The Internet has grown rapidly to play an important role in everybody's lives and more importantly, it has changed the way companies do business and interact with customers.

However, just having a Web site is not enough these days. There are over 250 million Web sites on the Internet and this number is growing steadily. The chances of someone finding your Web site in this Internet maze is similar to asking him to find a needle in a haystack. So, if you want your Web site to be found easily and quickly, it needs to be search engine optimized.

Search engine optimization (SEO) not only makes it easier for the target audience to find your Web site when they search for certain keywords using a search engine, but also it will help them zero in on the precise information they are looking for instead of having to search through tons of content and information posted on your website.

That's right, search engine optimization (SEO) is no longer an option, it has become a necessity and it is an investment into the future of your online presence.

However, optimizing a Web site for search engines is no easy task. It can take days, even months before your site ranks well and it may eat use up a lot of your time. We're talking about a marathon here, not a sprint. Hence, many Web site owners are hiring SEO firms these days to do the work for them.

But with so many SEO firms around, how do you choose the right one? These days many SEO firms promise the moon and the stars when it comes to SEO, but few are able to deliver the sustainable change they promise.

So when you're choosing an SEO firm, you'll have to weed through a lot of empty promises to find a trustworthy specialist. Especially, there are some scammers who claim to have proprietary methods or techniques of optimization. But the truth is that, there's no secret sauce. As for those who promise no.1 Google ranking, beware - they are just offering you a paid spot in a Google ad, which can get you near-immediate results, but is the same as a top ranking attained via organic SEO, which is what you probably want.

Most important, ask the SEO firm how they're going to optimize your Web site. If they're not going to tell you what their techniques are, you have to assume the worst - they are probably going to use black-hat techniques to bump up your Web site in the search result ranks. It might work initially but remember - Google and other search engines hate black hat spammers and it could result in your Web site getting kicked off of the search engines' indexes.

In this regard, IBTimes Tech & Trend has sieved through tons of SEO companies to present before you the top UK SEO Companies of 2012, that will not only work hard and smart to ensure that your Web site is well optimized for search engines, but also adopt an ethical approach to SEO so that your Web site gets the high visibility that it deserves for a long time to come.

These top UK SEO companies are:

1. Click Consult

2. Evolve Media


4. Spiral Media

5. A10 Strategic Media

6. Custard Media Solutions

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