If you do this, know what you’re getting into. Ask yourself if you’re more likely to be part of the cause or part of the cure. Do you have the stomach to be called a spammer, even if you’re white hat? Do you adapt easily to constant change? If you don’t know, then you’re probably not ready for this. Spend a couple months working at an agency before branching off on your own. Read industry blogs voraciously. Practice on your own websites. Offer free SEO to your friends just for the practice. Measure the effect of everything you do quantitatively. Get your hands dirty first.
There are lots of SEO experts around, and one option, besides working for a company, is to offer consulting services to other businesses too. However, if you choose this path, you will have to invest in education, marketing and business organization if you want to obtain some profit too.
Thank you, Ann! Everyone I talk to in this field has a different story, and each one is interesting. I hope folks interested in this career field find this post to be helpful in finding their focus. There’s plenty of work to be done, and the future looks bright!
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Many of us in the industry are fighting to legitimize what we do. So when someone says “Hey, I have no experience and have no clue what I’m doing, but I’m just going to jump in and start an SEO business anyway,” we’re understandably wary of encouraging anyone to jump in and make that job even harder for us.
“SEO isn’t the future, it’s the present. Anyone not doing this is already behind” – This is a favourite of mine. It is an absolutely true statement and also acts to instil a sense of urgency and fear in the client as if they do not act now they risk falling even further behind to their competitors.
Another wonderfully written and descriptive post Neil! As usual you laid everything out and like you mention people are lazy so half of us wont bother to do as you say. Hey don’t forget to go meet the guy for lunch that got you started!
Have been managing and selling SEO myself for 2yrs consider my knowledge to be quite High however wouldn’t be able to perform the SEO task on a customers site myself this can get rather complicated.
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!
As you are done with learning SEO, now it’s time for the site. This is the crucial step in setting up an SEO business, as everyone will first have a look at your website, there is no way that clients will come to you directly and give the projects to you.