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I launch a new website and want to run a free SEO program. I'm not sure can I trust them and provide my WP access to them!? Websites like free-seo dot us provide such a service.
Any suggestions from you will be appreciated, Thanks.
Hi Jane, good question! You mention that they're a "free" SEO company? How and in what way are they free Jane? They literally provide SEO for your site for free? I've checked out that site and I see what they offer for free is Free Keywords Analysis, Free Optimization of your site’s Meta Tags and Free Optimization of your site’s main page. However what they also say is that they don't do is any Link building, Google Maps Optimization or Content Development. I see that you can go through the steps on their site and it asks for your site URL, name and email address and also quite scarily enough your FTP login details.
That instantly stopped me in my tracks. I mean, who are these people? What do they get out of it? What are the terms? Nothing in life is ever truly free. There is always some sort of catch somewhere along the line. However, it's not to say they would do anything unscrupulous or untoward on your site but how can you know? And actually, you'd think this would be covered in their Terms & Conditions. But on clicking that link in their footer, there is no terms page it's just a #. So that puts me off instantly!
The other thing to note, and one way you can find out about a website or company, is by looking at their social pages and profiles, their Facebook page, Twitter account etc and seeing if there's anything left by disgruntled users etc. However, it appears their social pages don't really have that much of a following. Their Facebook page only had about 50 likes and no real big professional company would only have that many likes/fans. The same can be said about their other social profiles too.
So with that, with their site having no terms and conditions. With their social profiles having not many followers. Plus a quick Google search on their domain for "free-seo.us" -site:free-seo.us only showing 13 results (Yeah 13 is an unlucky number). I would NOT give your FTP login details and trust them no. Not in a million years!
Personally, I think this is a setup to steal your FTP login details acting under the guise that they're going to do you a service of on-page SEO. But you can get this kind of stuff elsewhere from much reputable companies and freelancers on SEOClerks too.
So no, I would not trust it, I don't think you should trust it. Especially if you have an already big site and hosting plan.
Who knows what they could do? Nobody even knows who they are!
Avoid like the black death! (the plague).
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Mike explained in great detail the various reasons why you should definitely avoid such a site. Believe me - nobody does anything for free! And when it comes to offering those details I would not feel okay with that, not to mention the fact that the site's lack of terms and conditions is really fishy. Please do not allow the word 'free' make you fall into traps. Besides, SEO is of great importance, and it should be left in the hands of a truly reliable and trustworthy company. Regardless of the price you pay always put peace of mind and professionalism first!
Yeah although I'm starting to feel like the OP's post is a bit smoke and mirrors and that's his/her site. Not sure. But that site doesn't ask for your WP login details or it might but the screen I saw was asking me for my FTP login details an that's not a no no and anyone with any common sense that values their website shouldn't do that. Especially if you've had absolutely no prior engagement with that site/company. It makes me wonder how the OP found it? I would imagine that there are sites out there like that that prey on noobie webmasters naivety and make them think they're getting something for free that will help them but really they're just getting your FTP login details and from there they can do all sorts of things that YOU would be the one getting in trouble for.
There are some good free sites out there you can use to improve your on-page SEO. Site evaluation sites like Similar Web etc and you can find sites that will give you a free white label on-page SEO report. But 99.99% of the time they will also offer to make the changes for you for a price and most "good" "respectable" SEO agencies and websites that do that are very transparent about it with you. Man, you can even go on any SEO forum and ask someone to give you a free on-page SEO report and even find some good guys that way too. As long as you only deal with those that have a good rating/reputation.
Quite simply, when something appears too good to be true it often is.
It really depends on the company.
I've offered free SEO services to clients who are on the fence when it comes to signing up. I'll offer them a free month of search engine optimization (on page and off page) and they can decide to sign up afterwards if they would like. This is basically a selling tactic for me since I know it's going to help because my team and myself are pretty great at what we do I don't mean to toot my own horn, but *toot*toot* lol
If you're signing up for a "free trial" and have to use your paypal account, then it's not actually free is it? I've seen plenty of companies do this and then charge full price to their "clients" because they forgot to cancel the subscription. And trying to fight a digital product in paypal is almost impossible I do know that paypal is now increasing their work force to handle digital product disputes. I've lost plenty of money because people post ridiculous disputes and paypal is like "Well, they don't have an SEO campaign in their lap. REFUND!!!!"
Do your due diligence, don't just go with a company and let them "help" you out. You could actually be letting a kid get into your servers to optimize your pages and all he did to become a "guru" was read "SEO for Dummies" haha Check their reviews online anywhere you can see them, not exactly yelp because that's for more of a physical business and a lot of SEO companies are built with freelancers. If someone had a shitty time with an SEO company, they'll post it where they can.
Hi Jane2 thanks for your good question but for me interesting too. Mike already well explained. I do not believe nothing will free without natural air. So, they may offer you few simple things for optimization like meta title or meta tag etc. I should not think they will research deeply for you. And in the next, they will offer you to get another service by premium. Do you believe anybody will do SEO complete free. Where much amount need to do proper SEO implementation? So, free means no responsibility there. I should suggest to you, do not run behind free service rather hire expert from SEOclerks for proper optimization of your site.
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All I can say is that nothing is ever for free. If they are offering something for free you can bet you will end up paying in some way and that is more likely something dishonest they will be doing.
Please don't use that "free" SEO company, you will end up regretting it. You know so much of this you can do yourself anyway, so why risk, someone else with your website.
And there are some great sellers here that offer amazing services, yes they will cost a bit but you can find a good, trustworthy seller here and it will benefit you in the end to do things right.
Hi Lynne I should agree with you. And I also try to mentioned in my last post, nothing free in the world without natural air. And I think there has trick either nothing free. Who will give you free service where everything going on business concern? It is just common sense. Is not it? I think they just give some suggestion for few on-page or off-page report and give a horrible notice, as example: if you do not do it, your website never be up on search engine and you need to spend $100 for per keyword etc. Actually they will not do anything free. Just give you some eye wash statement for further SEO step by subscription.
Regards by Ajlancer
I am not really that suspicious but there is no such thing as free lunch anymore. Would you trust a stranger online? It would be a big risk to give them access to your site much more if you need to give them your password. If you have the time to spare in doing the SEO work by yourself then I would suggest that to be your option. You can do the SEO work on your site slowly. There’s no need to rush things.