7 Best SEO Companies On The Sunshine Coast By Reputation (we reviewed 67 of them)

Websites That Sell has been operating on the Sunshine Coast since 2013.

We’ve seen many SEO companies come and go.

We’ve seen business owners get great results from the work different SEO’s provide.

However… we’ve also seen the bad.

That’s why we’ve put this guide together.

Our team of SEO specialists who know what counts when choosing an SEO company decided on specific criteria, and we put 67 different Sunshine Coast SEO companies up against these criteria to see which 7 of them would come out on top.

Each criterion had to be factual & not opinionated so business owners looking to invest in SEO could make an educated buying decision.

For each company we evaluated:

  • Years in Business
  • Company Size
  • Notable Clients
  • Hourly Rate
  • Specialisations
  • Customer Support

If you’re looking to switch SEO companies or hire an SEO company on the Sunshine Coast for the first time, keep reading to see our side by side comparison and then review of each chosen company.

Top 7 Sunshine Coast SEO Companies Side-By-Side Comparison

Established Company Size Notable Clients Hourly Rate Number Of Specialisations Customer Support
Excite Media 2006 25+ employees Quotec, The Tarsi Way, Whitehill Keir N/A 8 Face to Face, Phone, eMail
Websites That Sell 2013 10+ employees Gillette, Darcy Bookkeeping & Business Services, Sunshine Coast Council - Caloundra $150+GST 6 Face to Face, Phone, eMail, Zoom
Digital Nomads 2018 11 employees LJ Hooker, Coco Coast, Club Pilates N/A 9 Face to Face, Phone, eMail
Digitalon N/A N/A Taylored Distinction, Dazza Fitness, Experience Yoga N/A 3 Face to Face, Phone, eMail
Safari Digital 2065 8 employees N/A N/A 3 Face to Face, Phone, eMail
Site Centre 2014 7 employees The Deaf Lottery Australia, PrizeHomeTickets.com.au, RSL Art Union N/A 4 Face to Face, Phone, eMail
Suncoast Media N/A N/A Method Marine Consultants, Spring LIfestyle Supports, Australian Skincare Collective N/A 8 Face to Face, Phone, eMail

Company Review By Reputation Overview, Criteria And Why It Matters For Business Owners On The Sunshine Coast

Having operated in and watched the Sunshine Coast market for over a decade we know which SEO companies have stood the test of time.

Most companies that ranked at the top of Google 10 years ago… 5 years ago, or even just 3 years ago aren’t there today.

There are a handful of agencies that have stood the test of time.

What we found made the big difference in companies going the distance is their reputation.

Let us explain what we mean by reputation.

We believe that if an SEO company cares about their reputation, it will do everything it can to stay up to date with Google’s latest changes and stay in the top positions on the first page of Google. The agency doesn’t have to be in the No.1 spot all the time, but it should be able to demonstrate its capabilities by ranking in the top 5 or, at minimum, on the first page.

That’s why we chose years in business as one of the reputation criteria. Knowing how Google operated 10 years ago compared to today gives an SEO specialist a big competitive advantage over someone that’s new to SEO. Knowing how Google has evolved and how they do things compared to just applying the latest hack is what gets long-term results, and hence, it’s an important criterion that ranks an SEO company high in our review.

At the same time, ranking one's site doesn’t mean they can do it for others and also doesn’t mean the agency can do it at scale or on budget. So, having notable clients was chosen as a key criterion in our analysis.

Transparency is everything in SEO. There has been and still is today so much smoke and mirrors in the SEO industry. That’s why if a company can allocate an hourly rate and hours allocated to a campaign, the client knows exactly what they will get, and the agency will be accountable for that. This is why we made this another key criterion part of this review.

Additionally, the amount someone pays per hour indicates the value and level of expertise one will receive from your SEO company.

Finally, “customer support” was chosen as a criterion as it’s still important to receive support, even if you have no idea what SEO even stands for. (BTW: it stands for “Search Engine Optimisation”)

We encourage you to learn more about each chosen criterion first so you know how to judge your chosen SEO company best.

Years in Business

Years in business are important on 3 levels.

  1. If a company has been around for many years, a safe bet is they know how to run a business. This allows you to be more confident in knowing they’ll know how to make decisions for your SEO campaign that align with your business goals.
  2. If an SEO company has worked through multiple algorithm updates over the years and has stood the test of time, it is much more likely it can provide strategies and work that isn’t based on “hacks” but a thorough understanding of search engines. This means the strategies won’t be based on what works today… but long into the future.
  3. If a company has been operating in a specific area for a long time, they know the market opportunities. Both in growing market size and geographical reach size. For example, back in 2013, there were no suburbs such as Aura or Harmony, which have dramatically grown the region’s population. Back then, for SEO to generate leads & enquiries, the whole Sunshine Coast would need to be targeted.

A typical campaign targeting the whole of Sunshine Coast usually starts at $2,000+GST monthly.

For many start-ups & entrepreneurs operating from the Sunshine Coast, this type of budget is out of reach. Understanding this level of information is critical in providing the right SEO services to the market.

An SEO company with enough experience has the unfair advantage of business acumen, a thorough understanding of Search Engines, plus market & demographic knowledge to map out the most suitable campaign for the type of business they are helping.

As you can see, experience matters; hence, it is rated very high on our choice of Top 7 SEO Companies.

Company Size

Too big and you’re just a number in the system… hire a one-man-band or freelancer and you probably won’t have enough resources made available to you to move fast with your campaign.

You want the company to be small enough so you have an SEO specialist working on your campaign, but big enough so the specialist doesn’t complete all the basic tasks and never have time to strategise and study your site.

A sweet spot to aim for is a boutique agency of 8+ people.

Notable Clients

It matters that an SEO company gets the attention of well-known brands.

However, if all an SEO agency specialises in is corporate clients, they may not understand how to get results on smaller budgets.

The agency must also have experience working with local businesses on the Sunshine Coast to prove they can get results at all levels.

To make it into the top 7, we set the criteria that the agency would also need local Sunshine Coast based clients on their books.

Hourly Rate

The hourly rate determines the amount and expertise you’ll receive as part of the SEO service.

Here’s a quick comparison of the average salaries of SEO’s on the Sunshine Coast:

The average salary of a senior SEO specialist on the Sunshine Coast is $90,388.

The average salary of a content strategist on the Sunshine Coast is $83,342.

The average salary of a web developer on the Sunshine Coast is $62,279.

To get a positive result from your SEO, you need all 3 of these specialisations working on your campaign.

Anything under $150+GST, and you’re not likely to get all 3.

Customer Support

Since the Sunshine Coast is not a concentrated city but more of a region stretching from Caloundra to Noosa, it’s important if you want to meet with your agency regularly that you pick one nearby.

While in a post-COVID-19 world, we have all become accustomed to Zoom meetings and email support, it’s still important to at least be able to pick up the phone and speak to the person who’s working on your account.

The best case scenario, and why we chose Customer Support as a criterion, is that you actually get to speak to the SEO expert working on your account.

While outsourcing solutions aren’t bad, having someone on the ground who fluently speaks English and is across the SEO campaign to help explain things is what makes a marketing agency's customer experience a good one.

Review Of The 
7 Best SEO Companies On The Sunshine Coast
(In No Specific Order)

First Reviewed SEO Company

excite media logo

Company Name: Excite Media

Location: 69 Hale Street Brisbane QLD 4000

Area of expertise: Discovery & Audit, Local Business Optimisatin, Keyword Inclusion, Technical SEO, Content Development, Link Building & Citations, Reputation Management, Tracking & Reporting.

What makes them the best? Customer Feedback From Google Business Profile

Alana Coleman

We have had a lot of leads from their work, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to other businesses.

Antoinette Lintvelt Lloyd

I would certainly recommend them from your digital marketing and website development and maintenance.

Alison Skelhorn

Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to any other businesses seeking help with design of Websites and SEO management.

Second Reviewed SEO Company


Company Name: Websites That Sell

Location: 2G/354 Mons Road, Forest Glen, QLD 4556

Area of expertise: SEO Audit, Keyword Research, OnPage Optimisation, Content Creation, Link Building, Reporting, eCommerce SEO, SEO Consulting and strategy, Social media Marketing, Web Design, Web Development.

What makes them the best? Customer Feedback From Google Business Profile

Brooke Millar

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

Mathew & the team were so professional right from the start and took the time to make sure they designed a website that reflected my brand. They always listened to my feedback and gave advice and ideas on everything I suggested. They created a beautiful website for me that is to the point, easy to navigate & is exactly what i wanted. Highly recommend Websites That Sell.

Jan-maree Wilson

It is with great confidence that I recommend Websites That Sell. When I first contacted David I was disillusioned after paying another company to create my e-commerce website, a website that was not professional and barely even functional. Now my website is responsive and allows my customers to order products easily on their computer, smart phone or tablet. David kept the communication lines open throughout this process advising me of timelines and pricing options. It has been a long time since I have dealt with a business that is as professional and customer focused as David and his team.

Les Pearce

I had the pleasure of working with David and his team as I worked my way through the daunting task of creating a fully functioning E commerce website that would work seamlessly with my in-store systems. The team were able to help from logo design through to launch of the site and SEO that has seen us cement a 1st page ranking on Google.

I will continue to use David and his team as I grow.

Keto Lean

CASE STUDY: SEO Campaign Boosts Sunshine Coast Based eCommerce Store From A Few Local Sales To $7,000 In Sales A Week

Stilus Design & Construction

CASE STUDY: Results Driven SEO Campaign 5X's A Sunshine Coast Construction Firm's Growth

Third Reviewed SEO Company

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Company Name: Digital Nomads

Location: 3/2 Akeringa Pl, Mooloolaba QLD 4557

Area of expertise: On-Page, Off-Page, Competitor Audit, Technical SEO, Link Building, Content Creation, Reporting

What makes them the best? Customer Feedback From Google Business Profile

Lilian Botros

I had very negative experiences in the past with marketing agencies and did my homework to find another agency to work with. I wasn't just looking for a marketing agent, I was looking for a someone that cares about my business which is nearly impossible to find these days.

I came across Digital Nomads HQ and I have decided to give them a go. This team was the team I am looking for! They care, they are honest and they will go above and beyond to support your business. They simply put themselves in their client's shoes!

Ben, Jacob and Todd... I can't thank you enough!

Karen Poole

Since working with Digital Nomads, our business has been flowing better. Thanks to their digital marketing efforts, we’re seeing more leads coming in from Facebook, and our business is growing. We wouldn’t have been able to get those results without their help.

Now, various staff members are constantly contacting new leads, either for recruitment, support workers, or potential clients. Most of these people have found us through our website, demonstrating that Digital Nomads’ SEO efforts also work well for us. Others have told us that they’ve found us through our Facebook Ads, which is great.

Digital Nomads’ professionalism and approach is outstanding. They work very well as a team, and their internal communication is very good. Whenever someone from their team is away, they ensure that their replacement understands where we’re at. Overall, their team feels like a well-oiled machine, which is very helpful for us whenever we need to touch base with them.

I would highly recommend them to any business - in actual fact, if I could give them 10 stars, I would! Thank you team!

Hannah Daniele

I started working with the team at Digital Nomads HQ in 2022. At the time, none of the enquiries to my business came through Google. Their SEO work truly helped increase my online presence and attracting the right niche. I often get enquiries through Google now and 13 Google enquiries became committed clients over the last year. The team is incredibly friendly, helpful and prompt to respond. I'm looking forward to working together again. Highly recommend.

Fourth Reviewed SEO Company

Digitalon Logo

Company Name: Digitalon

Location: 11 Tiller St, Wurtulla QLD 4575

Area of expertise: On-Page SEO, Off-Page SEO, Backlink Building, Small Business SEO, Local SEO, eCommerce SEO, Keyword Research & Report, SEO Audit.

What makes them the best? Customer Feedback From Google Business Profile

Alicia Were

Absolutely excellent service! Sabrina was kind and approachable. She listened to everything I wanted and needed, Sabrina and her team produced exactly what I was after. Speedy turn around, thorough communication and a wonderful outcome. I would highly recommend Digitalon to anyone wanting to build a website or have any digital media designed and created.

Ernie Ng

Sabrina from Digitalon helped us the project of our clinic website revamp and I am very delighted. Sabrina went above and beyond and her work is truly outstanding. The price is also reasonable and work rate is exceptionally. Sabrina is easy to work with and is very patience with us. We will work with Sabrina for many years to come. For those of you who are considering Digitalon, you won't be disappointed.
Thank you Digitalon.

Dr Ernie Ng (Principal Chiropractor)
Canning Vale Chiropractic

Nathan Pearce

I would like to thank DIGITALON for the exceptional work carried out by Sabrina and the team on my new business logo. I am highly satisfied with the final product, and I was pleasantly surprised by the promptness of its delivery, with the team nailing the design brief first go. I intend to use Sabrina and the team for all my future business requirements.

Fifth Reviewed SEO Company

Safari Digital Logo

Company Name: Safari Digital

Location: Level 2/11 York Street Sydney, NSW, 2000

Area of expertise: Initial Audit, Keyword Research, Competitor Analysis, Content Creation, On Page Optimsiation, Link Building, Ongoing Content Strategy, Reporting & Tracking

What makes them the best? Customer Feedback From Google Business Profile

William Maslin

Unfortunately I missed out on being a client of Safari Digital. When I first enquired with Liam and went through his proposal, it was just the beginning of COVID lockdown, so I shelved my SEO until I had a better idea of how things were traveling. In that time, another business in my industry took up Safari Digital’s services. That meant Liam turned me down because of the potential conflict. Now that speaks volumes about the integrity of Safari Digital. We all know about the sharks out there in the SEO industry, so if you’re considering using Liam, I would say don’t hesitate. You don’t want to be like me and miss out on his services. Plus when he’s says it’s an ethical SEO agency, it definitely is, because he could have easily taken my money, but chose not to.

Sam R.

Liam and the team at Safari Digital SEO in Sydney have been fantastic to deal with. After an ordinary experience with another Sydney SEO company in 2017 (won’t name any names!!), we decided to give Safari Digital a go on the recommendation of a client. From the outset, the experience has been night and day. We had an initial call with Liam where he explained why previous SEO work was unsuccessful and what was needed to increase the number of call’s we’re getting in a day. From not being on Google, to showing up on page 1 for 60+ different suburbs around Sydney that we service, I couldn’t be happier. Our campaign only lasted 4-months as we are currently getting more enquiries for work than we can get to in a day. Hoping to onboard another plumber in the next couple of months to help me with the workload and start up our SEO again.

Andrew Rando

We have been with Safari Digital SEO for 3 months and these are the results so far. From the outset Liam was realistic with setting goals and a timeline for when we could expect to see an increase in traffic and enquiries. We got a full audit of our site and were able to see how much (or how little) had been done by the previous SEO agency that we were working with over the course of more than 12 months. After two months with Safari we have more than 40 keywords on page 1 of Google - of which 22 are in the top 3 and 13 are number 1. Outstanding results in such a short period of time.

Sixth Reviewed SEO Company

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Company Name: SiteCentre

Location: Building 1/30 Chancellor Village Boulevard WOTSO, Sippy Downs QLD 4556

Area of expertise: Citations, Machine Learning, Design & User Experience, Content Creation, Comprehensive Analysis, Link Building, Keyword Research, On-Page SEO, Technical SEO, Performance, Reporting, Schema Mark Up, Website Improvements, Conversion & ROI Focused.

What makes them the best? Customer Feedback From Google Business Profile

Ilana Kingston

A brilliant, and up to date digital agency that knows all the ins and outs of Shopify websites, Digital marketing, SEO and website optimisation. Dedicated team members and fantastic to work with who help fix any Shopify errors or website settings to help optimise sales and UX. Most importantly, they are honest, fair and fast and extremely knowledgeable.

Russell Johansen

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

Wow! What an amazing job these guys did for me. Our website now looks amazing and it's speed is now lightning fast! I was given the heads up that Brodey and his team were good but they still managed to exceed my expectations. Fantastic work, super fast and such great value for money!

Mario Bellini

sitecentre has provided us with an excellent service and we are so happy with the outcome. Brodey is very professional and easy to work with. He has provided us with a high functioning website and all the online tools we need to kick start our Plumbing Business. We would highly recommend using sitecentre for your website.

Seventh Reviewed SEO Company

Company Name: Suncoast Media

Location: 94 Pavilion Dr, Peregian Springs QLD 4573

Area of expertise: Research, On-Page Optimisation, Content Creation, Off-Page Optimisationn, Ongoing Optimisation, Monitoring and reporting.

What makes them the best? Customer Feedback From Google Business Profile

Dean Walsh

SunCoast were so accommodating, attentive and patient throughout the process and we received a great deal of one on one personal attention from Adriana. End result was a terrific website that ticks all of our boxes

Edson Agostinho

I hired SunCoast Media in September 2021 to develop a dual language professional and unique portal for my new business, which included the creation of a new logo, social media/email setup and articles and videos posts. I can't thank Adriana and her team at SunCoast Media enough for the professionalism, dedication, patience and flexibility during the whole project. They really did a fantastic job and I am extremely happy with the outcome.
If you need help with your current or new portal and social media but don't know where to go, I strongly recommend give SunCoast Media a call for a professional discussion.

Jenni Salisbury

If you need a website, don't look anywhere else! Adriana was so helpful throughout the whole process. From my initial phone enquiry, right through to the completion of my website, Adriana was so easy to work with. I came to her with a 'general' vision of what I wanted my website to look like, but Adriana and her team created a website that completely exceeded my expectations. I don't know if I was the easiest client to deal with, given I had very little idea about what I wanted, however Adriana supported me through every aspect of the project and I could not be happier with the end result. Professional, reliable, friendly, affordable!

Final Thoughts & Next Steps

While the Sunshine Coast is a much smaller region than, say, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, there are still a lot of SEO companies to choose from.

We’ve reviewed 67 of them and filtered out the top 7 SEO companies operating on and servicing the Sunshine Coast.

The criteria were carefully selected to give you the best chance of picking a good one.

Here’s what to do next.

Choose the agency that best resonates with you and your business goals, then call each one so you can see how they respond to your business needs. You can view Websites That Sell Sunshine Coast's SEO - Company Page.

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Disclaimer: This blog post includes information about various competitors in the industry. The purpose of this content is to provide an objective analysis and comparison based on publicly available information and chosen criterion. The opinions expressed in this post are solely those of the author. Readers are encouraged to conduct their own research and exercise their own judgment when making decisions related to the SEO providers mentioned in this article. The author and the website shall not be held responsible for any actions taken based on the information provided.

Reviewed Companies As Part Of Our Research:

Felicity Jane Digital
Lucky 44
Excite Media
Digital Nomads
Websites That Sell
Safari Digital
Suncoast Media
First Page Australia
Apex Digital
Resurge Digital
Digital Deluxe
Boast Digital
R6 Digital
Infinite Ace
Make My Website
I Need Website
Australian Web Experts
Ready Set Digital
Search Domination
Marketing One Group
Rank First
SEO Web Logistics
Digital Organics
Cloud Clicks
Rise SEO
Liam Ridings Copywriter
SEO Boss
SEO Sunny Coast
Think Room
Viva Digital
Xpand Digital
AGR Technology
SEO Mafia
Website Strategies
5 Tales
The Visible Rank
COASTR Marketing
Green Web Marketing
Actual Marketing
Phancy Box
Go Creative
GEo Local SEO
Web P
King Kong
Chilli Group
Bec Kenny
SEO Artillery
Ben Dudek
Oz Web Internet Marketing
Englander Davis
Probity Web Marketing
Converge Marketing
Social Swell
Jag Digital
The Creative Collective
Incoming Digital
Two Chicks Design
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