The other elephant in the room is stress. The stress of being the breadwinner is stressful enough, but if you have no safety net or if your business is brand new (thus more unstable than 9-5 corporate stuff) as well then it is really stressful. This is something to keep in mind and something you might want to try and emotionally reconcile before you start.
Start any negotiation by letting the customer state what they want. then you state what you want. If you both agree, great! Win-win. Chances are, however, you’ll agree on some points, and disagree on others. Fine. Those points you agree on are put off to one side, and you’re focus on trying to find win-win positions on the points you disagree with. Keep going until you find a package that both meets you needs.
One of the gentlemen sitting in the room during my speech was a sales rep from Elpac Electronics. He approached me after my speech and told me that the company he worked for was looking for an SEO person. He introduced me to the marketing manager of the company, and the company hired me as a contractor for $3,500 a month.
I’ve saved the best for last, because if nothing else I want you to remember this. Put SEO and content metrics on somebody’s performance plan and make sure you have the resources in place to get the work done.
You can use a tool like Bright Local to check out any existing citations you have and then update them so that they’re all consistent. You can also use the tool to track your competitors’ citations and add your own to the same websites.
Positive reviews work in favour of local sites, when it comes to their ranking. However, try to avoid a too rapid reviews overflow since Google might find this suspicious. Also, it is important that reviews come from the accounts that are active.
The title tag on pages of your website tells search engines what the page is about. It should be 70 characters or less and include your business or brand name and keywords that relate to that specific page only. This tag is placed between thetags near the top of the HTML code for the page.
Go to Meetup.com and search for a list of local events relevant to your industry. Find those that have websites and contact them about sponsorship (most of the time you’ll only need to put on a lunch for them). If they accept, you’ll get a link from their website (local to you) and their Meetup.com page (highly authoritative, local link). Here’s an example.
Creating bonds and legal notice are the most important in any business nowadays, but in online business, it’s even more important. It might be tough if you are starting a company with your friends or relatives etc.
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!
I would help them with SEO audits, citations (core online profiles/directories), on-page SEO, speed optimization and Google Search Console. In 3 months my website was getting around 500 visitors/day resulting in about 2 inquiries/day for my services. This was on top of the $600/month affiliate income through my blog.
I know you mention outsourcing the SEO to another company, but I wouldn’t recommend it to a newbie. You could end up getting burned because most SEO companies these days are useless and use old techniques that will get your website penalized instead of helping it.
Before Quora existed, I was on Linkedin Answers answering questions and always trying to be helpful. One day I answered a question some random person was asking, and the recipient was so grateful they sent us a RFP (Request for Proposal). Long story short, we signed that client for $20,000 per month… just by being helpful and answering questions.
I am sharing this tutorial for computer Engineering students because starting a SEO consulting business is an excellent option for Computer Software Engineers. One of my friends started this business around 2 years ago and rite now he is earning a handsome amount plus he has quite big staff working under him. So, if you understand the basics behind SEO then you can also do the same. Now I am gonna briefly explain some steps which are essential for starting a SEO Consulting Business:
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You have been invited to an old friends art exhibition, who you used to work with before he left his job to follow passion and become an artist. You said yes and went, even though you are broke and you only have enough money left to feed yourself until your next payday.
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Quite a bit can be gleaned by seeing an experienced account manager deal with various aspects including: pushing back the on deadlines, communicating with clients, coordinating with various departments within the agency and meetings.
However, at no point should you be pushy with the client. Throughout the entire meeting I always give off the attitude of ‘I’m the expert in this, I have explained why you NEED this service and if you don’t decide to sign up to it, I’ve got a number of your competitors waiting to sign up should you turn this opportunity down’.