Rank India emailed me offering SEO services starting at $99 per month. That’s about as much as I would like to pay for a wholesale rate – if they are any good. Or have any honesty.
Rank India Taking Money and Not Giving Anything in Return
My first question to them was, “What do you do for $99/mo.?” to which they sent back a rather impressive list of things they will do every month including 100 directory submissions and 10 articles posts, 10 blog posts, 20 “deep linking”, 20 regional directories submissions, etc. That’s quite a lot of activity for $99 per month. But does it get results?
My next question was:
What case histories can you provide for websites you have SEO’d for $99/mo.? I’m looking for ranking trends for targeted keywords over time. What you have provided below is meaningless unless it gets results. Also, what can you guarantee?
They sent back some not-too-impressive stats for a dentist’s website. I was only really interested in keywords that had any actual measurable search volume so I took their list and found only 10. Of those 10 keywords the website ranked a measly #92 for “emergency dental care” with 30 average monthly searches. They ranked on Google page 1 for only 3 keywords, which had already ranked on page 1 before they started their SEO “campaign” and for one of them they were ranking worse than when they started.
I sent them the results of my research and said, “I’m not impressed. This is not worth $100/mo.”
After realizing they had someone who knew how to read statistics they upped their game – by providing false data.
Rank India (or is it Ranks India?) Resorts to Lying to Get Customers
Their next set of impressive data included keywords with search volume that would make competition for those keywords rather keen but I suspected they were a bit inflated. 590 monthly searches in the USA for “usmle step 1 prep”. Really?
I checked just four on their list with Google AdWord’s Keyword Tool and found the numbers had been inflated considerably. Make that astronomically. I guess they really wanted to impress me. According to them the 4 keywords totaled 3790 monthly searches in the USA when in reality they only totaled 150 according to Google. They had inflated search stats by over 2500%.
I again sent them the results of my research and asked for an explanation. Needless to say I haven’t heard from them since.
A look at their website reveals misinformation as well. They say, “Hummingbird is the newest of the Google process to fight web spam” when it’s not. It’s purpose is to improve on their results and has nothing to do with web spam.
Cheap Indian SEO
Cheap Indian SEO is rarely a bargain. More than likely you are getting absolutely nothing. One company I grilled gave me stats that could have been gotten purely by chance without them doing anything at all.
The next wave of SEO is content marketing which puts Indian’s at quite a disadvantage because their English skills are typically worse than a 4th grader’s which doesn’t help when you want a professional website. They are finding what used to work 5 years ago, excessive link building, just isn’t working anymore yet they are still selling it like they can get you ranked by doing it.