What is a fair amount to pay someone to do SEO (search engine optimization) work?

Posted on 26 October 2010 by SEOman from Seattle

I am just wondering what is fair to pay in order for someone to do SEO work for your online business and what would be a fair amount for someone to ask if you were not going to pay them up front but you were giving them a portion of your online profits? Please help!!

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Jaimin P Says:

    400USD for part time per month, and 800USD per month for full time SEO
    Send me inquiry on jay.jaimin@gmail.com

  2. responder5 Says:

    Firstly your question is very vague.
    It’s like what is the fair amount to pay construction developer to build me a house. Unless you specify where to build, how big to build and all other details no builder can give you a quote.

    Any genuine SEO person would require to know what is your website and what you want to achive from the SEO (goals/objectives). Based on these inputs one can give you a quote.

    So be specific when asking these kind of questions.

    No reputable SEO professional work without an upfront fee/charges and no reputable SEO pro will work for a portion of your online profits unless you are apple.com or other reputable company.

    The bottom line is, get your self some budget to invest and plan your business strategy, set goals/objectives and contact an SEO pro to get quote to achieve the results/goals/objectives that you set for your on-line business.

    Hope this helps

  3. Paddy Says:

    SEO is a braod term, but generally fo a full SEO service firms ask four thousands of pounds (or dollars) with a monthly retainer of around £250.

    Many companies offer free quotes, so test the water and see what people can offer.

    In the mean time, you can try DIY SEO for free. Many sites offer advice on this subject, my favourite is


  4. Felicity Says:

    First, decide whether you are absolutely committed to outsourcing your SEO work. If you’re a small business owner, the purchase of an excellent keyword research tool and some hours of training might just be enough to get you going. At the very least, it’ll make you a more knowledgeable and discriminating customer when you do ultimately hire an SEO expert.

    If you are sure you want to hire the work out, think about this: full-service SEO agencies often outsource to researchers and writers who work for substantially lower hourly rates than what they are charging you. They can do this because they do offer all the bells and whistles. Heck, they’ll even brand your YouTube channel so that it matches your website branding. Do you need the Lexus with 8 drink-holders and HD DVD player? Or would a simple site-wide SEO tweak, social media integration, and blog article campaign work for you?

    If simple can work, then look for a writer/researcher who specializes in keyword research services, social networking, link-building, and article marketing. You can hire one of us for $30-$40 an hour.

    I’ve written an article about it on my website blog (link below). Hope that is helpful.

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