The number of small businesses coming online is increasing rapidly. But unfortunately, brick and mortar businesses are still offline. This is an avenue for you to make extra cash by convincing them to put their business online and educating them about free traffic / customers.
“One of the gentlemen sitting in the room during my speech was a sales rep at Elpac Electronics and he approached me after my speech. He then told me that the company he worked for was looking for a seo. He introduced me to the marketing manager at the company and they hired me as a contractor for $3500 a month.”
2. These techniques indeed are must for optimization, yet what we are trying here is splitting anking algo and feeding each component of the formula by a set of techniques. Isn’t it? Wouldn’t search engines algos outdo our techniques?
This can result in personal and exceptional users like lawyers, doctors and others can make references that could straight away initiate a relationship. One can thus remain assured that everything would go in a positive direction there itself and then can help to set benchmarks for a business that would come up in the future.
To begin with, you’ll want to capture any low-hanging fruit by getting in touch with your existing customer base and see if they’d be interested in leaving you a review. You could incentivize them for their time (maybe a discount, etc.).
This similarity in the contents can lead to the lowering of the ranks of the website. In case the website has wrong name and contact number, it can cause a lot of issues in them. But this misconception has to be eradicated as soon as possible.
I have been constantly improving that audit throughout the last 4 years of doing full-time SEO consulting. You should find it super helpful and can tweak it however you like. I would charge $500 for a micro audit (8 pages) and $900 for a full audit (15 pages). This is a simple pricing structure and will be affordable for any serious client.
Excellent article.You definitely hit it on the head regarding your cheapest clients being the most demanding.Working with clients with large marketing budgets and high value per client is a rather pleasant experience I’ve found in my business.The ones on a shoe string budget are always wanting you to carry their entire business and don’t understand the value of the service.I’ve actually found most of these clients don’t pay on time either and often fall off completely.
Online reviews- reviews play very important role in decision making for a user. In today’s marketplace user has many options to choose from. in such situation users generally go with the other consumers reviews. 52% consumers say that positive reviews about a business make them user its services. Reviews also make your website more visible in search results. Reviews on your website show how users are engaged on your website. The more positive user reviews you have the better chances you have to come on Local search listing.
One of the problems with a crowded industry, like search marketing, is that generic, descriptive names won’t stand out. “Search Marketing Agency” may describe what you do, but such a name makes it difficult to differentiate yourself. A quirky name, like “RedFrog”, make be memorable, but may do little to convey what you’re about.
But if you treat that client poorly, not only will they stop paying you, but you’ll notice that the number of referrals you get on a regular basis will slowly start going down. For this reason,you have to have a clean reputation and be known for taking care of your clients even when you don’t think it makes sense to. By doing this, in the long run, you’ll continually gain new clients from referrals.
Use sites like Upwork.com to find inexpensive admins that will send cold emails to your target market. This is key because cold emailing is far below your pay grade. An admin level person should be doing this, not you. If fact you can find someone in Asia or India to cold email for a couple dollars per hour.
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!
Create geo-targeted evergreen pages, create geo-optimized profiles, location pages, support or reseller pages, whatever. No matter how abstract your business is you can find some way to make it locally relevant.
Other than this, you should learn the steps about directing traffic to a website. A website exists because it has visitors. If you have clients who monetize your effort, you should increase their traffic. Other than traffic, you need to improve their sales.
Hey Nathan, I am just starting my agency. This will surely help me avoid mistakes that would have cost me dollaaaarrs. Again thanks a lot! And also have bookmarked your blog keep writing awesome stuff. 🙂
You’ll also want to optimize your site for local keywords over more competitive and broad-stroking keywords to rank better in local search results and is something you can accomplish through basic keyword research. For example, “book store Toronto” over just “book store.”
Or work on generating some revenue (if you’re pursuing a publishing model), and have an idea of where your leads will come from (again testing this out and seeing if you have enough lead flow from word of mouth or other advertising is important).
SEO encompasses all aspect of marketing especially content creation. And in order to have great content the client might need a web designer, graphic designer, videographer, photographer, or a copywriter. As an SEO it’s YOUR job to make sure a client has these.
Another great tip that I picked up from Greg Gifford‘s recent talk at BrightonSEO was to create a page on your website that gives instructions to your customers on exactly how they can review your business (i.e. yourwebsite.com/review-us/). You won’t believe how effective this is when it comes to getting in touch with customers, especially the non-technical ones!
Thank you so much Neil for your insight on SEO. I have become a huge fan of your emails and blog post. I always look forward to what you’re going to write about next. You give away many Gold Nuggets Neil about SEO, thank you!.
This is not for the faint of heart and comes with all types of stress points. It is highly rewarding to work for yourself and succeed in an innovative market — I believe the Pro’s outweigh the Con’s — but each person is unique and you need to be certain this is right for you. Go the part-time, side job approach at first to make sure you are mentally, physically & financially ready to fly solo and start your own SEO business. Good luck if you take the plunge!
Unfortunately, it’s not the kindergarten sort of nap. NAP stands for name, address, and phone number and it’s some of the most important information search engines need to understand about your business. Publishing this prominently on your homepage is an important step for search engines to confidently display this information within the search engine results page (SERP).
Hey Neil – I’ve used some of these strategies myself to build up a 7 figure agency at Powered by Search. As the business has built up we don’t tend to do a lot of ‘free’ work anymore but we do quite a bit of pro-bono work for non-profits who need our help.
Following all of the things described above guarantees that your web resource will be ready to get into Google’s local search pages. However, these actions do not necessarily mean that you will get to the top of Google search or a pin on a map widget. Therefore, if you are serious about conquering the first positions, you definitely should not stop there. Continue to develop your web resource. Improve the content of old landing pages and create the more relevant content on your site. Keep track of your competitors’ achievements and make the same, but much better ones.
Create local search profiles (if applicable) and social media profiles. While the links do not always count towards search rankings, they can attract clicks which will generate more incoming traffic to your website.
Google My Business (GMB) is considered a directory, but it’s a biggie, so it deserves its own section. It’s very important for local businesses to claim their Google My Business (and Bing Places for Business) page. It’s free and can get you incredible exposure if you’re optimized enough to show up in Google’s local three-pack:
By using this example, it is also a perfect time to drop in what price you charge for your SEO services. You can then explain how they can be getting new customers/clients every month with lifetime values of [Y amount], while only having to pay [Z amount] for the SEO service. Plus, down the line when the site is number 1 for all the keywords, they’ll still be receiving all the new customers/clients but will no longer have to pay for the SEO services ([Z amount]).