SEO businesses offer to created legitimate techniques and methods to help drive traffic to clients websites. Now, that may sound complicated, but all it means is that they help to build links that point to a site which attracts visitors.
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.”
For your business to succeed you need customers and most of them will come to you through referrals. You will need to build good relationships with professionals in your industry so that they can refer customers to you.
In the professional SEO world results matter the most. If you are able to show results, then referrals would follow you. What many of the SEO agencies miss is that they do not track the success of their campaigns and they fail to let their clients know they did it for them!
I have been running the Online Marketing Sydney event for a few years and we provide free training for anyone who wants to learn more about digital marketing; there are many events around the globe such as the one I have listed here.
What’s so good about this is that your only real responsibility in this ongoing transaction is answering any questions the client may have from month to month, emailing out the monthly ranking reports (which the SEO reseller company will create for you) and dealing with invoicing and payments every month.
Do some digging around on SEO forums and find an offshore link builder offering services for bargain rates, but make sure they have successful projects they can show you. Talk to at least 5-10 link builders to find out EXACTLY what they provide, see examples of their work to determine the best fit.
You can also thrive in the face of competition by focusing on a niche. You can combine your passion / hobby with your SEO skill and provide a laser-targeted service for specific people. Example of such niche services are: SEO services for Chiropractic practitioners, SEO services for fashion designers, etc.
Taking a step back, you’re enterprise content plan for the example used above might look something like this. At each stage, there are paid, social graph, or syndication options that go beyond traditional SEO and can work synergistically.
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’ve also noticed that the more you communicate with the the longer they will stay with you. I know, this process may seem like a pain in the butt, but it’s harder to get new clients than it is to keep your current ones paying. So, cherish your clients.
If you’re not sure what keywords to use, try entering some preliminary ideas on Google’s AdWords Keyword Tool to get suggestions. Or, if you really want to get into the keyword research process, check out the KISSmetrics Guide to Keyword Research – Part I and Part II.
Many of these are interrelated disciplines. For example, PPC advertising is now growing to cover paid ads in Facebook, the ultimate social media venue. PPC requires effective keyword development, as do many SEO disciplines. Social media marketing often ties in with local and mobile search. Analytics can now be done with Facebook pages as well as with websites and PPC campaigns.
The other thing that is absurd about banning your AdWords account for something that happened almost a decade ago is that people change over time. You may have been advertising something that was wholesome that later became sleazy (maybe after a change of ownership). Or you may have been working on a client project where the domain and site were later sold & became sleazy. Google wants a lifelong ban based on them changing their guidelines after the fact & applying them to you (even though you may not even be associated with the businesses they look down upon). There was also a report of a rogue employee doing spammy crap on the side & then coming into the company office and logging into Google, thus getting the company account torched as well. So you can have ex post facto stuff applied to anything you may have glancing experience with a decade ago & they can buy sites violating their own guidelines & all is well.
To better explain all of the above and how you can use such methods to increase traffic on your own site let’s cover the many components that go into a great marketing and branding plan to grow a website or blog. Not only will content creation come into play, it’s also how much effort you put into your content promotion as well.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to keep organized. As the clients begin to come in, files and resources can become extremely disorganized. The more organized you are the higher your quality and output will be.
If you employ this method properly, it can literally be the only form of marketing you EVER have to do to generate new clients. Another method you must also employ is to offer your paying clients exactly the same deal.
When you first meet with a business owner face to face, the first thing you want to do is ask them some important questions. Here are a few of the more important ones I ask, along with the reasons why and how the answers can help steer your meeting to a successful conclusion:
“Research shows that 82% of new customers research a business online before making a purchase decision. Do you know where your business is in the Google rankings for your targeted keywords?” – This stat brings home just how important it is for the business to be prominent in the search engines. It also shows the prospective client that you have done your homework and know what you’re doing which will go some way to help you increase your authority figure status in the industry. You can enlighten the business owner with a printout of exactly where they currently rank for all the keywords you have researched for them by using the ranking tracker tool in Market Samurai or SEO Power Suite.
With affiliate programs once the visitor hits your site you make money right away. With a SEO agency once the prospective visitor hits your site you still have to sell them and then do the actual work.
I hope you didn’t think I was going to do all this talking about how great my SEO contracts are without giving you a sample template. My SEO contract template is totally free, but you have to share this article before downloading it. It should only take you 5-10 seconds to do this. Current clients can just login to their dashboard and click on “Free downloads” in the footer. You can also download the contract for free, just by sharing this blog post. Share using the link below and your free SEO contract template will instantly appear.
I’ve had a client who took so long to pay me for delivered (in fact, over-delievered) services, his wife had a baby… no, she actually did, and she wasn’t pregnant when I sent the invoice. I learned my lesson the hardway, if you’re reading this – no excuses for falling into the same trap.
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.
Ok, now you’ve got everything prepared and ready, it’s time for the actual meeting. Whatever you do, DON’T BE LATE! If anything, turn up 5 minutes early and just sit in the waiting area collecting your thoughts and running over in your head what you’re going to say in the meeting.
George! My old friend from my Bing Webmaster Center days! How goes it? I am living IM Ninjas CEO Jim Boykin’s (and Google’s) slogan: “I’m feeling lucky!” It’s so good to hear from you. Thanks for the kind words!