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Your Durham SEO company for quality search engine optimization in Durham, NC

We're internet marketing experts serving Durham, NC and beyond with ethical SEO services that'll help reach the top of search results safely.

    No white-label SEO

    No link selling

    No kidding


Local SEO services from the Bull City to yours

SEO SEMPER is a search engine optimization company in Durham, NC that offers a full suite of SEO services including on-site optimization, link building, and content marketing. However, we're more than just an SEO agency, we're a complete digital marketing service built to handle your entire digital journey from website design and SEO, to social media marketing and video optimization. This holistic approach to digital marketing ensures that your website, online reviews, content, and backlinks all work in harmony with your marketing strategy. Under our umbrella of affordable internet marking services, we offer both local and national clients the tools and resources they need to improve their overall web presence, increase awareness, and attract new business with the utmost efficiency no matter their physical location, schedule, or technical knowledge.

We're uncomplicating internet marketing one small business at a time.

  • Quick-buy

    More SEO services you need, and less that you don't, all available with a single click.

  • No meetings

    Control costs by eliminating the traditional agency sales pitch and back & forth.

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    Just Results

    Your SEO is likely as terrible as it is overpriced, our results speak for themselves.

How it works

Our SEO Services

we offer convenient and affordable search engine optimization services


Pick a Service

After choosing "Buy it now" you will be redirected to a short questionnaire unique to your purchase. This is where we gather any service-related prerequisites.


Fulfill Requirements

Next, you'll be alerted by email of an invoice available to pay inside our client portal. After we receive your payment we'll start working on your order immediately.


Await Delivery

You'll receive an email notification when your order has been completed, normally within 10 to 25 days, but up to a maximum of 31 days for our monthly SEO reports.

basic monthly SEO

BudgetMonthly SEO


per month

An entry-level budget SEO package for smaller less competitive niches who wish to do their own regular blogging for business.

  • Features

    ● Local Rank Tracking For up to 25 Keywords

    ● Pro. 250 Word 5★ Content Expansion Copywriting Based on Keyword Research

    ● Competitor Analysis(On-going)
    ● GMB Connect
    ● Passive SEO Setup
    ● 2 Social Signal Subscription Networks(Passive Backlinks And Targeted Niche Traffic)
    ● Social Content Curation And Scheduling
    ● Up to 300+ Manual Quality Spam-free Local Citations(On-going)

    ● 1x Unlinked Brand Mentions Credit(On-going)
    ● Behavior Analytics Monitoring & Suggestions(SEO SEMPERHosted Sites Only)
    ● Monthly Audit And SEO Analytics Reporting
    ● Ongoing Analysis And Detailed Monthly Email SEO Consulting
    ● 1 Page Onsite And Technical

    ● Ongoing Site-wide Internal Linking Optimization(On-going)

basic monthly SEO

BasicMonthly SEO


per month

A comprehensive but liter SEO package for smaller less competitive niches. Utilizes the growing popularity of online video content. 

  • Features

    ● Local Rank Tracking For up to 100 Keywords
    ● YouTube Rank Tracking For Up to 250 Keywords
    ● Pro. 1k Word 5★ Blog Copywriting Based on Keyword Research (Includes Media And Upload to Site)OR1 YouTube Video of up to 8 Minutes in Length.(Includes Premium Stock Video Footage)
    ● Competitor Analysis(On-going)
    ● GMB Connect
    ● Passive SEO Setup
    ● 2 Social Signal Subscription Networks(Passive Backlinks And Targeted Niche Traffic)
    ● Social Content Curation And Scheduling
    ● Up to 300+ Manual Quality Spam-free Local Citations And 50+ Niche Citations(On-going)

    ● 1x Unlinked Brand Mentions Credit(On-going)
    ● Behavior Analytics Monitoring & Suggestions(SEO SEMPERHosted Sites Only)
    ● Monthly Audit And SEO Analytics Reporting
    ● Ongoing Analysis And Detailed Monthly Email SEO Consulting
    ● 2 Page Onsite And TechnicalOR2 YouTube Video Optimized
    ● Ongoing Site-wide Internal Linking Optimization(On-going)

essential monthly SEO

Essential Monthly SEO


per month

A truly essential SEO package for businesses in more competitive niches serious about inbound marketing and retargeting.

  • Features

    ● Local Rank Tracking For up to 200 Keywords
    ● YouTube Rank Tracking For Up to 250 Keywords 
    ● Pro. 2k Word 5★ Blog Copywriting Based on Keyword Research (Includes Media And Upload to Site)OR1 YouTube Video of up to 15 Minutes in Length.(Includes Premium Stock Video Footage)
    ● Competitor Analysis(On-going)
    ● GMB Connect
    ● Passive SEO Setup
    ● 2 Social Signal Subscription Networks(Passive Backlinks And Targeted Niche Traffic)
    ● Social Content Curation And Scheduling
    ● Up to 300+ Manual Quality Spam-free Local Citations And 50+ Niche Citations(On-going)
    ● Citation Management, NAP Corrections, Duplicate Removal.(On-going)
    ● 1x Unlinked Brand Mentions Credit(On-going)
    ● Behavior Analytics Monitoring & Suggestions(SEO SEMPERHosted Sites Only)
    ● Monthly Audit And SEO Analytics Reporting
    ● Ongoing Analysis And Detailed Monthly Email SEO Consulting
    4 Pages Onsite And TechnicalOR4 YouTube Videos Optimized
    ● Ongoing Site-wide Internal Linking Optimization(On-going)
    ● Retargeting Ready(SEO SEMPERHosted Sites Only)

testimonial automation for local SEO

Testimonial Automation


per year

Get more testimonials on more platforms by automating the collection and displaying of online testimonials on your website.

  • Features

    ● Encourage the duplication of reviews ● Google, Facebook, Yelp, Tripadvisor, Trustpilot, Capterra, G2 and more!
    ● Pre-fill forms based on data you already hold
    ● Supercharge Local SEO
    ● Build Brand Trust
    ● Convert More Sales
    ● 20,000 monthly visitors
    ● Unlimited testimonials
    ● Review Marketing
    ● Testimonial wall
    ● Social Proof Popups
    ● FOMO Popups
    ● Import Option
    ● Smart Avatars
    ● Incentivised requests
    ● Custom domain
    ● No branding

What to expect

Our 4-Step Monthly SEO Process

Order a Monthly SEO Package

Step 1. Place an Order

While other SEO companies take your money first and ask questions later, we gather all the requirements upfront and ask that you quickly read and commit to the onboarding procedures. No meetings, no sales pitches, and no BS. Just the best SEO in Durham at the lowest price! Don't believe us, check out our Triangle pricing guide for more information.


Step 2. Await Enrollment

Because we're a small family-owned-and-operated business, we stay organized by scheduling our SEO deliverables together by way of bi-monthly enrollment periods that start on the 1st and 15th of every month. So, if you place an order on let's say the 3rd of January, we will not send you an invoice (due upon receipt) until open enrollment on February 15th at which point we'll start working on your order.


Step 3. Receive Report 

After we've completed all tasks for the month we'll generate a detailed easy to understand report. These reports are intended to provide clients with an insight into their return on investment over time. They also serve as an opportunity for us both to keep tabs on various analytics and KPIs together as we provide you with our monthly SEO consult with any tips, suggestions, and strategies we can implement for the following month.


Step 4. Update Order (Optional)

A few days before the end of the month, such as on the 28th-31st, we welcome you to proactively update your monthly SEO order information from inside your SEO SEMPER account portal. Under your "My Profile" section, you'll be able to update what keywords you want us to track, what pages you want to be optimized for the next month, etc. This optional step is only recommended for experienced individuals. If we do not hear back from you before the 1st, we'll simply continue at our discretion.

Why Hire Us?

Your trusted digital consultant

  • You're in charge

    We're taking on sell-everything agencies with up-front pricing, straightforward deliverables, and quick-buy services. Unlike other companies that nickel and dime you at every opportunity, we'll set you up with a web design ecosystem that you can manage on your own.

  • 100% White hat

    While other agencies can only try to make a backlink profile "look natural," selling you their latest outreach scam, we'll help you retain a strong natural backlink profile that'll never cause a link penalty. With your email address, you'll always have a record of legit outreach.

  • Small business friendly

    We understand that small businesses are often tight operations, we are one, that's why we've built SEO SEMPER to be both flexible and affordable! Because when big businesses sell small businesses SEO, your SEO is likely to be just as terrible as it is overpriced! 

  • Local SEO experts

    Want to reach the top of local search results safely? Since 2018 we've been helping Durham businesses grown their online presence both locally and nationally with ease. Plus, with SEO SEMPER you can reach that number one spot for local search terms not only quickly, but affordably.

  • What is the passive SEO setup?

    We will add a couple of codes to your website in the back end that will encourage both in-text and image backlinks passively when combined with outstanding content, and at the same time enhance your site's rich snippets in search engine results pages.

  • How's the content curation and scheduling work?

    We'll find the best times to share your blog content with your audience, and when you have nothing to share, we can keep engagement up with targeted hand-curated fill in content.

  • How long do the local citations take?

    Due to the fact that we do this 100% manually with the utmost care, normally this will take quite a few months to complete and will slow down over time. On average, however, the first 100 or so citations will be completed by the first month. However, if there are a number of citations that need fixing, and/or duplicates that need removal, we'll focus on those first. It's different for every niche and every business so we can not give an accurate estimate, but as long as you're a customer we'll continue to search for and submit your site to relevant local citation sites that meet our strict quality criteria while avoiding duplication and ensuring NAP consistency.

  • What do you mean by "ongoing?"

    While our process simply repeats month-to-month for content and on-site work, certain steps are labeled "on-going." These are processes that need to be completed over time, oftentimes needing to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis each and every month. It's for this reason that we do not have exact monthly quotas for such items, however, progress will be noted on your monthly report.

  • What do you mean by retargeting ready?

    We can help better guarantee the conversion rate of your online ads by targeting visitors who've viewed certain parts of your website or your buyer-optimized articles. This is accomplished by utilizing tracking pixels or cookies that follow the user around after they leave your website. While we don't create online ads, if you give us your pixel id we'll set up a custom domain-branded URL that you can put on your website to activate your pixels. If your website is hosted on our platform, then we can do the installation for you. You can learn more about how to set up Facebook's pixel here.

  • What about Google Adwords PPC?

    While we don't offer PPC management at this time, we can however help you with PPC research. The honest truth is that because of improvements in Google's own ads AI, doing your companies own PPC is far easier than it's ever been before, so why is it so expensive? This is why we're working on a do-it-yourself PPC guide for small businesses who can't afford pricey traditional PPC management.

  • When will I receive my first monthly report?

    Reports are delivered on the 1st or the 15th of the first full month following your signup date, so if you sign up on January 1st, you'll get your first report on February 1st. However, if you sign up on let's say January 3rd, we will not send you an invoice (due upon receipt) until open enrollment on January 15th, scheduling your first report for February 15th.

  • Can I customize an SEO Package?

    Not at this time. Our goal with these monthly packages was to make buying monthly managed SEO easy and affordable. Often times our customers initially believe they need something that they don't, like buying backlinks, but after they sign up for our program they are made believers in our passive SEO strategies. It's only after this initial success, where we get all the little things right, that we can on a case-by-case basis, sprinkle a little bit of white-hat link building on top as a separate service. So for now, if you need something more custom, we can work on your project on an hourly basis.

  • Why should I choose your copywriting?

    While other small business SEO companies advertise that they offer "blog copywriting," the 500-word fluff they offer isn't going to help you rank or build brand awareness in the slightest. Instead, our focus for small businesses is to help them build a powerful piece of engaging content that'll help their local pages rank, then proceed to promote the living daylights out of it! Our passionate in-house writers are trained to utilize the latest tools such as to build the best content for your readers using their college-level writing skills.

  • How does the monthly SEO consulting work?

    We'll email you monthly digital marketing suggestions based on your current progress, discoveries made with our own eyes, and of course your monthly report. To keep our prices competitive we do not offer phone support at this time, however, if you need urgent help with something a phone call can sometimes be arranged.

  • What is the GMB Connect service?

    If you don't already have our Social Proof Automation service, we'll ensure your business address is properly linked on your website to your Google My Business Page. Additionally, we'll check your GMB profile and offer optimization recommendations if there are any.

  • What is the Unlinked Brand Mentions Credit?

    If your anything like most businesses, then chances are that people on the internet have mentioned your brand name, but have forgotten to link back to you. We will help turn your unlinked brand mentions into brand-new shiny backlinks. This 100% white hat link-building outreach is one of the only services of its kind around. Unlike other SEO agencies in the Research Triangle, we're NOT middlemen. We conduct fresh research each and every campaign! We use YOUR company email address along with our custom drip campaigns to provide professional properly timed follow-ups and to fight any possible spam signals. We're offering this service as a one-off white hat link building service because it's not something that a company could or should explore regularly. For the best results, we recommend you save this campaign for later after your business has developed a larger following.

  • What is the included internal linking service?

    Strategic internal linking using Google's own relevance indicators can provide a permanent rankings jump, passing on page authority from your better ranking pages to lesser ones, that's exactly what we're doing here but for the entire website. Not only do we find the relevant internal links, but we also find the optimal anchor text for SEO and place the links contextually where they make sense without keyword stuffing.

  • What exactly is a monthly SEO audit?

    First, we'll analyze your website for every technical SEO issue known to man such as errors, missing tags, bounce rate, and CTR optimizations to name a few. Next, we'll use our very own eyes to recommend any user enhancements that can be made to improve SEO. 

  • What is considered on-site or on-page SEO ?

    Every niche and every webpage is different and may require more or less on-site work than another similar page. We've done our best to bundle this service into our monthly SEO package for your convenience. The service generally includes: Heading Copywriting, Heading Tags, Meta Tags, Image Alt Tags, Internal Linking, Competitor Analysis, Keyword Research, Content Briefs, and Content Expansion Suggestions (optional copywriting for content expansion purposes is billed separately upon request @ $20/hr).

  • Can I keep my current SEO provider?

    Yes! We've designed SEO SEMPER to not only be an efficient small business SEO solution on its own, but also a product that supports one's current SEO efforts. Our services are designed to work alongside almost any SEO strategy, covering what's often neglected by typical agencies.

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Need a website?

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    Cache, minification, & CDN

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    Rich snippets

    Stock images & integrations

    Worry-free backups

    Built-in CRM

    Built-in eCommerce

Do I really need local SEO Services?

If you've been neglecting your online marketing, including your social media presence, then chances are your competitors in the area have been cashing in on that fact. Studies have shown that close to 90% of all customers begin their buying process by way of some type of search engine, and roughly 75% of the clicks are going to occur in the top 3 positions. In fact, only 6% of searchers will click beyond the 1st search engine results page! What does this mean for you? If you're not on the first page of a typical local search, such as "Durham __", then your business might as well be invisible to everyone in that area! Given how fast the Research Triangle area is growing, it's not hard to imagine why local SEO is becoming so competitive. Luckily for you, we can help your Durham business reach the top of search results with ease.

search for SEO services in Durham, NC

As more people start to use apps such as Google Maps to find services near them, your local SEO visibility and online review quality is going to become paramount. Google Maps alone represents around 37% of review volume. If you want to capture social proof, and I think you do, then you'll need to be able to compete on these local platforms as these apps are indeed the future. Don't worry, you don't need an SEO consultant to get started, you can start for free by creating a Google My Business profile!

How to find an SEO expert in your local area

I'd recommend you first start by checking if your prospective agency is ranking in your target market.

How to check their search rankings

Start by Googling "YourCity SEO" and "SEO YourCity."

Durham SEO

What you'll notice, and this will change from time to time, is that the best options are consistently at the top of the search results. This is important to note because anyone can simply buy a slew of illegal backlinks for a temporary rankings boost, as this top-ranking Durham SEO company below did, but it's only a matter of time before their rankings tank, so don't let that be you!


Take online reviews with a grain of salt

While reviews can be a good indication of quality in areas where there are more tenured agencies, in newer or smaller markets like here in Durham they'll be less of a factor as the sample size will be smaller. Actually, there are quite a few reasons why online reviews should be less of a factor when ranking SEO companies. First, many SEO clients will leave positive reviews right away within the first months of service, then often will not take the time out of their day to update these reviews if/when things go south. This happens a lot with link sellers as their clients get amazing results at first glance, but later their rankings tank due to Google penalties. Second, oftentimes the only customers who are motivated enough to leave reviews in the first place are angry ones, so this can sometimes skew results. Lastly, the major SEO agencies make HUGE profits, which means they have unlimited resources to manufacture fake positive reviews and fight Google and Yelp over the bad ones.

Do they offer a satisfaction guarantee?

Beware of anyone promising position one rankings as these will be temporary, most link sellers will not be able to refund you, so look for money-back satisfaction guarantees instead of ranking guarantees.

Does your agency offer real value?

Beware of budget SEO services that outsource to countries like India, and big businesses who inflate your digital marketing costs by selling another agency's services via white label SEO. Need a number? A recent study showed that businesses who spent over $500/m for SEO services were 53.3% more likely to describe themselves as “extremely satisfied."

How much should I pay for SEO?

Source: Backlinko 2019

When big businesses sell small business SEO, your SEO is likely to be just as terrible as it is overpriced!

How to avoid SEO Scams and link penalties

When it comes to analyzing the quality and value of a typical SEO agency, some things are simply not as they seem.

No SEO experience necessary?

SEO changes so rapidly that what used to work then is not likely to work now. Before Google's massive crackdown on link schemes in 2012, older more "experienced" SEO agencies likely picked up a slew of bad habits that could put a business's rankings at risk of penalty.

Red flags to confront your "SEO Expert" with

The worst options are those who are not playing by Google's rules as seen in this excerpt taking from a ranking Durham SEO website:

We can create a network of locations that will endorse your site with backlinks so that Google will see your products or services.

    Link Building Quotas

"Niche Edits - Guaranteed Placement - Keyword Anchor." "Optimized backlinks."
Link Schemes Galore!
Also, look out for excessive internal links in footers, and other obsolete old-school SEO techniques such as meta keywords.

    500-750 Word Articles

"1 Webpage / Blog Copywriting." What you'll discover is that more often than not these are short and unengaging 500-word articles written by freelancers. In the link selling world, many services have started offering 750-word articles to try to slow Google's ability to detect them as a paid backlink farm. So instead, look for 2000-word articles written by professional writers.

    Social Links

"We'll provide social media links monthly." Nothing will ruin your online reputation quicker than social media spam! Passionate communities, like Reddit for example, can spot a marketer from a mile away, and boy oh boy will they make you pay for it! 
You can read more about link building red flags here.

Our SEO agency is different

We took a more holistic approach to search engine optimization by ensuring everything is working in harmony from the start to send positive signals to search engines. Our quality digital marketing solutions will establish and grow your online business both ethically and efficiently no matter your location! You can trust our family-run team to treat your online presence as if it was our own. Furthermore, we and promise to never outsource or utilize another company's SEO services through white-label. This policy allows us to remain in complete control of your rankings, while at the same time ensuring the safety of your data.

Search Engine Optimization

We're here for YOU!

Founded in a small neighborhood right here in Durham, SEO SEMPER was built to help the little guy, the typical small business struggling to compete with the big box brands. Don't let your business fall into the desperation trap of expensive rank now suffer later schemes. There's absolutely no better time than now, during a worldwide pandemic, to let SEO SEMPER reduce your marketing expenditures and increase your online exposure, it's going to be a win-win!