First off I must say that this is very comprehensive course, basically holding your hand and taking you through all the steps necessary to start your very own SEO business. Even if you plan to do something other than SEO there are many things taught here that will apply to other types of ventures.
If you are going to go down this route, I always say it’s best to start at the top and send your article to the biggest national newspapers first. The reason for this is that if you are lucky enough to get a piece published in these newspapers, it becomes a very good testimonial when you then send the piece to local newspapers as you can say that nationals have already published it.
This is always the question on every potential client’s lips and I always give the same/similar answer; ‘In most cases what happens is that you will start to see positive signs after 3 months, then page 1 listings within 4-6 months, top 3 listings within 6-9 months and number 1 listings within 12 months.
Breakfast clubs seem to be popular places where people can chat and enquire about each other’s business and how they may be able to help each other out etc. These are ample opportunities for you to secure one on one meetings in future when you can be armed with a full report on their site and have keywords researched for them to target.
What you must do first is create a referral programme page on your website. On that page you should include a bit about what the referral programme involves, how it works and how much money the referrers can make for sending you paying clients.
Other methods you can adopt for promoting your business include printing business cards, adding your business ad to classified sites like Yellow Pages and Craigslist, networking with website designers and web content writers, advertising in local newspapers, and using forums and online communities. LinkedIn is another platform through which you can attract clients.
Starting off this way has risks too (might not be as stable as a large corporation for example) but you can learn a lot about the overall and day to day processes that make that particular person or group successful. I’m not for the idea of building your personal brand on the back of someone else’s brand equity but if your brand develops from the hard, quality work you do for someone else then that’s great.
Modern content management systems do a pretty good job in this area, and if you are using WordPress you are really lucky as there are some great SEO plugins that make tuning the technical side of things easy.
Today, it seems to me, it’s much harder. You really have to earn the rankings by providing true quality to the visitor. So, it seems to me, SEO (if it’s alive at all) is now much more about helping clients build quality sites — quality content, putting the quality content in front of the right audiences and of course having a strategy for profitable keywords, etc….
My SEO company landed the business of many of the top real estate firms in Chicago simply by adding our name and link in the bottom of a small real estate agent’s website we were working with. We got this guy to page #1 for “Chicago condos” and of course, all of the big real estate firms wanted to know how we did it and if we could do it for them.
NOW YOU NEED SOME PLANT AND MACHINERY – SEO software is your biggest investment and your next huge step on how to start an SEO business. Make sure that you research the shit out of google before you choose the best software suitable for you.
The affiliate positions a site in the top ten results, gathers leads and traffic, and then sells them to someone else. The display advertiser publishes content in order to provide space for advertising, and typically makes money on the click-thrus.
One of the most important things I’ve learned from running my own agency is that I don’t have enough time to do everything. It’s important to outsource and to not spread myself too thin. For example, outsource your links! Outsource any web development work you can and focus that time instead into managing clients and sales.
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One of the gentlemen sitting in the room during my speech was a sales rep from Elpac Electronics. He approached me after my speech and told me that the company he worked for was looking for an SEO person. He introduced me to the marketing manager of the company, and the company hired me as a contractor for $3,500 a month.
Before Quora existed, I was on Linkedin Answers answering questions and always trying to be helpful. One day I answered a question some random person was asking, and the recipient was so grateful they sent us a RFP (Request for Proposal). Long story short, we signed that client for $20,000 per month… just by being helpful and answering questions.
1. Understand all on-page and off-page SEO optimization You must be able to properly perform an SEO audit, keyword research, competitive analysis, and know how to get quality links quickly.
I wouldn’t hire a beginner to build my house, so why would I expect a beginner to help with something even more valuable? If you are a beginner, reading up on SEO isn’t enough. You need real world experience.
I am not in SEO business in any way, but subscribe by every word you wrote there. My consulting business (nothing of your magnitude or level, but still) was growing and doing well – but then started to slip and went down substantially. If I am to list reasons why, all of them are contained in this post of yours – because I was not doing what you are listing. Well, you learn as you go. This year I am set to turn things around.
Page Optimization – Remember, Google ranks web pages in their search results, not websites. So focus on optimizing one page for one or two keywords. My secret sauce for optimizing a specific web page is published and outputted for free here on MySiteAuditor. When you run an audit and view a PDF report you can clearly see a checklist of everything I do to a web page to optimize it for a target keyword. If you’re not already a customer your don’t have to pay for this, just run a free audit on MySiteAuditor, then study and follow the report.
Other than this, you should learn the steps about directing traffic to a website. A website exists because it has visitors. If you have clients who monetize your effort, you should increase their traffic. Other than traffic, you need to improve their sales.
95% of IM’ers have great relationships with clients who also advertise offline and with other people. Stop missing out on that cash and leverage into it. PM me if you are an established marketer and want to find out how.
Thanks for sharing this Neil. I’m curious to know how you do SEO differently for a 10k+/month client as for a 3k client. Is it just more hours spent? More money spent on designers and programmers? Thanks for the inspirational post!
Include keywords with regional names into semantic core, choose the most relevant query and insert it in the Title of a landing page. Include the keyword into Description, where you can also add name, address, and phone number, if it is relevant and looks natural (remember, you create Descriptions first and foremost for people, so they ought to be easy to read).
Not to fret, this is the first of a series of posts outlining how your business can be optimized for local search engine marketing. As a subset of a broader SEO marketing practices, basic local SEO encompasses the following three factors:
Reaching out to related (but not competitive) businesses to see if they will link to you. A good way to do this is to see if the businesses you work with have link pages on their site for partners, vendors, suppliers, etc.
Once people realize that Google is unjust and frequently corrupted they lose care & become more willing to “do what it takes.” If Google tells you that they don’t need you to have access to your content it becomes quite easy to reciprocate by determining that you don’t need access to their guidelines to gain access to their traffic stream.
Things to be taken care of with local SEO: The similarity in the contents. This can make the monotony in the mind of the user, and this can lead to the filtering out of the search on Google. There are times when a particular website can have almost content similar to the older ones, and this can lead to Google penalizing the website.
Hi Muhammad! There are plenty of sites online (ours included) that have lots of information about SEO that you can learn from. I myself didn’t know much about SEO until I started reading about it online.
Large companies tend to want to deal with large agencies. Large companies may have their own internal search team. There comes a point where it is cheaper to hire someone full time that hire an external consultant, and that point is the average full time salary plus employment costs.
Congrats on making a lot of money, but I think most people realize that SEO is the new snake oil. Charging a company $3500 a month to add a few meta tags to their web pages is great work if you can get it, but hardly an honest gig.
SEO is far from an exact science- it is constantly evolving as old internet trends fade out and new ones emerge. The key to starting a successful SEO business is to stay on top of new developments and advance along with the industry.
Start connecting with people who you want to see your website in search results. Use the search box on Google+ to find people to connect with and add them to your circles. Hopefully, most will add you back.