Starting an SEO consulting business is a very creative business whereby you can earn unlimited income while helping business owners and individuals attract more visitors to their websites. The service you provide will consist of analyzing client’s websites and letting your clients know what could be done to get their sites to rank higher.
I’ve just read the article, one year after it was written and find it of high relevance to anyone who would like to become SEO practitioner. I have only started developing my personal brand online so I could become visible in the industry of SEO and Social Media. Not an easy task for many, including myself but as an old saying says: faint heart never won fair lady. Thank you for the article 🙂
Chapter 7 goes into great detail about the consulting process from dealing with difficult client question, establishing a price point, drawing contracts, and understanding the type of deliverable you should be creating.
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.
I chose to specialize in WordPress SEO since phrases like WordPress SEO Services and WordPress SEO Audit are less competitive but still being searched for (enough that I got 5 inquiries/day on my website).
You get to the exhibition and find loads of stunning paintings hung on the wall attracting lots of attention from other people. You really like your friend’s artistic style and one painting in particular has caught your eye. You want to buy it badly, but simply can’t afford it.
I consider myself a pretty good optimizer, but lack the skills in managing the day to day ops of running my own new company. I’m gonna like you on facebook, and stick your link in my seo fav links folder. I need to get back here when I have more time to read.
The other thing that is absurd about banning your AdWords account for something that happened almost a decade ago is that people change over time. You may have been advertising something that was wholesome that later became sleazy (maybe after a change of ownership). Or you may have been working on a client project where the domain and site were later sold & became sleazy. Google wants a lifelong ban based on them changing their guidelines after the fact & applying them to you (even though you may not even be associated with the businesses they look down upon). There was also a report of a rogue employee doing spammy crap on the side & then coming into the company office and logging into Google, thus getting the company account torched as well. So you can have ex post facto stuff applied to anything you may have glancing experience with a decade ago & they can buy sites violating their own guidelines & all is well.
I’m sure there are many other ways you can accept payments from your clients in your own country and probably indeed in the UK. I’m not going to cover all of them as I don’t have experience using them myself. The facts are that invoice client, receive payment by cheque or bank transfer from client, and then send client receipt works perfectly well.
And if you are stupid enough to expect someone to write and frequently update an entire business plan for you publicly FOR FREE & guarantee success with it, let me know if there is some market instrument to bet against you, as I will gladly make that wager all day long.
What you need to do first is join some LinkedIn groups. The sorts of groups you want to target are the groups that are going to be full of business owners in your area. So look for your chamber of group, entrepreneurs in your city groups, business owners in your city groups etc (you get the gist).
The experience you have understanding devs and designers and how they work. The experience you have seeing how the work you do accrues to the all-up goals of the business, so you can shape your work appropriately.
Additionally, many social media platforms, like Hootsuite and Tiny Torch, allow you to monitor and get alerts any time your brand is mentioned. Whenever a review is left about your business, positive or negative, be sure to respond to it. That shows other people reading the reviews that you, the business owner, care what your customers think.