“Google’s research shows that 1 out of every 5 of the 16 billion Google searches a day are in regards to a local business. Just based on these keywords alone, you can see that [X amount]* of people are actively searching for the exact product/service that you provide. They are finding the solution, but unfortunately at the moment it’s your competitors who are profiting from it. “ – Again, this highlights to the business owner that their competitors currently have the jump on them when it comes to the search engine ranking positions for their targeted keywords. This should act to again create urgency and fear in the business owner as they have been made aware that their main local/national/international competitors are taking the lion’s share of the visitors/leads/customers that are searching online for the exact same product/service that your potential clients offers.
I have three main recommendations. And maybe a warning – like one of those signs you see in horror movies – go back, do not enter, trouble ahead. This is no easy gig so you need to ensure you are up for the task.
Here’s the thing, lots of people like Grind say, “Neil is absolutely correct, if you provide value that is greater to the clientâ€™s bottom than what youâ€™ve charged them, they will happily keep paying (and recommending)” and I am definitely someone like that. But, I’ve yet to find someone that can produce those results…..
Make sure you have a perfect grip on identifying and analyzing proper keywords, the on page SEO and off page SEO skill, ranking keywords on Google first page, analyzing sites potentials and rectifying SEO errors in a site, etc.
An important point to discuss is what you should be charging your clients for SEO. This is a very hard question to answer in black and white as there are many factors to be considered, I will explain this in more detail later on in the guide.
It’s no wonder that this is such a strong signal because it’s used as one of Google’s core Quality Score measures within their Adwords platform. It makes sense that they would measure the user experience that searchers are getting with this metric.
Are you one of those people who always dreams about starting your own business, but always comes up with excuses not to do so. Your not alone, many people do this, but continues the rat race working for others. Well, it could be easier than you think to start your own business!
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.
This is why you need to gather the initial understanding of how SEO can work effectively into a company’s marketing strategy by working within an industry and among established professionals before taking the plunge and starting your own business.
Keep the customer firmly in mind. What problem do they have that they desperately need solving? Perhaps the restaurant doesn’t really need their website ranking well, but they do need more people phoning up and making a reservation. So how about running a restaurant reservation site in your town, using SEO and PPC to drive leads, providing customers copies of each restaurant’s menu? Charge the restaurant for placement and/or on leads delivered basis.
If you do some research, you can find so many website owners ready to provide a guest post link on their blog in just $5. There are many others who can provide manual social bookmark links or other quality links for $5.
Whether it’s for a startup or a new business, these 11 steps will help your SEO efforts be more successful. Of course, once you launch a business the keywords and content your care about may change, but the game remains the same.
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.
Before we get started, one thing you want to keep in mind when using any of the following SEO elements is not to overdo it. You might be tempted to shove a lot of keywords onto your pages, but that is not the goal. In fact, Google has unleashed an over-optimization penalty that targets websites that have too many keywords stuffed onto one page. So when it comes to keyword optimization, keep it simple – think of up to five keywords or keyword phrases for each page on your website and optimize for those.
Consistency is key here. You need to ensure that you have your full NAP across your whole website (i.e. every page). Furthermore, you must use the exact same details/format when you mention your address on other websites (i.e. local citations).
Social Media Marketing (covers creating fresh, compelling content and drawing followers [and the ultimate goal, sales] via many online venues, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, FourSquare, Pinterest, and many more)
But only you will know when the time is right and I strongly urge you keep your clients business interests top priority throughout the entire SEO campaign. This will certainly keep you in business far longer than trying to manipulate an algorithm which is catching up to these short lived tactics all the time.
Here’s a critical piece of advice. Always stay a student of the SEO industry. Read blogs, case studies, and everything the big search engines like Google release. So many people stop studying after a couple years. They think they know it all. Those same people soon go out of business. Here are a few good resources to stay educated.
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.
After working for other people for so long, you might feel that 2018 is the right time to venture into the great unknown of self employment and entrepreneurship. While this is a laudable move, you need to be sure you are getting into the right industry, and that you the right tools to succeed in it.
Clients only care about results. You can provide all the reports on all the great services you provided, but if they are not getting new customers then it is only a matter of time before they leave you.
The first thing you will need is a website for your new local SEO business. If you don’t already know how to build a website then check out my guide here, which shows you how to build a brand new WordPress website in less than 10 minutes! I recommend using Bluehost to register your domain and host your website (You also get a free domain name when you purchase their hosting).
Think about areas that are a pain for you in your current search marketing work. These areas are likely a pain for other people, too. If you can make these pain points easier, then that is worth money. The search community tends to be generous about getting the word out when truly useful tools and services spring up. The hard part is when more service providers enter a niche it becomes harder to maintain a sustained advantage in your feature set. As that happens, you need to focus on points of differentiation in your marketing strategy.
Why Whitespark? Because all their submissions are manual one-time fees (unlike Yext) and they have a 4.9 star review on Google with 200+ reviews. Just send them an intake which you can fill out on their website, and they will build the citations in 3 weeks. You also get a report of the citation URLs and one universal login. If you want to learn more, check out my Whitespark citation building review.
For your business to succeed you need customers and most of them will come to you through referrals. You will need to build good relationships with professionals in your industry so that they can refer customers to you.