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.
However the case, I would love to hear more about how this opportunity shaped your future. Particularly, I’d be interested to learn more about the immediate aftermath and how you turned a classroom proposition into a super success!
Using search, you know where 100% of your budget is going. It won’t be wasted so long as you target correctly. Targeting is what search marketing does so well. If you enjoy figuring out what people want, matching them up with a page that allows them to do that thing, and beat your competition at doing so, then search marketing is a good game to be in. Whether you do that using SEO, PPC, social media, or likely a mix of all three, the demand for qualified visitors will always exist.
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.
As trite and simple as it sounds, communication is the one thing that should be a constant. After an interaction with a very unhappy client, we made it a policy to have a weekly phone call with the business owner. This keeps things from getting out of hand and it also helps build and maintain the relationship.
Having a consistent sales pipeline in place is essential for the growth of your agency. I always tended to focus more upon the fulfilment side of the equation as I have a high customer service expectation for our team, but the lack of sales pipeline was hampering our growth. Now I’d like to think we’re developing a balance between the two.
There may be a lack of any specific qualifications so there is seemingly a low barrier to entry – you can’t do a PHD in search engine optimisation and even if you could it would be horribly out of date by time you had finished it.
Amazing post Neil! It’s not always easy to lay down a to-do list for a career in this manner. But it’s good to know that you have succeeded in doing so, and I guess following your footsteps is a good choice to make.
Dan Kennedy talks a bit about a preponderance of proof when you’re presenting yourself to your potential client. To build some credibility for yourself initially, evidence of sites you’ve ranked and results you’ve obtained will help a great deal when you’re selling SEO. You want to be able to show these to prospects, so they know you’re not, for lack of a better term, full of shit.
Fully populate each and every relevant section so that your listing is complete. If you’re a service business and don’t have a location customers or clients can visit, don’t worry; you can choose to hide your physical address as you’re setting up your Google My Business listing.
I am always trying to give information out, even though I often feel that I’m working for free (my FD certainly thinks so!) as it just builds your reputation as the go to expert when people have a problem that they cannot solve.