There are many small businesses popping up online and all in a great need of search engine optimisation and other internet marketing assistance. However paying for seo services is not as straight forward for a start up business as it would be for a larger company.

Many small online business owners find themselves in a position where their web site is suffering or even struggling to be noticed. With this happening they attempt to learn seo themselves as they believe this is the most effective way of getting around the problem. They under estimate how big a challenge seo is and spend a lot of time trying to implement false ideas or techniques.

This is the harsh reality of those who cannot afford to pay for an seo consultant or service and even if they can afford some of the cheaper seo firms they are not getting the quality they so desperately need. However I have some suggestions and bits of advice for small business owners looking to take advantage of search engine optimisation.

As we have already discussed a smaller business means a smaller budget, therefore paying 500 – 1000 pounds a month is simply out of the question at first. I say at first because seo can be done in bits, meaning first of all it could start with adwords optimisation. This will deliver real, buying traffic. If you hire an internet marketing consultant to do this for you it should cost around 100 pm depending on the size of your campaign. The profits you receive from sales can then be invested in other seo techniques such as, linking, content and keyword analysis, seo reviews, email and article marketing. You would slowly build up your marketing budget, sure it would take longer to reach your intended results but will be worth it in the long run.

Another bit of advice for small business owners is to assess whether they really need search engine optimisation. Check online using googles keyword tool to see if there is enough traffic coming from your intended sales location, if not seo will be fruitless. If there is then locational seo will need to take place which requires different more personal techniques. A smaller seo firm or seo consultant would be more suitable to work with a small business taking all of the above into account. Small business should not have to be left out of the internet marketing equation, they just need to be more mindful of their unique strategy.