Hint: I started to engage with a community of WAHM (Work At Home Moms). I offered them help and in two cases, I actually gave them help for free. Today they write for Huffington Post and have their blogs successful.
This was a great post, thanks for sharing it. I have been researching a lot lately about SEO regarding education resources and what have you. I understand that it can be as broad or as specific as you would like. I am really trying to develop a plan on what to study and would appreciate your advice. As of now, I am teaching myself by means of free education resources on these topics; SEM, SEO, marketing in general, html coding, and website design. I plan on offering services relative to those topics as a sole freelancer and wasn’t sure if there is anything to delve deeply into that would better my understanding. If you could suggest any other topics you think would be of great help, or any education resources, whether they are free or come at a price, it would be greatly appreciated.
And for those willing to commit the time, energy and resources into building a profitable SEO company, a time will come when you get swamped with too much work. For these two situations, outsourcing is the perfect solution.
With affiliate programs once the visitor hits your site you make money right away. With a SEO agency once the prospective visitor hits your site you still have to sell them and then do the actual work.
Most importantly, don’t put up fake reviews or pay others to do so! It has to come about organically, and users will be able to smell a rat. Doing so may result in penalisation by the search engine instead.
Keyword research is one of the most important ways you can make sure your site is “speaking the same language” as your visitors. If you operate a local restaurant, do you think more people are searching for “tacos” or “meat with a tortilla folded around it”?
It’s also important to get your business’s name, address and phone number (NAP) on the major citation data aggregators like Infogroup, Neustar (aka Localeze), Acxiom and Factual. Always make sure that your company’s NAP is consistent on as many of these directories and citation sites as possible. Discrepancies like misspellings, abbreviations, lack of suite number and wrong phone number can create havoc when Google can’t determine which information about your business is correct. If Google’s not sure, they may display incorrect information — or not show your business at all in search results.
Local Search Listing– when a user searches for any product or service in Google. Google try to provide the user more local search results. Say you are searching a courier service and if you observe Google will detect your location and display the courier service providers around you or in nearby locations. If you want you business to displayed in such way you should register your business on Google Places for Business. www.google.co.in/local/add
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Hi Neil ! it’s great lesson for me. As a newbie, i have got many ideas from this post. i always love to read Neil’s blogging ideas. i have been reading this site for two years and always get different ideas. best of luck.
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”.
If you are going to go down this route, I always say it’s best to start at the top and send your article to the biggest national newspapers first. The reason for this is that if you are lucky enough to get a piece published in these newspapers, it becomes a very good testimonial when you then send the piece to local newspapers as you can say that nationals have already published it.
Be sure to add your business details to all local and major national online business directories. These listings are not only good for taking advantage of the traffic on these directory sties but the listings also act as good citations to help boost your Google Places/Maps listing in the search engines.
I don’t take on SEO clients per se but I’ve done some (highly priced) SEO consulting that one client told me at one of our monthly consulting call that he’d happily pay 5-10 times what I was charging him. And that was with him doing all the implementation of the plan I lined out.
Businesses are finally starting to realize the importance of online reviews from their customers. According to a recent survey, 84 percent of people trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation, and seven out of 10 customers will leave a review for a business if asked by the business.
When you begin your business you will have to make a choice whether you are going to target short term black hat SEO tactics or are you going to climb the more difficult, business building model which focuses on white hat strategies?
Wow, what a great article, Rick! Great chart outlining the differences as well. And Rand’s advice is priceless. My own way of learning SEO was working for free! I’ve been learning, blogging and doing free SEO for about a year before I was able to formulate my own services and started providing them!
I have been constantly improving that audit throughout the last 4 years of doing full-time SEO consulting. You should find it super helpful and can tweak it however you like. I would charge $500 for a micro audit (8 pages) and $900 for a full audit (15 pages). This is a simple pricing structure and will be affordable for any serious client.
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.
I used to rely on the word of mouth as my main revenue source. It’s easy to build a six-figure SEO agency, assuming you can provide the service. It’s really hard to create a seven-figure business from it though.
I think this sums up the entire guide nicely and is a good place to bring it to an end. I know it’s been a long read, over 10,000 words in fact, but I can’t stress enough that literally ANYONE can do this if they are willing to work hard and put their mind to it.
Social Media Marketing (covers creating fresh, compelling content and drawing followers [and the ultimate goal, sales] via many online venues, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, FourSquare, Pinterest, and many more)
You need to also develop a system that would help you check and correct errors that can hurt SEO ranking for your clients’ websites. Some of the errors that can negatively affect SEO rankings are broken links, wrong file names, complicated URL and poor grammar.
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.
Once you have that data, you should try to fix the identified issues. If you do this with your customers on a monthly basis and you see the survey responses improving, you are doing well. If not, you have an operational problem within your business.
JFK’s quote, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” seems apropos here. “violence” is the efforts of blackhat SEOs and advertisers to take back their share of what was lost through whatever methods they can use to circumvent Google’s guidelines.