There is a huge community of search professionals. They need software tools, data, advice and other services. Obviously, SEOBook follows a hybrid of this model. We provide premium tools, while also engaging in consulting through our community forums. Those who don’t value their time are not a good fit. But those who do value their time can get a lot out of the community in short order, without the noise that dominates so many other forums. The barrier to entry is a feature which guarantees that the members are either a) already successful, or b) deeply understand the value of SEO, which in turn increases the level of discourse.
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.
Exact keyword in URL – I remember being on page #3 in Google for “Chicago SEO” for a long time, and then one day I switched my URL from “ocean19.com/seo to “ocean19.com/chicago-seo”. BOOM! We jumped up like 20 spots with that simple change.
JFK’s quote, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” seems apropos here. The “violence” is the efforts of blackhat SEOs and advertisers take back their share of what was lost through whatever methods they can use to circumvent Google’s guidelines.
Obviously, it is quite expensive and time consuming to dedicate a monthly campaign to a non-paying client; so I’d like to know exactly what you recommend doing to justify value given to the client? Do you say, ‘I’ll do x for you, in return for allowing me to post your logo on my site as a client?’
Optimizely is an A/B testing tool that businesses can use to better their websites. A/B testing is a method used by digital marketers and web designers to analyze two types of a webpages, landing pages or websites and determine which one is better received using live analytics. Even if it’s a subtle change, like adjusted colors or differing design elements, A/B testing can provide worthwhile insights. Optimizely plans start at $17 per month.
“Help out bloggers” is i think the most prominent one now, as many novice writers out there are simply resorting to the blogging mode to increase their reach to the readers. So, reaching out to new bloggers, and established ones too will surely help you to make your business flow in the recent times and new SEO trends.
It’s important to note that none of these are spam comments. If you want to leave spam comments (which are very helpful if you’re starting an SEO business! See above) you’ll want to try one of these 10 comment types.
Hey Neil, your biggest fan here. In an effort to reach the 7-figure mark ourselves, your post inspired one of our most recent posts on how to build an in-house SEO Agency: http://blog.lalocalseo.com/post-10-How-to-Build-an-in-house-SEO-Agency
excellent article, are the above tips still being utilized in your business? Referrals are truly the best way to go. our average “ticket” for referrals is typically 20% higher than a new customer. we offer discounts to exiting customers when they referrer someone to us. do you offer anything like this?
This method has the power to bring you in new clients every month without even having to lift a finger to get them. The basic premise of a referral program is that you pay individuals (in this case business owners or employees) a certain commission for referring new clients to you who buy a product or service you provide. This is also known online more commonly as an affiliate program.
Citations (core online profiles) are both the #2 and #5 Google Map ranking factors. I always work with clients on Google My Business and Moz Local (since those are the most important profiles). But I outsource creating all the other profiles to Whitespark for $4-5 per citation. You can either upsell this to clients (eg. for $10 per citation) or refer them as a Whitesaprk affiliate and make a 10% commission.
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.
I frequently read your blog posts., recently i came across a news that google+ doesn’t effect your rankings (webpronews.com/the-google-1-button-has-no-direct-effect-on-rankings-2012-10) , so according to the blog post getting more Goolge +1’s is only for persons that we are following or followers within your network..,
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 #1 lesson that took me years to understand is that client retention is way more important than client acquisition. I used to dedicate so much of my time into deploying all types of marketing efforts to acquire new business, while giving my existing customers less than 20% of my time. Today, I do the exact opposite and give my existing clients over 80% of my time. Not only did this raise client satisfaction and retention, but it increased the amount of incoming leads through referrals and “word of mouth”.
When starting out, the first website you should work on is your own. Ensure it’s rock solid and follows Google’s best practice. It’s best to lead by example and often times it’s the first thing a prospect will ask – “how are you ranking?”
One emerging element of technical SEO is the creation of open data sets or APIs. If your business will thrive by getting your inventory or content into as many places as possible, consider creating data feeds or APIs for third-party developers to use.
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
Now, this is the part where some of you may start thinking ‘Oh no! I actually have to talk to people!? Face to face!?’. A lot of people may feel they lack the confidence to go in to another person’s business and convince them to purchase a service but I promise you once you’ve done it a couple of times you won’t know what all the fuss was about.
The first thing you will need is a website for your new local SEO business. If you don’t already know how to build a website then check out my guide here, which shows you how to build a brand new WordPress website in less than 10 minutes! I recommend using Bluehost to register your domain and host your website (You also get a free domain name when you purchase their hosting).
I’m sure fellow marketers will agree, developing and executing a solid strategy that consistently provides you with new clients and guarantees timely payments will save you quite a few grey hairs, and probably your sanity… but above all, let you keep your boat afloat.
We will understand these three factors but before let’s look at the stats shared by MOZ – as per MOZ survey “ 4 billion desktop queries in United States are about local businesses, products or services”.
You need to understand what On Page and Off Page SEO is and the techniques needed to make them work. You also need to know how to carry out a competitive analysis, do keyword research, get quality links and perform a proper SEO audit.
Article covers the trend that might have been applicable at in 2012-13. can you please let me know how the trend has changed in content marketing and seo overall since this article? There has been a lot of changes in search algorithms and methods. So please throw some light on existing and upcoming trends of seo.
Keep in mind that I recommend targeting bigger keywords like “SEO Albany” from day one. You’d be surprised how easy it might be to get on page #1. Many of your SEO competitors fail to do a bunch of easy SEO tactics, and instead they just rely on their domain’s age and authority any that’s not always enough. There is more than one way to skin a cat in SEO. Here are a few SEO tricks I did to dominate page #1 of Google for “Chicago SEO”, the #1 keyword for SEO services in all of Chicago. Keep in mind, my agency’s website to this day, has consistently stayed in the top two or three organic spaces in Google.
Be very specific when choosing a niche. Who would you really like to work for? What, specifically, would you really like to do? “Search marketing” is perhaps a too wide of a niche these days, but how about exclusive search marketing for tourism businesses?
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I’m glad that you like my guest post.. I agree, SEO business is fragile for most people. It takes a lot of experience, valid research, and tons of patience to succeed in SEO. But since these updates can be reverse-engineered, big companies can still pull out their big guns and continue their services.
UberSuggest is a free online keyword generator. Much like Answer the Public, UberSuggest can be used to brainstorm new keywords and analyze old ones. It provides results in both a list and cloud form. You can filter results and view built-in Google Trends data to understand when the keyword is being searched the most. Keywords can be easily copy and pasted or downloaded into a CSV file for further reference.
When my first venture failed, I decided I was going to quit entrepreneurship, get a college degree like everyone else, and get a job after graduation. To get a head start on things, I started taking college classes while I was in high school.
If you like a regular routine, regular hours, and task specialization, then looking for a SEM job within an established search marketing firm might be the way to go. If you prefer a high degree of control, variety and the knowledge that all the rewards will flow to you for the successful work you undertake, then starting your own business might be a good way forward.