Neil, thanks a lot, as always, for sharing your story. It’s very inspiring and touches on a few things relevant to any kind of business: drive results, care about clients, think big and don’t be afraid to do some free work at the beginning. Loved it!
Create a local resource from public data (here’s 30 different data sources) and reach out to local press to get coverage. That’s exactly what Krystian Szastok did and he got some amazing results (you really should read this case study).
With affiliate programs once the visitor hits your site you make money right away. With a SEO agency once the prospective visitor hits your site you still have to sell them and then do the actual work.
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OMG, I have a website, Elisa! And with your template I can come up with a pricing structure! And as for advertising … wait, this comment is sort of kind of an advertisement, isn’t it? And there’s that kiosk down the street, you know, where people put, like, notices for English lessons with tear-off telephone numbers – I can do that, ’cause actually I have a website AND a telephone!
If you’re new to SEO and the business in general, it would be a good idea to rank a few sites first. Experimenting on client sites is a recipe for disaster, you’ll need your own sites at least for this alone.
The one thing to keep in mind is that my agency actually provided results. From getting companies to rank in the top three results for terms like “credit cards” and “life insurance” to helping boost their sales, we provided a positive return on investment. If you do everything I mentioned above but fail to provide results as an SEO agency, you won’t be in business for long.
We all want to become our own bosses right from the start, but truth is that you need to work somewhere for at least one year. And not necessarily because you gather knowledge, but because you gain an insight view into a business. You see how things work, you get to go to various conferences on this topic, know people from the field and so on. All this is going to be really useful when you will start your own company.
Recent changes to search engines’ algorithms have made very easy to overdo on-site optimization, but backlinks remain very important for raising a site’s position in the SERPs. And good backlinking is hard. I read an article by Todd McDonald recently that likened it to being beaten up – long, painful and frustrating!
Just stumbled upon this article and this article is really great, i want to make a career in this field and want to earn handsomely so can you please guide me like as a beginner what should i firstly start with like SEO, CPA marketing or affiliate marketing to make a good amount of money as i dont have money to spend on campaigns and all so that my perspective of asking that ques like i want to make money now without spending money so what will be the best option to start with and once again thanks for such a great post.
To start as an SEO, start doing SEO. Learn about SEO from the reputable information publicly available. Find (or create) a site to which you can contribute, note its current ranking for key queries, and then optimize the site and retest the rankings. What the rankings change and the traffic grow in analytics. Then start sharing your knowledge with others, giving back to the community and to the industry. If you’re serious about your work, and you have the skills and passion needed, you will see success. Good luck!
Thanks for your advice. I request to provide your suggestions for choosing the best agency for SEO. I started a blog “http://www.bestsmartphoneunder.com/” and looking for the best agency to make my keywords rank and to increase the count of my site visitors. As I’m new to industry, I want not much aware of choosing the agency. So please help me out.
This you need to determine who in your company (maybe everybody?) will become active on Google+ and other key social graph and authority platforms like LinkedIn to champion your brand, create content, and get connected to other authoritative people. Google+ posts pass Page Rank, and Google+ profiles may show author attribution on results pages, so it’s an especially important platform for SEO.
Sure I can advertise other places…but I can’t reach Google’s customers there. As an individual I can choose to use another search engine, but as a business I cannot magically make potential customers do the same. I HAVE to use Google or give up a huge market share.
In this weak and unstable economy it is really hard to reasonably project out 5 years on a life changing decision. There are so many variables to take into account that it’s difficult to give a tailored answer to each situation.
Restate the main aspects of your plan, highlighting where you are now and where you’re going to take the business. As business plans are always up for review, make a note of when you’ll review it next.
I was previously a technical writer working in and around Microsoft (that means I worked as both a full-time and contract employee) for 14 years. My last assignment there started as a contract tech writer hired by the then Microsoft Live Search team to update the online Help for the old version of Webmaster Center tools. I quickly finished that task, and was then given the opportunity to work on building up a library of technical content for what became the Bing Webmaster Center blog. I already had a layman’s knowledge of search engine optimization (due to a long, personal interest in web technologies), but I quickly got down to brass tacks by learning details of SEO from folks in the Bing core search team. I also completed the SEMPO Institute’s “Insider’s Guide to Search Marketing.” In addition, to keep up with industry sentiment and perspectives, I became an avid reader of many industry blogs, which contributed to my knowledge, not only on technical questions about SEO, but how SEO is perceived by the outside (non-search engine company-based) world. Lastly, I attended a few conferences, which gave me even more industry sentiment understanding for my work.
I’m sure fellow marketers will agree, developing and executing a solid strategy that consistently provides you with new clients and guarantees timely payments will save you quite a few grey hairs, and probably your sanity… but above all, let you keep your boat afloat.
My SEO company landed the business of many of the top real estate firms in Chicago simply by adding our name and link in the bottom of a small real estate agent’s website we were working with. We got this guy to page #1 for “Chicago condos” and of course, all of the big real estate firms wanted to know how we did it and if we could do it for them.