I am thinking with an agency, if someone charges 1k a month on a retainer (I know you charge more but I’m using that as an example) and gets 10 clients that’s 10k a month… but with an authority site some people are earning the same amount.
Because we know very well what’s happening these days. And in online we see lots and lots of cases where your partner won’t work well or want to break the company. In some cases not getting equal share might be a problem along with many legal litigations etc.
Before starting your own business, it is advisable to work at least one year offering SEO solutions. In this way you can improve your expertise by attending conferences (such as Pubcon, MozCon and SEMPDX), optimizing your websites, write a blog and even an eBook. This is particularly useful for the marketing process, but you can also practice your research and get to know more about SEO.
I’ve been reading SEO research for 12 years as I have been an SEO consultant for that long. It’s very rare that someone actually tells you their methods for getting clients. Wish I had read this 12 years ago.
The blogs were abuzz this week over Google’s “Farmer Update,” which aims to keep content farms out of the SERPs. (For more on the update, read Danny Sullivan’s summary and some thoughts from Aaron Wall and Dave Harry. Also, Andy Beard created a custom analytics report determine if the update affected your traffic; he said he believes the algorithm grades your site similarly to Quality Score in AdWords, so “search traffic from Google is more expensive for lower quality sites.”) Not wasting any time before deciding its business model sucks, Maholo has already laid off 10% of its workforce in response.
If a search engine does not know in what city or district you provide your services, it will not rank your site in top 10 on the local search query, so your potential client will probably not find you.
SEO is an inbound marketing strategy that drives organic search traffic from search engines like Google and Bing. This means that your business interacts with potential customers while they’re actively seeking your services (like when you search for “Nike running shoes” and Google shows you ads for exactly that).
Another great post. I am a customer of your Quick Sprout product which i purchased a while back which i found very usefull in my day to day dealings. One thing i am struggling with at the moment is producing a step by step plan that will allow me to fully analyse a clients website and SEO position top to bottom including their top competitors links etc and then present these findings to them with our quote. It seems i need tons of different products to do this. Do you have any tips on how we can do this without spending so much time and tools to make it happen? I always provide upfront in depth detail about what we do for a clients site but always looking to improve. Thanks in advance. Bill
I love this question. There are ample opportunities to learn about SEO for free because of the preponderance of information available and the willingness of SEOs to share their knowledge publicly. I strongly recommend that an SEO newbie read and reread both the Google SEO Starter Guide and the SEOmoz Beginner’s Guide to SEO documents.
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.
Define the market you’re targeting. How big is it? What are the growth prospects? What is the market potential? How does your business fit into this market? What are your sales goals? What is your unique selling proposition?
I’ve chosen to focus my own personal brand on keyword research, which has allowed me to build products like my book, and more recently my keyword research training course, but in addition to develop specific services.
Or work on generating some revenue (if you’re pursuing a publishing model), and have an idea of where your leads will come from (again testing this out and seeing if you have enough lead flow from word of mouth or other advertising is important).
An SEO audit is a great way to start working with a client. Download my Local SEO Audit Template in a Google Doc. It’s 18 pages of solid recommendations and assumes the client needs work in these areas:
Include any Market research you have done. Outline your distribution channels. Outline any strategic alliances you have. Outline your promotion plan. Prepare a Marketing budget. How will you appear credible in the eyes of your target market?
I am just starting out and am having a lot of interest shown in my assistance, but since I don’t have case studies to base my value proposition off of, I am getting some pushback and had a recent proposition. An E-commerce site suggested that I provide them with SEO. They are currently averaging 250 conversions a day at $5-$8 per sale (a decal company). They said that they would pay me 20% of any increase in business I could bring in. I need to put food on the table for my family. I’ll work hard on getting other clients, but is this a good endeavor to go after? Where would you start with getting them more site traffic quickly? I will use all your info from Marketing school to build Funnels and Retarget them if they leave, but where would you start on-site.
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We have already covered the topic. But since it also comes with the process, it is important to understand it. The core decides to get work is to get clients. As mentioned, the improve decider is to start looking out for work. The variety of ways with which you get work is – to get the idea where your core type of work is received. You can use the freelancing websites, you can use bidding websites, you can even use marketing ideas.
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.
What I’m about to show you, is something I never had. A step by step, ultimate guide on how to start a SEO business. I had to learn everything through trial and error, which took an incredible amount of time and energy. I wish someone had posted a detailed guide that would have saved me the time and money I spent learning the business side of SEO. That being said, I’m going to tell you everything I learned starting a successful SEO business and going from making a few hundred dollars a month to making over $120,000 per month. Eventually, my SEO company was so successful a huge agency in Chicago acquired it, which is how and why I founded MySiteAuditor. But that’s another story.
Some people feel frustrated working for someone else and not being the master of your own destiny, especially if the boss is an idiot. Then again, some people like the routine and predictability of working for others, and they might be lucky enough to have a great boss who nurtures and respects them.
If you keep up with the latest in online marketing news, then you have likely read about content development and content marketing. Content is great for both your website visitors and search engines. The more content you have, the more likely your visitors will stick around on your website. And the more content you have, the more likely search engines will be to put more of your website’s pages in the search index.
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“Best of luck”: He’s going to need it!! Jill Whalen announced she’s quitting her SEO career because “the tricks to beat and spam Google, no longer work as well.” MozSEO.com became now Moz.com. You said it yourself in a reply to Mo Johnson: “now it is all about quality sites and information.”
Hopefully, people will want to set-up a legitimate SEO business and I would never encourage ‘dodgy’ activity. Having said that, I’m sure many will because it’s a way to cut corners, but that only results in cheating themselves because, as you say, these ‘dodgy’ methods don’t work.
Google is one of the biggest (by market capitalization) most profitable companies in history, largely due to the fact that its search engine has become a fundamental component of the modern purchase process. It doesn’t matter where or how people hear about a product or service (via social media, television, word of mouth, etc), almost all consumers will “google it” before making a final purchase decision.
Newspapers are always looking for good, well written content that they can publish. If you can either write, or have a professional write, a solid, easy to understand article about SEO and how it affects businesses, then there is every chance that it could end up published in your local newspaper.
After working for other people for so long, you might feel that 2018 is the right time to venture into the great unknown of self employment and entrepreneurship. While this is a laudable move, you need to be sure you are getting into the right industry, and that you have the right tools to succeed in it.
This article is a first guide to covering how to start an SEO business. These days a lot of people who find themselves in SEO company for quite sometimes think that they can set up their own business, and become entrepreneurs themselves.
Two places where you should focus on getting reviews are your business’s Facebook page and Google My Business page. These are big ones. Many people turn to social media to see what their friends and family think about a business, so having good reviews on your business’s Facebook page can help to draw in prospective customers. Getting positive reviews on your Google My Business page is crucial because these reviews show up on Google when someone searches for your business.