It takes a lot of work Troy, but as you develop your skills and talents, you can begin to outsource a few things here and there to a virtual assistant. Spend time focusing ON your business in addition to IN your business
Those who work the system will *always* be able to find ways around issues (dynamic IP addresses, logging in from larger institutional networks that can’t easily be blocked, etc.) but it is the average person who gets screwed by Google’s draconian monopolistic “customer support is evil” ways. The problem for Google is this: “when innocence itself, is brought to the bar and condemned, especially to die, the subject will exclaim, it is immaterial to me whether I behave well or ill, for virtue itself is no security.” – John Adams
Good stuff as always Neil. Really appreciate the insight and strategies. Many of them are strategies we stumbled into and have implemented without the roadmap you outlined. Wish this post was made 5 years ago lol.
Some of the other skills you need to develop include learning how to build, develop and manage user engagement. User engagement is one of the factors that encourage page ranking and if you are knowledgeable in this area, it will help provide better user experience for your clients.
Speak at conferences – SEO and marketing conferences used to be the place to get new customers. I used to pick up at least $100,000 per marketing conference I went to that had over 1,500 attendees. Sooner or later, all of the other SEOs and marketers started to speak at the same events, and the amount of new revenue I acquired from these events drastically shrunk. I later learned that the best events to speak at are non-industry events. For example, when I spoke about online marketing at an online gambling event, I was able to lock PokerStrategy.com in a $1.2 million contract. From finance to fitness and everything in between, non-industry events typically brought in four times more revenue than industry events. You just have to make sure you are speaking at conferences that charge at least $1,000 per ticket as that means you are usually talking to an audience that can afford your services. When you speak, you have to talk about specific tactics people can leverage, show examples of companies using those tactics, and wrap it up with data that shows your methods were successful.
To begin with, you’ll want to capture any low-hanging fruit by getting in touch with your existing customer base and see if they’d be interested in leaving you a review. You could incentivize them for their time (maybe a discount, etc.).
It’s certainly good that you’re doing your research and gathering information. However, I think that many of my colleagues would agree that nothing has taught us more than actually doing the work. Reading up on SEO can give you some good general knowledge, but actually having the experience of seeing what works and what doesn’t, especially in different market spaces, is priceless.
For beginners interested to start an SEO business I recommend heavily focusing on learning project and account management in to improving their improving their proficiency in the service they offer-search engine optimization.
Whether you have literally only learnt the term SEO for the first time reading this article, you’re a beginner, intermediate or super star SEO practitioner, one sure fire way to get leads and enquiries from business owners actually coming in to YOU is to rank your own SEO website for high value SEO keywords.
This is a great post, it gives me something to strive towards. I’m still starting out, I know how to rank websites well with SEO, but up until now I’ve ranked mainly personal websites so I don’t have any testimonials other than my own. Based on what other companies do for SEO, I know what I do is top tier, but it’s difficult to get top tier clients without past clients. Any suggestions?
“One of the gentlemen sitting in the room during my speech was a sales rep at Elpac Electronics and he approached me after my speech. He then told me that the company he worked for was looking for a seo. He introduced me to the marketing manager at the company and they hired me as a contractor for $3500 a month.”
SEMRush provides analytics tools, social media reporting and SEO information about your website. It builds in competitor analytics as well, and can be used for keyword research and analyzing backlinks. SEMRush is a good tool for small business owners who have some experience in SEO already. It also provides data on things like Google Shopping ads and other product displays. SEMRush plans start at $99.95 per month.
You must remember that you will almost never leave a meeting with a business owner getting a straight ‘no’ answer. Even if for some reason they don’t want the service, they will usually just say the old ‘I’ll be in touch soon’ or ‘I need to discuss it with [INSERT RANDOM EMPLOYEE/PARTNER NAME] before we actually move forward with this’.
Very nice post. Every business now has to be on the internet. And if You are on the internet – You need traffic. Your website is nothing without traffic. And if You are not making a lot of money via Your website – there is no other way to get traffic but the SEO. Adwords are just too expensive for low income websites. So thank You for showing us the points of SEO!
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In my case they gave me no warning whatsoever before banning me. They initially insisted they did, but then later recanted and admitted to banning me without warning because my violations were “egregious”. How can an 8-year old deleted ad be “egregious”?
It seems that this strategy relies on the theory that there are limits to DIY and by providing DIY answers, your potential leads will come to not only respect your brand, but come to an understanding of their own limitations internally. A photo taken by someone who doesn’t do it every day will never be as quality as product photographed by a us, a company that shoots products daily and the same goes for SEO.
When you are considering the different aspects of SEO remember it’s an integrated framework that uses a high end content strategy to establish your authority; social networks will gain traction for your promotion with smart implementation; and focus on earning those links to build long-term equity with your readers and search engines.