Moz’ Rand Fishkin carried out an interesting experiment with his Twitter followers to see the impact of a large increase in SERP CTR on search rankings. The results were pretty huge — he saw several position ranking increases in less than an hour!
Great information. I especially like the fact that you broke down the difference between in house SEO vs SEO firm. Many times people think that an outside agency should know all about their area of expertise. The problem is with such a diversified group of clients, it is hard to know all about an area of business. With that said, with any client that you are working with, you should know all about their business and you will be able to serve them just fine.
So how is the quality of this data ensured? Through cross-referencing each data point across the world wide web. However, there are three major data brokers whose data powers the likes of Google, Bing, Yahoo, Apple and more when it comes to their small business listings, and they are:
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.
It’s essential to have a plan, just as you need directions to get to a travel destination. You could wing it without a map, and you might arrive in your destination, but chances are you won’t. You’ll most likely get lost. A business plan helps you assess where you are, and remind you where you’re going.
Wonderful post Gary. I started a small web design company a few years ago and only recently started offering SEO services also. There are many small businesses that simply have no idea where to begin let alone have the time to learn about it. Inspirational post thanks.
By taking the above steps one at a time, your site will be poised for local SEO success. Plus, the beauty of organic search is that, once set up correctly, you can enter into tweak and maintenance mode. All of the work done to set up a site correctly is sustainable and will continue driving quality traffic to your site. May the search be with you!
There are lots of new SEO companies that come out the gates, do a load of dodgy link building and rank for their head terms (SEO company in Birmingham, etc.) and then think they know all there is to know.
It is simply a numbers game, if you are using the correct script and dialling enough numbers per day, there’s absolutely no doubt you will be able to set appointments. The main reason people lose faith in cold calling is because they give up too early, you have to be ready to dig in for the long haul with cold calling, if you do, it can reward you handsomely!
I used to rely on the word of mouth as my main revenue source. It’s easy to build a six-figure SEO agency, assuming you can provide the service. It’s really hard to create a seven-figure business from it though.
If you have money to invest, it’s possible to acquire an existing Internet marketing business. You may have to find an local business broker to see SEO businesses for sale in your area. Buying an SEO business can be tricky. You will need to make sure what the sellers intent is for selling the business, what domains are associated with the business and willingness of the seller to sign a non-compete. Most importantly, you should do an extensive backlink analysis and make sure that any valuable domains or links that are point to the main website will remain after the purchase (or are part of the purchase).
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.
Think about it. The longer the contract the longer the decision process. Why make things complicated for your clients? Why make them think harder about whether or not they want to work with you. Again, I’m not an attorney, but shorter, simpler, and clearer contracts close way more deals.
Local Search Listing– when a user searches for any product or service in Google. Google try to provide the user more local search results. Say you are searching a courier service and if you observe Google will detect your location and display the courier service providers around you or in nearby locations. If you want you business to displayed in such way you should register your business on Google Places for Business. www.google.co.in/local/add
I’ve saved the best for last, because if nothing else I want you to remember this. Put SEO and content metrics on somebody’s performance plan and make sure you have the resources in place to get the work done.
Naturally, not everybody is good with business. You may have a degree in marketing or lots of experience in this domain, but you will still need some skills in order to run your own business. Take courses on tax preparation, finance, bookkeeping, business plan writing and any other topic that you don’t master. In this way, you will have a couple of advantages when you will start up the business.
Wow, Awesome post! So much stuff here . . . I’m starting a freelance web development business and this will be invaluable information. These are the kinds of SEO questions I wanted to know so I thank you for putting it all together in one place. This a great guide and I will start to fully look through all of the links and resources you’ve recommended!
Hello friends, I hope you all are doing great and having fun. Today, I am going to share a new tutorial in which I am gonna show you How to start a new SEO Consulting Business. SEO is a particular type of Internet marketing that makes websites reach a higher rank when it comes both to organic and paid online services. Naturally, search keywords and key phrases change over time, which makes this business truly dynamic. As such, experts have to learn all the time and to perfect their manner of knowing ranking and advertising each year.
I also only missed out on the first client because they were already finalising a deal with another SEO company for roughly the same price and felt obliged to go with them. I think looking back now after the experience I have gained, I could’ve also won that client’s custom too but that is all part of the learning curve I suppose.
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!
Nice post, Its funny how almost every seo company on earth is using everything but seo to find clients though, this is true and leaves a sour taste in the industry as everyone is just in it for the money. Nice post though 🙂
In my 10 years running an agency, the About Us page was the number one most visited page for us and all our service clients. Nothing else came close, not even our pages that showed previous work and case studies.
You can also get your work done in an excellent package when you needed them. Many companies start interactions with a few too many. They try to build relationships as fast as they can, and if you maintain such relations then, if there is any need of SEO services then obviously he will recommend your site.
As an SEO company, look for ad agencies to partner with as there are a number of ad agencies that are way bigger than SEO agencies. Feel free to cold call them and offer free help with their own websites. If you do well, they’ll drive a lot of clients to you.
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.
Louisa, if you have the resources in house then you should definitely do it in-house. However, most companies do not have the resources which is why they outsource to other companies. It all depends on what you feel comfortable doing. In my experience the best agencies will do better than any in-house entity. Primarily because their main focus is SEO.
Good stuff as always Neil. Really appreciate the insight and strategies. Many of them are strategies we stumbled into and have implemented without the roadmap you outlined. Wish this post was made 5 years ago lol.
A common new years resolution is “quit the rat race and be your own boss”. In this article we’ll take a look at what is involved in starting up your own search marketing business, the opportunities you could grab, and the pitfalls you should avoid.
The best place to hide a website is Page 2 of a google search result! Unless a company website finds itself on the first page of a search engine result, chances are very slim for it to get much viewers and customers.
If you gained nothing from this post then feel free to write your own better & deeper post. I hope some ignorant jackass then comments on it calling it deceptive spam because it didn’t precisely fit their opinion/needs/wants/desires.
Live Chats aren’t the most annoying thing in the world anymore. They actually work really great if set up right. We used Olark for the last couple of years and sold thousands and thousand of dollars in deals because of it. With a live chat on your SEO company’s website you’ll get notified when a potential client is on your site. They can message you for help or you can even message them. Think about walking into store. What if you had a questions but the store had no employees on staff? Strange, right? Be in your store at all times in case a potential customer has a question. Live Chats let you do that.