Ecommerce sites are so different from other web platforms that SEO for them can almost be considered a separate branch of the industry. While many fundamentals are the same, ecommerce – especially of the marketplace variety – introduces complications that could almost be ignored if they occurred on a smaller scale on a different type of website. Here are five SEO mistakes that could be holding back your ecommerce site as we speak.
Life is too short to spend it doing the things you don’t like. But, life is too short to stay poor also! An SEO business lets you be your own boss and also earn a living doing that. The freedom and flexibility it gives you is real-tempting.
NOTE: For the first time in the guide I’m going to be using some SEO industry terms. If you are a complete beginner then don’t worry, as I stated at the beginning of the article, you will only need a very basic knowledge of SEO to be able to make this business a success. I will explain all at the end of the guide.
Another thing to think about if you’re cash rich but time poor, especially with many people leaving the SEO game, is to buy an existing SEO business. You’re buying existing contracts and/or a client list, and you may be to pick up some skilled employees, too. Buying a business is a topic in itself and outside the scope of this article, however it’s an avenue to think about especially if you are capital rich and time poor. You may be able to manage such a business part time, as you have less pressure to develop new business from scratch and the existing employees can handle the work at the coal face and deal with clients during the day.
According to Search Engine Land, 72% of consumers say that they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, while 52% say that positive online reviews make them more likely to use a local business.
To claim your Google My Business page, visit google.com/business. There’s a verification process you’ll need to go through where Google will send a postcard with a PIN to your business’s physical location. (No P.O. boxes allowed.) Then you’ll simply log in and enter the PIN to verify your business.
Some of the other skills you need to develop include learning how to build, develop and manage user engagement. User engagement is one of the factors that encourage page ranking and if you are knowledgeable in this area, it will help provide better user experience for your clients.
With this kind of investment and ongoing costs, seeking an SEO business for sale and going that route starts to make a lot of sense as an option. When you buy an established SEO business, at least there is a local track record and (presumably) some existing SEO equity in the business. In a franchise relationship, you are buying into the strength and recognition of the existing franchise brand – and with Internet marketing franchises, there aren’t any with strong brand recognition. And if you’re not buying into a brand, then what are you paying for?
This means you can get your customers to sign up to your email newsletter and then promote offers and services to them either automatically, or whenever you feel like it, all through Aweber’s easy to use system. Having an opt in list in this business is extremely important as it is very rarely a business owner is going to be sold on your products/services on their first visit to your website.
Businesses are finally starting to realize the importance of online reviews from their customers. According to a recent survey, 84 percent of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation, and seven out of 10 customers will leave a review for a business if asked by the business.
At that point you should be able to confidently take on clients and provide some sort of marketing value. Is this the best way to go about starting a consulting company? No. Are you going to make a ton of mistakes? Yes. Will the company become successful? It depends on your desire to succeed, your ability to perform for clients, your ability to market your services to other clients, your ability to run a business and stay organized.
Not only does it mean that you have a steady supply of leads coming in from the SEO rankings without having to constantly keep marketing and advertising to businesses, it is also the best possible advert for your SEO skills in the sense that you have managed to rank your website for the exact high value terms that the business owner has searched for to find your business.
Throughout your SEO company’s website, strategically place free downloads that your visitors will love. For example, do some research on pricing in the SEO industry, create a simple one or two page report, and give it a way for free on your website as long as the visitor shares that free download first. In exchange for sharing your website with a quick click, your visitor gets a very valuable resource (with your name on it). It’s a huge win for you and your visitor. Below I’ve listed my favorite tools for giving away a free download in exchange for sharing your site.
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.