I strongly affirm that you must have at least 2-4 years’ experience (MINIMUM) commercially working for an agency to learn the procedures at hand. SEO is a complicated, yet easy to understand process from the surface.
Am currently working on setting up my own site and looking at options to partner with an good local /offshore SEO company where i can re-bill the chargers to my customer after being billed myself for the work. Customer get local support billing and account management while i make a profit on every bill.
For those of you who aren’t feeling quite so ambitious today, why not start small and leave some blog comments? But it’s helpful to first determine what kind of commenter you want to be. Helpfully, Brandon Scott Gorrell has laid out some options for us on Thought Catalog, such as:
You need to understand what On Page and Off Page SEO is and the techniques needed to make them work. You also need to know how to carry out a competitive analysis, do keyword research, get quality links and perform a proper SEO audit.
Great post – really goes to show three things. 1) You can find a great business idea from anywhere as long as you keep your eyes open. 2) That hard work really does pay off over time, and 3) we, as small business owners, can learn anything we set our minds too. Great post.
PayPal: PayPal *IS* an option, however, they are extremely unreliable. PayPal has by far the worst customer service and support I’ve ever experienced from any company, BAR NONE! I’ve only listed it here as it is an option but do yourself a favour and stay well clear unless you absolutely have no other choice whatsoever.
I believe SEO and web design go hand in hand. In fact SEO should be done before, after and during web design and development. If you don’t offer web design and development services, you could be hurting your SEO results and losing business. When you just offer SEO consulting to a third party web design and development team, and don’t do the actual SEO work, much of what you recommend could get lost in translation. Something won’t get implemented properly and something won’t get done at all. This will hurt results and make you look bad.
Website and Web Page Optimization – This is making all the initial modifications to the client’s website so Google can properly crawl and index the site. This is often referred to as “on-site” optimization.
There are SEO reseller who provide full featured SEO services where you don’t have to do anything but source for customers and make profit. This service provides you with a white label solution where every part of the business is to all intents and purposes your own. Customers provide the job to you at your price and you hand over to the SEO service to carry out on your behalf. This helps you focus on other aspects of your business without losing customers or money.
Great article! I guess I was one of the “lucky ones” – a new, entry-level hire for in-house SEO work. Because it was so new for the company, I have been reading and reading and reading about all things SEO through top blogs like SEOmoz, Distilled, Internet Marketing Ninjas, etc. (and now I’ll be adding The SEO Ace!) as well as volunteering my new skills elsewhere to get more experience for the past year. While I’ve been mostly concentrated on content development and linkbuilding, I’m happy to see there are so many other opportunities out there. Thanks for the great resource!
Follow industry leaders on Twitter, rack up endorsements on LinkedIn, build up your circles on Google+, and, most importantly, start creating content that solves the problems of your target audience on your website.
The last day of September in 2003 was almost like any other day. I woke up at 5:30 a.m., showered, got dressed, and began my one hour commute to work in my 1999 Honda Accord. I got there at about 6:59 a.m., sat in my cubicle, and pretended to work for an hour or two. What I was really doing was mentally preparing myself to walk into my boss’s office and quit! But I wasn’t just quitting this job, I was quitting corporate America. I was done with hours or traffic, 12 hour days, cubicles, and bosses. My plan was to start an SEO business out of my kitchen, in my tiny two bedroom apartment in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, IL.
But I do find it tempting to hang out a shingle or do a small website that does online marketing. I’ve met business people who are incredibly smart that wouldn’t know online marketing if it fell on them. I call it “smart people” disease.
I then recommend they begin reading the important blogs in this field. There’s a great list of SEO blogs on the SEO Resource List of The SEO Ace (if I may say so myself). It’s far from complete (my apologies to my industry peers who are not listed!), but you can’t go wrong starting with these folks. I also recommend you get a Twitter account and start following the authors of these blogs to read the invaluable advice they dispense on a daily basis (but be aware that some SEOs have, well, we’ll call it “colorful” and “spirited” personalities. Strong opinions are the norm, not the exception).
When people hear the words ‘cold calling’, it often makes them want to run for the hills. However, it still is, and probably always will be, one of the most effective, quickest and cheapest ways to generate new clients for your business.