Which is More Affordable: SEO Done Local or SEO From Over There?

Let me be the first to admit that this is a tricky question to answer. Like with most things in real life, there are exceptions to every rule. But by and large, the answer (to many people’s surprise) is that the SEO from the USA is much more affordable than SEO from overseas.

I say ‘to many people’s surprise’ because most people equate low cost with affordability, and SEO from India or the Philippines is much less expensive per-link than America’s cheapest SEO. But price is not the actual mark of affordable SEO. Let’s take a short detour.

Did you know that the Cadillac CTS is, in America at least, the car with the lowest cost-of-ownership over a twenty-year period? But it’s hardly the lowest-cost car in the country — that’s the Nissan Versa. But when you stretch the Versa ownership out over 20 years, the cost of gas, repairs, insurance, and other items is so much more than that of the Cadillac CTS that the $40,000+ sedan takes the lead.

SEO is like that. When you buy cheap SEO from overseas, you’re buying into a short-lived high that comes with a whole mess of long-run problems. You’ll get some rankings, and some traffic, but at some point one of two things will happen. Either Google will slap your site down for it’s hokey backlink practices, or your rise will simply stop because repetitive, ‘easy’ SEO tricks get less and less effective with each repetition.

When you buy cheap SEO here in America, it’s clearly not as cheap as the SEO from overseas — but it has a few advantages that you can’t really get from Bangalore. First, it’s (probably) being performed by native English speakers — and if you doubt that, you can always call them up and ask. Second, American companies offer better customer service almost across the board. Finally, American companies are under the jurisdiction of American attorney generals, which means if they do something to screw you over, you have recourse — not at all the case if you run with someone in the Philippines.

It doesn’t matter if you get it from a company in Topeka or one in Los Angeles — SEO is always better when it comes from the USA.

83 thoughts on “Which is More Affordable: SEO Done Local or SEO From Over There?”

  1. I have no online marketing experience and do not have any product to sale. I’ve been searching books to learn online marketing and most of them are good for business owners.

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  3. Can someone recommend me a company providing affordable website development and SEO services. Charlotte web development company will be plus for me.
    Thanks in advance!
    The web design firm must have full time PHP programmers and have experience with ecommerce and shopping cart websites.

  4. How does it affect SEO, how to select/use keywords effectively…

    a) Domain name

    b) Title Tags

    c) Headers (, , , )

    d) SEO Copywriting
    Please add links/resources please… Thanks.

  5. I want my site to be advertised in online classifieds. Some SEO companies say they will put me in at least 50,000 places. Is this for real? How can I check to see if they did this?

  6. I am currently looking for an SEO developer for my website. I recently just hired one based in India (which I found through elance.com), about 8 months ago. He was able to do onpage optimization and create 150 inbound links to my site, along with other SEO works such as article submission, directory submission.

    The problem is that the 150 inbound links were mostly PR0, PR1, and sometimes PR2. They were somewhat irrelevant to my niche market.

    I started with about a top 10-12 position with my main keyword, and now I am in the top 8-9 position. Not really that impressive in my opinion.

    Anyways, Ive been doing research online for SEO developers, and I stumbled upon this site called www(dot)internet(dash)empire(dot)com.

    I emailed them for a quotation and the person I am speaking with is very professional and great to speak with. It is a company based in Singapore. You can check their website.

    The guarantee he has is that he will guarantee me at the top 3 positions for 5 of my main keywords (I choose the big main keywords I have), or my money-back, full refund. This will be done in 6 months or less, and I will pay him the remaining 50% as the 5 keywords reach the top 3 position.

    The price is $2,500 USD.

    I wanted to ask the opinions here at Warrior Forum before I move forward with this. I believe that $2,500 is a little heavy on my end, but if it would mean getting the top 3 positions on Google.com for my top 5 keywords, this would be a wonderful deal.

    Thanks in advance for your inputs!

  7. I was learning about seo techniques from a professional seo trainer!

    The first he started to teach me about seo is marketing techniques like posting ads!

    When my friend heard about this…..he said dude..he is teaching you wrong! the first thing you have to learn about seo is
    Introduction about search engines & directories and their differentiation, search terms (keywords) and ranking of website in search engine.

    and he said, at last i should learn marketing techniques!

    What do i do now? is my friend right about this?
    is my learning is not sequential?

    please help me about learning it sequential

  8. I am wanting to start up a webstore selling products. I am very good at creating websites but have never really dabbled with search engine optimizing (SEO’ing) them, and if I were to create a store I think it would be vital to make it optimized for search engines. Also, I have never included a shopping cart on any of my websites apart from a paypal cart, which is very simple to include. I was wondering what books/software I should read to learn to SEO my website effectively and learn to advertise it on the net etc?

  9. I want to find a good company which can do SEO well.
    Keywords as below:
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    wholesale shoes
    clothes bag
    requirements: in the first page on Google.com after SEO.

  10. Can anyone recommend me an affordable freelance seo expert professional in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India based on your experience with them who would be able to deliver results for my business sites and help me get better rankings for my business keywords in search engines.
    Thank You

  11. hi friend
    I am a web Designer currently i am studing about Search Engine Optimization ( SEO ) so what type of software i have to use for making traffic and others

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  13. What is the best way to bring customers to my website google adwords or SEO? or both?
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