You don’t have to be a writer to get started in SEO. Jim Boykin, the founder and CEO of Internet Marketing Ninjas, has a great life story. He describes himself as an “old hippie.” Way back when, he traveled and lived in various parts of the country for years, working in restaurants and elsewhere, doing the hard work people do in their youth when they are discovering who they are. But he was watching and thinking as he worked. In the late 1990s, he decided that the emerging Internet-thing might have legs (good call!) and moved back home to Upstate New York to become an entrepreneur. He knew what all small businesses needed – promotion and customers! He thought he could help those in his home town by starting his own business to create business websites for others. But shortly after founding We Build Pages (the predecessor to Internet Marketing Ninjas), he realized the web was already getting crowded, and online users were turning to search engines as a way to find websites and content. That’s when he shifted the focus of his business to SEO and link building, and as a result, he was a huge success.
Wonderful post Gary. I started a small web design company a few years ago and only recently started offering SEO services also. There are many small businesses that simply have no idea where to begin let alone have the time to learn about it. Inspirational post thanks.
According to Search Engine Land, 72% of consumers say that they trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, while 52% say that positive online reviews make them more likely to use a local business.
Reading your blogs seems to be living with you and seeing your personal growth as an entrepreneur as you always mention how you learned all these things. I am mentioning the kind of revelation you made about 51 leads and 18 leads.
Modern content management systems do a pretty good job in this area, and if you are using WordPress you are really lucky as there are some great SEO plugins that make tuning the technical side of things easy.
This verification process is necessary because Google wants to confirm that your business is legitimate, and that you are actually the business owner. Please note that according to Google’s terms of service, only the business owner can claim a GMB page. If you’re working with a digital marketing agency on your SEO efforts, you can then grant them permission to be a manager of your page — that way, you remain in control of your listing if you terminate your relationship with the agency.
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.
As you are done with learning SEO, now it’s time for the site. This is the crucial step in setting up an SEO business, as everyone will first have a look at your website, there is no way that clients will come to you directly and give the projects to you.
He lives in the US, is self-employed, and has a family. The American dream right? For and his wife to have a second child, they would need to get a group health plan at least 60 days prior to the wife becoming pregnant. Say that everything works out to be on-time, they are looking about an increased cost of about 20-25k over the course of a 9 month period to have a child in the United States!
“SEO has the highest long term ROI of any form of marketing.” – This is something I say which some people may not agree with but here’s why I think it’s true; When SEO is done properly and ethically, and you achieve top ranking results across targeted keywords with good search volume, these rankings then have the potential to stay there (without any additional optimisation required) potentially for YEARS to come. I don’t know of any other form of marketing that can keep on returning that sort of value consistently, day after day, years after you have stopped paying for it. This again is a good thing to follow up with after you make this statement to the client as every business owner will be delighted with the prospect of still receiving traffic/leads/clients long after they have paid for the SEO services.
3. Know where to find your customers. Some SEO businesses are able to rank high in Google for search queries, others pay for advertising, and some others use outlets like the Warrior Forum to find their target customers.
Other methods you can adopt for promoting your business include printing business cards, adding your business ad to classified sites like Yellow Pages and Craigslist, networking with website designers and web content writers, advertising in local newspapers, and using forums and online communities. LinkedIn is another platform through which you can attract clients.
I think you really have a lot of valuable information in this post. For me you really connected on a personal level mentioning you started trying to earn money in high school, but even though you weren’t successful the first go around, you were willing to go again. This post was a informational, and influential post, thanks!
Local pack results are evaluated and ranked in a way that is similar to traditional organic results, but there are some important steps that need to be taken by business owners in order to optimize their site’s performance in local results. Here’s how to do exactly that.
You’ll also need a name that doesn’t stomp on anyone else’s registered trademark, else you’ll likely get into legal trouble. It also helps if the exact match domain name is available. If you get stuck, there are plenty of branding experts who can help you out, although they do tend to be expensive.
Thanks for the awesome review! I am likely going to re-do some of the green screen videos as I had some lighting issues, but as you said all the content is there. I tried to make it possible for someone who was a compete beginner to go through from start to end and have a pretty solid idea of how to get the business off the ground.
You’re opinion is correct if you think people getting paid thousands of dollars to do fundamental SEO anyone could figure out in a week of research using Google is true. I’m sure this does happen or has happened.
What we found was that quite often the contract in question would be given to someone who has done a really fluffy, shiny, glossy, visually lovely proposal in comparison to ours. More often than not the proposals said very little and we would have to read between the lines to work out what the agency said they would do for the customer.
According to Google, roughly four out of five consumers use search engines to conduct local searches. Yet many small businesses have not claimed even a single a local business listing online, which is a huge missed opportunity.
The number is huge. Now you understood the importance how important it is to be listed in local search for you business. If you are not taking it seriously you are lousing a lot of potential local customers.
In an ideal world I’d say to anyone thinking about starting an SEO company to dedicate a good few years learning all there is to know about SEO and test as much as possible on their own web properties before offering services to other people. You and I both know that almost nobody will actually follow the advice given in the tutorial as it is anyway, never mind actually dedicating years of their life to learning SEO and do it the hard way! 😛
The one thing to keep in mind is that my agency actually provided results. From getting companies to rank in the top three results for terms like “credit cards” and “life insurance” to helping boost their sales, we provided a positive return on investment. If you do everything I mentioned above but fail to provide results as an SEO agency, you won’t be in business for long.
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 agree with you that speaking at conference is effective and I will like to go in that direction. What is you don’t have access to conferences, what do you do? How can you get one going most in a rural area?
You can use a variety of SEO tools and software to start earning money. There are websites which are built to help you track your progress. You can use tracking tools to understand how things work. There is a range of tools and software some of which are paid with which you can monetize what you do. These software and tools are very useful to help you get started. There is a range of ways with which you can effortlessly use the tools. Some of the tools are industry leading whereas some of the tools are very basic. If you need to learn how to properly use the tools and leverage the benefits, you can start using the SEO tools.
What you have to remember is that when you’re reading this, it may seem like there are a lot of steps to complete, but in reality it’s not going to take you that much time to complete them all. There’s absolutely no question that if you follow this free guide and ACTUALLY IMPLEMENT it properly, you too can have your own very successful local SEO business and the ultimate freedom of being your own boss.
You should note that it’s never a good idea to pitch your business in QA forums like Quora. Just be helpful. People will see your profile, and hopefully you’ve linked to your company’s website so they can reach out to you for business if needed.
One online business industry that is particularly popular at the moment is the ‘Search Engine Optimization’ industry, or simply SEO. It is one of the only industries that opens their doors even to the most inexperienced individuals, who have a serious passion for doing business. Not only is it easier to be employed within this industry, but it’s reasonably simple to start your own SEO business!
I got rid of all the fluff and removed 80% of the BS clauses random lawyers had added throughout the years. I got the SEO contract down to five simple pages. I re-wrote areas of the SEO contract over and over until each area was super short, simple and clearly communicated everything we need to communicate.
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.