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Seriously, I’ve never thought of starting an SEO firm. I actually have a clue of how difficult SEO is to do effectively. Good SEOs are hard enough to find, and WordStream seems to be a nice place to meet some of them.
The problem is that self-employment, especially if you’ve worked in the corporate world before, has all the allure of the pipe dreams sold in The 4 Hour Work Week (I guess Tim Ferris doesn’t count self-promotion as work, even though he does it about 100 hours a week 🙂 ).
If you have some experience with search engine optimisation and would like to start your own SEO company, then this article will make for an interesting read. Here, you will get detailed coverage of how you get set up and enjoy a profitable SEO business in just 4 steps.
5. Understand social media marketing. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ have become extremely popular for all web businesses. If you can incorporate social media marketing with your SEO, you can not only charge more but you can also deliver better results.
I think it would work as it builds trust. If you find that it is hurting you, you can then start blocking some of it off and creating paywalls. But overall giving away the farm really helps build trust and loyalty. I’ve found that it causes more people willing to open up their wallets.
When you begin your business you will have to make a choice whether you are going to target short term black hat SEO tactics or are you going to climb the more difficult, business building model which focuses on white hat strategies?
Not only does it mean that you have a steady supply of leads coming in from the SEO rankings without having to constantly keep marketing and advertising to businesses, it is also the best possible advert for your SEO skills in the sense that you have managed to rank your website for the exact high value terms that the business owner has searched for to find your business.
The Limited Liability Company and Corporation are the 2 most common legal structures. A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a hybrid business entity having certain characteristics of both a corporation and a partnership. The primary characteristic an LLC shares with a corporation is limited liability, and the primary characteristic it shares with a partnership is the availability of a pass through income taxation. Corporate tax rates are typically higher than tax rates at the personal level, therefore having income taxed at the personal level may help save on taxes. A Corporation is an independent legal entity owned by shareholders. Corporations are more complex than other legal entities because they tend to have costly administrative fees and complex tax and legal requirements. Because of these issues, corporations are generally suggested for established and larger companies.
In the professional SEO world results matter the most. If you are able to show results, then referrals would follow you. What many of the SEO agencies miss is that they do not track the success of their campaigns and they fail to let their clients know they did it for them!
Those who work the system will *always* be able to find ways around issues (dynamic IP addresses, logging in from larger institutional networks that can’t easily be blocked, etc.) but it is the average person who gets screwed by Google’s draconian monopolistic “customer support is evil” ways. The problem for Google is this: “when innocence itself, is brought to the bar and condemned, especially to die, the subject will exclaim, it is immaterial to me whether I behave well or ill, for virtue itself is no security.” – John Adams
Two places where you should focus on getting reviews are your business’s Facebook page and Google My Business page. These are big ones. Many people turn to social media to see what their friends and family think about a business, so having good reviews on your business’s Facebook page can help to draw in prospective customers. Getting positive reviews on your Google My Business page is crucial because these reviews show up on Google when someone searches for your business.
Sure I can advertise other places…but I can’t reach Google’s customers there. As an individual I can choose to use another search engine, but as a business I cannot magically make potential customers do the same. I HAVE to use Google or give up a huge market share.
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I will recommend you to take some SEO training from a reputed institute, work for 6-12 months either in a company or for yourself to understand everything that help to rank any website in search engine.
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To go from starting a business that isn’t successful, to being a student, and then happening into a $3500/month consultancy gig is truly phenomenal and, unfortunately, too good to be true for most young entrepreneurs. I can’t help but think that an opportunity as rich as this doesn’t just come about on a whim. I’m curious to know if there was any thing that influenced that sales rep to be in attendance that day.
Thanks for the great info again. Your SEO practices and tips have been more than useful for me. I always come back for more. Blogging and helping out other bloggers have proven to be useful for you. I have taking note. Cheers Neil.
Authority Labs – Create a free account which you can get after using the 30 day trial of the pro account. Use this tool to track keyword rankings for your website so you can see if they are moving up in search results.
SEO has become awash in “consultants” who want to provide everything from keyword research (which can now be sourced through fiverr ::barf:: to enterprise content marketing and link building) all of which is delivered as complete shit that provides ZERO value and doesn’t move the needle.
Working for a family business or a steady corporation isn’t something to be looked down upon by any means. The key to mitigating the risks on both sides (getting laid off for example) is to be financially prudent, continually invest in yourself (earn a degree, start a side business), and be loyal to whom you work for or with. If you do those three things you will typically be ok in any reasonable situation.
Your time needs to be dedicated to what you do best, getting SEO results. Trust me on this. Don’t waste your valuable time on things anyone can do. The person you hire as your assistant should be a entry level person, looking to get into the industry. This is the perfect job for them. They can assist you for a couple years, then when they get experience and knowledge of the industry you can move them into a more important position, like doing some of the things you do. After all, they’ve shadowed you for years. They must have learned a lot.
Whether a client is referred to you or they found you through some other means, sooner or later they are going to leave you. SEO is a business with a high churn rate… it’s very rare that someone will stick with you as a client for three years.
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If you have a content problem – or a lack of content problem – then this needs to be fixed. If you haven’t had a chance to implement markup yet (Schema.org, OpenGraph, RDFA, MicroFormats, etc.), this should be a priority.
With this kind of investment and ongoing costs, seeking an SEO business for sale and going that route starts to make a lot of sense as an option. When you buy an established SEO business, at least there is a local track record and (presumably) some existing SEO equity in the business. In a franchise relationship, you are buying into the strength and recognition of the existing franchise brand – and with Internet marketing franchises, there aren’t any with strong brand recognition. And if you’re not buying into a brand, then what are you paying for?
Great post Kristi! I have recently started in SEO and this article has really given me a clearer perspective regarding the basics. Many articles I’ve read have a tendency to talk around the topic. Your clarity on the matter is highly appreciated.
Referrals whether through social media or from face-to face clients are always the way. Although we deliver a service that can easily be supplied remotely, building relationships is the way to build a business sustainably.
Starting my own agency seemed like a fun and easy idea in the beginning. It was portrayed to look easy by all the courses and “gurus” promoted the idea of starting your own agency. I soon realized the one issue. Getting clients is not easy. Not at all. I learned that I needed to put in a lot of work and figure out a strategy if I was serious about getting clients for my new agency.
Secondly, and what is typically been the case for me in the past, if you start delivering these results quicker than the time frames you have set out, it makes the client even happier (think referrals and testimonials!).
First, guide to covering how to start an SEO business. Becoming an SEO means learning an improved variety of ideas about how to rank a website and how to make a website work. But once you have learned a lot of ideas about SEO, you can even start your own SEO company. There are people who are making quite a lot of money from their SEO businesses and you would be surprised to know that they all started as an SEO.
Unfortunately, it’s not the kindergarten sort of nap. NAP stands for name, address, and phone number and it’s some of the most important information search engines need to understand about your business. Publishing this prominently on your homepage is an important step for search engines to confidently display this information within the search engine results page (SERP).
We are dedicated to practising ethical SEO and doing it the proper way so that you can benefit from the work we do for months and even years after we stop actually building back links to your site. To make sure this is the case we carry out all the work methodically and at a natural pace in order to make everything appear natural to Google and prevent incurring any penalties also.’