This is not for the faint of heart and comes with all types of stress points. It is highly rewarding to work for yourself and succeed in an innovative market — I believe the Pro’s outweigh the Con’s — but each person is unique and you need to be certain this is right for you. Go the part-time, side job approach at first to make sure you are mentally, physically & financially ready to fly solo and start your own SEO business. Good luck if you take the plunge!
Some of the most important elements for search engine optimization happen on your own website. You may hear a lot about link building (which we will get to in just a moment), but link building without good on-site search optimization isn’t going to be as effective. Here are the bare minimum on-site optimization elements you should put on each of your website’s main pages, including and especially the homepage.
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And if all goes well and you decide to expand your little empire, you needn’t hire many employees then too. Outsourcing your SEO services to small and upcoming SEO businesses is an appealing option most other businesses don’t give you.
Final point here: lean on your network. reach out to those you know when a problem stumps you. Just be sure to record the answer for later reference when you hit the same problem again with another client.
This means you need to determine who in your company (maybe everybody?) will become active on Google+ and other key social graph and authority platforms like LinkedIn to champion your brand, create content, and connected to other authoritative people. Google+ posts pass Page Rank, and Google+ profiles may show author attribution on results pages, so it’s an especially important platform for SEO.
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Great information. I especially like the fact that you broke down the difference between in house SEO vs SEO firm. Many times people think that an outside agency should know all about their area of expertise. The problem is with such a diversified group of clients, it is hard to know all about an area of business. With that said, with any client that you are working with, you should know all about their business and you will be able to serve them just fine.
3. “Advertise.” Seriously, that’s it! Once you have a website and an idea of how much you are going to charge people, you just need to tell people that you have a website and how much you are going to charge them! SEO is so easy, I don’t know why everybody doesn’t do it.
The next field you need to know something about is business. Perhaps the best options is to take up a business course, if you want to be well-informed before getting things done. After that, you should write a business plan for 5 years. This will help you organize and make sure that you know what you want. Think about marketing, finances, staff and management. Moreover, these plans might be useful for getting a loan or an investment for start-ups.
Start looking around to find an accountant who will tell you what your tax liabilities will be as a sole-proprietor or a single-member LLC. If you really want to take a kick to the shins, get a quote for health insurance and see how much it doesn’t cover.
2) Always keep in mind that it is so much easier to prevent problems than trying to fix them after the fact. A lot of the things you are listing are actually so much easier to do than not do them and then end up with problems and try to fix them.