Let me help you through some basic and important points, whether you are a part-time worker, or a freelancer, or a business entrepreneur who wants to work full time with your project. Whatever you maybe but this post will help you.
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?’.
LinkedIn is a great platform to market your SEO services on. The reason it’s so good is that you can connect with the business owners directly without having to go through gatekeepers as you would when cold calling or sending direct mail. Also, by using the method I’m about to explain, you can send as many private messages as you want to people absolutely free!
With affiliate programs once the visitor hits your site you make money right away. With a SEO agency once the prospective visitor hits your site you still have to sell them and then do the actual work.
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.
Many people think that lack of initial money to start your own business is what is stopping them from leaving their jobs. Yes, it is true that money can limit us, but that is only if you let it! A famous Buddhist entrepreneur once said; “Money only becomes a problem when you treat it as a problem!”
To claim your Google My Business page, visit google.com/business. There’s a verification process you’ll need to go through where Google will send a postcard with a PIN to your business’s physical location. (No P.O. boxes allowed.) Then you’ll simply log in and enter the PIN to verify your business.
I have been on the fence with this idea for a long time. It seems counter intuitive, but you’ve proven it over and over again. Perhaps i’m my own best example, my company is obviously too small to work with your company directly, but i’m an avid follower of your blog and a highly respect your brand. I’m not sure how that comes back financially in this example, perhaps if we get larger it’ll come in the form a of a kissmeterics subscription or perhaps it’s just a referral or maybe just communicating itself is adding DA and i’m just a smaller piece of a larger scheme.
Take time to price your services, or mention your price when a client contacts you. Pricing your services at the higher cost at the start of the business is the bad practice as the customer will not show any interest in your services, so try to lower the rate. After your work is appreciated, you will get a brand name in society; then you can charge higher rates if required.
Perhaps the most obvious search marketing model is that of the consultant whereby you help other businesses with their search marketing efforts. Think about the demand for external consultants and where that demand may come from.
You will now be fast approaching the part of the meeting where you either close this thing down and leave with a new client on board, or you will be leaving with another meeting, or worst case scenario, the client will need time to ‘think about it’.
Over 50% of businesses are closed within a year of opening, and Bloomberg has stated that almost 80% of businesses won’t make it past 18 months. If your business doesn’t last past the first 12 months or 18 months, will you able to handle that?
What does make a difference though, is your broad experience base and how much you can apply it to the work you and your coworkers are doing. experience with things like managing social media campaigns, email campaigns, and usability.
E.g., I remember a project – the client had some money to spend (a government agency) and had some very vague idea. There was no clearly defined scope with clearly set expectations of deliverables. I took it. Man, it backfired. It turned out there were several other people in the picture, “stakeholders” as they would call them in my field, and they all had strong and loud ideas for what they wanted to be done, and there was no consensus. I ended up spending endless time facilitating endless discussions with them of what should be done etc etc etc, all of which after the contract was already in place. The end result: I spent ridiculous amounts of time, nobody was happy, the amount of money was small and totally not worth it, and I was to blame for everything. Man, I learned a lot from that one project.
To go from starting a business that isn’t successful, to being a student, and then happening into a $3500/month consultancy gig is truly phenomenal and, unfortunately, too good to be true for most young entrepreneurs. I can’t help but think that an opportunity as rich as this doesn’t just come about on a whim. I’m curious to know if there was any thing that influenced that sales rep to be in attendance that day.
Off-page SEO refers to keywords ranking, traffic, and so on. Select some keywords, and improve the keywords ranking in the Google search engine. If the website can be indexed by the Google or Bing, the more pages indexed, the more exposures it will be.
What’s so good about this is that your only real responsibility in this ongoing transaction is answering any questions the client may have from month to month, emailing out the monthly ranking reports (which the SEO reseller company will create for you) and dealing with invoicing and payments every month.
This tactic still may not work for some partners, but it will work for many, and the partnership will then be much more valuable in their eyes than simply “having to give up link juice” without any apparent benefit to them.
Whether they have arrived at your site and requested a free SEO report by signing up to your mailing list, or you are trying to entice business owners to buy your services on LinkedIn, offering free SEO reports is essential to your business and you must make sure you do it properly to secure these potential future clients as actual paying clients. Here’s how to do it;
Another obvious, but important, thing to mention is that if you are going to a meeting with a business person to ask for hundreds/thousands/tens of thousands of pounds/dollars per month, you really should be wearing a smart suit.
Reaching out to related (but not competitive) businesses to see if they will link to you. A good way to do this is to see if the businesses you work with have link pages on their site for partners, vendors, suppliers, etc.
I completely gone through your page and downloaded! I become your FAN jamie! im currently wrking as web cum seo expert! This give me FAITH on me to start my own company ! Thank you so much and expecting more gud stuffs from you Jamie 🙂 Lots of LUV from Ashray 🙂
“If you were going to sign up today, how many of these targeted keywords would you want us to start optimising the site for?” – This question is good to use towards the end of the meeting once you have answered all the client’s questions and dropped in all the above statements and persuaders during your pitch and presentation.
Whenever someone asks me for some advice for starting their own SEO business or they are thinking about doing some freelance work, I immediately direct them to a much frowned upon medium in the SEO world, a book.
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…..
After around 20 minutes I return to the software which will have scraped the business name, address, phone number, email address, website URL and a whole host of other SEO and internet marketing related data for every single lawyer in London that has a Google Maps listing!
Additionally, many social media platforms, like Hootsuite and Tiny Torch, allow you to monitor and get alerts any time your brand is mentioned. Whenever a review is left about your business, positive or negative, be sure to respond to it. That shows other people reading the reviews that you, the business owner, care what your customers think.
It’s also best if you can educate yourself ahead of time using the resources Neil mentioned above (SEW & SEOBook). Plus check out some tools like SEOMoz and Hubspot. The more knowledge you have about the search engine landscape, the better equipped you will be to find a good company to work with.
If you go to freelancer.com and search for user bdkamol, he’s the same guy who optimized all my websites to load in less than 1s. He’s done every one of my speed optimization projects and has improved load times by over 13 seconds in GTmetrix! At $20/hour, 10 hours should be enough for a huge improvement (which I have charged up to $700 for). That’s $500 profit and all you have to do is send your client a “before and after” report in GTmetrix. It’s ridiculously easy.
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.
My advice to anyone who is looking to start an SEO business is actually learn how to do SEO on your own sites for a period of time before actually taking on clients, test numerous things and actually do some heavy research first.
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.
Experts also attest to the quantity, diversity, and speed of reviews to play determining factors in how reviews are used in search algorithms. Hopefully, this gets you started in thinking about the importance of reviews and how they factor in your local search marketing plan, be doing a more extensive post to do the topic justice given its importance. In the meanwhile, for a comprehensive look at getting positive reviews on Google Places, make sure to read this post.
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.