Only you know for sure, but it pays to spend a bit of time taking a good look at yourself, your existing skills and what you really like doing before you decide if “working for someone else” or “working for yourself” is the right answer.
Most of these cost from $99 – $399 per month. I know that seems steep but the services they offer can definitely help pay you back before you know it. I would hold off on purchasing these until you have a website and general business plan.
I’ve also noticed that the more you communicate with the client, the longer they will stay with you. I know, this process may seem like a pain in the butt, but it’s harder to get new clients than it is to keep your current ones paying. So, cherish your clients.
One thing any good business owner knows is to ALWAYS have business cards on your person at all times, as you never know when an opportunity may present itself! Hand your business cards out to everybody and anybody.
Link building is still one of the most important aspects of SEO. No-one can deny that you need high-quality links if you want to see success in your SEO efforts. But what are high-quality links, and what makes them so important?
What you need to do first is join some LinkedIn groups. The sorts of groups you want to target are the groups that are going to be full of business owners in your area. So look for your chamber of commerce group, entrepreneurs in your city groups, business owners in your city groups etc (you get the gist).
Another important aspect of keyword research is targeting a service area. Following a format of [target keyword describing product/service] + [location] is a good rule of thumb for writing your homepage’s title tag and body copy (more on these below). For example, “Kyle’s Taqueria – Taco’s and More | Boston, MA”
Thank you so much Neil for your insight on SEO. I have become a huge fan of your emails and blog post. I always look forward to what you’re going to write about next. You give away many Gold Nuggets Neil about SEO, thank you!.
I know this goes without saying… the best clients you will ever get as an agency is from previous customers, friends, or even family members. When someone refers to you, chances of you closing that deal are really high.
To claim your Google My Business page, visit google.com/business. There’s a verification process you’ll need to go through where Google will send a postcard with a PIN to your business’s physical location. (No P.O. boxes allowed.) Then you’ll simply log in and enter the PIN to verify your business.
In that time, our sales revenue has increased almost five-fold as a result of work we did two years ago. To maintain the results you achieve through solid SEO, you must continue to demonstrate the relevance and quality of your site.
The number is huge. Now you understood the importance how important it is to be listed in local search for you business. If you are not taking it seriously you are lousing a lot of potential local customers.
You have been invited to an old friends art exhibition, who you used to work with before he left his job to follow his passion and become an artist. You said yes and went, even though you are broke and you only have enough money left to feed yourself until your next payday.
It has to be said that advertising on these sites can be hit and miss but if you persevere and can get creative with your ads then there is definitely value in using them. Again, by reading Ca$hvertising you will give yourself a big edge over the competition with your ad copy.
What’s even more impressive is that you can save the data to a file with the phone numbers highlighted as links. You then simply setup Skype so that phone numbers become clickable links which then means you just take the file and one by one click each number to phone the business. This will save you masses of time in the long run which you would’ve wasted dialling out the numbers manually.
Getting better rankings and traffic is important, but you can still lose clients by not showing them the true value of what you are doing. Once I started keeping track of attribution on various aspects like calls, leads and revenue it became much easier to show results and retain clients.
Hey Nathan, I am just starting my agency. This will surely help me avoid mistakes that would have cost me dollaaaarrs. Again thanks a lot! And also have bookmarked your blog keep writing awesome stuff. 🙂
One thing that has made cold calling expensive in the past is that most people who wanted to cold call businesses either had to dial direct from the phone book/yellow pages, which is extremely inefficient and tedious.
Walmart, KMART, Victoria’s Secret, etc. did not build their empires on dodgy backlinks from link networks, but the basis of understanding how they were different, gaps in the market, what the customer needs and providing the solutions they need.
We all want to become our own bosses right from the start, but truth is that you need to work somewhere for at least one year. And not necessarily because you gather knowledge, but because you gain an insight view into a business. You see how things work, you get to go to various conferences on this topic, know people from the field and so on. All this is going to be really useful when you will start your own company.