To give a rough idea my day rate is £500 and typically for any monthly SEO retainer (my preferred way of working) I would require a minimum of 2 days work per month. I do offer project based SEO services - eg if you have a specific issue that needs resolving, or are undertaking a particular project (site migration for example) I can also quote accordingly.
No – I prefer to keep things flexible. Whilst it does take time to see the impact of most SEO work carried out I prefer not to have clients tied down to very lengthy contracts. Most of my clients work on a rolling monthly contract basis, which seems to work well for all parties. If you need/want a longer contract put in place, we can discuss that.
This is a tricky question to answer – whilst it’s true that most SEO effort will take time to show results (several months, in some cases), there are other changes that can have a much quicker impact. Ultimately it really depends on the work that is being carried out – I’ve worked with clients that have had key pages “hidden” from Google, so resolving that was an instant fix which delivered traffic nearly overnight. Other content based improvements can take months for Google re-evaluate and to update their search results. So in true SEO fashion, the answer here is “it depends”. I like to think most of my clients start to see results from the 2nd or 3rd month.
Whilst I do provide link building services for my clients, I won’t be buying links on their behalf. I prefer to work with a long-term mindset and I think that buying links is a risky business which hurts more businesses than it helps. I’m surprised at the number of businesses that I’ve worked with which at some point have employed someone to build links on their behalf. Most of those links either have no value or are causing harm to their search rankings. There’s a big difference between generating great, helpful content which naturally generates links and gets online coverage, vs carrying out manual link building (or paying for links).