I chose to specialize in WordPress SEO since phrases like WordPress SEO Services and WordPress SEO Audit are less competitive but still being searched for (enough that I got 5 inquiries/day on my website).
Maybe you know someone in the SEO or PPC industry that might be willing to have you work with them for awhile or perhaps you aren’t ready to fully go at it on your own just yet. Most employers realize that the best employees sometimes are the more motivated and ambitious ones and with that comes the risk that those employees will look to move up and on at some point.
“What is the lifetime value of every new customer/client you gain?” – This can be a brilliant question as if they do know the exact number then you can then look at the potential monthly search volume for all keywords and say something like; “Well, once we’ve got your website to number 1 for all these keywords, you will be receiving roughly around 40% of the total number of people searching which would be around [X amount] new visitors every month. Even if you only converted 1% of these new prospects in to new customers/clients, you’ll still have gained [X amount] new customers/clients. Based on the lifetime value of each new customer/client you get, that should be new customers/clients every month you will be gaining which have a lifetime value to the tune of [X amount]… And that’s not even including the future customers/clients they will recommend through word of mouth!”. One thing about this example is that you need to have proficient arithmetic skills, if you don’t then just take a calculator with you to meetings. If the business owner doesn’t know how much the lifetime vale of each customer/client is, then still do the calculation of visitors versus a 1% conversion rate and present them with the final number that way, it’ll still be effective.
All in all, you need to first have a strong background in SEO. Luckily I have been blogging and doing SEO for the past 6 years, so I know most of the basic principles and even little tips that help a website rank.
E.g., I remember a project – the client had some money to spend (a government agency) and had some very vague idea. There was no clearly defined scope with clearly set expectations of deliverables. I took it. Man, it backfired. It turned out there were several other people in the picture, “stakeholders” as they would call them in my field, and they all had strong and loud ideas for what they wanted to be done, and there was no consensus. I ended up spending endless time facilitating endless discussions with them of what should be done etc etc etc, all of which after the contract was already in place. The end result: I spent ridiculous amounts of time, nobody was happy, the amount of money was small and totally not worth it, and I was to blame for everything. Man, I learned a lot from that one project.
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..
Web analytics are the key to understanding what’s working, what isn’t and where the biggest opportunities are. Reporting and presentation skills are integral to communicating data driven insights and recommendations to clients and company decision makers.
2. These techniques indeed are must for optimization, yet what we are trying here is splitting anking algo and feeding each component of the formula by a set of techniques. Isn’t it? Wouldn’t search engines algos outdo our techniques?
Brilliantly written, thoroughly liked reading the post. Especially the points you have mentioned about things to keep in mind when doing a face to face meeting with prospective clients are encouraging.
Before you can start getting clients, you need to decide how you are going to accept payments from them. I personally just invoice my clients at the end of every month for the SEO work done. Now, some of you may be thinking; “OMG! But what if they don’t pay!?”.
An important point to discuss is what you should be charging your clients for SEO. This is a very hard question to answer in black and white as there are many factors to be considered, I will explain this in more detail later on in the guide.
Apart form quality content, are there any real differentiatng tactics to outdo the competition (assuming them busy with explained techniques) or outsmart the search engine ranking programs. Sincerely, need your thoughts.
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.
Majestic is a link database with indexed URLs from all over the internet. Majestic updates its database daily so you’re constantly looking at the most up-to-date data. It also prioritizes backlinked sites so you can get information on your own site as well as that of your competitors. It provides info on where your links are coming from, how powerful each link is, a detailed anchor text profile of each link and which content on your site is getting links.
The problem is that self-employment, especially if you’ve worked in the corporate world before, has all the allure of the pipe dreams sold in The 4 Hour Work Week (I guess Tim Ferris doesn’t count self-promotion as work, even though he does it about 100 hours a week 🙂 ).
According to Search Engine Land, 72% of consumers say that they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, while 52% say that positive online reviews make them more likely to use a local business.
It’s easy to assume the buyer has all the power, but this isn’t true. If they’re talking to you, they have already indicated they want what you have. You are offering something that grows their business.
Email Marketing… is by far the most cost-effective solution to this problem, so flex some brains and come up with an offer that will let your business stand out from the crowd. Your average client is very busy and cares about but ROI, period. Short and sweet is the best way to go… if you can’t inbox well, better find somebody who can.
You should start receiving emails and calls within a couple of days from the owners/managers of the businesses you have emailed wanting to speak to you and get more info about your programme. What you should do now is take it to the next level. Take the harvested details from Power Leads Pro X and one by one, using Skype, click on the phone number of each of business that hasn’t got back to you and phone them.
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.
There are lots of way to go about earning/building links, and if you want a load of them, check out my link building strategies guide. For the purpose of this article I’m going to focus on acquiring links that are really effective within local link building campaigns.