Gary Bricker asked:

The other day there was some disturbing news brought to my attention. It seems that some SEO management companies are charging money to get customers listed in Google’s business listings, “ie” (“Google Places”). This news is not only disturbing, but to think that a company would take advantage of a FREE service and then charge customers to use this service, is an outrage and just plain out ripping the customer off.

Any business can take advantage of this service and all you need is a G-mail account. The same can be said for Yahoo and Bing (these are free services). This service has been around for a long time and is better known as Maps. When a local search is done in one of these major search engines there is a local map showing up on the right side of your browser window showing local businesses in your area providing the service you are looking for. As far as SEO (search engine optimization) is concerned, does it help your website? Not really. But what it does accomplish is building a reputable online presence. Not just anyone can list a business, you actually need to have a legitimate business with a phone number and mailing address. Yes this information is verified!

Look at this service as Google’s yellow pages except it is free. There is a paid version that allows you to use ad-words to promote your business, but this is totally optional. Also there is no way to insure that your company will be listed in the top 5 positions, that would allow companies control placements and none of the search engines are going to allow that to happen.

If you are currently paying for a company to provide you SEO or planning to hire a SEO firm this should be offered as a free service. If they are wanting to charge you extra for this service I would question the ethics of this company and would not hire them!

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R H Pearson asked:

Small businesses are part of a global change. What started with the revolution and gradual (then rapid) overtake of many Mom and Pop’s by the large super chain stores has continued online. The internet is revolutionizing small business and allowing you to reach beyond your neighborhood into the community, city, state and world. As a small business owner, you have the best opportunity to benefit from the marketing exposure and ecommerce opportunities presented by Baltimore SEO. As a local business, Baltimore web design and SEO firms can create  huge impact on your bottom line.

Web Design Baltimore

Baltimore web design firms specialize in creating and optimizing websites for local businesses. By working with a local shop, you’ll be able to meet with the firm representatives and see the process that creates the website that will present your company in a dynamic, newly dramatic light. While web design is important, Baltimore SEO will do even more to make you business stand out.

SEO Baltimore

Optimizing a website gives you long-term exposure to customers and visitors through the search engines. When you use search engine optimization (SEO) you’ll be setting up your website to be easy to find and then to display in search engines when visitors search for a specific local term. Baltimore SEO will focus first on the local competition and ensure that you’ll be in the top results when a resident of your local community starts looking for the services you provide.

As you work with the Baltimore SEO firm, you’ll get help polishing and improving your website while also learning quite a bit about SEO. Baltimore is the first area where you’ll see results from optimization with possibilities of establishing yourself as a competitor at the city, state and even national or global level as well.

Baltimore SEO and Web Design

While you might do well with your company using just neighborhood and area contacts, by taking advantage of a Baltimore SEO and design firm, you’ll have experience and expertise on your side when it comes to moving your company out of the corner shop and into the world.

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