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.
The two brothers, Google and Facebook, are also limiting useful information that SEO’s use to create their strategies (e.g. Keywords: Not Provided or Google Keyword Planner doesn’t show phrase match data anymore, etc).
Well, a good place to check out would be the good people over at RankPay. They provide a very easy to use sign up process that provides you with everything you could possibly need, and more, for your prospective client’s websites to prosper in the search engine.
Whenever someone asks me for some advice for starting their own SEO business or they are thinking about doing some freelance work, I immediately direct them to a much frowned upon medium in the SEO world, a book.
Keep the customer firmly in mind. What problem do they have that they desperately need solving? Perhaps the restaurant doesn’t really need their website ranking well, but they do need more people phoning up and making a reservation. So how about running a restaurant reservation site in your town, using SEO and PPC to drive leads, providing customers copies of each restaurant’s menu? Charge the restaurant for placement and/or on leads delivered basis.
Interesting article! Although I know quite a bit about SEO, I don’t think I would ever want to start an SEO company. One reason is that some shady SEO companies are ruining it for everyone by sending out mass spam emails. Check your spam box – probably 50 from people selling male enhancement products and 10 from SEO services claiming to make your traffic skyrocket. These emails leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. Another reason is that Google keeps changing their ranking algo. This will most likely lead to unhappy customers is they get deindexed or slapped in the rankings regardless of whether it is your fault or not.
Do you have experience starting a local SEO business or working as an SEO freelancer? I would love to hear your feedback if you want to leave a comment below. Also feel free to ask me any questions about this article or local SEO in general – and I’ll be glad to answer them.
The starting point for any SEO toolkit should be: Majestic, Ahrefs, LinkRisk, Open Site Explorer and SEMRush. These tools will stand you in good stead and will allow you to effectively analyze and rank client’s and competitor’s sites.
or even a fee that you would have to cover if you already have a corporate job, but if you work for a small business (or own your own business) almost no health insurance plans will cover maternity, or will only do so at a significant cost increase … and whenever you get any health services in the US without having health insurance they charge you 3x 5x or sometimes even 100x what they charge insured people, basically trying to bankrupt you through a sleazy program of cost shifting.
2) Always keep in mind that it is so much easier to prevent problems than trying to fix them after the fact. A lot of the things you are listing are actually so much easier to do than not them and then end up with problems and try to fix them.
Today, it seems to me, it’s much harder. You really have to earn the rankings by providing true quality to the visitor. So, it seems to me, SEO (if it’s alive at all) is now much more about helping clients build quality sites — quality content, putting the quality content in front of the right audiences and of course having a strategy for profitable keywords, etc….
“This course really covers all the things that people really need to know to start a SEO business. All the free forms are super and all you have to do is modify them to use them. The instructor does a fantastic job at describing everything need to open a business.” – Bill Brooks
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Design agencies often like such arrangements because they get to add an additional service without having the overhead of another staff member. They also get to click the ticket on your services. Your billing is also more streamlined, as you’re likely be billing the agency itself.
If you use WordPress on your own domain, you are in luck. Adding title tags and meta descriptions to your pages is easy using free plugins such as All in One SEO, Platinum SEO, and SEO by Yoast. You can also get SEO suggestions by using premium plugins such as Scribe SEO.
As I said, luck is usually the sum of preparation + opportunity. Give yourself a pat on the back for being so “lucky,” then keep up the good work. This field changes so often that it’s almost impossible to stay current on everything and still have time to apply that knowledge to your actual work! That’s why I suggest specializing in a particular aspect of the field. It narrows your focus, concentrates your skills, and makes you more valuable to clients (not to mention employers!). Congrats on your success, Vanessa!
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.
On-page SEO for local businesses conforms to some pretty old school SEO tactics. There’s quite a large weighting towards the on-page content in the local search listings, so it’s important that, where possible, you squeeze the most value out of your content.
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.
Having a business plan will not only help you to get loans, but it also contributes to getting the attraction of huge companies. You never know what will happen in future so making a plan and implementing that will be a unique thing for any business.
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.
If you show your prospects in advance what you will fix for them versus only offering a list of services in a proposal, they will be more likely to hire you. This will allow you not only increase your deal closing rate but also charge them a lot more.
Authority Labs – Create a free account which you can get after using the 30 day trial of the pro account. Use this tool to track keyword rankings for your website so you can see if they are moving up in search results.
Before offering anything, understand what you potential clients needs are. Make it a point to learn about his business to make sure that you can offer them help. There is no such thing as “one size fits all”. Making them feel that they are unique and important is what will help you gain their trust.
Ideally, you want to use detailed case studies showing how much money you have made other companies as well as outlining what you exactly did to achieve those results. In addition to that, you want to list all of the big brands you have worked with as it shows your credibility.
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.
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!”
You need to set a clear bottom line and walk away if you don’t get it. This can be very difficult to do, especially if you’re just starting out. The exception is if you’re simply trying to get a few names and references on your books, and don’t care so much about the price at this point. In this case, you should always price high but say you’re offering a special discount at this point in time. Failure to do so means they’ll just perceive you as being cheap all the time.
I really like the idea of setting out exactly what is wrong with a client’s approach and the process they need to take to improve, it really helps to show the value in the SEO service delivered, and backing this up with real life data that demonstrates the cash value to their business is the clincher.
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.
Create local search profiles (if applicable) and social media profiles. While the links do not always count towards search rankings, they can attract clicks which will generate more incoming traffic to your website.
What you must do first is create a referral programme page on your website. On that page you should include a bit about what the referral programme involves, how it works and how much money the referrers can make for sending you paying clients.