Who is the best SEO Agency in Southland?

Marketing | Reviews | February 3rd, 2022

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Contributor Phil Robinson. Partner, Founder + CE

As we state in our article Who is the best web design company in Invercargill, narrowing down the best business in an industry can be tricky. This is especially hard when it comes to all things digital. SEO or Search Engine Optimisation in itself is complicated enough! So how do you find the best SEO agency for your business? The most important factor for one person may not matter to another, and vice versa. Understanding what is SEO all about, is important, but you need to understand, there are so many things to factor in.  Also, you need to understand the difference between organic SEO and paid search! One aspect can stand out among the rest for you and something else for your neighbour. So how do we define who is the best SEO agency for you?

Business is not a finite thing, in fact, if the business were a sporting match, it would be a draw with endless overtime. There is no official way to measure who is better. Or is there? We have business awards, design awards, and a number of other ways to measure who is best, but these are still finite and somewhat subjective things within the infinite.

Who are the best ranking SEO providers in Southland?

Which company will be the best for you depends on your needs and circumstances. What’s your criteria for partnering with an SEO agency or freelancer? What do you want them to do for you? What results do you hope to achieve?

One of the most important parts of teaming up with a company is working with people who believe what you believe! You can usually feel that in your gut. And from my experience, I would say trust your instinct! The reality is if you’re providing SEO services, then you should be able to get your own website ranking pretty well on Google. However, it’s easy in an online world to bend the truth or manipulate Google’s Search Engine Results Pages (or SERP). But the good news is, it’s getting increasingly harder to do. Consumers want trust from their providers, whether that be from their mechanic, their power company, or their website design team.

At the time of writing this, (bearing in mind staying at the top of the search results or SERP, is tough at the best of times) here are six of the highest-ranking SEO agencies for the search phrase: best SEO in Southland?


Business IT South

Business IT South is an Invercargill-based Information Technology company offering a wide range of IT services and support to businesses. Operating from the CBD. They offer an on-site service throughout the Southland region, including SEO.

Their website states, their team of technicians are friendly, experienced, and capable of delivering results on projects of all sizes.


BWG is a full-service digital agency based in Takapuna, Auckland. They are Google certified and their mission is to grow New Zealand SME’s and create jobs. They believe the primary difference between them and other agencies is the ratio of production staff to sales staff. Their sales staff are also competent in production. This is why they believe their campaigns deliver higher than average results.

They use Photoshop, HTML, and WordPress CMS for all design and development work. BWG also offer a full digital marketing suite, including Google Ads, Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media, and more.

The search term best SEO Southland, returns a decent ranking for BWG, albeit for a landing page for Napier. If you’re not opposed to dealing with someone outside of Southland, then these guys are possibly at least worth having a discussion with.

Net Branding

Net Branding ranks reasonably well for best SEO Southland search term – around 6 on the first page. They say they “bring a unique approach to digital marketing services – a full-service digital marketing service from strategy to success”.
As a full-service online marketing firm, they can be your SEO company, craft an online marketing strategy, offer website development services, and more.

They bring a team of specialist expertise in multiple disciplines – acting as your SEO company, your Digital Marketing Firm, Email Marketing consultancy, Website design company, and more!

Net Branding state their “SEO services are second to none, we’re more than just a web developer or SEO Services Company – our offer is a unique, end to end integrated digital marketing solution for your business”.

Free Ads UK – Kliff Technologies

The advert from Free Ads UK states:
“Kliff Technologies is the Best Seo Services in Southland. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of increasing your website’s presence and performance on the Google search engine’s organic search results. It is a continuous and ongoing process, demanding constant monitoring and analysis of your site’s performance and relevance of your landing page. SEO can thus help your website get visibility online, and attain a better ranking on the search engines. Kliff Technologies, a renowned SEO company, implements innovative processes to help its clients attract more traffic and attain profitability”.

A basic search for Kliff Technologies returns no definitive results for where they are based in Southland, so if you can track them down, good luck.

Hardwick Enterprises

Hardwick Enterprises appear on the first page in our search query for SEO agencies in Southand. They are based in Gore. Hardwick Enterprises is headed up by Keith Lightfoot, one of New Zealand’s computer pioneers and technology innovators. Keith has extensive industry experience in website design, systems analysis, Google SEO, online marketing, and computer consulting.

Keith specialises in a diverse range of services from, motivational speaking, photography to website design (using Weebly template systems), and SEO,  as well as being a musician and a celebrant. ​

Lakeside Digital

Lakeside Digital is a Wanaka-based SEO Agency. This company is all about partnerships and mutual growth. For them, the most rewarding part of working in SEO is seeing a client’s traffic skyrocket or to see their business start turning over what they’ve always wanted to.

At Lakeside they personally only work on a strict number of clients and can only take on new projects when others come to a close. They say they “treat every project they manage as if it were their own business. This means they allocate a generous amount of time to each project with extra room for going down the rabbit hole every now and then (to find a winning insight or strategy!)”.

Stephanie Hunt SEO

Stephanie Hunt SEO shows up in our search as the last organic listing on page 1. Her website states “It’s not enough to have a website. You need to be connecting with your audience in many channels using the phrases they search for to find your service.
Google determines relevance based on many factors, but an easy one to fix is to make sure you are using the right keywords in the right places in your content”.

Stephanie has been optimising websites for many years and is the director of digital marketing company Market Elements

So, who is the best SEO agency for you and your business?

So which SEO company based in Southland, is the best for you and your business? Well… That still depends on what you’re looking for. Are the above companies still at the top of the results? SEO is a complicated field and to stay at the top of Google you (or the agency you partner with) need to work bloody hard!

All of the above businesses claim to be the Best SEO company in Southland. Best these days is subjective, and is more about what it best for you and your business! What are you trying to achieve and who aligns with your values the best,

If you’re looking to partner with an SEO Agency or Freelancer, it’s imperative you take the time to research. We have had a number of clients over the years who feel they have not seen results from paying for SEO. And the reality is, there are a lot of people out there saying they are the best. SEO is also a long-term investment How Long it takes for SEO to show results will vary. This will depend on a number of factors, including how good your website design is and how well developed or built it is too.

When you’re deciding who to contact, do some google searches to see how well their website ranks. Look over their website. If their site seems easy to use, and it answers most of your questions, chances are they could be a good fit. One tip is to check right at the bottom of their website and looks for the “Copyright ©” info. If it says 2014, chances are they may be a bit out of touch. Read up on their services, and testimonials. Ultimately if their style and tone match what you want for your own business, they may be worth talking to. Taking time to find that right fit and work with credible, reliable businesses can save time and trouble later on. So it’s worth the effort!



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