The Cost of SEO Services

A detailed breakdown of what the cost of SEO adds to your website.

How Much Does SEO Cost?

I created a page about a while back in an attempt to answer this question of "What do search optimization services cost?".

While The 5 Levels of Search Engine Optimization does a decent job of explaining how I price my optimization services, I felt like their was still too much mystery in what search optimization actually costs (and the different ways that it helps your site).

Consider this Pricing Guide #2: Breaking Down "The Cost for SEO"

The Costs Of SEO: Explained.

If you are new to websites and things like SEO, the most important thing to understand is websites are essentially broken down into 2 parts: Site and Content.

websites are essentially broken down into 2 distinct parts: your Site and your Content.

Site Optimizations v.s. Content Optimizations

The "Site" portion includes things like your domain, shared elements (such as the header, menu, and footer), and microdata (computer-only information that gives you special features in search providers like Google). I won't get into technical details, but all of these things weigh heavily on your site's ability to rank and bring in a higher number of people from search.

The "Content" portion represents a (typically) much larger portion of your website. If you have more than 10 pages (or the pages you have are very large), the optimizations to your content will begin to surpass the cost of optimizations to your "site" portion.

You will often hear the content portion referred to as "On-page Optimizations" — I've always felt this term was overly confusing to newcomers. It's much easier to think about your site as two separate parts than it is to break down every minutiae of websites and search optimization with it's own label.

Costs Of Optimizations : The Costs for Optimizing Your Website

Each new site has it's own set of SEO "TODOs" to get out of the way early on in the process. Some are simple, some complex, and you do not have to do them all: just do what's right for you!

That's why I offer Lite and Basic search engine optimization for next to nothing: you need them.

The Lite SEO package gets you listed on search engines like Google as quickly as possible. You will soon start to collect useful data that can be converted into insights about your market and customers.

The Basic SEO package ensures you are following the most direct path to gaining higher quality site traffic and helping yourself reach your goals in the SERPs.

Higher end optimizations may be overkill depending on the nature of your site. For markets and niches with a lot of competition, it will almost certainly take a higher level. More than anything, the amount of site optmizations you need depend on what it will take to beat your competition! If they have a nice website and SEO, you'll need a nice website and better SEO.

We can get into these higher level search engine optimization techniques after your site is collecting data and showing solid potential for returning your investment.

Costs Of Optimizations : The Costs for Optimizing Your Content

Content is important: not only is content king of SEO castle, it's also what your visitors come to see! No one actually cares about your site as long as they can find it, use it, and it works. They come for what's inside. Information, entertainment, and a great experience.

SEO and content are almost hand-in-hand. If you do not have good content, people will bail on your site. Google sees this, disapproves, and lowers your position in future searches. On the other hand, if your content is optimized for both search bots and your end-user (the humans that interact with your site), Google rewards you with even more traffic and a better rank! Doing well online isn't that much of a mystery, it's really just a lot of hard work.

So How Much Does Search Optimization Cost?!

3 Quick Notes About Optimizations
  1. You do not have to optimize every single page.
  2. Existing SEO may significantly reduce the cost of optimizations.
  3. Good SEO will pay off as long as your site currently converts.

I've provided a pricing chart below to illustrate what your investment into SEO services is likely to cost.

You can optimize your site to give your domain more ranking power (a.k.a. "Domain Authority"), then only optimize the key pages like the home page and important landing pages.

Pricing is broken down into 2 costs:
  1. Base Price
    The base price is a one-time investment into your SEO.
    It covers the work required to perform SEO at a given level.
    What is included? What if I have some SEO already in place?

    This base work covers important site & domain related tasks like keyword research, backlink building, and setting up monitoring tools so you may track your progress. If you do not currently have proper SEO already established, the full base will be required at the start.

    If your site currently meets the base requirements for SEO at your level of optimization, a portion of the base cost may be refunded to you (pro rata).

  2. Content Price
    The cost of optimizations to your content will always depend on the page itself.
    For example, a 300 word page requires significantly less work than a 1,200.

    My SEO prices for performing content optimizations start at the Standard level.
    For the purpose of this pricing guide, I will price the different levels in blocks of 250 words.

SEO: Average Costs Of Optimizing Content

Note: prices here are estimates for new pages.

Additional Pricing Charts Are Coming Soon!
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Have a site with little to no SEO?

If your budget for SEO is less than $500, I recommend going with the Basic level of optimization.
It covers the most essential elements of SEO, allowing you to do some of the optimizations yourself or hire others to follow the optimization plan.

If you are trying to break into a competitive online market-space, you will need to do better than your competition.
This typically requires a higher level of professionally administered SEO. The results pay for themselves over time.

SEO: Average Costs Of Optimizing Everything On Your Site

I can't provide an exact price without learning about your website!

Here are some ideas of what SEO services for a new website may cost.

  1. Small Website:
    3 pages of content. 500 words each. Standard level optimizations.
    Estimated Cost of Total (Site & Content) Optimizations: $710