How do you find a good SEO company?

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Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group
The last few months have been really frustrating.  I've developed my website and I wanted to find a good, reliable SEO company to help me optimize it.  I didn't think that it would be that hard to find somebody.  Well, I couldn't have been more wrong!  Now I don't expect you to give away any trade secrets here; however, can anybody give me any pointers on how to weed out the good companys from the false-promise-makers.  I have a three month contract ending soon and don't want to make the same mistake again.
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Steve Scheer
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Matt,

I suggest that you read some of the SEO posts in the Blogging and SEO group - there was a recent one written by Laurie Manny that I would recommend http://activerain.com/blogsview/57364/Do-You-SEO (hope its ok to link but its so good and so relevant to the question).  Blogging and how to get the results seem to be better than hiring someone for many AR's.  I am starting to see nice results as well.

March 25, 2007 12:19 PM
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Chris Lengquist
Keller Williams Realty
Matt - I agree with Steve.  For 5 years I had two websites that generated very modest traffic.  I started blogging a year ago on a seperate site and my website traffic increased along with my blog traffic.  Then I found AR.  I'm not going to bore you with details, but my SEO and actual hits has gone up tremendously.  Not nearly what some people's have, however.  But here is the key...I'm averaging about 2.3 very good leads a week now from my blogs/websites.  That's 2.3 qualified and ready to act now leads.  Actual cost in dollars?  0. 
March 25, 2007 01:45 PM
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Matt Pendleton
Las Vegas Real Estate
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Thanks guys.  I went to the link.  I appreciate your comments.
March 25, 2007 02:23 PM
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Tracie Juhas Barrios
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I am not an expert with advertising but I can tell you from past experience I would not suggest signing up for anything that has a contract that you cannot get out of.

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