I am curious about what you think is a more viable way of making money, doing SEO for local clients aka having an agency or making money with authority sites promoting affiliate programs (like Amazon or hosting etc).
Any SEO or webmaster who has ever had a website affected by a Google algorithm change – or feared being affected by one – has probably wished that they could find a way to make their website “algorithm-proof”. One site believes it has found the formula.
Sounds like you need some guidance on how to create quality content. Well, to be honest, it’s simple. Just make sure you are providing value and are an educational resource to your niche. Create context within your links to avoid being seen as spam. When you do things naturally and write from experience, it shows. Focus less on the ends and more on the means.
Please tell me you see the irony of finding an article about ‘how to do SEO’ ranking highly for the keywords “how to do SEO”, then complaining about the authority of the source creating and sharing that information.
So how do you get links? There are lots and lots of ways to do it – some good, and some not so good. If you read enough about link building, you will hear ultimately about three kinds of links and link building techniques.
Create a good piece of content that gains traction in the SEO niche – this can then serve you as a case study to your potential clients to show your skills in generating placements, traffic and engagement.
After a few months of me working with Elpac, their rankings shot up to number one on Google for terms like “power supplies”. They were so happy, they introduced me to other companies they knew. Within months, I was pulling in around $20,000 a month from SEO consulting.
Another way to think about it is to consider doing search marketing part time, at first. It may prove to be a lucrative second income if you already have a job. One of the biggest factors in running your own business is the risk, and having a steady income reduces this risk significantly. It also means you can start slow and build up without the pressure of having to hit regular targets. The disadvantage is that you don’t have as much time to devote to it, and working two jobs might tire you out to the point you’re not doing both You’re also unlikely to be available to clients during business hours when they need you.
Look for best ‘SEO reseller provider’, you can provide all of their services and mark up as much as you want. Being an SEO wizard is not necessary.. SEO reselling, is more on sales and marketing.. This kind of business model can be done through online too.
Dan Kennedy talks a bit about a preponderance of proof when you’re presenting yourself to your potential client. To build some credibility for yourself initially, evidence of sites you’ve ranked and results you’ve obtained will help a great deal when you’re selling SEO. You want to be able to show these to prospects, so they know you’re not, for lack of a better term, full of shit.
SEO has become awash in “consultants” who want to provide everything from keyword research (which can now be sourced through fiverr ::barf:: to enterprise content marketing and link building) all of which is delivered as complete shit that provides ZERO value and doesn’t move the needle.
The first website I ever started was a job board called Advice Monkey. I was trying to get the website ranked for terms like “job search” and “tech jobs”. I hired a few SEO agencies to help me out, but none provided any results. After tens of thousands of dollars down the drain, I had no more money and no choice but to learn how to optimize Advice Monkey for search engines… all on my own.
Overall, this is a very good post that brings up a lot of good points, but if anybody is serious about starting an SEO/SEM company… it’s all about strong sales and reliable cashflow, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.