort out by iconic brands…

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White Hat Ops
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by Sherri O on White Hat Ops
Top Rated SEO expertise
Your Job Title: President

Jonti Bolles of White Hat Ops is not only an incredible SEO expert but she brings an understanding of branding, business and how people communicate to each job. She is tireless in her willingness to educate clients in best practices and what all of the analytics mean. She has helped S.O. Creative move the needle on the world of web, digital advertising and measurement. I would definitely recommend White Hat Ops for any of your projects.

We were founded by owner Jonti Bolles to provide sustainable, ethical marketing results to small and medium sized businesses, nonprofits and associations. We have continued…

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Papaya Internet, Inc.
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by Dan Grossman on Papaya Internet, Inc.
Bobby understand both the web AND business!

Bobby not only has a deep understanding of all aspects of search marketing based on YEARS of experience but has a practical understanding of how to integrate online marketing into a company's overall strategy. He knows the importance of getting to understand a company's business; learning what the firm does, where and how it gets its customers, what kind of customers it wants, what kind of message it should send them, and where it can find opportunities for growth. Bobby knows that a website does not exist in a vacuum and is not just a work of art; he knows it is a tool to help a company achieve its larger goals and bases his approach around that goal. I know this from personal experience: that is how Bobby approached his assignment with my own company (an online retailer) several years ago when we were trying to increase traffic and revenue in preparation for selling the company, and his results were astounding. Bobby understands how the web works, and he understands how business works, and that is a powerful combination.

Since 2002, I’ve helped small businesses grow through search engine optimization, paid search marketing, social media advertising, and email marketing with a focus on ROI….

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Ghergich & Co.
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Ghergich & Co. is a content marketing agency that integrates SEO, beautiful design, and expert writing. We help clients earn attention by making and promoting…

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Heroic Search

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Heroic Search
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by Yaniv Goldenberg on Heroic Search
Earning Valuable Links
Your Job Title: Head of Acquisition

Heroic Search are an integral piece of our SEO efforts, we can always count on them to develop and execute plans to earn valuable links.

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Heroic Search is a search marketing agency with locations in Dallas/Fort Worth and Tulsa, OK that primarily handles SEO, content marketing, and link acquisition. Although a…

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Search Conversion LLC
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Search Conversion is a small digital agency in the Denver area focused on in-bound marketing and conversions.  We do not do many full builds of…

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Sam McRoberts

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Sam McRoberts
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by Trey on Sam McRoberts
Great Experience, Very Valuable, Highly Recommend
Your Job Title: CEO

Sam provided our company with a fully comprehensive and all encompassing SEO audit and strategy. It was beyond my expectations. It was clear he put a lot of time and thought into the deliverables and our company will be much better off after putting his strategy into action. Highly Recommend.

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Sam McRoberts is the founder of VUDU Marketing, an SEO consulting firm based in Seattle, WA that specializes in in-depth SEO audits and strategies. Sam…

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Inseev Interactive
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SEO & PPC Services from Inseev Interactive Inseev Interactive is a performance digital marketing agency based in San Diego. We specialize in SEO, PPC, and…

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Trey Copeland
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by Flora S. on Trey Copeland
Good work
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We like your work. Very good.

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Trey is an experienced search engine marketer with a technical web development background, focusing mainly on SEO. He has worked with small businesses, law firms,…

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Semantica

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Semantica
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Semantica is a team of WordPress Developers and Online Marketers (AdWords & Analytics Qualified) based in Cape Town, South Africa. We specialise in producing WordPress…

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Gianluca Fiorelli

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Gianluca Fiorelli
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Italian-born, resident in Spain, collaborating with clients and agencies from all over the world and tri-lingual, Gianluca Fiorelli is an independent Strategic and International SEO…

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Jim Lastinger

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Deep Field Inc.
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Hi there! I’m Jim Lastinger, and I run a small digital marketing agency called Deep Field. I love working with amazing companies that do great things…

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Sure Oak
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We are a full-service SEO agency. Our core competencies are link-earning, strategic planning, content marketing, on-page optimization, keyword research, and technical audits. Our Mission: To…

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WrightIMC
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At WrightIMC, we deliver handcrafted marketing – specializing in search engine marketing, search engine optimization, reputation management, website design and development, interactive media buying and…

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History of SEO

As the amount of data, the number of websites, the the sheer mass of media—information on the internet is growing by the day, it can be nearly impossible to get noticed through all this white noise.

The key to standing out is getting on Google’s good side–the side where they rank you high on their search results page. Because only when you become a best match for user queries will you start to see your website traffic skyrocket.

But how are the best matches chosen? Every search engine has their own algorithm. They base it on a variety of factors, including keyword matches, trustworthiness of the website, and much more. And they do a good job of this. Unfortunately, because so many websites have information that matches the search query, there can be pages and pages of results. Yet users are 25% less likely to choose the fifth ranked website than the website that is ranked first on the search results page. Therefore, businesses looking to grow and reach a wider market need to rank high in the results. Thus the creation of search engine optimization.

Search Engine Optimization Defined

Search engine optimization, or SEO, is comprised of strategies used by professionals to rank higher on a search engine’s results page, or SERP. This leads to an increase in the number of visitors that a website brings in, and should result in more revenue for the business. Statistics show that the highest ranked pages are the most visited pages—internet users simply do not scroll through page after page of search results, instead they trust Google to find the best result and rank it at the top.

In short, SEO breaks down a search engine’s ranking algorithm to find out what it bases its rankings on. It then uses various methods for addressing each of these ranking factors, optimizing a website for the algorithm.

The Search Engine Optimization Industry

The SEO industry is big and it is growing at a rapid rate. In 2018, experts estimate that businesses will spend $72 billion on SEO services. By 2020, they expect this number to jump to $80 billion. A big part of these services is the SEO software that supports them, which is also growing rapidly—estimations show the market growing at a CAGR of nearly 15% between 2018 and 2022.

And it is not just the big, enterprise businesses that are contributing to this growth. Yes, enterprise companies do spend the most on SEO, with 45% of these organizations spending more than $20,000 each month. But medium and small businesses are spending significant amounts on SEO as well. 20% of medium-sized businesses are also spending over $20,000 on SEO monthly and 9.3% of small business are doing the same. The fact is that organizations of every size and from every industry are very aware that SEO needs to be a priority.

The History Of Search Engine Optimization

While many people think of SEO in only present terms, the practice has a history and it goes back further than most would think. SEO’s creation is closely linked to the search engine’s creation, which is why SEO popped up within a year of Archie’s development—the very first search engine.

The first SEO methods were basic because the search engine ranking methods were basic. The algorithm was solely based on keywords and authority—or how many backlinks a website had. Therefore, in order to rank higher, websites stuffed their pages with keywords, going so far as to even repeat words excessively. They would also use spam as backlinks, making it appear to the algorithm that they were an authoritative source.

In 1998, Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page put an end to this problem by creating Google and its more complex algorithm. The idea was to use website quality, rather than just keywords, in the ranking process. And to help quality websites make their web pages better, Google released SEO guidelines in the early 2000s. But until 2003, these guidelines were very much still in their infancy. It was only with Google’s “Florida” algorithm update that SEO truly began to take shape and become an industry in its own right.

Florida upended Google’s ranking system. Many sites lost their rankings, while others shot up to the top. The reason for this was that Google started penalizing sites that keyword stuffed and made other moves that prioritized the users’ needs. And this dramatic change to the algorithm is when many companies began to significantly invest in SEO.

After Florida came the Nofollow Attribute, which penalized websites for spam links. And then there was personalized search, allowing Google to use an individual’s history, both browsing and search, to provide more accurate results. Then came Caffeine, Google Instant, Panda, Penguin, Hummingbird, Pirate, RankBrain, and all of their 2.0 and 3.0 versions.

Through each of these updates, Google has consistently perfected their algorithm, finding ways to root out spam sites and provide users with exactly what they are looking for. And as the algorithm has grown in complexity the SEO industry has grown. There are firms dedicated to SEO, software for perfecting SEO, and blog upon blog upon blog written on the topic. In all likelihood, SEO will only continue to grow as search engine algorithms transform and increase in complexity.

Because of these regular changes, as well as the fact that SEO impacts everything from a website to Tweets to advertising, companies need to take SEO seriously—with their business strategy and their annual budget. When SEO is prioritized it gives organizations a jolt of energy. The kind of energy that creates profits and excites the market.

You need to partner with the right SEO expert. We can assist with this. We have a comprehensive list of SEO providers, each with their own unique set of experiences and expertise. We look at your specific needs and match you up with providers who know SEO in your industry and have worked on projects similar to your needs. You then interview them to discover who is the right fit for your business and hire them directly.

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