And if you are stupid enough to expect someone to write and frequently update an entire business plan for you publicly FOR FREE & guarantee success with it, let me know if there is some market instrument to bet against you, as I will gladly make that wager all day long.
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.
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“Google’s research shows that 1 out of every 5 of the 16 billion Google searches a day are in regards to a local business. Just based on these keywords alone, you can see that [X amount]* of people are actively searching for the exact product/service that you provide. They are finding the solution, but unfortunately at the moment it’s your competitors who are profiting from it. “ – Again, this highlights to the business owner that their competitors currently have the jump on them when it comes to the search engine ranking positions for their targeted keywords. This should act to again create urgency and fear in the business owner as they have been made aware that their main local/national/international competitors are taking the lion’s share of the visitors/leads/customers that are searching online for the exact same product/service that your potential clients offers.
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Be sure to add your business details to all local and major national online business directories. These listings are not only good for taking advantage of the traffic on these directory sties but the listings also act as good citations to help boost your Google Places/Maps listing in the search engines.
This is more of an open question to everyone – does anyone know of a more up-to-date version of the Jim Boykin table Neil linked to in the 2nd paragraph beneath “Be Results Driven” for click rate for top 10 search results? I’d love to use this strategy but I imagine these figures are much different nowadays.
If you have happy clients who are getting leads from the traffic generated from your services, they will be more than happy to recommend you to the many business people in the area who they will network with regularly. There is no hotter lead than an introduced, recommended lead because the hard part of convincing them that you can be trusted has already been done!
Writing titles and descriptions is considered an art in the SEO world. In a sea of competing search results, if this text isn’t unique, compelling and descriptive, then your click-through rate will suffer. Additionally, one extra word or character could cut off your text with the dreaded ellipses (…). This may not be a true tragedy, but it does look unprofessional, especially when it shows up in the middle of a sentence, making your title or description less impactful.
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Creating bonds and legal notice are the most important in any business nowadays, but in online business, it’s even more important. It might be tough if you are starting a company with your friends or relatives etc.
Many companies net out in the middle – high profile executives and writers or product people are authorized, encourages, and reviewed and compensated based on their social authority and the metrics of the content they create and promote on ‘earned’ platforms.
Note: This clause shouldn’t be mandatory. Let your customers remove it if they want. However, many won’t care. You can also use it as leverage. If you’re having a ton of success with a client, offer free or discounted services if you can add your link to their site.
The third challenge you are going to face is getting clients, so you may have to spend a good amount of money sourcing for clients both online and offline. You may have to make cold calls, talk to clients face-to-face, run ad campaigns online, etc.
Wonderful post Gary. I started a small web design company a few years ago and only recently started offering SEO services also. There are many small businesses that simply have no idea where to begin let alone have the time to learn about it. Inspirational post thanks.
What is your current position? What is your background? What is the purpose of your business? What is your competitive advantage? Who are your competitors? How will you exploit their weaknesses, and counter their strengths? How will you increase capability and capacity? How do you plan to grow?
“SEO is a cumulative process. If you start now, by the time your competitors catch on they’ll already be months or years behind you. And they’ll have to spend thousands to catch up. On the other hand, if you wait…it could be you playing a desperate game of catch-up” – This statement, for me, sums up why the potential client NEEDS to be buying the SEO services you are offering. It instils the urgency to get moving on it quick, plants the seed of fear about their competitors getting the jump on them and the possibility of it costing them even more money in future to try and get on an even keel with their competitors again.
I think the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you have to have a scalable process in place if you want scalable and predictable results. Such an eye-opening lesson, after learning that from the NYT best selling book, The E-Myth Revisited.
Consultants in SEO and marketing in general have seen a huge uptick in job openings in the past few years. An October study by CNNMoney and PayScale.com place marketing consultants, which include SEO specialists, as the second-best positions in the U.S. based on pay and industry growth. According to the survey, they comprise more than 282,000 jobs with a 41.2 percent growth rate over the past 10 years.
2. If you get cut off, or more likely, the person tells the gatekeeper they are ‘busy’, you now have the owner’s name. This means when you call up again in a day or two you can take a much more direct approach as you already know the owner’s name.
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 putting the quality content in front of the right audiences and of course having a strategy for profitable keywords, etc….
The good news is you don’t have to guess! Google has a keyword planner tool that provides search volume for queries, as well as a suggestions feature to provide insight into different keyword variations. This is extremely useful when deciding whether “tacos” or “meat with a tortilla folded around it” is searched for more frequently, as a search engine’s index treats the queries separately. Using these keywords naturally throughout your site builds relevancy and helps search engines understand what your site is about.
There are SEO reseller companies 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.
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Partner with the right people whether it’s local or overseas using a website like freelancer.com. You need to build a team so you can either refer your client to them and make a referral commission, or use an affiliate link (eg. if you refer them to Whitespark). This is KEY to building a scalable local SEO business while making extra cash on the side. Cause let’s face it, a 1-person SEO freelancer can’t do it all. Check out my list of WordPress affiliate programs to get some ideas.
Use a piece of software called SEO Power Suite. This software has many brilliant features that will assist you in your day to day running of your SEO business but more importantly it can create very professional looking SEO reports that you can then use as free SEO reports to pass on to your clients.
Once you have joined these groups and been accepted (some require a moderator to approve you but not all), if you then click on the member list of the group, you will see that there is an option to private message each one of them. It’s not uncommon to find LinkedIn groups in your area with hundreds of business owners in them, the opportunities are endless!
I do SEO and have done so for about a year and my clients are getting to first place in Google but they only pay a few hundred a month. They are very small businesses. But they are getting me referrals. I wonder how do get it to the next level. Another SEO company much bigger than I am just asked me to do SEO on their own websites. So maybe it’s starting to happen.
You might also find that doing it part-time and maintaining a “day” job is a really good fit emotionally and financially. If Google blindly swings an ax, and you get hit, you can rest assured that the sun will still come up tomorrow and will that direct deposit on Friday 🙂
I’ve learned to expect that most people won’t understand. I just focus on building my agency and hitting my goals. I don’t bother trying to convince anyone that what I’m doing is smart. At the end of the day, actions speak louder than words. So just prove you know what you’re doing with the action you take.
Trends – This tool allows you to compare keywords and analyze how users are searching Google. Google Trends can be very helpful when comparing your business to competitors, or by finding the right search terms for your business.
Now, at this point one of two things should happen. The gatekeeper will pass you through and you’ll be talking with the owner, or the owner won’t be in and you’ll have to call back. If they do say they are going to pass you through, always make sure to ask the owner/decision maker’s name before being transferred through.
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.