Who I am: Bookworm SEO, a Montreal SEO specialist. I started out posting with this pseudonym for reasons of privacy and security, but I now feel it is safe to let you know that my name is Gabriel Goldenberg. Montreal is a beautiful city in the province of Quebec, Canada.
Why I'm different: Three things separate me from the crowd of SEO consultants.
If it's about SEO, I've read it. That means that your web site will be optimized with up-to-the-minute services.
I'm one of the foremost experts on local SEO. Google "Google Maps Rankings," (with or without quotes) as one recent visitor did, or "SEO Montreal" (again, the quotes don't matter) for proof.
Answers to email inquiries are guaranteed within one business day, so that we can get started ranking your web site as soon as possible.
Here are some of the things and people whose books, articles, blogs, and other publication I read or have read:
SEO Forums at Search Engine Watch, SitePoint, WebmasterWorld, SEOChat
Search Engine Roundtable
Search Engine Land
Palmer Web Marketing
besides other sources, including the Google Librarian Center, a variety of blogs, newsletters and information sources. I'm passionate about SEO and that passion often keeps me up into the early hours of the morning reading up on new techniques, case studies, events, experiments and so on. The services I render are current with best practices in SEO.
(I also read about domaining, affiliate marketing, email marketing and analytics, and dabble in each of these. However, my greatest strength is in search marketing.)
I also guarantee same-day responses when you contact me by email. That means that if you contact me before 7 pm, Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5), you can expect an answer in your inbox before midnight.
My SEO Experience: Let me tell you a story. My first SEO project achieved a PageRank 5, #1 rankings on Google, and full indexation... within 3 and a half months of starting out. The rankings were for keywords with lots of competitors, albeit keywords that not many people were searching for.
The site has since been re-optimized for higher traffic words and is currently ranking on Yahoo and MSN's second pages, and is in Google's top 20 (with Google's mood-swings, it goes to the 70s and 80s now and then, however). All the while, the previously attained rankings have been maintained.
This page was written a while ago. Since then, I've had job offers in the search marketing business from the likes of Microsoft, Ice.com, B5Media Blog Network and others. Instead of going in-house, however, I've started my own SEO servicesfirm.
SEO Rates: I offer hourly rates and project pricing. In both cases, the rates I charge are in the range of medium sized businesses - competitive, but certainly upmarket. Premium work has a price, and I stand by the quality of my SEO consulting services. Hourly: My rate for hourly consultations is $97 an hour. You can buy an hour of my time by clicking the button below, following which you'll get a confirmation of your purchase email from Paypal and another email from me within 24 hours asking when you'd like to schedule your consultation.
The bill will be from SEO ROI (link opens in a new window), which is my main SEO company.
Factors I take into account in pricing are:
the competition for and difficulty of the keywords targeted,
what services are being requested or are assessed as necessary,
how interested I am in working with the company in question,
time I'll need to invest in the project,
secondary benefits such as publicity, referrals, networking and other intangibles.
With respect to project pricing, the same factors apply, though here the price can include performance bonuses. For example, a current contract stipulates that I only earn the bonuses if a site ranks for its given terms. Payment Schedule: My preference is to structure payments as follows: a 50% downpayment before any work is done, 25% halfway through, and the final 25% upon completion of the project. Custom payment schedules are available.