Cashflow is by far the most important consideration. You can have customers lined up, they are buying what you have, they are placing more orders, but if you can’t meet your bills, then your business will crash. Consider what line of credit you may need in order to maintain cashflow.
It can big a huge change for you, understood. It could be costly, also understood. It could also be the difference between you succeeding and failing in the not-to-distant future. Do you understand that?
In terms of revenue potential, most SEO engagements start at $1,000/mo and typically much higher. Josh Steimle wrote a great post on how to plan and budget for SEO on Forbes. Most small businesses pay between $1,000/mo and $5,000/mo. Larger small business may pay $5,000/mo to $10.000/mo and much high depending on many factors such as the level of competition and geographic scope.
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Be very specific when choosing a niche. Who would you really like to work for? What, specifically, would you really like to do? “Search marketing” is perhaps a too wide of a niche these days, but how about exclusive search marketing for tourism businesses?
This means that you would essentially be selling the service to your prospective clients and then paying the SEO reseller company to do the work on your behalf. You then collect whatever the difference is between what you pay the SEO reseller company and what your client is paying you, what’s left over is your profit.
If you’re going to be a one-person consulting company in the beginning, I would recommend getting some real-world experience under your belt before making a promises to prospective clients that might be difficult to keep. Until then, you could always hire a great team while you bring in the clients.
LEARN YOUR TRADE – Learning SEO techniques and tricks is the first and foremost part of starting your own SEO business. Do an extensive research on the topic and take up SEO courses either online or offline.
I once read from an agency owner that it’s impossible to scale if you have 30+ client meetings a month. I don’t agree! I believe keeping that connection is important if you want clients to stay with you for the long-haul. And if you don’t have the time to make many of the meetings, get an account manager that can.
Since your core task as an SEO company is to increase your clients’ organic traffic, which in turn will increase their conversion / revenue; then it is necessary you know some of the basics terms and how they work. Examples of such terms include:
Still, I can’t imagine working for someone else, I guess it’s my nature. I’m not a “trade time for money” kind of guy. I prefer to be in control of my destiny no matter what…but it certainly isn’t getting any easier.
Discrete content elements – web pages, images, PDFs, videos, social profiles and brand pages, local listings, and off-site (reviews) pages all require on-page optimization. This means knowing the target keyphrase for the content and getting it into the right places – the title, description, copy, etc.
When you’re thinking of starting an SEO business you need to correctly value your own time and your capabilities and be sure to leave “margin” that will account for any time that you end up spending during meetings.
If you go through the entire list harvested by Power Leads Pro X and call them all, eventually you will stumble upon a few business owners who will be happy to recommend your services to their clients, especially when they learn they will be receiving a nice referral commission for next to no work on their own part!
Depending on where you are in the world, the chances are that there is a large online classified site that serves your country. Some examples being Craigslist (US), Gumtree (UK, AU, NZ) and Kijiji (CA). These sites are free to post on and receive a lot of daily traffic.
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It’s recommended to have your NAP or local information listed on every page. If you have multiple locations, you can either use multiple landing pages, or have them all listed on a single “contact us” page, which is a popular approach. Experts at MOZ recommend testing to see if your NAP is crawlable by Google, as it is sometimes included as an image as apposed to HTML code.
Recent changes to search engines’ algorithms have made very easy to overdo on-site optimization, but backlinks remain very important for raising a site’s position in the SERPs. And good backlinking is hard. I read an article by Todd McDonald recently that likened it to being beaten up – long, painful and frustrating!
Such an amazing write up, Neil. Good to see you having success with your blog. Now, I watch so many bloggers taking up their blogs, and after a while – when they realize no traffic or no from their blogs, then just stop saying it’s a waste of time. The truth about blogging is that you need to patient and must have the will to serve the required hard work initially without even conceiving of any benefits. Anyhow, thanks a bunch for sharing this post, I’m certain it will come up as an inspiration for all the newbie bloggers out on that point. And good luck with your blog, I hope it gains more success 🙂
It’s fine to want to do something and have the drive to do it but if it’s going to potentially create a financial hardship quickly then it is really the wrong decision. There are a few really good options for someone who is on the fence for financial reasons.
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To start as an SEO, start doing SEO. Learn about SEO from the reputable information publicly available. Find (or create) a site to which you can contribute, note its current ranking for key queries, and then optimize the site and retest the rankings. What the rankings change and the traffic grow in analytics. Then start sharing your knowledge with others, giving back to the community and to the industry. If you’re serious about your work, and you have the skills and passion needed, you will see success. Good luck!