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 the 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.
Mostly business plans may help you in getting investments for your projects or SEO business if required. As you may know, everyone may not have a potential to keep investment, some may run to banks and ask for loans, and some may run for investors. So it’s good to have business plans for primary requisites.
Don’t LOSE MONEY by not taking this course right now. There are lots of customers out there just waiting to pay you for your service. Don’t kick yourself a month from now because you didn’t start today.
He lives in the US, is self-employed, and has a family. The American dream right? For he and his wife to have a second child, they would need to get a group health plan at least 60 days prior to the wife becoming pregnant. Say that everything works out to be on-time, they are looking about an increased cost of about 20-25k over the course of a 9 month period to have a child in the United States!
If I had to go back to when I first dipped a toe in the client services side of the SEO business, and was able to give myself one piece of advice – it would be to carve out a specialization and focus on it, hard.
Here’s an example for Taco Spot, which appears within the local pack for [Los Angeles Tacos]. While it’s great that they use “Tacos” in their title tag, they should consider including Los Angeles as well.
The problem is that self-employment, especially if you’ve worked in the corporate world before, has all the allure of the pipe dreams sold in The 4 Hour Work Week (I guess Tim Ferris doesn’t count self-promotion as work, even though he does it about 100 hours a week 🙂 ).
The importance of Good Contents: Today it is very important to have well-written contents on the specified topics that would give proper details of everything. So it is important for the writers to put up everything in easy language so that the world today, which relies on the Google-speak option, understands everything at a single time.
Many people think that lack of initial money to start your own business is what is stopping them from leaving their jobs. Yes, it is true that money can limit us, but that is only if you let it! A famous Buddhist entrepreneur once said; “Money only becomes a problem when you treat it as a problem!”
According to the statistics, 88% of buyers trust online reviews of a local company more than advice from their acquaintances. As stated in the same research, the majority of people read on average 6 reviews about a company, before making a purchase from it. For another thing, reviews influence site’s ranking position in the local search results.
Another great post. I am a customer of your Quick Sprout product which i purchased a while back which i found very usefull in my day to day dealings. One thing i am struggling with at the moment is producing a step by step plan that will allow me to fully analyse a clients website and SEO position top to bottom including their top competitors links etc and then present these findings to them with our quote. It seems i need tons of different products to do this. Do you have any tips on how we can do this without spending so much time and tools to make it happen? I always provide upfront in depth detail about what we do for a clients site but always looking to improve. Thanks in advance. Bill
I loved what you said about the advertising companies. We actually do an advertising companies Listings and social media for free and they helped us grow from doing 10k in our first month by our selves cold calling, to 50k our second month. We still have that deal with them.
Also make sure you niche down as much as possible, as this is where you are going to find opportunity and be able to potentially establish your site as an authority and trusted resource for information.
You might also find that doing it part-time and maintaining a “day” job is a really good fit emotionally and financially. If Google blindly swings an ax, and you get hit, you can rest assured that the sun will still come up tomorrow and will that direct deposit on Friday 🙂
Once a solid foundation of NAP and categorization is in place, positive reviews from customers will not only build confidence from prospective new customers, it will also boost your local search rankings. The easiest way to get started collecting reviews is simply to ask. This can be as easy as an automatic email sent to customers. Whichever makes more sense for your business is just fine.
I think you really have a lot of valuable information in this post. For me you really connected on a personal level mentioning you started trying to earn money in high school, but even though you weren’t successful the first go around, you were willing to go again. This post was a informational, and influential post, thanks!
Google continues to perpetuate a world where they encourage the exact type of behavior they are trying (supposedly) to stop. Why is there so much spamming, deceptive advertising, affiliate desperation and gray/black hat SEO? Simply because they have ceased to foster any sort of fair or open environment where legitimate businesses can compete- so people get desperate. It’s harder than ever to get your business seen in Google- even if you’re willing to pay for it.
There are lots of SEO experts around, and one option, besides working for a company, is to offer consulting services to other businesses too. However, if you choose this path, you will have to invest in education, marketing and business organization if you want to obtain some profit too.
So many times you see the “Used Car Salesman” turned SEO as his friend said SEO was an “Easy” way to make quick money, the individual has no technical background and outsources all link building on Fiverr it is a recipe for disaster.
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.
I’ve been running some similar experiments over the past few months and found that it does earn some short-term wins, but CTR has to be consistently high to ensure that rankings will stabilize. You also need to reduce bounces from search, as this is a negative signal to Google.
However SEO Consulting Business is entirely performance-oriented service. You have to be dedicated and perform as per client needs. You have to master communication skills to understand what exactly your client expects from you. You have to be patient in your approach and constantly work in building a good reputation as a reliable SEO consulting professional as clients will prefer working with people whom they can trust.
Wow, what a great article, Rick! Great chart outlining the differences as well. And Rand’s advice is priceless. My own way of learning SEO was working for free! I’ve been learning, blogging and doing free SEO for about a year before I was able to formulate my own services and started providing them!
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 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.
Even to this date, I try to respond to every email I get and respond to every comment on this blog. Whatever I can do to help people out, as long as it doesn’t break my bank, I do it. Why?… Because I really care about you, just like people cared to help me out when I was a kid starting my first venture.
This is why you need to gather the initial understanding of how SEO can work effectively into a company’s marketing strategy by working within an industry and among established professionals before taking the plunge and starting your own business.
Thanks for the great info Neil! You really put the smaller clients into perspective and I like how you seem to focus on the Pumpkin strategy and building bigger clients. I think that’s one area that I can use a lot of improvement in. Needless to say I’ll be updating my companies strategies and plan of attack based off of some of these recommendations.
the difficult thing here is that when you start… then you are a startup as well. An established company does not want to work with you most of the time for the same reasons you want to work with them. Therefore you have to work with the B-players at first until you gain some momentum. Also it is very important to know your own value and price appropriately. But that is not when you start. When you start you work your ass off for nothing. Thats just the nature of things. It is dangereous to be too selective at the start in my experience. you need to eat shit before things begin to run your way
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!
One great way to get links from non-competing businesses, like suppliers and partners, is to simply offer them a special or discount exclusive to their own customers, subscribers, etc. — if only they’ll list a link describing it on their site.