Hey Nathan, I am just starting my agency. This will surely help me avoid mistakes that would have cost me dollaaaarrs. Again thanks a lot! And also have bookmarked your blog keep writing awesome stuff. 🙂
Before starting your own business, it is advisable to work at least one year offering SEO solutions. In this way you can improve your expertise by attending conferences (such as Pubcon, MozCon and SEMPDX), optimizing your websites, write a blog and even an eBook. This is particularly useful for the marketing process, but you can also practice your research and get to know more about SEO.
Essentially, the more popular you are on Google+, the more likely you are to influence personalized search results with those who are following you. Hence, take advantage of this social network to its fullest extent to reap the benefits.
The first college class I took was Speech 101. The professor asked us to give three speeches on any topic of our choice. One of the topics I chose was on SEO… It was called “How search engines work”.
Please can you elaborate on this point… where do you get that figure from and should I be worried? We moved to Mountain View from the UK recently and already have two kids… admittedly, I’m employed full time, but I have ambitions of replicating what I have in the UK over here in the US… What you’re essentially saying is that if we were to go on and have a 3rd child we’d need 40-50k a year extra?!?!
Another thing to think about if you’re cash rich but time poor, especially with many people leaving the SEO game, is to buy an existing SEO business. You’re buying existing contracts and/or a client list, and you may be able to pick up some skilled employees, too. Buying a business is a topic in itself and outside the scope of this article, however it’s an avenue to think about especially if you are capital rich and time poor. You may be able to manage such a business part time, as you have less pressure to develop new business from scratch and the existing employees can handle the work at the coal face and deal with clients during the day.
This was a great post, thanks for sharing it. I have been researching a lot lately about SEO regarding education resources and what have you. I understand that it can be as broad or as specific as you would like. I am really trying to develop a plan on what to study and would appreciate your advice. As of now, I am teaching myself by means of free education resources on these topics; SEM, SEO, marketing in general, html coding, and website design. I plan on offering services relative to those topics as a sole freelancer and wasn’t sure if there is anything to delve deeply into that would better my understanding. If you could suggest any other topics you think would be of great help, or any education resources, whether they are free or come at a price, it would be greatly appreciated.
In this weak and unstable economy it is really hard to reasonably project out 5 years on a life changing decision. There are so many variables to take into account that it’s difficult to give a tailored answer to each situation.
Writing titles and descriptions is considered an art in the SEO world. In a sea of competing search results, if this text isn’t unique, compelling and descriptive, then your click-through rate will suffer. Additionally, one extra word or character could cut off your text with the dreaded ellipses (…). This may not be a true tragedy, but it does look unprofessional, especially when it shows up in the middle of a sentence, making your title or description less impactful.
The affiliate positions a site in the top ten results, gathers leads and traffic, and then sells them to someone else. The display advertiser publishes content in order to provide space for advertising, and typically makes money on the click-thrus.
SEO matters because, generally, higher rankings will get you more traffic, which leads to more conversions. The exact click-through rate – or, the percentage of people who click on a result from the search engine results page (SERP) – of each ranking position differs based upon user intent, but everyone agrees that the higher the click-through rate, the higher the volume of traffic.
Finding clients’ is just one phase of the game, educating clients is a different ball game entirely. There is a high probability that most of your clients will be small business owners that have neither heard of the word “SEO”, nor know how it works.
The last, but not least, piece of advice I want to give you is to never stop giving. One of the major ways I grew the SEO agency is by helping people for free. When I first started, people helped me for free, so I would try to pay it forward by doing the same thing.
The blogs were abuzz this week over Google’s “Farmer Update,” which aims to keep content farms out of the SERPs. (For more on the update, read Danny Sullivan’s summary and some thoughts from Aaron Wall and Dave Harry. Also, Andy Beard created a custom analytics report to determine if the update affected your traffic; he said he believes the algorithm grades your site similarly to Quality Score in AdWords, so “search traffic from Google is more expensive for lower quality sites.”) Not wasting any time before deciding its business model sucks, Maholo has already laid off 10% of its workforce in response.
I hope you didn’t think I was going to do all this talking about how great my SEO contracts are without giving you a sample template. My SEO contract template is totally free, but you have to share this article before downloading it. It should only take you 5-10 seconds to do this. Current clients can just login to their dashboard and click on “Free downloads” in the footer. You can also download the contract for free, just by sharing this blog post. Share using the link below and your free SEO contract template will instantly appear.
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However, at no point should you be pushy with the client. Throughout the entire meeting I always give off the attitude of ‘I’m the expert in this, I have explained why you NEED this service and if you don’t decide to sign up to it, I’ve got a number of your competitors waiting to sign up should you turn this opportunity down’.
People who run businesses have never got enough time in the day to complete the workload they already have running their company so you can be sure that if they are willing to give up their precious time to hear what you have to say then they are definitely interested in your services. It’s just up to you to make sure you’re prepared and ready to wow them and get that deal done.
If you’re not sure how your title and meta description tags will look or how many characters you can get away with, try using an emulator like the one from SEOmofo or Yoast’s SEO Plugin for WordPress:
I got introduced to you and your blog when I read a your blog about lessons learned from SEO Agency. ( http://www.seomoz.org/blog/7-lessons-learned-from-running-a-seo-agency-14225 ) After that I have been reading every blog from you be it on Kissmetrices or QS.
I think the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you have to have a scalable process in place if you want scalable and predictable results. Such an eye-opening lesson, after learning that from the NYT best selling book, The E-Myth Revisited.
Invest in people and processes. If you have the right talent you get a lot done but if you have the right processes in place you can get even more done. Processes help you scale very quickly whilst maintaining the quality of work.
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!
In this guide I will be teaching you how to start an SEO business. I currently own a local SEO company myself and have been running it since 2009 with good success. By the end of this guide you will have all the tools and know how to go ahead and start your very own local SEO business, all you will need to do is read this tutorial and take action.
Great information. When I got started with SEO I don’t think it had a name. I realized that the yellow pages were no longer worth paying for and had to keep my site being seen. Learning the process was just part of keeping my business alive.
Once you begin to make some cash on the side, see how far you can scale it (reasonably) before you need to make a decision on whether to fully jump in or whether to keep it as a side gig where you can eventually outsource a good chunk of the tedious work.
When you’re in meetings with clients, it’s essential that you really hammer home the benefits of SEO and why they NEED the service you are offering. Here are some statements and facts that you should learn off by heart and all of them should be used in your with clients;
In my 10 years running an agency, the About Us page was the number one most visited page for us and all our service clients. Nothing else came close, not even our pages that showed previous work and case studies.
Matt D’Angelo is a B2B Tech Staff Writer based in New York City. After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Journalism, Matt gained experience as a copy editor and writer for newspapers and various online publications. Matt joined the Purch team in 2017 and covers technology for Business.com and Business News Daily. Follow him on Twitter or email him.
Use a piece of software called SEO Power Suite. This software has many brilliant features that will assist you in your day to day running of your SEO business but more importantly it can create very professional looking SEO reports that you can then use as free SEO reports to pass on to your clients.
Create an online venue where you can promote your products and services, share information on the industry, and establish your authority as an SEO provider. If you don’t have a website yet, we can help you create one that is catchy, navigable, and search engine-friendly. If you already have one, we can audit your site and help you optimize it, both for the web and for your targeted niche.