I live in north london and so I googled 'seo services north london' figuring anyone that could rank highly with that search would be reputable to outsource my business to.
The individual that ranked number 1 was a one man band as opposed to an agency which I liked (I feel that we wouldn't get priority as a small business if we outsourced to an agency with loads of other more profitable bigger clients) and so I decided to go ahead with him. Long story short, he has been EXTREMELY slow and unresponsive, didn't reply to my last 3 emails and about 3 months later I'm no further so have now parted ways.
I'm looking for a new consultant now to help me with local seo (i.e to rank for towns within a 5 mile radius from me) for our family run home installation business however my question is:
To find a suitable SEO consultant does their website HAVE to be ranked highly to assume they are reputable and able to get the job done for us? OR is it less important about their website ranking and more important they have highly ranked their clients websites? OR both?
I'm currently under the illusion that to find an SEO consultant that their website must rank 1st page so just want to see if this is the case or not as it seems kind of limiting if so.
Hopeful for some help - thanks.