I'm wondering if any offliners have had any success with SEO firms. I used a few people from this site that are supposed to be reputable, but traffic or rankings never happened.
Most recently, I built a new site, hired a Canadian company to do citations for a flat free. I then added social pages and started adding content. 4-6 months later I had 2k visitors and a lot of good leads and sales.
Then I thought, "Damn, if I can do this, what could a pro do?" 6 months and $15k later, my leads are down 25% and My traffic has dropped 20%.
Now, this is not a fly by night. It's a firm with offices in my local area as well as Chicago. I found them by an organic web search.
My SEO contract is up in a few days, and I have serious reservations about allocating marketing dollars toward this again. In print(shared mail) , this money would have produced nearly 200 leads. The problem is that I already put ads everywhere that I know of.
Besides PPC, where are offliners investing online?