The Top 9 SEO Companies in Chicago

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"How do I get more traffic to my website?"

This is an important preliminary question for those who already own or are looking to purchase a website. This question is critical because a website's ability to bring in visitors searching for your specific products or services contributes greatly to its success or failure.

As Director of Strategy and Analytics at EDUCO, it's my job to understand the digital landscape in Chicago and help clients and prospective clients find the right fit for their needs. As part of creating and marketing your website, you may team up with partners who specialize in digital technology. For some, this means finding a one-stop digital partner who manages the process in its entirety, but often online needs are fulfilled by multiple partners including – but not limited to – web developers, graphic designers, IT specialists, and search marketers. For those of you looking to take the multi-partner approach, we’ll review 6 of the larger internet marketing/SEO firms in Chicago as well as 3 of the smaller independent consultants.

A big THANKS to all the companies who participated in this post!

Top 6 SEO / Internet Marketing Firms in Chicago

(Ranked in no particular Order)
 

Digital Third Coast Top SEO Firm Chicago

Team Size
19
Hourly Rate
$150
Year Founded
2007
Location
Chicago, IL - Bucktown
Avg Monthly Commitment
$1,800 - $15,000
Avg Engagement Length
2 years
Total Projects Worked On
334
Capabilities:

PPC, SEO, On-site Content, Outreach Content Strategy & Development, Content Marketing & Link Building, Social Media, and E-mail marketing

Type of Client DTC excels with: We work best in a collaborative manner, rather than a client who is looking to totally outsource their online marketing.  Anyone with a product or service that people look for is a good fit for us!

Be Found Online - Top SEO Firm Chicago

Team Size
37
Hourly Rate
Priced by project
Year Founded
2006
Location
Chicago, IL - Northside
Avg Monthly Commitment
$543 - $43,000
Avg Engagement Length
3 years
Total Projects Worked On
500+
Capabilities
SEO, Local & Mobile, Analytics Consulting, Content Marketing, Social Media Management, Paid Search Advertising (PPC), Social Advertising, Product Feed Marketing

Type of client BFO excels with: We are a full-service, analytically-driven digital marketing agency with core expertise serving the following markets: Retail, E-commerce, Restaurant, Travel, Resorts & Hospitality, Education Institutions, Automotive, Healthcare & Patient Recruitment, Financial Services, B-to-B.

Straight North - Top SEO Company Chicago
Team Size
62
Hourly Rate
$175/hr
Year Founded
1997
Location
Chicago, IL
Avg Monthly Commitment
$5,000
Avg Engagement Length
2+ years
Total Projects Worked On
500+
Capabilities
SEO, PPC, Display, Retargeting, Email, Lead-Generation Website Design & Development Local

Type of client Straight North excels with: Any client that has pressure to grow, understands that the Internet as a channel can help them grow, and is willing and able to invest to grow. We can only add value through our services if there is significant non-branded demand online for the products/services that prospect sells. Finally, a client that understands the value of a lead is a very important characteristic of a good client for Straight North.

Chicago Style SEO Top SEO Firm Chicago

Team Size
11
Hourly Rate
$165
Year Founded
2009
Location
Chicago, IL - Lincoln Park
Avg Monthly Commitment
$165 - $5,000
Avg Engagement Length
1 year
Total Projects Worked On
446
Capabilities
SEO, PPC, Web Development, Content Development, Analytics, Email Marketing, Reputation Marketing

Type of client Chicago Style SEO excels with: Companies who want a digital presence that pleases visitors AND search engines are great clients for Chicago Style SEO. Everything we do - building websites, local and organic SEO, PPC campaigns, reputation management - is based on strategically chosen keywords, with the search engines in mind.  The benefit to our technical SEO expertise is that not only will clients have beautiful looking websites with well written content, but people looking for their products and services will be able to find them online.

Web Rev Marketing Top SEO Firm Chicago

Team Size
9
Hourly Rate
$162.50
Year Founded
2008
Location
Chicago, IL
Avg Monthly Commitment
$5K - $15K
Avg Engagement Length
3.5 years
Total Projects Worked On
300+
Capabilities
SEO, Social Media Strategy, Conversion Rate Optimization, PPC (Adwords & Facebook), SEM

Type of client Web Rev Marketing excels with: Attorney, health care, animal, political, start-up, and beauty.

SEO Solutions Top SEO Firm Chicago

Team Size
6
Hourly Rate
Priced by project
Year Founded
2005
Location
Chicago, IL
Avg Monthly Commitment
$750
Avg Engagement Length
3.5 Years
Total Projects Worked On
500+
Capabilities
Website Design, Redesigns, SEO, Social Media Marketing, and PPC

Type of client SEO Solutions excels with: We really excel with entreprenuers, solopreneuers and small to medium sized businesses.

Top 3 Smaller SEO Teams / Consultants in Chicago

(Ranked in no particular Order)

Search Link Solutions Top SEO Firm Chicago

Team Size
5
Hourly Rate
$125
Year Founded
2010
Location
Chicago, IL
Avg Monthly Commitment
$250
Avg Engagement Length
2 years
Total Projects Worked On
158
Capabilities
Organic placement, Maps Optimization, and Local SEO

Type of client Search Link excels with: We really excel with a B2C Service Business.

Searchology Top SEO Firm Chicago

Team Size
2
Hourly Rate
Priced by project - $65-$120
Year Founded
2009
Location
Sleepy Hollow, IL
Avg Monthly Commitment
$500 - $10,000+
Avg Engagement Length
1.5 years
Total Projects Worked On
450
Capabilities
Internet Marketing, PPC, SEO, Social Media Optimization, Website Analytics & Reporting, Competitive Research & Analysis, Corporate SEO Training, Internet Reputation Management

Type of client Searchology excels with: We look for clients that are willing to learn and that understand ranking in the top of search results for popular keywords is not easy task. We look for companies that will partner with Searchology to achieve results and ultimately success.

Ground Swell Search Top SEO Firm Chicago

Team Size
1
Hourly Rate
$100 +
Year Founded
2013
Location
Chicago, IL - Ukrainian Village
Avg Monthly Engagement
Not Available
Avg Engagement Length
Not Available
Total Projects Worked On
10
Capabilities

On-site SEO, Link building, and Content promotion & content assistance

Type of Client Ground Swell excels with: I get the best results (and have the most fun) working with clients who understand that a successful SEO campaign will require collaboration and that SEO isn't a quick fix marketing channel.

I encourage you to reach out to each one of these internet marketing firms to find out which one is really the best fit for you digital needs. For those of you interested in taking the multiple partner approach to building & marketing your website - Please feel free to check out our post where we review the Top Web Design Firms in Chicago.

About the Author

Marty Vernon

Marty is in charge of Co-founder/Strategic Direction at EDUCO Web Design. Connect with Marty on , , or Google+