SEO services, content writing, backlink campaigns, social bookmarking, traffic generation, are all services with volume levels that are controlled by the amount of time/money/focus you can purchase from a professional. The aggression level of any marketing campaign, in any industry, is always 100% contingent on the budget of the campaign.
I have experienced clients that spend a mere $300 per month for SEO but demand faster, million-dollar results (that require more time spent to achieve more aggressive efforts) but are unwilling to increase their budget because their $300 didn't get them the millions of dollars in results they feel they should have had for their budget. The real world extends to SEO too. Just like the more time an Attorney works on a case, the more aggressive the case and, ultimately, the more hours billed, meaning a hire bill but a much more effective defense. But isn't that what we want? The best defense? The best Attorney? The best Doctor? The best SEO SERVICE? I understand that most business owners, like most people, have much larger appetites than their wallets are willing to accommodate, and that is perfectly acceptable, but you cannot make the mistake of thinking that cutting corners on your marketing approach is any different than cutting corners on your legal defense. Even if you cannot afford to play with the big boys and the large corporate competitors, there are some very effective methods that a professional SEO can implement to increase your brand awareness. Just keep it realistic. If your competitors are are years ahead of you on marketing and are spending thousands per month, don't waste your time throwing a coupe hundred bucks at it to try and catch up -you won't. Instead focus on points where you can strengthen your geo-targeting to reach a broader audience to grow your local business awareness and local customer base.
SEO is not Magic.
SEO and proper Online Marketing strategies, when done correctly, are organic. A true organic and natural growth of a business is not based on smoke and mirrors and creative keyword stuffing any longer. Google, Facebook, Yelp, and the major search engines have evolved to be smarter than people initially gave them credit. Search engines and social media algorithms are built to recognize true human interaction. The only real way to increase a business is to create an audience, built that audience over time, cultivate your audience, and, ultimately build the brand loyalty necessary to take your business to each respective next level of achievement.