Clients only care about results. You can provide all the reports on all the great services you provided, but if they are not getting new customers then it is only a matter of time before they leave you.
You’ve probably been asked “how do you go about SEO?” I start by telling clients I follow Google’s local search ranking factors to make sure their core SEO elements are in place (people love that). You can break this down into Google My Business, citations, reviews, and geo-targeted landing pages (on-page SEO). Then I ask them a couple questions about whether they need help in these areas. I’d say 80% of people end up with me when I use this sales approach.
I’ve just read the article, one year after it was written and find it of high relevance to anyone who would like to become SEO practitioner. I have only started developing my personal brand online so I could become visible in the industry of SEO and Social Media. Not an easy task for many, including myself but as an old saying says: faint heart never won fair lady. Thank you for the article 🙂
Ok, now you’ve got everything prepared and ready, it’s time for the actual meeting. Whatever you do, DON’T BE LATE! If anything, turn up 5 minutes early and just sit in the waiting area collecting your thoughts and running over in your head what you’re going to say in the meeting.
Check out your top local competitors and see which categories they’re using. If you’re competing for the same customers in “real life,” you should be competing for the same online traffic. However, don’t assume that what your competitors chose to do for their site is necessarily right for your site; it’s just a starting point.
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.
I’m glad that you like my guest post.. I agree, SEO business is fragile for most people. It takes a lot of experience, valid research, and tons of patience to succeed in SEO. But since these updates can be reverse-engineered, big companies can still pull out their big guns and continue their services.
The above chart shows a breakdown of the weighting of various ranking factors within local SEO campaigns. One of the things to note here is that whilst there are a few slightly different factors compared to the usual SEO campaign (i.e. External Loc. Signals and My Business Signals), links and on-page SEO factors still play a huge part. The only difference is that the type of links you’ll want to focus on will be a lot different.
Perhaps the most obvious search marketing model is that of the consultant whereby you help other businesses with their search marketing efforts. Think about the demand for external consultants and where that demand may come from.
Knowledge/Previous experiences with SEO companies: I always ask them first of all what they know about SEO and have they ever hired an SEO business for their business before. This will let you know where you stand in terms of what their expectations and previous experience may be. For example, I’ve worked with clients in the past who have hired SEO companies before that have not delivered on any of the ‘promises’ they made and have left a bad taste in the business owner’s mouth. In these instances, you have to work hard to build trust with the client and explain exactly how you are going to deliver the client their desired results.
It has to be said that advertising on these sites can be hit and miss but if you persevere and can get creative with your ads then there is definitely value in using them. Again, by reading Ca$hvertising you will give yourself a big edge over the competition with your ad copy.
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.
The last, but not least, piece of advice I want to give you is to never stop giving. One of the major ways I grew the SEO agency is by helping people for free. When I first started, people helped me for free, so I would try to pay it forward by doing the same thing.
Help out bloggers – the last method I used to gain new customers was to reach out to Technorati 100 companies and offer them free SEO. Most of them didn’t take me up on the offer, but a handful did. From TechCrunch to Gawker Media, I did free SEO for these companies in exchange for a badge on their sites that said “SEO by…” That badge would link back to my site and drive leads. If I got lucky, they would also do a blog post on the results they received from me, which typically led to over $250,000 in new revenue as those blogs had a large following.
The more creative you can be with the article the better. If you can think out of the box and get your article published even just in your local paper, you can expect a large response from business owners who read the article.