Guaranteed SEO? Experts That Promise Top Rankings Are Fake

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Have you heard of guaranteed SEO services? If you have, you should know that they are fake! Stick with me.

There is a good reason why companies with generic names such as “Greatest marketing experts” or “Best financial company” never achieve anything.

These organizations focus on short term profits instead of building a brand.

The same principles work for SEO companies that guarantee rankings.

Instead of emphasizing the quality of service, they try to sway clients with too good deals to be true.

And guess what? They are!

However, this is not the only issue at hand.

There are several valid reasons why a reputable SEO company would never make a mistake of promising rankings, and neither should you.

Guaranteed SEO? A reputable company will never advertise that way.

Several things are common for all the big SEO companies:

  • Their reputation usually precedes them
  • Word of mouth is one of the most important promotional tools
  • Clients are lining up, and some companies have long waiting lists

If you just started a company, you will most likely focus on online sales. This is a new method of doing business where your organization can circumvent all the traditional brick-and-mortar costs.

But, there is a catch.

You will most likely need SEO to boost your sales.

Based on that, it is easy to determine that numerous global companies’ faith lies in the hands of several mid-tier and top-tier SEO organizations.

But what happens with all the small players?

They belong to a “burn-your-finger-tier.”

Most of these global start-ups, having limited funds and limited SEO knowledge, opt for companies that offer guaranteed SEO.

After working with them for a month or two (or God forbid more!), they realize their website is not heading in the right direction, promptly stopping the relationship.

Suppose you are a small or medium-tier SEO company. In that case, you have to realize that guaranteeing SEO rankings may boost your short term return but will hamper your ability to develop and build a brand.

In other words, it will force you to stay in an eternal “find a customer/lose a customer” cycle.

Not guaranteeing impossible things tells a lot about your professionalism and expertise.

Guaranteed SEO should be considered a black hat practice.

Here is a quote from Google addressing guaranteed rankings:

“No one can guarantee a #1 ranking on Google

Beware of SEOs that claim to guarantee rankings, allege a “special relationship” with Google, or advertise a “priority submit” to Google. 

There is no priority submit for Google. 

In fact, the only way to submit a site to Google directly is through our Add URL page or by submitting a Sitemap, and you can do this yourself at no cost whatsoever.”

We can make two conclusions based on this:

  • The company that’s guarantying rankings is lying
  • They are relying on blackhat practices to rank your website

Given how advanced Google is nowadays and how quickly it recognizes blackhat methods, we will have to go with option number one.

Thus, they are probably lying to you and trying to profit based on your lack of information.

Even if an SEO company can perform a good SEO, what are the chances you will end in position one for your main keywords in the next several months?

Things become even worse if you’re claiming to be a white hat SEO company.

As an obvious blackhat practice, you should steer clear of it.

Increased Google rankings don’t always result in better profits.

If you have limited internet knowledge, you probably have heard that you will get more traffic by having higher rankings in Google and, thus, more profit.

Although the part about traffic is usually correct, this increased traffic doesn’t necessarily result in increased profits.

Furthermore, even if you earn more money, you still might be losing as the profit is lower than the price paid for SEO services rendered.

Trust me; I’ve had such cases.

In other words, an entrepreneur should always be concerned about his bottom line and conversion rate.

Improved Google rankings are always great, but they won’t help the small or medium company stay in business.

Although increased exposure is excellent long-term wise, some companies will have their backs broken by SEO expenses.

If you already want to promise something, promise one (or more) of these:

  • Higher Google rankings for your websites
  • Increased organic traffic
  • Better conversion rate

What does the first position in Google mean?

If you think about it, advertising in such a way doesn’t make sense.

When you say that you will provide top rankings in SERPs, does is refer to:

  • All the keywords?
  • All the web pages?
  • Just a few keywords?
  • Only a few pages?

Or anything about:

  • When will you get there?
  • How long will it last?
  • Does it bring any risk?
  • What is the long-term impact?

It’s like saying, “We will get you there for some keyword someday.”

The main issue with rankings is the fact they are constantly fluctuating.

Keywords go up and down all the time, and the fact that you reached the first position in Google doesn’t mean you will stay there long enough to make a profit.

Anyway, even if an SEO company has clearly stated its goals and what they’re willing to do for a client, quantifying “position one” is hard to do.

It’s like buying a cat in a bag.

As I mentioned before, you never know the end result, and for serious business people, this is a big no-no.

This is why the top SEO experts always say that SEO is a marathon, not a sprint, and that it should be continuously performed. Preferably all the time.

In the end, if a client needs a quick solution, it is always better to turn to a PPC expert.

The efficiency of this method will continue to drop.

Search engine optimization experts have to evolve constantly.

Like most marketing sectors, it is dependent on trends but also on Google’s whim.

Obviously, this type of promotion can easily be considered malpractice.

It is ethically wrong, and most companies are unable to produce advertised results. We can expect that these SEO companies will be hit in the future by the biggest among all search engines.

If this inherent barrier wasn’t enough, I already mentioned that the delivery would become harder. This is because blackhat SEO is becoming less and less efficient (if the SEO company wanted to deliver promised results).

But there is more!

Guaranteeing links is something that is a thing of the past.

It was especially common 5 to 10 years ago when the black hat and gray hat methods ran rampant, making it a plausible approach.

Today, there are still many companies that are into it but presumably, making less and less profit.

Website owners are much more knowledgeable, and this topic has been covered so much that useful information is easy to get.

Naturally, this makes potential clients more reluctant.

If you are still thinking about it (or even worse, doing it!), make sure to change your approach before it’s too late.


It’s amusing that these companies are still not rooted out.

Then again, private blog networks (PBNs) and comment links are still active as well. Crazy, right?!

It’s even funnier that there are people considering starting an SEO company with this approach in 2017.

Due to the Internet’s vastness, there will always be some dark, sinister corners that you shouldn’t visit.

Such places where everything is possible (or impossible). One such corner is occupied with guarantees and quick solutions where nobody works, but everybody wins.

Have you ever had experience with an agency that promises rankings? Have you ever guaranteed SEO rankings yourself?

If you need help with your SEO, add me on social media, email me, or give me a Skype call, and I’ll be happy to provide you with a quick free consultation.

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Velin Naydenov
3 years ago

Straight to the point, Nikolay!

There are so many fake SEO promises out there and as result it is hard to find a good SEO company or freelancer when you need such services. If you are looking for some quick rankings and cash you might consider using such companies. However, in the long term you are absolutely correct, you will not be able to build a brand or an authority website with those fake tactics.

By the way, you’ve merged some words in your titles, you might want to fix that 😉


3 years ago

I have this conversation all the time with customers Nik and it’s not getting any better. The only way to compete is to have solid case studies backing up the quality work you are doing plus a few case studies showing the damage the cheap ‘rank you for a dollar’ Companies do to sites once they get in. Some of these clowns are very good at marketing their services and I think will always be a problem. In nearly all cases I have come across the customer hasn’t any idea the damage they are going to do to their site… Read more »

Bill Widmer
3 years ago

Interesting post, Nikolay. Definitely agree – no one can guarantee rankings, no matter how good you are. But don’t you think, with the right keyword research and enough promotion and white hat link building, you can at least guarantee first-page results? Not saying you can, just curious of your thoughts. 🙂