“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.
The smartest thing to do would be to starting whittling down your household bills now and start slowly building your business. Keep your day job and work at night, you’d be working 15 hour days if you started from scratch anyway so why not do it now but get paid (with benefits) for your time?
Hi Neil, again, I have found you and your articles to be very awe-inspiring! Like many others who have contributed to this article (as comments), I too, want to get started in SEO and was wondering how to go about it.
3. Know where to find your customers. Some SEO businesses are able to rank high in Google for search queries, others pay for advertising, and some others use outlets like the Warrior Forum to find their target customers.
If you really wanted to start an SEO business, then you must have a mindset to acquire new things. For most people, this learning curve may take a few years, but if you are a well-known expert who already knows SEO, then you must sharp your skills by learning new SEO techniques.
Streamline your service into a product and offer that to a specific set of customer types. It will take some trial and error but you will eventually get to the point that you can delegate… which brings us to…
Starting an SEO agency from scratch is probably the most difficult. The startup costs are pretty low, because all you really need is a website and a way to fulfill services. Setting up is easy, but getting clients is tough. Trying to get organic visibility for SEO services will be tough because you will be competing with SEO agencies that have been doing it for years. These agencies will have a track record, organic rankings and testimonials.
You will now be fast approaching the part of the meeting where you either close this thing down and leave with a new client on board, or you will be leaving with another meeting, or worst case scenario, the client will need time to ‘think about it’.
Don’t worry; it’s not difficult to do either. By using Market Samurai, you can not only research the keywords and get the search volume for each, this amazing software also provides you with various competition level indicators that help you evaluate how hard it’s going to be to rank top for each keyword.
Moz’ Rand Fishkin carried out an interesting experiment with his Twitter followers to see the impact of a large increase in SERP CTR on search rankings. The results were pretty huge — he saw several position ranking increases in less than an hour!
This is awesome post. Thanks Kristi for this great post. I have learned a lot from this post. According to your post i am getting keyword ideas from google adwords. Now i want to do video marketing for my blog. Is there any problem if i will do video marketing? Please suggest me..
You need to become obsessed and fight like crazy to get to page #1 of Google for SEO service related keywords in your geographical area. Usually, the best keyword to target customers is “SEO” + your city. In other words, if you’re starting an SEO company in Albany, New York, you should target “SEO Albany”. I’m sure some of you are getting worried right now because you live in big cities where other SEO companies dominate the first page of Google. Stop worrying. While you’re fighting your way to page #1 of Google for a very competitive keyword, target low hanging fruit like “SEO services Albany”, “seo company Albany NY”, or “Albany SEO company”. The trick is that you have to be on Page #1 for something. This will give you credibility when it’s time to close the deal. Not only will potential customers find you, but in sales meetings you can also point that your SEO business is on the top of page #1 of Google for “SEO company in Albany”. Your potential customers have no idea which keywords are the hardest keywords to target in SEO; being on page #1 among and ahead of your SEO competitors will impress the heck out of potential customers. I can’t even count the number of customers who told me they purchased our services because we were on the top of page #1 of Google, ahead of our SEO competitors.
I like the title, ‘giving away the farm’ because we did something similar, not in terms of us giving information but we made the decision to break even on some deals that we did, so after our costs, we didn’t earn a bean!
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.
The course is very detailed with many videos all set up in weekly format that can be gone through at your own pace. The inclusion of the recommended tools and working templates can save you hours of work and keep you on track.
Wonderful post Gary. I started a small web design company a few years ago and only recently started offering SEO services also. There are many small businesses that simply have no idea where to begin let alone have the time to learn about it. Inspirational post thanks.
Flag.io (This is an analytics tool that optimises your local search presence by distributing listings across more than 100 local search directories. It also enhances the content it lists – it displays a lot more information than typical search directories, and is way more compelling. According to statistics, 50% of consumers will visit the physical location of a business within 24 hours of a local search, and at least 18% will convert to revenue)
Hey Neil – I’ve used some of these strategies myself to build up a 7 figure agency at Powered by Search. As the business has built up we don’t tend to do a lot of ‘free’ work anymore but we do quite a bit of pro-bono work for non-profits who need our help.
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).
The people you meet in this industry are extraordinary. They are very willing, often surprisingly so, to help out their peers and up-and-comers – note how much of their “proprietary” knowledge is shared with one another in the blogs and through social media, all for free! In my experience, when my contract position with Bing Webmaster Center expired, I was unsure if could continue in the field, given my relatively short experience. In that Bing role, I happened to have met Rand Fishkin several times, one of the kindest and friendliest people I know (oh, and coincidently also the CEO and co-founder of the highly respected SEOmoz, and without question, one of the SEO industry’s top thought leaders). He gave me an invaluable piece of advice, which I will share here with you.
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Things to be taken care of with local SEO: The similarity in the contents. This can make the monotony in the mind of the user, and this can lead to the filtering out of the search on Google. There are times when a particular website can have almost content similar to the older ones, and this can lead to Google penalizing the website.
Think about it. The longer the contract the longer the decision process. Why make things complicated for your clients? Why make them think harder about whether or not they want to work with you. Again, I’m not an attorney, but shorter, simpler, and clearer contracts close way more deals.
Off-page SEO refers to keywords ranking, traffic, and so on. Select some keywords, and improve the keywords ranking in the Google search engine. If the website can be indexed by the Google or Bing, the more pages indexed, the more exposures it will be.
Why Whitespark? Because all their submissions are manual one-time fees (unlike Yext) and they have a 4.9 star review on Google with 200+ reviews. Just send them an intake which you can fill out on their website, and they will build the citations in 3 weeks. You also get a report of the citation URLs and one universal login. If you want to learn more, check out my Whitespark citation building review.
Create link worthy content. Infographics are a great example – you create a beautiful image representing important information and allow others to use the infographic on their own website in exchange for linking back to yours as credit.
I do offer one caution about learning SEO from the Internet. There is an abundance of information out there, some good, and much bad. You must quickly become aware that not everyone who proclaims themselves to be an expert is really an expert. (Tip: If they claim they know “the trick” to getting #1 rankings in Google, overnight, guaranteed no less, they are NOT the experts you want to follow.)
Finding clients’ is just one phase of the game, educating clients is a different ball game entirely. There is a high probability that most of your clients will be small business owners that have neither heard of the word “SEO”, nor know how it works.
Your time needs to be dedicated to what you do best, getting SEO results. Trust me on this. Don’t waste your valuable time on things anyone can do. The person you hire as your assistant should be a entry level person, looking to get into the industry. This is the perfect job for them. They can assist you for a couple years, then when they get experience and knowledge of the industry you can move them into a more important position, like doing some of the things you do. After all, they’ve shadowed you for years. They must have learned a lot.
Have a process in place that delivers the result. Break down the process into segments. Train others to implement the segments. Train someone to manage the segment implementation process. Build a business that runs without you.
Possibly the single most important thing to understand about negotiating is that negotiations should be win-win ie. both sides need to get something out of it and not feel cheated. This is especially important in search marketing consulting as you’ll be working with your clients over a period of time and you need them on your side in order to make the changes necessary.