Why It’s Dumb to Hire a Local Local SEO Agency or Person 
Going the local route is often considered a positive change when doing business. However, there are times where going for homegrown talent is not the best decision to make. Reaching out to a company for SEO help is a better idea than sourcing local talent. Here are some compelling reasons not to jump ship and go local for an SEO agency.
Being Local Is Not A Long-term Focus
Most people go for a local SEO agency so that can have face to face meetings. It offers a familiarity that makes it feel like things are getting done. This is an illusion, and probably the most oversold one for local talent. Having a company that is ‘near you‘ does not make them work any faster. And as a bonus, many of them will lack an international focus. That means once they max out your local opportunities, your company growth will come to a grinding halt. If you start with a limited focus, then expanding from that at a later date can cost you everything.
Limited SEO Makes No Sense
The entire point of SEO is to have control over how your business is represented to the world. Your website acts as a portal to potential consumers. Unprofessional SEO work can hinder search engine performance if it is limited to local results only. Think about how the average user searches for things, and then think about how the average search engine parses those results. When you limit SEO functionality by going with a local provider, then they will often miss important trends and queues. SEO is complex, ever-changing and requires knowing how trends impact market performance.
Buzzwords Don’t Create Buzz
Local SEO companies can talk a big game when needed. When you read between the lines, they are just words. If their features and benefits are that empty, then imagine what their actual SEO will be like. Promises of optimizations on the local level and the top position on Google is like telling a customer you will add extra cheese to their pizza- it is still just a pizza.
Diversity in SEO is why going beyond the local level is necessary to a successful business. You keep loyal customers while bringing in new ones in the same process. With a local SEO agency, you are recycling the same consumers over and over without gaining loyalty or new clientele.
Relevancy Keeps You In The Game
Let’s talk about meta tags. This is something else that a local company will promise to optimize as part of their service. As far as SEO is concerned, this is a fabulous service. The problem however comes when trying to optimize meta tags that are only relevant to a singular location. Ranking is king, and since the internet is a global tool, a local agency will often lack the relevancy to deal with compelling meta tags. For some interested parties, the meta tag will make or break their decision to click on your link. If you’re losing consumers before they can even view your content, then consider moving away from a local SEO agency or person.
Link Building Is Like Legos
You can’t throw a bunch of ingredients in a pot and call it a stew. Link building has to make sense, and they should never connect to worthless websites. The biggest offender is local SEO agencies linking to competitors’ websites! This is what happens when you thin the herd by staying on the local level. With the amount of available links being limited, the agency is forced to make some tough decisions. Link building is essential when done right, but can be catastrophic when done wrong. Remember, networking can help out a lot in this circumstance. Who do you think has the best resources for networking?
Local Rankings Are Often Misrepresented
With everything that was said so far, there is nothing wrong with starting slow on the local level. When you have a plan to expand later, then this is a smart start. But starting local does not mean you should go with a local SEO provider. Look at your area and think about all of the people that use similar local SEO services. Unless you are one of the more unique businesses in existence, there will be clashes in interests when going for a local SEO company. They will likely be helping out your competition to get to the same position you want to be at. By going away from a local agency, you can use someone that thinks outside the box.
Instead of paying a local company to do conflicting busywork, you are paying a company to actually improve your local status.
Hands Off And Less Business, Or Hands On And Growing Business?
The one stop shop attitude with SEO is not healthy for growing businesses. An agency that handles everything will be the jack of all trades but the master of none. Just because a company excels at SEO that does not mean they can handle an entire website and social media. You’re the boss, and the tough decisions should always land on your shoulders. Outsourcing such important tasks without having any input will change your company’s vision.
Instead of depending on a local SEO company to handle everything, dole out tasks as necessary. A webmaster should handle the website. Marketing should handle marketing, and an SEO agency should be in charge of essential optimizations. They should all work together as one unit to make your business the best it can be.
Local SEO agencies will often push an all in one package like a store pushes gift cards. When they remain insistent on using their all in one service, you’ll have a clear answer to their motivations. Never give up that much control to a local SEO company. Insist on teamwork with a fundamental drive to improve in separate disciplines. The best way to do that is by using the unlimited resources online and not locking yourself to the local level.
This is the big one on the list. And the funny thing is that it swings both ways – clients consider a higher price to be better quality while others consider a lower price to be a lack of quality. But then there are clients that don’t want to spend a lot of money but want the best money can buy.
Don’t get wrapped up in groupthink when it comes to providing the best SEO services for your company. Everyone has a different price, whether local or not. Instead of looking at the price and trying to guess the quality, think about what your company wants to achieve. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth when the price from a non-local company is low. It is not a way to rate quality, and the only thing that matters is how well that company meets your needs.
- Prices are usually higher with a local SEO agency
- Quality and price are not mutually exclusive
- A lot of ‘all in one services’ will end up costing you more
- Higher end SEO companies will even charge you for consultation time
On the surface, it seems like an easy decision. But anything that concerns running a successful business is never easy. Find out what other benefits are available by getting a consultation with Blend Local Search Marketing It’s one step towards a small decision that will better your business for life on 2020 and the new decade ahead.
Why It’s Dumb to Hire a Local Local SEO Agency or Person 
Perry Stevens is the founder and CEO of Blend Local Search Marketing Ltd. He’s a tea drinker, cocoa grower and a frequent traveller.
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