The only way you can reach potential clients is to market your services. In my own opinion, the best way to market your local SEO service is to use SEO itself. Getting your website to rank highly for your target keywords; those keywords that clients use to search for businesses like yours is a telling proof that you are skilled enough to help other businesses with their SEO needs, too.
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Dan Kennedy talks a bit about a preponderance of proof when you’re presenting yourself to your potential client. To build some credibility for yourself initially, evidence of sites you’ve ranked and results you’ve obtained will help a great deal when you’re selling SEO. You want to be able to show these to prospects, so they know you’re not, for lack of a better term, full of shit.
Once you have your WordPress site built and live, you really need to have a professional looking design on it. One option would be to have one custom designed, which will cost hundreds of dollars/pounds.
Hey Neil, your biggest fan here. In an effort to reach the 7-figure mark ourselves, your post inspired one of our most recent posts on how to build an in-house SEO Agency: http://blog.lalocalseo.com/post-10-How-to-Build-an-in-house-SEO-Agency
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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.
To begin with, you’ll want to capture any low-hanging fruit by getting in touch with your existing customer base and see if they’d be interested in leaving you a review. You could incentivize them for their time (maybe a discount, etc.).
The most important thing you need to know is the verified information about your company means that it will help your brand to get on the first page of the extended search results. Alternatively, users will be able to find your company right on Google maps and build the route in a matter of seconds.
NOTE: One thing that some of you may be thinking about is the ranking of Google +/ Places/Maps local business listings. That is an entirely different ball game from standard organic SEO and by covering it in this tutorial would make it a never ending story.
What other forms of advertising/marketing do they currently use?: This question is a good one for a few reasons. Firstly because it gives you an idea of the sort of money the business owner is already spending on advertising. Secondly, once the business owner has revealed what advertising they currently pay for, you can ask them if they are happy with the response they are getting from that advertising. In most cases you will find that answer to that question is that they simply don’t know. This is where you can explain how they can track exactly how many more targeted visitors they will get to their website through your SEO efforts.
Create geo-targeted evergreen pages, create geo-optimized profiles, location pages, support or reseller pages, whatever. No matter how abstract your business is you can find some way to make it locally relevant.
Really, It’s awesome post for me, found some favourable information to build a SEO agency. I had no idea where to start. Now I admire myself with this valuable information you offer in your article. Thanks for sharing.
Adding a link to your site in the footer of your client’s sites use to be great for SEO purposes, but not anymore. Today it’s great for getting new business. Add a clause in the contract that lets you put a link to your SEO company’s website in the footer of the page. When you get your client on page #1, potential clients can easily find your link and hire you to do the same for them.
If all of the tips in this article were so obvious & all common sense driven based on things that everybody knows and practices then there wouldn’t be so many forum threads about SEOs going under. In fact, a friend just sent me another one today & I am sure that issue happens every day of the year.
Neil, This has motivated me and really need it now. I just had a meeting with a $45 million/yr business and asked them for $100,000 budget. I was able to show them I could get them the same clicks organically that they were paying $10,000/ month for with PPC… and show them my solution was long-term from 3 years of client data in the same industry and locations nearby for the same style keywords. I did not get the deal and it really discouraged me. Was the first time I ever asked for that much money so I could taste it. My biggest clients all fall in the realm of $1500/ month but I cannot build an agency like that for sure. I want the big clients like but am a 1 man shop. You feel maybe I am too small at this point to go for that kind of money? I could have done a better job showing my prospect a path to ROI. I have a new meeting I think for a company that does say $5-7 million per year, is a $100,000 annual budget realistic if I can show them the path to money? I need a wealth mentor. Got to break through this.
This is important because it means that every email that goes out will now be spun and unique which means it has much less chance of being marked as spam and therefore much more likely to reach the recipient’s inbox. You can manually spin each email but it’s a lot quicker and easier to use The Best Spinner to spin all your emails and articles.
If you keep up with the latest in online marketing news, then you have likely read about content development and content marketing. Content is great for both your website visitors and search engines. The more content you have, the more likely your visitors will stick around on your website. And the more content you have, the more likely search engines will be to put more of your website’s pages in the search index.
Many successful SEO companies do this. Whitespark offers $4-5 per citation with a report. Yoast offers specific SEO auditing ranging from $600 – $10,000. Moz Local will keep your top 15 citations consistent for $89/year. The trick is to be specific in your services. This should also avoid people wanting to pick your brain for free.
The most important lesson I learned was to set the proper expectations with my clients right off the start. I found myself answering too many calls and wasting so much time dealing with needy customers. Now I simply let all my customers know how MY process works. Now I will answer any questions over email and we can have a monthly call to discuss progress if scheduled in advance. Eliminating the sky is falling calls.
Whether you’re doing work hourly or for a fixed rate, think about how many hours it will take you. Try to be as accurate as possible. If you think an SEO Strategy Report will take about 20 hours, then charge them a fixed rate of about 20 hours. It’s up to you to stay in the time frame. Here’s a breakdown of current hourly rates in the SEO industry.
by the way, that is a very indiscreet question and you will probably not want to answer them but I would like to know what is a realistic revenue an SEO company could make with, lets say, three assistents? Any idea if Europe is more difficult than US? Most of the companies are so conservative here and dont understand the value of IM 🙁
2. Understand how to develop targeted traffic to a website. If you have clients paying you money for your services, then you need to be able to increase their traffic. Not only traffic, you must be able to grow their business because that is their ultimate aim.
What’s so good about this is that your only real responsibility in this ongoing transaction is answering any questions the client may have from month to month, emailing out the monthly ranking reports (which the SEO reseller company will create for you) and dealing with invoicing and payments every month.
It’s a tedious process, but it works really well. We used to do this, and we would get a steady flow of leads from ad agencies. You just have to be willing to lose money upfront, as you will be doing their SEO for free in the short run.
For your business to succeed you need customers and most of them will come to you through referrals. You will need to build good relationships with professionals in your industry so that they can refer customers to you.
Restate the main aspects of your plan, highlighting where you are now and where you’re going to take the business. As business plans are always up for review, make a note of when you’ll review it next.
You don’t have to be a writer to get started in SEO. Jim Boykin, the founder and CEO of Internet Marketing Ninjas, has a great life story. He describes himself as an “old hippie.” Way back when, he traveled and lived in various parts of the country for years, working in restaurants and elsewhere, doing the hard work people do in their youth when they are discovering who they are. But he was watching and thinking as he worked. In the late 1990s, he decided that the emerging Internet-thing might have legs (good call!) and moved back home to Upstate New York to become an entrepreneur. He knew what all small businesses needed – promotion and customers! He thought he could help those in his home town by starting his own business to create business websites for others. But shortly after founding We Build Pages (the predecessor to Internet Marketing Ninjas), he realized the web was already getting crowded, and online users were turning to search engines as a way to find websites and content. That’s when he shifted the focus of his business to SEO and link building, and as a result, he was a huge success.
Thank you for the comment and that’s awesome to hear! YES, do not waste your time with those clients. Your business should make you happy and you should want to get up and work on it everyday. If any client is making you feel otherwise, then they definitely need to be “SACKED” lol
Hi Rick, Interesting article! I am a college student studying Digital Retailing. I am starting to learn about SEO, Social Media Marketing, and Advertising. What would you recommend that a college student like I do in order to get the hands on-experience needed so I can be successful in these areas, and could eventually get a postion in these fields? Thanks!
After a few months of me working with Elpac, their rankings shot up to number one on Google for terms like “power supplies”. They were so happy, they introduced me to other companies they knew. Within months, I was pulling in around $20,000 a month from SEO consulting.
For years I ran my business as a sole proprietor, and I paid a lot more into the pot than I really should have during that time. Get incorporated and pay yourself a tidy salary, take the rest of your profits as distributions, so you don’t get hammered so badly by self-employment taxes.
In terms of revenue potential, most SEO engagements start at $1,000/mo and typically much higher. Josh Steimle wrote a great post on how to plan and budget for SEO on Forbes. Most small businesses pay between $1,000/mo and $5,000/mo. Larger small business may pay $5,000/mo to $10.000/mo and much high depending on many factors such as the level of competition and geographic scope.