Jessica Longarini

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Planning On Paying To Promote Your Business Online? Beware Inexpensive Marketing Services

Let's face it: the majority of us try to cut costs wherever possible. Especially in the current Canadian economy, we are constantly looking for the cheapest routes for whatever it is we seek to purchase. If you're a business owner, or in the midst of starting one, you'll know firsthand just how expensive the entire process can be. And although these mounting expenses can have us looking for ways to keep costs down, there are certain things you should never compromise in the name of your enterprise. If you're looking to promote your business online, read ahead for a list of reasons why you should avoid inexpensive marketing services at all costs (no pun intended!).

You get what you pay for: the age-old phrase is especially relevant when it comes to promoting your business through online marketing tactics. Many marketing companies boast their dirt-cheap prices, and that they'll be able to provide you with even better results than the big-name companies. If it sounds too good to be true, it generally is. Although you may think trying out a cheap marketing service may be worth a shot, what you need to consider is the irreversible damage such a cop-out may have on your business's future. Firstly, cheap marketing companies are expert scammers. They boast such low costs because the only things they do, usually lead to negative results. A main tactic for these companies is to create extremely cheap content. They don't put the time, or the effort, into developing a creative, professional online presence. Instead, they plug in basic keywords to your webpage, but spend no energy creating a site that grabs the attention of potential clients and followers.

In addition, inexpensive marketing companies are experts in spam. Although they may develop a webpage for your business, they will almost always connect your page to spam-filled links, which is how they generate most of their online income. Google is extremely strict about sites that use these schemes, and usually block and delete them after a certain period of time. If this happens to you, you'll likely have difficulty creating another page in the future, as Google software programs to detect these spam-links are quite unforgiving. As well as cheap content and potential Google punishment, these companies offer little in the way of online security. Especially if your business has an online payment function, it's obvious how little to no security can bring about disastrous (and potentially lawsuit worthy) results. The main aim of these companies is to appear as experts in SEO and online marketing, when in actuality, they do the bare minimum in terms of a reputable online presence.

If you're looking to market your business online, don't take the cheap route. Reputable, more costly online marketing services can charge higher rates because they provide successful, safe results. By trying to cut corners with an inexpensive marketing company, you'll likely end up with ineffective social media sites, unprofessional webpages, and spam-ridden, unsafe connections. Developing a business is an extremely costly process, but by being aware of these negatives in cheap marketing tactics, you'll certainly save your business's reputation and operation in the long run.