Sherry Bonelli has years of digital marketing experience. She specializes in SEO, Reputation Marketing, Social Media, Content Marketing, Retargeting and Display Advertising and other integrated digital marketing strategies that help make local and national businesses successful online. She LOVES combining digital strategies to get results! Sherry holds a Master of Internet Marketing and is a frequent speaker at industry events and webinars. She is also a contributing guest columnist on leading digital marketing websites. As a SCORE mentor for the SCORE East Central Iowa chapter, she enjoys volunteering her time to help small- to medium-sized business with their digital marketing strategies. Sherry is the owner of early bird digital marketing, a digital marketing agency that helps businesses get found on the Internet. She also serves as BrightLocal’s local search evangelist.
The blogs were abuzz this week over Google’s “Farmer Update,” which aims to keep content farms out of the SERPs. (For more on the update, read Danny Sullivan’s summary and some thoughts from Aaron Wall and Dave Harry. Also, Andy Beard created a custom analytics report to determine if the update affected your traffic; he said he believes the algorithm grades your site similarly to Quality Score in AdWords, so “search traffic from Google is more expensive for lower quality sites.”) Not wasting any time before deciding its business model sucks, Maholo has already laid off 10% of its workforce in response.
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.
As an entrepreneur, you have to get to the point where you simply stop explaining your vision to your family and friends – they’re just not going to get it. We’re wired to seek security and I guess a job provides security in many people’s minds.
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.
Include keywords with regional names into semantic core, choose the most relevant query and insert it in the Title of a landing page. Include the keyword into Description, where you can also add name, address, and phone number, if it is relevant and looks natural (remember, you create Descriptions first and foremost for people, so they ought to be easy to read).
Power Leads Pro X is a piece of software that automatically searches Google Maps listings for businesses in any niche that you specify using the business name. It can also gather businesses on a country, state or city level! If I decide I want to promote my services to lawyers in London for example, all I have to do is select London from the UK section of Power Leads Pro X, type in the keyword ‘Lawyers’ and hit the search button.
Since you are starting small, you may want to launch your business right from home; so as to reduce your overhead expenses and risk. However, you must make sure that your proposed home office is conducive and free from noise / distractions.
All my previous, and current clients, have paid on time by bank wire/transfer after being invoiced at the end of every month for my SEO services. I would recommend you too choose this method of processing payments as it is very simple and effective. However, you do have other options available to you;
Try out some quality SEO tutorials available in the market. Make sure you test and practice what you learn. Are all those tips, tricks and shortcuts really working for you or were they just tall claims by your tutor!
Business skyrocketed with my short, simple, and clear contract. In fact, I had several clients remark on how simple our SEO contract was to understand, and that’s the reason they were working with us.
The biggest challenge relates to trust. SEO and Internet marketers have become the used car salesmen of tech (no offense to used car salesmen!). There are several reasons why business owners do not trust SEO agencies:
This is a huge business – what the hell is an SEO nowadays? In many ways SEO has become an umbrella term for online or digital marketing and many SEO’s will provide an overview of what the opportunities are online and how you can execute on them.
When it comes to getting a new client to sign a contract, some people don’t bother but other people insist on it. The way I look at it is that if my client really wants to sign a contract then I am happy to and I always have contracts at the ready for both parties to sign.