NOTE: It’s not a question you should ask the prospect, but it’s a common question a prospective client will ask you… ‘How long will it take for our website to get to number 1 in Google for the keywords?’.
But do remember to write for a human, not just a search engine. Though it’s important to have valuable keywords in your title tag, if it looks odd to a user (e.g., “Boston Cheeseburgers, Best Cheeseburgers, Cheeseburgers”) then you’ll be missing out on a bunch of traffic that thought “Mike’s Grill – Cheeseburgers, Shakes & More” sounded more like a real person.
Larger companies will hire one-man bands or small consultancies if they need what you have and what you have is difficult for them to get elsewhere. A lot of search marketing consultants won’t fill this brief, although some are brought in to help train and mentor their internal search teams.
Since your core task as an SEO company is to increase your clients’ organic traffic, which in turn will increase their conversion / revenue; then it is necessary you know some of the basics terms and how they work. Examples of such terms include:
Find out the most common keyword searches for your product/service and write separate blog posts for each of those keywords. Also write blog posts on less common long-tail keyword searches where there may be no local competition.
Smartphones and Internet have seeped into our lives completely. Modern people stay connected to the worldwide web 24 hours a day. Residents of the metropolitan areas more and more address the Internet to sort out their local issues. Things like purchasing, booking, delivery, and other services become easier every day. At the same time, however, competition between local businesses also rises. This article will tell you how to get your place on Google Local SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages) in 4 steps.
Web analytics are the key to understanding what’s working, what isn’t and where the biggest opportunities are. Reporting and presentation skills are integral to communicating data driven insights and recommendations to clients and company decision makers.
In my experience, a lot of what you said is true. It helps to start off working somewhere else and than slowly transiting out… However, it’s always going to be scary when you finally make the switch, but I’m very happy I did. The risks, challenges, and rewards of owning a company is a lot more fulfilling then working for someone else. If you want, you can read my story about starting an SEO company
My advice for you, if you really want to do SEO, is to specialize in a particular service or industry. Get really good at link building or E-Commerce SEO…or specialize in travel or real estate SEO… something very specific that you can master. Once you build connections in a particular niche (writers, site owners, bloggers, directories, etc. etc.) the results will be much easier to attain and duplicate. Then you build a name for yourself in that niche and you can easily sell potential clients and get tons of referrals from existing ones.
Keep in mind that you can send partners potentials clients as well. That’s a great starting point and an excellent sign of good faith. Sending a new partner a client first is a great way to help get the ball rolling. I did this before I sold my agency and it was fantastic. A few times a month I would get a couple finder’s fee checks for doing practically nothing, except giving out a name and phone number to a current client.
The SEO approach for smaller businesses needs to be about a lot more than just SEO, it needs to be more about SEM – with strong emphasis on the “M” (arketing) in order to avoid the fate outlined in the link above. Google looks deficient if people can’t find the big names, but few will notice if a small, generic operator falls out of the index as another relative unknown will take their place.
Great post – really goes to show three things. 1) You can find a great business idea from anywhere as long as you keep your eyes open. 2) That hard work really does pay off over time, and 3) we, as small business owners, can learn anything we set our minds too. Great post.