The same goes for internet marketing, or for those people who want to start their own SEO business. This requires many daunting tasks, such as; learning all about the different optimization techniques, finding an initial set of clients to work with, creating your own fully-optimized business site with a good online reputation, etc.
3) Have very clearly articulated expectations. Sometimes it is not possible to have everything clearly defined in terms of what eventually needs to be accomplished. For such projects I have learned over time to make sure to include in the contract (a) clearly defined tangible deliverables and (b) clearly defined activities that I would do. For ex., if I am doing a Needs Assessment for a community-based organization (CBO), I wouldn’t now just say a “report with findings and recommendations.” Because a “report” can mean totally different things to different people. I now would actually spell out anticipated page number range, and actually bring to the client several examples of such/similar reports (my own and others) and nail it down with the client (and “stakeholders”): “Here, is this the kind of report we are talking about? If not, let’s agree what’s different you would like to see, etc.”
Organic Links – These are links you don’t have to ask for, and they are the best kind. Especially if you can get them on sites with high authority such as major news outlets and other well-recognized name websites.
Now you may be wondering where you can find a trusted, reliable SEO reseller service like the one I just mentioned in the example above to be able to complete the entire puzzle of how to make money with your own SEO business.
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.
You can 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.
I think it would work as it builds trust. If you find that it is hurting you, you can then start blocking some of it off and creating paywalls. But overall giving away the farm really helps build trust and loyalty. I’ve found that it causes more people willing to open up their wallets.
It’s important to note that none of these are spam comments. If you want to leave spam comments (which are very helpful if you’re starting an SEO business! See above) you’ll want to try one of these 10 comment types.
First off I must say that this is very comprehensive course, basically holding your hand and taking you through all the steps necessary to start your very own SEO business. Even if you plan to do something other than SEO there are many things taught here that will apply to other types of ventures.
Seriously, I’ve never thought of starting an SEO firm. I actually have a clue of how difficult SEO is to do effectively. Good SEOs are hard enough to find, and WordStream seems to be a nice place to meet some of them.
My personal preference is to keep my team small and service a limited number of clients, well, because I want to work on more of my own stuff (and family stuff) rather than put more time into building a bigger team and managing them.
If you have location or sell through the channel, get your locations or agents up on mobile geo-optimized landing pages and put inbound links from all the major social profile pages pointing to their profile page.
Before we get started, one thing you want to keep in mind when using any of the following SEO elements is not to overdo it. You might be tempted to shove a lot of keywords onto your pages, but that is not the goal. In fact, Google has unleashed an over-optimization penalty that targets websites that have too many keywords stuffed onto one page. So when it comes to keyword optimization, keep it simple – think of up to five keywords or keyword phrases for each page on your website and optimize for those.
I spoke at local places and those have gotten me a ton of leads and clients, I believe I e-mailed you about that once. Speaking is definitely the best thing to get business, build credibility, and networking. I’ve never been to and SEO conference, but I can imagine how a non-SEO conference would be better to get leads.
Some of the most important elements for search engine optimization happen on your own website. You may hear a lot about link building (which we will get to in just a moment), but link building without good on-site search optimization isn’t going to be as effective. Here are the bare minimum on-site optimization elements you should put on each of your website’s main pages, including and especially the homepage.
“This course really covers all the things that people really need to know to start a SEO business. All the free forms are super and all you have to do is modify them to use them. The instructor does a fantastic job at describing everything need to open a business.” – Bill Brooks
Have confidence that you are an expert and your potential clients need your services. If you speak with conviction and know more about how to grow their business than they do, you are ahead of the game.
Since you are starting small, you may want to launch your business right from home; so as to reduce your overhead expenses and risk. However, you must make sure that your proposed home office is conducive and free from noise / distractions.
Referrals whether through social media or from face-to face clients are always the way. Although we deliver a service that can easily be supplied remotely, building relationships is the way to build a business sustainably.
I don’t take on SEO clients per se but I’ve done some (highly priced) SEO consulting that one client told me at one of our monthly consulting call that he’d happily pay 5-10 times what I was charging him. And that was with him doing all the implementation of the plan I lined out.
Creating a subscription-based pricing model could create a long-lasting relationship, allowing you to develop and deliver success to your clients while maintaining a budgetable, recurring income for your business.
Since users and search engines will be reading the pages on your site, it’s important to naturally use the keywords you’d like to rank for. After all, how else will anyone know what services and products your business offers? The two main areas in which to include your desired keywords are the title tag and body copy.
Don’t forget about Social Media!!! Social signals are becoming more and more critical for an SEO campaign. So much so, that we actually BOOST our likes and shares on the articles we earn for our clients.
Good stuff as always Neil. Really appreciate the insight and strategies. Many of them are strategies we stumbled into and have implemented without the roadmap you outlined. Wish this post was made 5 years ago lol.
For those of you who aren’t feeling quite so ambitious today, why not start small and leave some blog comments? But it’s helpful to first determine what kind of commenter you want to be. Helpfully, Brandon Scott Gorrell has laid out some options for us on Thought Catalog, such as:
I wouldn’t hire a beginner to build my house, so why would I expect a beginner to help with something even more valuable? If you are a beginner, reading up on SEO isn’t enough. You need real world experience.
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.
NOTE: For the first time in the guide I’m going to be using some SEO industry terms. If you are a complete beginner then don’t worry, as I stated at the beginning of the article, you will only need a very basic knowledge of SEO to be able to make this business a success. I will explain all at the end of the guide.
In the professional SEO world results matter the most. If you are able to show results, then referrals would follow you. What many of the SEO agencies miss is that they do not track the success of their campaigns and they fail to let their clients know they did it for them!