I’ve learned not to take on clients that have expectations that do not match reality. We have found throughout the years that the best clients are the ones who are self-sufficient and educated in the digital marketing process. The clients that require too much education often do not understand the value we provide and end up causing wasted time and resources.
Scott, I think that price range is realistic. You really have to show them the value proposition you are offering them. Back it up with case studies and your past work. Shoot me an email so we can discuss some options. email@example.com
It is important that you have the right tools and resources to help you measure the success of your SEO efforts. If you don’t have this, then you will not be able to tell which of your strategies is effective and which you need to develop on.
Hi Muhammad! There are plenty of sites online (ours included) that have lots of information about SEO that you can learn from. I myself didn’t know much about SEO until I started reading about it online.
One thing that has made cold calling expensive in the past is that most people who wanted to cold call businesses either had to dial direct from the phone book/yellow pages, which is extremely inefficient and tedious.
Only 31.3 percent of websites are using this markup — and most are only using the basics. You can make your local business stand out (and possibly rank higher than your competitors) if you add structured data markup to your site where appropriate.
When it comes to creating your business listing and getting citations, you have a couple of options, you can either go the DIY approach and list with all the major players, you can hire an agency, or you can turn to a location-based content management system (CMS) where you upload your address once and then use the software to push your listing to everywhere you want to be.
It’s true that SEO isn’t as easy as it once was. You used to be able to follow a script: incorporate this title tag, put this keyword on your page, repeat it a few times, get links with the keyword in the link text, get even more links with keywords in the link text, and when you’ve finished doing that – get a lot more links with keywords in the link text.
“If you decide to work with us then you are the only [insert industry] we will be working with in [insert city/country/continent].” – Explain that while you have been in contact with other businesses in their niche/area/industry, if they subscribe to your SEO services, it will come with a guarantee that they will be the only organisation you work with in that niche/industry in that city/country/continent. Obviously amend this based on what sort of company you are pitching to, a local accountant for example will be slightly different to a multi-national company operating in numerous countries.
With an SEO certification from a trusted brand, you can immediately solve the single biggest challenge in SEO – the trust issue. Further, most SEO certification programs offer training and resources to help you learn best-practices SEO, so that you can sell and fulfill.
Whitespark’s citation intake and reports are non-branded so if you upsell this to clients, they probably won’t know you outsourced this. They also offer a citation clean-up service if they’re a complete mess.
Thanks for the comment! I agree will all of that! I took on plenty of undesirable clients when I started out. You definitely have to hustle in the beginning, but get more selective as you bring on more clients. To be honest, realistic revenue for client SEO is in the six figures per year. That is, if you are doing strong work and have effective lead generation channels.
It worked for us and once we were established, we started charging the going rate (our charges were one offs-not residual income) because people were able to see the work we did and would start asking us to quote. If we hadn’t of done that then we would never have been heard of.
Restate the main aspects of your plan, highlighting where you are now and where you’re going to take the business. As business plans are always up for review, make a note of when you’ll review it next.
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I am not in SEO business in any way, but subscribe by every word you wrote there. My consulting business (nothing of your magnitude or level, but still) was growing and doing well – but then started to slip and went down substantially. If I am to list reasons why, all of them are contained in this post of yours – because I was not doing what you are listing. Well, you learn as you go. This year I am set to turn things around.
Google continues to perpetuate a world where they encourage the exact type of behavior they are trying (supposedly) to stop. Why is there so much spamming, deceptive advertising, affiliate desperation and gray/black hat SEO? Simply because they have ceased to foster any sort of fair or open environment where legitimate businesses can compete- so people get desperate. It’s harder than ever to get your business seen in Google- even if you’re willing to pay for it.
With that established, what you would need to do before you go to the meeting with your client is look at the amount of keywords you have researched for them and then look at the various costs that the SEO reseller company are charging for the amount of keywords to optimise.
There are a ton of tools out there to help you evaluate content both from a social sharing as well an SEO perspective. Add in traditional web analytics and you have a good idea of how well acquisition content is doing.
“What is the lifetime value of every new customer/client you gain?” – This can be a brilliant question as if they do know the exact number then you can then look at the potential monthly search volume for all keywords and say something like; “Well, once we’ve got your website to number 1 for all these keywords, you will be receiving roughly around 40% of the total number of people searching which would be around [X amount] new visitors every month. Even if you only converted 1% of these new prospects in to new customers/clients, you’ll still have gained [X amount] new customers/clients. Based on the lifetime value of each new customer/client you get, that should be new customers/clients every month you will be gaining which have a lifetime value to the tune of [X amount]… And that’s not even including the future customers/clients they will recommend through word of mouth!”. One thing about this example is that you need to have proficient arithmetic skills, if you don’t then just take a calculator with you to meetings. If the business owner doesn’t know how much the lifetime vale of each customer/client is, then still do the calculation of visitors versus a 1% conversion rate and present them with the final number that way, it’ll still be effective.
1) Recognize your strengths and build/grow on them. Recognize your weaknesses and either stay away from projects and opportunities involving those, or do something to overcome those weaknesses (e.g., through training), or outsource.
I am very sure you must have heard of search engine optimization. If you are having a business and have a website then many SEO guys must have proposed you with an offer that they will rank your website at so and so position on Google. And that they will bring a lot of quality traffic to your website and make your business hot marketplace. Well SEO is an art how you optimize your website for search engine so that they will crawl the content and display your web address whenever users are searching in your niche.