Larger companies will hire one-man bands or small consultancies if they need what you have and what you have is difficult for them to get elsewhere. A lot of search marketing consultants won’t fill this brief, although some are brought in to help train and mentor their internal search teams.
You’re opinion is correct if you think people getting paid thousands of dollars to do fundamental SEO anyone could figure out in a week of research using Google is true. I’m sure this does happen or has happened.
People want tangible deliverables so they know what they’re paying for. But they don’t want a package that comes with “everything” since not everyone needs everything. Break your services down into specific tangibles and price them that way. Here are examples…
Trends – This tool allows you to compare keywords and analyze how users are searching Google. Google Trends can be very helpful when comparing your business to competitors, or by finding the right search terms for your business.
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.
If I had to go back to when I first dipped a toe in the client services side of the SEO business, and was able to give myself one piece of advice – it would be to carve out a specialization and focus on it, hard.
Learning how to do SEO on websites properly takes years to master, and on top of that you also have to keep up to date with what is an industry that is ever changing, literally on a daily basis! The thing you have in your favour though is that there are companies out there that actually provide the technical SEO services for clients that you can simply resell.
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!
SEO and ranking in Google is something you will definitely get better at time. However, if you are going to start a business and handle it for other sites, I would make sure you know what the best working methods are and how to avoid any Google penalties.
Professionals go on about SEO, but how can you actually rank higher on a search engine results page? The way everyone makes it sound, it’s easy to see why a beginner would perceive it as a magical concept.
The SEO franchise model may be cost prohibitive, but an SEO licensing model can be a great fit for many consultants and web design agencies. Look for SEO business licensing opportunities that include some type of lead generation service. A proven SEO brand will attract leads and some may offer affordable lead generation services.
For many people and businesses, the word ‘marketing’ conjures up visions of pricey marketing strategies and excessive expenditure. However, it doesn’t have to be expensive: there are plenty of free ways to market a business. In this post, we share 30 things you can do right now to market your online business for free.
Google My Business (GMB) is considered a directory, but it’s a biggie, so it deserves its own section. It’s very important for local businesses to claim their Google My Business (and Bing Places for Business) page. It’s free and can get you incredible exposure if you’re optimized enough to show up in Google’s local three-pack:
Thank you so much Neil for your insight on SEO. I have become a huge fan of your emails and blog post. I always look forward to what you’re going to write about next. You give away many Gold Nuggets Neil about SEO, thank you!.
Each client is coming to you for different reasons and it’s important to always have that in mind when working with them. They all want help growing or maintain their business, but this looks different to them dependent on their outlook and business.
The title tag of a page is the main text that describes an online document and remains one of the strongest SEO signals that a webmaster has complete control over. Moreover, it is the first interaction your site is having with a searcher and possibly the only thing they’ll read before deciding whether or not your site will answer their query effectively.
What you have to remember is that when you’re reading this, it may seem like there are a lot of steps to complete, but in reality it’s not going to take you that much time to complete them all. There’s absolutely no question that if you follow this free guide and ACTUALLY IMPLEMENT it properly, you too can have your own very successful local SEO business and the ultimate freedom of being your own boss.
Invest in people and processes. If you have the right talent you get a lot done but if you have the right processes in place you can get even more done. Processes help you scale very quickly whilst maintaining the quality of work.
I love the transparency in your posts and the way you share the knowledge instead of hoarding it. Yes, part of it can be due to business reasons like getting leads, traffic etc., just like you’ve stated. But, I am more taken in by the Human You in these posts…which is your genuine desire to share and educate.
Page 2: Explain very briefly what methods you are going to use for offsite SEO (link building). Try not to dwell on this part with the client as most will not be tech savvy and this part can really confuse them.
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!
The biggest mistake aspiring SEO company owners make is thinking that the SEO industry is like the web hosting affiliate market. As with any other business, you need to work hard to start an SEO agency from the ground up. Our industry is one that requires you to go out and talk to people, print and hand out business cards, and do a lot of convincing to gather clients. You have to be willing to do that work in order to succeed.
If you have location or sell through the channel, get your locations or agents up on mobile geo-optimized landing pages and put inbound links from all the major social profile pages pointing to their profile page.
Keyword research is one of the most important ways you can make sure your site is “speaking the same language” as your visitors. If you operate a local restaurant, do you think more people are searching for “tacos” or “meat with a tortilla folded around it”?
What you must do first is create a referral programme page on your website. On that page you should include a bit about what the referral programme involves, how it works and how much money the referrers can make for sending you paying clients.
Wow, Awesome post! So much stuff here . . . I’m starting a freelance web development business and this will be invaluable information. These are the kinds of SEO questions I wanted to know so I thank you for putting it all together in one place. This is a great guide and I will start to fully look through all of the links and resources you’ve recommended!
If you can’t already see the value in Power Leads Pro X just from this feature alone then allow me to list exactly what I do with not only the thousands of business listing I generate with this amazing tool but the other features of the software that bring me in new clients regularly;
Include keywords with regional names into semantic core, choose the most relevant query and insert it in the Title of a landing page. Include the keyword into Description, where you can also add name, address, and phone number, if it is relevant and looks natural (remember, you create Descriptions first and foremost for people, so they ought to be easy to read).