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Best Local SEO Company (ies) in South Africa - July 2014

RANK COMPANY NAME YEAR FOUNDED REVENUE FULL TIME EMPLOYEES ACTIVE CLIENTS CLIENT RETENTION RATE PRICING CLIENTS Overall Score Composite score based on criterias and quality of work observed.
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GVGE
Needs Analysis Firm's ability to enter systemic methodology to determine client goals and aspirations and then create a tailor-plan according to the specific needs.rn Keyword Selection Firm's ability to choose keywords targeted to the local market of the client site. Optimization Firm's ability to handle the implementation of on-page and off-page optimization. Localization Firm's ability to understand the search tendencies of the local market. Reporting Clarity and effectiveness of the reports provided to clients. Change in Rank Indicates shift in rank from previous month's rank.
1st Award
eTraffic

Pretoria, South Africa Johann Nortje 27-127717640_ Visit Website
2007 $1 million - $2,999,999 26 - 50 35 93% M Softline VIP, CADAC- Outdoor Adventure, Holiday Autos, Prue Leith
100%
100 100 100 100 100 +2 More Info
2nd Award
Elevate Marketing

Gauteng, South Africa Camrenn Ball 27-0833884909_ Visit Website
2010 Under $250,000 1 - 10 50+ 88% L Confidential
99.8%
100 99 100 100 100 +2 More Info
3rd Award
Synergize

Cape Town, South Africa Shaune Jordaan 27-214614992_ Visit Website
1999 $1 million - $2,999,999 11 - 25 80 94% M Colcacchio, Aroundaboutcars, Drive Africa, Drive South Africa
99.6%
100 99 100 100 99 -2 More Info
4
Bruce Clay Africa Middle East

Century City, Cape Town, South Africa Bruce Clay 27-0215518183_ Visit Website
1996 $5 million - $9,999,999 51 - 100 200 95% M CondeNet, Edmunds, Turner Broadcasting, AT+T
99.4%
100 99 100 98 100 -2 More Info
5
Easy SEO

Rivonia, South Africa Confidential 27-0100403024_ Visit Website
2008 $3 million - $4,999,999 26 - 50 59 99% H buynotebooks.co.za, businessfurnitu re.co.za
99%
97 99 100 99 100 NC More Info
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o5webdesign

Gauteng, South Africa Riaan Coetzee 27-0126642545_ Visit Website
2002 $1 million - $2,999,999 11 - 25 33 80% M dolphinza.com, Rockpool 1208, abangane.co.za, safari4x4hire.com
98.6%
99 100 99 98 97 NC More Info
7
Virtuosa

Fourways, South Africa Matthew Jankelow 27-0110218740_ Visit Website
2008 $1 million - $2,999,999 11 - 25 43 89% M Gauteng Economic Development Agency, Ethos Private Equity, Chef Direct, TrashCanKidz
98.2%
100 98 99 98 96 NC More Info
8
Gnu World Internet Marketing

Cape Town, South Africa Andrew Ziffo 27-0214489280_ Visit Website
2010 $3 million - $4,999,999 26 - 50 150+ 90% M Reeds, Avis, Jawitz, Southern Sun
98%
97 97 100 96 100 NC More Info
9
Porto Imagem SEO

Johannesburg, South Africa Wim Botha 27-0842962112_ Visit Website
2006 $1 million - $2,999,999 1 - 10 48 86% L Reliance Auctions, Electric Social UK, Aucor PTY LTD, The Penthouse London
97.6%
96 98 97 100 97 NC More Info
10
iCrossing

Dallas, USA Marc Yagoda 214-210-6800_ Visit Website
1998 Over $10 million Above 100 100+ 90% H Mastercard, Bank of America, The LEGO Group, The Coca-Cola Company
97.4%
95 98 97 99 98 NC More Info

Evaluation Criteria - How We Identify The Best Local SEO Company (ies) in South Africa

topseos.com, the independent authority on search vendors, recognizes the best local search engine optimization companies in the internet marketing industry. Vendors that are ranked by us have gone through a meticulous evaluation process to determine the quality of work that is done. This often includes a review of their portfolio and contacting clients for an evaluation of their experience with the vendor. At the end of this process, the information is compiled, and the top companies are ranked.

topseos identified five key areas that are important when it comes to providing local search services: needs analysis, keyword selection, optimization, localization, and reporting.

The first of the five evaluation criteria looks at the needs analysis done by the vendor. This includes looking into their ability to recognize the needs specific to the client. Is the vendor conscious of the goals of their clients? How are the strategies that are created targeted to reach those goals?

Keyword selection for local search engine optimization is different than standard SEO. This evaluation include the processes by which a company determines the most appropriate keywords for the local market. Does the company work solely based on general search traffic patterns of the US or do they identify the regional dialects for the target market?

We then look into the optimization of a site both on-page and off-page.  This evaluation includes the on-page optimization assessment by assessing the implementation of the keyword strategy throughout content, title tags, and meta tags. It also includes an assessment of the off-page optimization in addition to standard off-page work.

A fourth component identified by us is the vendor’s ability to localize the work.  How well does a company do at identifying local search tendencies as compared to global search tendencies? To help identify the effectiveness of a vendor we also analyze traffic statistics to determine if the site is in actuality, targeting the market identified by the client.

Reporting is the last key area identified by topseos. Does the company provide clear and understandable reports to their clients? Do these reports provide recommendations of next steps to take in the campaign or other ways that a client can improve conversions via the site?

General Queries

  • What type of needs analysis was conducted before work initiated?
  • What type of a ROI were you anticipating, what was achieved and in what time frame?
  • What would be 3 things you would change about your experience?
  • What was your total investment?
  • Rate your overall experience (1-10; 10 being the highest).

 

Project Specific Queries :

  • How big is your “local” area?
  • How many visitors do you attract daily from your “local” area?
  • What techniques were implemented by the agency to get you maximum coverage for your regional target market?
  • How do you measure the success of your local search campaign?
  • What are the next set of unique local search techniques your agency advises you to implement?