3) Have very clearly articulated expectations. Sometimes it is not possible to have everything clearly defined in terms of what eventually needs to be accomplished. For such projects I have learned over time to make sure to include in the contract (a) clearly defined tangible deliverables and (b) clearly defined activities that I would do. For ex., if I am doing a Needs Assessment for a community-based organization (CBO), I wouldn’t now just say a “report with findings and recommendations.” Because a “report” can mean totally different things to different people. I now would actually spell out anticipated page number range, and actually bring to the client several examples of such/similar reports (my own and others) and nail it down with the client (and “stakeholders”): “Here, is this the kind of report we are talking about? If not, let’s agree what’s different you would like to see, etc.”
If you can afford it, you should also invest in attending an SEO conference or two. I have found that SEO conferences are a great way to learn tons of new information (it comes fast and furious, akin to drinking from a fire hose!). You’ll also get to see (and if you have the gumption, meet) the experts in this field. And, in addition to that, conferences are great venues for career networking (I can personally attest to that).
John Wanamaker, a merchant in the 1860’s was quoted as saying “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half!”. I think he would have liked the search marketing business, as it allows you to do three very important things: get inside the mind of the customer, only talk to the people who are interested in what you offer and track what they do next.
So my first bit of advice is to pick a niche. Decide what type of SEO you are. Are you a consultant? A strategist? A link acquisition expert? Content marketer? All of these things come under the SEO banner.
Some social medias are very popular now, like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+. Like Facebook, you can build the pages for the company or products, and you can communicate with the potential customers conveniently.
Great post Kristi! I have recently started in SEO and this article has really given me a clearer perspective regarding the basics. Many articles I’ve read have a tendency to talk around the topic. Your clarity on the matter is highly appreciated.
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The above chart shows a breakdown of the weighting of various ranking factors within local SEO campaigns. One of the things to note here is that whilst there are a few slightly different factors compared to the usual SEO campaign (i.e. External Loc. Signals and My Business Signals), links and on-page SEO factors still play a huge part. The only difference is that the type of links you’ll want to focus on will be a lot different.
I’ve struggled with this when clients have moved to another agency. Especially when I’ve done such a great job. Sadly, it’s just part of the agency cycle and can be for many reasons, such as a new marketing manager that has worked with a certain agency in the past and had good results.
Outside of being competent and getting results for your clients, the most important thing for a digital marketing agency to have is a pipeline of new clients. Client turnover happens… Every client isn’t the right fit for your agency, so not every client you start out with is going to stay with you forever. But, as long as you can consistently bring in a flow of clients, your business will be healthy.
On-page SEO for local businesses conforms to some pretty old school SEO tactics. There’s quite a large weighting towards the on-page content in the local search listings, so it’s important that, where possible, you squeeze the most value out of your content.
Seriously, I’ve never thought of starting an SEO firm. I actually have a clue of how difficult SEO is to do effectively. Good SEOs are hard enough to find, and WordStream seems to be a nice place to meet some of them.
I’m same with you when I started my business , I also less than $100 in my bank account, 0 in saving , 0 income , my car was towed because I didn’t have any money pay for the installment, my parents didn’t understand what I was doing that time, deceived by customer T_T……..etc.I’m deeply understanding the bitterness of an entrepreneurs. After few years when you see your business growing up , the public sour things of the past is worth paying ^^
I think there is plenty to takeaway here: speaking both as a professional SEO and as a nonfiction writer. But I also feel there is a unique and direct message to plenty of potential entrepreneurs reading this. I really feel that there is a clear point in your narrative that really stands out – one that I am going to call your “one-in-a-million” moment. I’m referring, of course, to this:
I am currently in the starting phase of starting a SEO Agency to escape my 9-5 boss after been working for almost 3 years now and be my own boss as you said. Going through this post, I realized I have also committed many mistakes that I shouldn’t had done. Thank you Nathan for sharing your experience. It will surely be helpful to newbies like me in the SEO Industry trying to build up a certain level of business and make money.
Learning how to do SEO on websites properly takes years to master, and on top of that you also have to keep up to date with what is an industry that is ever changing, literally on a daily basis! The thing you have in your favour though is that there are companies out there that actually provide the technical SEO services for clients that you can simply resell.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the most widely adopted online marketing strategy by individuals and businesses. This is because SEO attracts highly targeted search engine traffic on a consistent basis, and it guarantees long-term results. Due to the effectiveness of SEO as a tool for attracting prospects; most small, medium and big businesses are now dedicating a significant fraction of their budget to this online marketing strategy.
Having an SEO contract written up by a solicitor would be a costly endeavour for anyone starting their own SEO business so I’ve included the full contract I use in the free download pack at the end of the article alongside all the other goodies I’ve mentioned throughout this guide.
Excellent post. I think that if you work hard on Internet marketing and if you think that you could work on laptop 10-14 hours a day in right direction then you will get some where after few years. Your experience teaches you every thing !
Very resourceful article written as how to start a seo business…it gives proper details of each and every point as how to make conversation with clients using chat and how to make visitor to become client and nice list of tools/website to use for making the work easier..another site providing seo businesses to check site analysis is http://zigstat.com
“Help out bloggers” is i think the most prominent one now, as many novice writers out there are simply resorting to the blogging mode to increase their reach to the readers. So, reaching out to new bloggers, and established ones too will surely help you to make your business flow in the recent times and new SEO trends.
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.
Because of this, you want to survey your clients on a monthly basis. Find out what issues they are having with you, your team, or your company. Let them know that they should be transparent and frank.
You need to set a clear bottom line and walk away if you don’t get it. This can be very difficult to do, especially if you’re just starting out. The exception is if you’re simply trying to get a few names and references on your books, and don’t care so much about the price at this point. In this case, you should always price high but say you’re offering a special discount at this point in time. Failure to do so means they’ll just perceive you as being cheap all the time.
Google is the most used search engine on the internet – it is the dominant search service among consumers. It has a major impact on SEO strategy when its algorithm changes. Google also provides a bunch of helpful services so you can collect and analyze data about your website and its performance. All these tools are free.
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 keyphrase for the content and getting it into the right places – the title, description, copy, etc.
One of the challenges of doing business in the SEO industry is that it is never static. It changes every now and then; what works today may be obsolete tomorrow. And just one algorithmic change can wipe out your entire years of hard work, so you always have to be on edge; constantly learning and testing.
Ok, so now you know the basics of how to get your website set up and are ready to accept payments from your future clients! I’m going to walk you through a number of methods I’ve personally used to get clients for my own SEO business in the past. Before I do though, I should explain just how I gathered all the details of these businesses in order to contact them to sell my services.
Cool to hear your story Neil! You getting that first company such great results is what catapulted your SEO career. So many so-called SEO companies are robbing small businesses and not producing results. Good to hear you’re not on the “dark side” my friend.