With new online businesses and e-commerce sites popping up every day, starting an SEO business can be a great way to profit using your expertise in generating organic traffic and maximizing revenue potential.
Thanks for sharing this Kristi, I have new website about my services for web designer and need to be in good place on Google, Bing and others. Your article makes me learn how to start SEO with your easy understanding words. If you have time please visit my website and give me a feedback. Thank you.
This was a great post, thanks for sharing it. I have been researching a lot lately about SEO regarding education resources and what have you. I understand that it can be as broad or as specific as you would like. I am really trying to develop a plan on what to study and would appreciate your advice. As of now, I am teaching myself by means of free education resources on these topics; SEM, SEO, marketing in general, html coding, and website design. I plan on offering services relative to those topics as a sole freelancer and wasn’t sure if there is anything to delve deeply into that would better my understanding. If you could suggest any other topics you think would be of great help, or any education resources, whether they are free or come at a price, it would be greatly appreciated.
Google My Business (GMB) is considered a directory, but it’s a biggie, so it deserves its own section. It’s very important for local businesses to claim their Google My Business (and Bing Places for Business) page. It’s free and can get you incredible exposure if you’re optimized enough to show up in Google’s local three-pack:
Create a local resource from public data (here’s 30 different data sources) and reach out to local press to get coverage. That’s exactly what Krystian Szastok did and he got some amazing results (you really should read this case study).
It ended up morphing into much more than simply addressing your Q! Namely, it mentions how any business can use local search to give website traffic a jumpstart — even those without any offline storefronts.
NOTE: When I first started in this business, I had absolutely no experience of face to face selling. However, after landing only my second meeting using the techniques I’ve already explained in the guide so far, I managed to secure my first client in only my second meeting with a business owner… And it was a deal worth £2,000 (~US$3,200) per month!
Local pack results are evaluated and ranked in a way that is similar to traditional organic results, but there are some important steps that need to be taken by business owners in order to optimize their site’s performance in local results. Here’s how to do exactly that.
Scott, I think that price range is realistic. You really have to show them the value proposition you are offering them. Back it up with case studies and your past work. Shoot me an email so we can discuss some options. email@example.com
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.
To ensure satisfaction, search engines process massive loads of data to be able to serve up the most relevant and best-reviewed option sorted by geography. Now the quality of this data that’s used to process the information can make or break a service, and is precisely how Google broke away from the pack early on, through serving up better and more relevant search results.
I personally set-up about 20 second-tier links that I continuously ping and pass on link juice to my own blogs. That way, I do not have to worry about negative rankings from low first tier links.
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
Starting an SEO agency from scratch is probably the most difficult. The startup costs are pretty low, because all you really need is a website and a way to fulfill services. Setting up is easy, but getting clients is tough. Trying to get organic visibility for SEO services will be tough because you will be competing with SEO agencies that have been doing it for years. These agencies will have a track record, organic rankings and testimonials.
2. These techniques indeed are must for optimization, yet what we are trying here is splitting anking algo and feeding each component of the formula by a set of techniques. Isn’t it? Wouldn’t search engines algos outdo our techniques?
This tool is a free crawler that will examine your site and determine if there are any broken links or problems. As a free SEO tool, the Screaming Frog SEO Spider is an excellent addition to your SEO arsenal. It can be used to analyze page titles and metadata so you can find out if any pages are missing or are duplicated across your site. This tool integrates with Google Analytics, so you can build your data into your overall analytics profile. Screaming Frog offers both a free and paid version with varying features.
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What I started doing was estimating how much more traffic I could drive to the companies. I would take their current rankings and use the multiplier from this table. So, if they ranked #6 for a keyword that drove them 1,000 visitors a month and I thought I could take them to #1, I would estimate that I could drive them 10,400 visitors, which is 9,400 extra visitors than they currently have.
Transparency is huge when selling any service. People want to see and hear the person they will be working with. On the other hand, if you were selling a product like a printer, nobody would care who you were. But when you sell SEO services your potential clients want to work with people they know, like and have a relationship with. You can start that relationship on your SEO website by being super transparent. This is beyond important, and so many of your competitors won’t do this. Add real-life photos of you (and members of your team) throughout your website, not just your About page. Create videos of you talking. Let potential clients see and hear you, and you will win more business than your competitors. That is a guarantee!
You might think a business plan is tedious and not worth the effort. However, it can save you a lot of time, effort and money if it shows you that your business won’t fly. It’s great to model a business on paper before you sink real money into it as there is no risk at this point, yet it will be clear from the business plan if the business has a chance of making money and growing. If the numbers don’t add up on the plan, they won’t do so in real life, either.
When it comes to search engine optimization for a new website, some businesses can be intimidated due to the amount of information out there. And often, if they don’t have the help of an experienced in-house SEO or consultant, they will do nothing.
They then said they would possibly reactivate my account if I were to edit the site in question to “bring it into compliance”…except I don’t own the domain. Never did. It was an affiliate ad (for a benign family-friendly product I should add) that I ran years prior. When I brought up the absurdity of the solution they simply said, “not our problem” which is, of course, pretty much their standard line.
Pre filled standing orders – I always have standing order forms filled out and ready in case that’s the client’s preferred method payment. All that is required is the business owner to enter his details on it and then I can simply leave it with them to hand in at their bank once completed.
When you begin your business you will have to make a choice whether you are going to target short term black hat SEO tactics or are you going to climb the more difficult, business building model which focuses on white hat strategies?
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.
First things first, if you haven’t already, you’ll need to claim your Google My Business page. As for how to set it up, there are tons of resources available online that explains this process in detail, such as (How To Set Up Your Google My Business Page | Local Internet Marketing).
You have to learn to delegate. If you can outsource or white label any of your services, do it. I still struggle with letting go of control over certain aspects of the company but having a partner like Marketer’s Center makes it much easier.
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Other methods you can adopt for promoting your business include printing business cards, adding your business ad to classified sites like Yellow Pages and Craigslist, networking with website designers and web content writers, advertising in local newspapers, and using forums and online communities. LinkedIn is another platform through which you can attract clients.
You’re probably asking yourself now, ‘What should I be saying in the meeting???’, glad you asked, let’s cover what you need to do and say in the meeting to ensure you give yourself the best chance of closing the deal…