No matter what niche market you are in, it’s extremely important to know your audience and what type of content they want. This will help with SEO and ranking for long tail keywords that your audience is likely typing into Google.
It’s also important to get your business’s name, address and phone number (NAP) on the major citation data aggregators like Infogroup, Neustar (aka Localeze), Acxiom and Factual. Always make sure that your company’s NAP is consistent on as many of these directories and citation sites as possible. Discrepancies like misspellings, abbreviations, lack of suite number and wrong phone number can create havoc when Google can’t determine which information about your business is correct. If Google’s not sure, they may display incorrect information — or not show your business at all in search results.
And finally, for fun, here are six video game concepts we need to bring into common parlance, such as “Hammer Bros. Suit,” which signifies “Any possession or version of a thing that makes everything else look like shit by comparison.” As in: “The new John Deer riding mower is the hammer bros. suit of lawn-mowing solutions.”
It is good to start earning money once you get clients. You, however, need to start outsourcing your work when you are burdened with work. That’s when you need to outsource. Outsourcing is crucially vital to help you succeed as a freelance SEO. Initially, you can start outsourcing your work to selected people. But once you start getting more, more work, you can register your firm.
The next day, you want to take the plunge and leave your job to find a new career or perhaps start your own business. However, money is scarce and you barely have enough to live on, never mind all the expenses that are needed to start your own business.
Exact keyword in URL – I remember being on page #3 in Google for “Chicago SEO” for a long time, and then one day I switched my URL from “ocean19.com/seo to “ocean19.com/chicago-seo”. BOOM! We jumped up like 20 spots with that simple change.
The first college class I took was Speech 101. The professor asked us to give three speeches on any topic of our choice. One of the topics I chose was on SEO… It was called “How search engines work”.
Outsourcing can be a critical element to your success as a SEO business owner. You can initially start out as a freelance and outsource the jobs that come your way while building the skills and portfolio needed to develop your own firm.
The Limited Liability Company and Corporation are the 2 most common legal structures. A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a hybrid business entity having certain characteristics of both a corporation and a partnership. The primary characteristic an LLC shares with a corporation is limited liability, and the primary characteristic it shares with a partnership is the availability of a pass through income taxation. Corporate tax rates are typically higher than tax rates at the personal level, therefore having income taxed at the personal level may help save on taxes. A Corporation is an independent legal entity owned by shareholders. Corporations are more complex than other legal entities because they tend to have costly administrative fees and complex tax and legal requirements. Because of these issues, corporations are generally suggested for established and larger companies.
Moreover, to protect yourself from those who make such false claims, be aware of the concept of “white hat” versus “black hat” SEO advice. As a former technical writer in the IT security field, I was already aware of the concept: there are folks who choose to play by the rules and others who choose not to. The “rules” of SEO are the official webmaster guidelines set forth by the search engines, Google and Bing.
Moz’ Rand Fishkin carried out an interesting experiment with his Twitter followers to see the impact of a large increase in SERP CTR on search rankings. The results were pretty huge — he saw several position ranking increases in less than an hour!
Another thing to keep in mind, beyond the health insurance, is that unless you start one there’s no retirement benefit, no paid vacation time, and no paid sick time. It is a really good idea to purchase short-term and long-term disability insurance for yourself as well.
Many companies net out in the middle – high profile executives and writers or product people are authorized, encourages, and reviewed and compensated based on their social authority and the metrics of the content they create and promote on ‘earned’ platforms.
Once you hit that growth stage, what really matters is making success repeatable. This means blogging with consistency, meeting new agencies to partner with consistently, and following up with existing customers to gain an understanding of their satisfaction consistently too. It sure takes a lot of work but if you love what you do (and I definitely do) it pays off in spades.
I do SEO and have done so for about a year and my clients are getting to first place in Google but they only pay a few hundred month. They are very small businesses. But they are getting me referrals. I wonder how do get it to the next level. Another SEO company much bigger than I am just asked me to do SEO on their own websites. So maybe it’s starting to happen.
The whole world turned into a small village because of technology. Everyone can do whatever they want with the internet and contact with everyone easily. So SEO plays a vital role in a business. It is an effective way of technique where the company can gain customers easily. It is easy to start a business as SEO Company without any side effects.
Crafting a business plan also enforces an intellectual rigour that will help test and challenge your ideas. In crafting your business plan, various questions will occur to you. How many clients do you need to get in order to meet your financial goals? How many staff members can you afford based on those goals? If you allocate all your time to existing clients, how will have time to acquire new clients? Do you have a marketing budget to get new clients?
Another wonderfully written and descriptive post Neil! As usual you laid everything out and like you mention people are lazy so half of us wont bother to do as you say. Hey don’t forget to go meet the guy for lunch that got you started!
It’s true that SEO isn’t as easy as it once was. You used to be able to follow a script: incorporate this title tag, put this keyword on your page, repeat it a few times, get links with the keyword in the link text, get even more links with keywords in the link text, and when you’ve finished doing that – get a lot more links with keywords in the link text.
Keep in mind that you can send partners potentials clients as well. That’s a great starting point and an excellent sign of good faith. Sending a new partner a client first is a great way to help get the ball rolling. I did this before I sold my agency and it was fantastic. A few times a month I would get a couple finder’s fee checks for doing practically nothing, except giving out a name and phone number to a current client.
I’ve been running some similar experiments over the past few months and found that it does earn some short-term wins, but CTR has to be consistently high to ensure that rankings will stabilize. You also need to reduce bounces from search, as this is a negative signal to Google.