Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?
One of the biggest keywords targeted was "stock loan." When we started out, our site was on page nine, reaching the fourth page within a month. During the next month, we hit the bottom of page one, so ThinkBIGsites worked very quickly. Other ones moved up as well, but slower.
Out of the five keywords we targeted, our site ended up on page one for three of them and on page two for the other two. There have been a number of three-word searches that we didn't even solicit and for which we're suddenly featured on the first page. "Stock-secured loan" is one example. We're pleasantly surprised to see this, and ThinkBIGsites has done a good job for us.
How did ThinkBIGsites.com perform from a project management standpoint?
We receive reports on the actual work being done, including incoming links and what kind of publications those are featured in.
What distinguishes ThinkBIGsites.com from other providers?
I've had a couple of bad experiences in the past with small SEO firms. When I first started working with ThinkBIGsites, I was skeptical. For the $500 I was paying each month, I wanted to see something. ThinkBIGsites has been very responsive whenever I asked for early reports, delivering them to me without complaining. They are much better than other SEO agencies I tried.
When we asked a detailed list of the results of their work, ThinkBIGsites went beyond the two keywords that we were targeting, instead listing three to four items. We checked each one and saw that they were right, not just giving us a pretty speech. On many instances, our company was number one after the ad listings. I have only positive things to say about their group. They pretty much do what they say they're going to do. ThinkBIGsites is a bit pricy for a smaller firm, but $500 per month isn't such a bad price, considering the results we've received.
Is there anything ThinkBIGsites.com could have improved or done differently?
ThinkBIGsites allowed me to swap one of the keywords targeted, given that it was clearly unachievable due to its attractiveness to mortgage companies. They were realistic with me and let me know that it was a tough one to tackle. We only ever came to page three of the results for it. I asked ThinkBIGsites to swap the keyword, and they allowed me this, although the new one didn't get high results, either. I explored whether we could swap the word once more, but they told me that it wouldn't be possible without moving to the next pricing class. I consider that they were justified in their decision, and I don't resent them, but ThinkBIGsites could allow two swaps every six months or something of this nature, whenever a keyword isn't working out. I would call it a minor issue, though.