When you decide to engage with a search engine marketing firm, you have either recognized that you have encountered a challenge that you cannot meet as effectively as you could with some assistance, or you have recognized an opportunity that you can more effectively capitalize upon if you get some help.

Yet just because you seek outside help with your SEO efforts, that doesn't necessarily mean you know what to do when you get it! But that's okay, because, in fact, most marketers don't. Further still, some marketers believe that once they outsource the management of their SEO campaign, they are all done with their job, and that all they need to do is sit back and wait for the results to be delivered. Unfortunately, such thinking is delusional.

To be successful at outsourcing SEO, you need to understand that it is not a turn-key solution, and that it requires more than just expert consultation. A lot more. More time. And more internal resources. Why? Because search engine optimization is not a one-shot deal; it is inherently iterative. In short, it is a process, not a project.

Moreover, SEO is but a tool to enhance business results. Consequently, it cannot be performed in isolation. Rather, it necessitates collaboration between you and your vendor, and with all the areas of your company that are impacted by your marketing efforts. Given these factors, expectations need to be established up front between you, your various internal constituencies, and your vendor, so that everyone can understand and agree on what's truly involved in achieving success.

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