If you are looking to hire a SEO company, it may be a good idea to your research on who they are before you start working with them. As a general rule, if it’s hard to find the information on them, then they are probably hiding something. Here is a quick look into some comment spam we received from an new company on the Irish SEO scene.
Looking through my comment queue this morning I spotted something that caught my eye, it’s yet another Irish SEO “company” spamming. I use company in quotes because it’s not possible to get any clear information about SEOIreland.net from their website, so I’m not really sure if it’s a super secret organisation or it’s its some 13 year old kid working from his bedroom. There isn’t any information their website as to a RBN or even a name, an address or phone number. Here’s a look at their WHOIS for their domain, which has it’s information set to private.
There are very little reason as to why a legitimate business would hide themselves from being researched. Setting their WHOIS to private raises suspicion for us. Not being able to put a face to the business really doesn’t put our fears at ease.
So here’s the comment we got submitted to us, which got passed Akismet.
As the language of the post seems to be none native English, I was surprised to see that this comment was sent from inside Ireland, with an Irish IP.
For looking at where the comment comes from geographically, we use a free service at MaxMind.com.
Researching your SEO company
If you plan to hire a SEO company, you should do a background check. Find out :
- Who they are
- How many people work for them (ask about outsourced partners)
- What projects have they worked on recently
- Verify these projects and results with their clients
To hire a good SEO consultant you are talking about spending multiple thousands of Euros to work over a longer period of time. A bit of research will save you some heartache in the long run.