With new online businesses and e-commerce sites popping up every day, starting an SEO business can be a great way to profit using your expertise in generating organic traffic and maximizing revenue potential.
Creating quality content for your website can be a huge investment, but it is worth it. Search engines will love it, and visitors will love it so much that they will share it on social media, leading to even more visitors. You can start out by simply creating blog posts on your website, and as your audience grows, you can expand your content inventory to additional types of media. To learn more, see the Beginner’s Guide to Content Marketing.
They don’t get into work and think: “You know what I should do today?? I should go and leave the SEO company working for us a testimonial! I should spend my day trying to find referrals for this SEO company!”
Finding clients’ is just one phase of the game, educating clients is a different ball game entirely. There is a high probability that most of your clients will be small business owners that have neither heard of the word “SEO”, nor know how it works.
If you have money to invest, it’s possible to acquire an existing Internet business. You may have to find an local business broker to see SEO businesses for sale in your area. Buying an SEO business can be tricky. You will need to make sure what the sellers intent is for selling the business, what domains are associated with the business and willingness of the seller to sign a non-compete. Most importantly, you should do an extensive backlink analysis and make sure that any valuable domains or links that are point to the main website will remain after the purchase (or are part of the purchase).
Your time needs to be dedicated to what you do best, getting SEO results. Trust me on this. Don’t waste your valuable time on things anyone can do. The person you hire as your assistant should be a entry level person, looking to get into the industry. This is the perfect job for them. They can assist you for a couple years, then when they get experience and knowledge of the industry you can move them into a more important position, like doing some of the things you do. After all, they’ve shadowed you for years. They must have learned a lot.
You can also thrive in the face of competition by focusing on a niche. You can combine your passion / hobby with your SEO skill and provide a laser-targeted service for specific people. Example of such niche services are: SEO services for Chiropractic practitioners, SEO services for fashion designers, etc.
Would like to put a bug in your ear about providing MySEOAuditor.com users with the ability to “switch” between customized report themes within MySEOAuditor.com for at least running manual reports from the backend. This small “custom theme switcher” would be a great addition to your current custom profile feature and would be SUPER DUPER handy for SEOs who perform white-label SEO work for other agencies regularly in addition to our own freelance SEO work or SEO / Online Marketing Businesses… Being able to switch between “customized report profiles” would save me a TON of time, hassle and headache personally! At the moment, I’m having to cut and paste in “customized” profiles setups (which I’ve saved into Evernote to at least save me a little time), since i have to go through these paces every or every other time I run a new manual report. Oi! It would be absolutely amazing to just be able to quickly switch report branding from one agency profile setting to another that I perform white-label SEO work for when I want to quickly run a manual report for a new client prospect. So, how about it? Pretty, pretty pixel please? Hehe!
Now I know there are probably a lot of things I’ve forgot to add, but there is just that much information in this tutorial so far that I don’t think adding any more at this point is going to help. I could explore the more technical side of doing SEO properly but I have an entire link building series, as well as other SEO tutorials, that I am going to be slowly rolling out soon. Make sure you subscribe to my newsletter if you haven’t already so you can be notified as soon as I publish these new tutorials.
This is important because it means that every email that goes out will now be spun and unique which means it has much less chance of being marked as spam and therefore much more likely to reach the recipient’s inbox. You can manually spin each email but it’s a lot quicker and easier to use The Best Spinner to spin all your emails and articles.
You need to become obsessed and fight like crazy to get to page #1 of Google for SEO service related keywords in your geographical area. Usually, the best keyword to target customers is “SEO” + your city. In other words, if you’re starting an SEO company in Albany, New York, you should target “SEO Albany”. I’m sure some of you are getting worried right now because you live in big cities where other SEO companies dominate the first page of Google. Stop worrying. While you’re fighting your way to page #1 of Google for a very competitive keyword, target low hanging fruit like “SEO services Albany”, “seo company Albany NY”, or “Albany SEO company”. The trick is that you have to be on Page #1 for something. This will give you credibility when it’s time to close the deal. Not only will potential customers find you, but in sales meetings you can also point that your SEO business is on the top of page #1 of Google for “SEO company in Albany”. Your potential customers have no idea which keywords are the hardest keywords to target in SEO; being on page #1 among and ahead of your SEO competitors will impress the heck out of potential customers. I can’t even count the number of customers who told me they purchased our services because we were on the top of page #1 of Google, ahead of our SEO competitors.
He lives in the US, is self-employed, and has a family. The American dream right? For he and his wife to have a second child, they would need to get a group health plan at least 60 days prior to the wife becoming pregnant. Say that everything works out to be on-time, they are looking about an increased cost of about 20-25k over the course of a 9 month period to have a child in the United States!
Can I start an SEO consulting company with no formal training or experience in SEO? I am knowledgeable about article writing, proper title tags, keyword research, and site structure. I may take Market Motive’s SEO Master Certification course.
Most of these cost from $99 – $399 per month. I know that seems steep but the services they offer can definitely help pay you back before you know it. I would hold off on purchasing these until you have a website and general business plan.
It’s important to outsource as much as you can but do not put all of your eggs in one basket so that if one person quits your whole process doesn’t fall apart. Also, start marketing and building your list from the very beginning – don’t rely only on referrals because eventually you will need more revenue sources if you want to continue to grow.
I had this philosophy from day one because I got burnt by paying other SEO agencies. They took all of my money and didn’t provide much in return. Due to this, I only took on clients for whom I could provide the results… but I never explained that to potential clients in a way that made sense to them.
You can add extra revenue sources by partnering with professionals and offering your clients more value added services such as SEO copywriting, article writing, web design, graphic / banner design, e-commerce setup, WordPress installation, etc.
Hi Rick, Interesting article! I am a college student studying Digital Retailing. I am starting to learn about SEO, Social Media Marketing, and Advertising. What would you recommend that a college student like I do in order to get the hands on-experience needed so I can be successful in these areas, and could eventually get a postion in these fields? Thanks!
Over 50% of businesses are closed within a year of opening, and Bloomberg has stated that almost 80% of businesses won’t make it past 18 months. If your business doesn’t last past the first 12 months or 18 months, will you able to handle that?
With this kind of investment and ongoing costs, seeking an SEO business for sale and going that route starts to make a lot of sense as an option. When you buy an established SEO business, at least there is a local track record and (presumably) some existing SEO equity in the business. In a franchise relationship, you are buying into the strength and recognition of the existing franchise brand – and with Internet marketing franchises, there aren’t any with strong brand recognition. And if you’re not buying into a brand, then what are you paying for?
Make sure you don’t negotiate on your prices because I bet other SEO agencies won’t go into this much depth to lock in a potential client. Yes, you may be more expensive, but at least the company will know what they getting with you versus what they will get with competing SEO agencies.
I do offer one caution about learning SEO from the Internet. There is an abundance of information out there, some good, and much bad. You must quickly become aware that not everyone who proclaims themselves to be an expert is really an expert. (Tip: If they claim they know “the trick” to getting #1 rankings in Google, overnight, guaranteed no less, they are NOT the experts you want to follow.)
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.
JFK’s quote, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” seems apropos here. The “violence” is the efforts of blackhat SEOs and advertisers to take back their share of what was lost through whatever methods they can use to circumvent Google’s guidelines.