Once you have joined these groups and been accepted (some require a moderator to approve you but not all), if you then click on the member list of the group, you will see that there is an option to private message each one of them. It’s not uncommon to find LinkedIn groups in your area with hundreds of business owners in them, the opportunities are endless!
The above chart shows a breakdown of the weighting of various ranking factors within local SEO campaigns. One of the things to note here is that whilst there are a few slightly different factors compared to the usual SEO campaign (i.e. External Loc. Signals and My Business Signals), links and on-page SEO factors still play a huge part. The only difference is that the type of links you’ll want to focus on will be a lot different.
Entire books have been written about business plans, but unless you’re chasing bank financing and/or need to present formally to an external agency, it pays to keep business plans brief, and simple.
But as you deal deeper in a business, you realize that is goes far beyond into competitor intelligence research, customer engagement and journey through the sales process, understanding the demographics of the target market, building and establishing partnerships with the major players in a given industry and an overall dynamic strategy to improve your clients authority and reputation online.
If you’re going to be a one-person consulting company in the beginning, I would recommend getting some real-world experience under your belt before making a promises to prospective clients that might be difficult to keep. Until then, you could always hire a great team while you bring in the clients.
There are lots of way to go about earning/building links, and if you want a load of them, check out my link building strategies guide. For the purpose of this article I’m going to focus on acquiring links that are really effective within local link building campaigns.
Cashflow is by far the most important consideration. You can have customers lined up, they are buying what you have, they are placing more orders, but if you can’t meet your bills, then your business will crash. Consider what line of credit you may need in order to maintain cashflow.
Nothing is more infuriating that being told your stuff isn’t good enough / lacks quality only to see Google pay someone else to steal it and wrap it in AdSense (talk about sleazy black hat business models – way to lead the category Google!)
I truly belive the assistant should be your first hire. You are the most valuable person in your company and you always will be. Your time is priceless, literally. What you’re going to find out is that 80% of your time is going to be bogged down by B.S. admin work that anyone can do. Following up, contracts, emailing customers, being on the phone and much more that you probably don’t even realize.
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.
I’ve struggled with whether I want to work for clients or work on my own authority site. I know there is good money in both. I am willing to bet that the folks ranking at the top for stuff like “best hosting” or “hosting reviews” etc must make at least 40k a month. You can make the same amount with an agency but then you would also have to deal with clients.
Standing Order (UK): You can set up a standing order to automatically bill your clients every month. I’m sure you can also do this in the US/Canada/Australia/New Zealand/rest of the world too but it may be called something different.
Not being able to outsource all that upfront is probably a good thing. Many attempts at outsourcing fail because the outsourcer is not competent themselves in those particular tasks. Having experience in these areas is helpful because if a freelancer or staff member leaves you hanging, you’ll be able to keep things running efficiently while you search for another staff member.
Neil, great article shows me that their is a lot of potential in the SEO business even though it’s going so mainstream. I want to ask you your opinion of a business motto i’m currently working on, whether or not you think it could be profitable for me.
So if you are going to get and keep your clients loyal, then you must do a good job educating them about the importance / benefits of SEO to their business. You will also need to teach them how to measure their SEO results and growth. Thereby making them understand what you are doing and appreciate your efforts. However, this will cost you not just money but also time.
Sounds like you need some guidance on how to create quality content. Well, to be honest, it’s simple. Just make sure you are providing value and are an educational resource to your niche. Create context within your links to avoid being seen as spam. When you do things naturally and write from experience, it shows. Focus less on the ends and more on the means.
Internal Links – Link building isn’t just reserved for external sites linking to your website. You can help search engines learn more about your website by internally linking to other pages on your website within your content. As an example, this blog post utilizes internal links when linking to other posts on the KISSmetrics blog.
There are also a ton of emerging metadata schemas out there – Open Graph, Twitter Card, Google-specific (Authorship, etc.), Schema.org, and others. Best practice is to build this front-end metadata into your templates where appropriate and have them pull the right attributes from the database or have your writers enter the values into the CMS at the point of content creation.