The next field you need to know something about is business. Perhaps the best options is to take up a business course, if you want to be well-informed before getting things done. After that, you should write a business plan for 5 years. This will help you organize and make sure that you know what you want. Think about marketing, finances, staff and management. Moreover, these plans might be useful for getting a loan or an investment for start-ups.
Referrals whether through social media or from face-to face clients are always the way. Although we deliver a service that can easily be supplied remotely, building relationships is the way to build a business sustainably.
The most important lesson I learned having always been the “doer” of all SEO activity, I have learned that I must delegate activity to trusted sources and partners in order to scale my business. Marketer’s Center has been my most trusted partner to date.
Best part to me was defiantly making sure to have more than one revenue stream. Doing so can be challenging to those who are just starting out. That being said, once you understand the 3-7 or so different ways any blogger or SEO company can make income, you’ll be so glad you took the time to implement them from the beginning.
Now, this is the part where some of you may start thinking ‘Oh no! I actually have to talk to people!? Face to face!?’. A lot of people may feel they lack the confidence to go in to another person’s business and convince them to purchase a service but I promise you once you’ve done it a couple of times you won’t know what all the fuss was about.
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.
Before starting your own business, it is advisable to work at least one year offering SEO solutions. In this way you can improve your expertise by attending conferences (such as Pubcon, MozCon and SEMPDX), optimizing your websites, write a blog and even an eBook. This is particularly useful for the marketing process, but you can also practice your research and get to know more about SEO.
The most important part of getting this method right is the sales copy of your letter. I use a very specific type of direct mail which includes a brief introduction, a few high value keywords with the monthly search volume that they’re competitors are currently outranking them for, a screenshot of the front page of Google that shows their competitors dominating it and a call to action to finish with.
You should be focused on your business and the associated responsibilities. If you are doing any of the above, try to transition that to your spouse or significant other. It’s not just the hour or two it might take for you to do those tasks but it’s the stopping of your business activities and the mind-flow disruption associated with starting and stopping tasks frequently.
Of course, it goes without saying that one should never compromise on the work quality in order to build client relations, however, how do find that fine balance between finding inexpensive resources who might turn in a great quality work as well?
So how do you get links? There are lots and lots of ways to do it – some good, and some not so good. If you read enough about link building, you will hear ultimately about three kinds of links and link building techniques.
Fully populate each and every relevant section so that your listing is complete. If you’re a service business and don’t have a location customers or clients can visit, don’t worry; you can choose to hide your physical address as you’re setting up your Google My Business listing.
Not to fret, this is the first of a series of posts outlining how your business can be optimized for local search engine marketing. As a subset of a broader SEO marketing practices, basic local SEO encompasses the following three factors:
I’ve had a client who took so long to pay me for delivered (in fact, over-delievered) services, his wife had a baby… no, she actually did, and she wasn’t pregnant when I sent the invoice. I learned my lesson the hardway, if you’re reading this – no excuses for falling into the same trap.
Ryan, thanks! My breakdown of in-house vs. agency was done in broad brushstrokes, and exceptions always exist, but the general point is solid. I’m glad you found the post interesting. Keep coming back to this blog — we have big plans for more in the near future!
But what do you think? Are you wanting to start your own business, but haven’t had the confidence yet to take the plunge? Have you just started your own online business, perhaps an SEO company? Let us know by leaving your comments and opinions below!
Not too long ago the primary means for consumers to discover local businesses was through flipping open a Yellow Pages catalogue, then turn the pages to the relevant category, find the nearest business of interest, focus in on the address and phone number, pick up their home phone, and call.
Reaching out to related (but not competitive) businesses to see if they will link to you. A good way to do this is to see if the businesses you work with have link pages on their site for partners, vendors, suppliers, etc.
At the end of the night your friend is really happy because he has sold all his paintings and the whole exhibition was a huge success. Your very happy for him, but you end up walking home feeling a little deflated and unhappy. Why can’t you follow in your friends footsteps and leave your job to follow your own passions.
Again, I’m not an attorney, but this is what I did. I waited a few months before creating an LLC for my business. I made a little money first, then incorporated. The reason I did this is because incorporating costs money. In Illinois it’s about $500-$600, plus $250 per year. No need to waste that money if you never get business. I asked my accountant, Gaurang Patel of Southloop CPA in Chicago, IL, about this. Here’s what he said:
You can make your business cards stand out a bit from the usual business card and include a QR code on the back of it. When the person then scans the QR code with their smart phone, you can set it to either take them to your website or ring your phone number.
Perhaps the best piece of advice is to dive in. A lot about running your own business isn’t knowable until you do it. so if one of your new years resolutions was to quit the day job and strike out on your own, then go for it!
When you are a beginner in any business, you must have a proper plan for at least three years because you can do a lot with your business in further days. So you must prepare a pre-step by writing a business plan.
CONTENT CREATION – Only create great content that provides real value and is better than what’s currently already out there. Google your competition, see what type of content they have, then create something better and be sure to include stats and visuals when possible.
Additionally, many social media platforms, like Hootsuite and Tiny Torch, allow you to monitor and get alerts any time your brand is mentioned. Whenever a review is left about your business, positive or negative, be sure to respond to it. That shows other people reading the reviews that you, the business owner, care what your customers think.
Really great post. I am currently in the process of structuring my SEO Digital Agency name Fancy Apples Digital Agency. However, I am stuck on a few things, such as how to register the name of the company, Corp S, LLC, ect? If possible i would love to get your expertise on structuring my business to see which works well for a SEO AGENCY. Thank you I appreciate your time.
You’ll also need a name doesn’t stomp on anyone else’s registered trademark, else you’ll likely get into legal trouble. It also helps if the exact match domain name is available. If you get stuck, there are plenty of branding experts who can help you out, although they do tend to be expensive.
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.
Organic Links – These are links you don’t have to ask for, and they are the best kind. Especially if you can get them on sites with high authority such as major news outlets and other well-recognized name websites.