Firstly, you need to pick a niche and an area you want to target. Using Power Leads Pro X, scrape the details of these businesses. Once the list is scraped, you can save yourself hours of having to hand write the addresses of the businesses on the envelopes, and have Power Leads Pro X print the business name, address and post code/zip code on to labels for you.
Starting your own business is a thrill. It’s liberating. However, in order for it to work, you must approach it with the same rigor and planning you do with your search marketing campaigns. Keep in mind you’re swapping one boss for many bosses.
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
SEO is far from an exact science- it is constantly evolving as old internet trends fade out and new ones emerge. The key to starting a successful SEO business is to stay on top of new developments and advance along with the industry.
Neil, thanks a lot, as always, for sharing your story. It’s very inspiring and touches on a few things relevant to any kind of business: drive results, care about clients, think big and don’t be afraid to do some free work at the beginning. Loved it!
I am young SEO Consultant from Italy and I have recently started my website about seo consultancy. I am currently facing some difficulties at the moment as I only rank for a couple of keywords, but I was following your facebook live yesterday and I’ll try to follow some of your advices.
But let’s say you’ve figured out how to rank well. Your skills are valuable, because top ten rankings are valuable. Another bonus, given Google is making life more difficult, is that it creates a barrier to entry. There will be less threat from newcomers who have just bought a book on How To SEO.
Quite a few people have asked me how to raise capital to start a new business. My response is always, “what for?” They usually have a blank look on their face when I ask that. The reason they often look perplexed is that most people just think you need to raise capital to start a business. We refer to those people as “wantrepreneurs”, not entrepreneurs. Don’t fall for this excuse.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to keep organized. As the clients begin to come in, files and resources can become extremely disorganized. The more organized you are the higher your quality and output will be.
CONTENT CREATION – Only create great content that provides real value and is better than what’s currently already out there. Google your competition, see what type of content they have, then create something better and be sure to include stats and visuals when possible.
The truth is, the average consumer will 2-3 reviews before choosing to buy from you, so start encouraging your customers to leave a good word about you. It can be on your website, social media pages, or online directories such as Yelp.
A couple weeks before an SEO contract expires hold a face-to-face meeting to discuss the success of the the contract and the above Next Phase Strategy Brief. After all, SEO, web design and all of digital marketing never ends. There is no finish line. It’s an ongoing process.
or even a fee that you would have to cover if you already have a corporate job, but if you work for a small business (or own your own business) almost no health insurance plans will cover maternity, or will only do so at a significant cost increase … and whenever you get any health services in the US without having health insurance they charge you 3x 5x or sometimes even 100x what they charge insured people, basically trying to bankrupt you through a sleazy program of cost shifting.
Understanding the clients business processes is paramount to insure total clarity of goals and fulfilling business needs. So clients internal weaknesses can me eradicated as soon as possible and fortified.
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.
At the onset it’s super important to set clear boundaries. What are your agency’s hours of operation? How often are you going to be updating and speaking with the client? How much communication will be over the phone vs email?
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.
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Great advice Marvin, especially this part: “Trust me on this. Don’t waste your valuable time on things anyone can do.” Getting stuck on stupid shit like reading emails that don’t matter or focusing on stuff that doesn’t make money is a time kill and a slow death to growth.
If you are at the point where you need to make a decision or want to make a decision down the road, there are some key points to keep in mind but financial variables are some of the most important variables in this equation.
Create a good piece of content that gains traction in the SEO niche – this can then serve you as a case study to your potential clients to show your skills in generating placements, traffic and engagement.
Excellent Post! As a 10-yr SEO and start-up agency entrepreneur, you are hitting many nails squarely on the head. Anyone who is considering starting their own SEO consulting business and eventual agency from a blank canvas, take to heart this article!! One of the Pro’s of SEO is the fluid nature of our industry and survival of the fittest — those who are smart, nimble, hard-working & client-focused can survive & win and it keeps things very fresh & challenging! But that Pro is also a Con. Not only with algorithm shifts and the feeling of holding water in your hands — but also with a watered down marketplace of “SEO experts” who make it more difficult to legitimize our industry. SEO is highly-unique in the business world as most niche industries don’t have such perceived risk to all stakeholders.