All my previous, and current clients, have paid on time by bank wire/transfer after being invoiced at the end of every month for my SEO services. I would recommend you too choose this method of processing payments as it is very simple and effective. However, you do have other options available to you;
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 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.
Take time to price your services, or mention your price when a client contacts you. Pricing your services at the higher cost at the start of the business is the bad practice as the customer will not show any interest in your services, so try to lower the rate. After your work is appreciated, you will get a brand name in society; then you can charge higher rates if required.
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.
Social signals. Set up as many social accounts as possible. Provide useful content, gain followers and link social accounts to your site. Make sure your website has your local keywords in your content.
The nice thing about these businesses is you can “moonlight” and build out a stream of revenue without quitting an existing job, and start to get a sense for where additional clients / revenue will come from once you’re full time and building a business.
You need to also develop a system that would help you check and correct errors that can hurt SEO ranking for your clients’ websites. Some of the errors that can negatively affect SEO rankings are broken links, wrong file names, complicated URL and poor grammar.
Congrats on making a lot of money, but I think most people realize that SEO is the new snake oil. Charging a company $3500 a month to add a few meta tags to their web pages is great work if you can get it, but hardly an honest gig.
Such an amazing write up, Neil. Good to see you having success with your blog. Now, I watch so many bloggers taking up their blogs, and after a while – when they realize no traffic or no receipts from their blogs, then just stop saying it’s a waste of time. The truth about blogging is that you need to patient and must have the will to serve the required hard work initially without even conceiving of any benefits. Anyhow, thanks a bunch for sharing this post, I’m certain it will come up as an inspiration for all the newbie bloggers out on that point. And good luck with your blog, I hope it gains more success 🙂
If you’re the CEO, it’s not really your job to do this. If you’re a director of online marketing, it’s likely you don’t have the time to do this. You need somebody who will work cross-group and who can focus on this.
It’s a tedious process, but it works really well. We used to do this, and we would get a steady flow of leads from ad agencies. You just have to be willing to lose money upfront, as you will be doing their SEO for free in the short run.
Does the business owner have any questions of their own?: Make sure that before you get round to actually trying to close any deal that you make sure the business owner has no questions left unanswered. By asking this it saves you having to think about all the possible questions that need to be asked and let the client do this for you. You need to make sure that the business owner is clear about how the process works and what you will be doing in the coming months to get them to where they want to be in the search engines.
They don’t get into work and think: “You know what I should do today?? I should go and leave the SEO company working for us a testimonial! I should spend my day trying to find referrals for this SEO company!”
Neil Patel is a New York Times best selling author. He is the co-founder of Crazy Egg and Hello Bar and he helps companies like Amazon, NBC, GM, HP and Viacom grow their revenue. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world. He was recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama and one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 by the United Nations. Neil has also been awarded Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives. Continue reading
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!
Interesting article! Although I know quite a bit about SEO, I don’t think I would ever want to start an SEO company. One reason is that some shady SEO companies are ruining it for everyone by sending out mass spam emails. Check your spam box – probably 50 from people selling male enhancement products and 10 from SEO services claiming to make your traffic skyrocket. These emails leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. Another reason is that Google keeps changing their ranking algo. This will most likely lead to unhappy customers is they get deindexed or slapped in the rankings regardless of whether it is your fault or not.
If at this point you meet resistance or the client is still uncertain and not sold, it’s time to reiterate some of the statements from above that we’ve already covered in the guide. It’s your job to make the client feel that he NEEDS this SEO service, and need it now!