With affiliate programs once the visitor hits your site you make money right away. With a SEO agency once the prospective visitor hits your site you still have to sell them and then do the actual work.
After you followed the steps above, it is time to return to the site’s optimization. Only if you did not do it before can you proceed to optimization. For to get into the extended search results by pinning your location on the map, you need to get to the top 3-5 privileged companies. The on-page optimization of your site is the most important side to your future business.
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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!
The first question anyone who starts a company should ask themselves is, “How do I get customers?” It’s a question that I didn’t have an answer to when I first got started. So, I just opened up the phone book and started cold calling businesses, literally. If you didn’t have a web address next to your name and phone number I called you. That was my strategy. If your heart is starting to race and you’re beginning to sweat, stop worrying. I’m not going to tell you to cold call anyone out of the phone book. Do they even make phone books anymore? Throughout the 10 years my agency was in business, and before I sold my SEO business to a big company, I developed 10 techniques on how to consistently get SEO customers.
Excellent, thanks for the reply. Next week I will attend begin attending paid digital marketing seminars and will try to network with experienced executives from the region as much as possible, as per your advice in the article and maybe will ask for internship or something like that. Will let you know how that goes. 🙂
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!
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Kristi great work! I have found recently that when talking to my small business SEO clients, it’s important that I clarify that search engines rank web pages and not websites. I find it helps get the point across for creating content for the site on a regular basis.
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.
However, at no point should you be pushy with the client. Throughout the entire meeting I always give off the attitude of ‘I’m the expert in this, I have explained why you NEED this service and if you don’t decide to sign up to it, I’ve got a number of your competitors waiting to sign up should you turn this opportunity down’.
I have done most of these mistakes in the past, so I can definitely relate to you. Now, in my second start up I hope to avoid the vast majority of them. The single most important advice: learn to fire your clients or never get them onboard at the first place.
At the end of the night your friend is really happy because he has sold all his paintings and the whole exhibition was a huge success. Your very happy for him, but you end up walking home feeling a little deflated and unhappy. Why can’t you follow in your friends footsteps and leave your job to follow your own passions.
When you client’s contract expires develop a clear strategy brief of things you want to do during the next contract. Make sure you have a clear list of the amazing content you want to create. Excited clients re-sign contracts!
Can you outsource those or do you need to do all the work yourself? When will you want to hire, and what for? What can you charge for those services? Is the value going to correspond to your pricing?)
Some social medias are very popular now, like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+. Like Facebook, you can build the pages for the company or products, and you can communicate with the potential customers conveniently.
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.
Absolutely fantastic post, excellent information, exactly the information I was looking for. I got interested in seo when promoting an old business. We got stung by a very poor company. I have been a bit about seo and started to get some page one ranks. I would love to set up an seo company to help others.
Despite what your competitors are doing and despite what you’ve read and may have been doing for the past few years, SEO is not just tweaking, optimizing and link building. It’s optimizing and mostly link earning. Earning links to your client’s site is more natural and safer. you can earn links by creating amazing content that your client’s target market would love to read and share. Here are a few examples:
That’s more than enough promotional methods to get you up and running, even using a couple of the Power Leads Pro X methods alone should bring you in a steady stream of leads. It’s time to move on to how you should prepare yourself once your promotional methods have paid off and you start arranging meetings with potential clients…
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“Best of luck”: He’s going to need it!! Jill Whalen announced she’s quitting her SEO career because “the tricks to beat and spam Google, no longer work as well.” MozSEO.com became now Moz.com. You said it yourself in a reply to Mo Johnson: “now it is all about quality sites and information.”
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!)
If you employ this method properly, it can literally be the only form of marketing you EVER have to do to generate new clients. Another method you must also employ is to offer your paying clients exactly the same deal.
Because we know very well what’s happening these days. And in online we see lots and lots of cases where your partner won’t work well or want to break the company. In some cases not getting equal share might be a problem along with many legal litigations etc.
It’s true that SEO isn’t as easy as it once was. You used to be able to follow a script: incorporate this title tag, put this keyword on your page, repeat it a few times, get links with the keyword in the link text, get even more links with keywords in the link text, and when you’ve finished doing that – get a lot more links with keywords in the link text.
I really like the idea of setting out exactly what is wrong with a client’s approach and the process they need to take to improve, it really helps to show the value in the SEO service delivered, and backing this up with real life data that demonstrates the cash value to their business is the clincher.
If you have no knowledge on the subject, it may be worth it to outsource and find an SEO expert to help your business. If you have some background and are eager to learn more, below we’ve highlighted a few online resources that can help you gain a better understanding of how to use SEO to impact your business for the better. [Read related story: 5 Ways to Increase Your SEO Ranking]
Citations (core online profiles) are both the #2 and #5 Google Map ranking factors. I always work with clients on Google My Business and Moz Local (since those are the most important profiles). But I outsource creating all the other profiles to Whitespark for $4-5 per citation. You can either upsell this to clients (eg. for $10 per citation) or refer them as a Whitesaprk affiliate and make a 10% commission.
If we hadn’t accounted well for that time in the pricing we established for our services then we would have had to eat that time and really have gotten paid less than we’d actually charged for the audit.
In this weak and unstable economy it is really hard to reasonably project out 5 years on a life changing decision. There are so many variables to take into account that it’s difficult to give a tailored answer to each situation.
Neil, thanks a lot, as always, for sharing your story. It’s very inspiring and touches on a few things relevant to any kind of business: drive results, care about clients, think big and don’t be afraid to do some free work at the beginning. Loved it!
The SEO these days needs to think about the fundamental value that SEO has always delivered – qualified prospects, leads, and positioning in the buyers minds. That might mean approaching what was once a technical exercise from a more holistic marketing angle.