I am curious about what you think is a more viable way of making money, doing SEO for local clients aka having an agency or making money with authority sites promoting affiliate programs (like Amazon or hosting etc).
The last day of September in 2003 was almost like any other day. I woke up at 5:30 a.m., showered, got dressed, and began my one hour commute to work in my 1999 Honda Accord. I got there at about 6:59 a.m., sat in my cubicle, and pretended to work for an hour or two. What I was really doing was mentally preparing myself to walk into my boss’s office and quit! But I wasn’t just quitting this job, I was quitting corporate America. I was done with hours or traffic, 12 hour days, cubicles, and bosses. My plan was to start an SEO business out of my kitchen, in my tiny two bedroom apartment in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago, IL.
I’ve chosen to focus my own personal brand on keyword research, which has allowed me to build products like my book, and more recently my keyword research training course, but in addition to develop specific services.
Depending on how you go about the business, you might need to spend a lot of time to get started. I have listed below the 5 things you really need to focus on when starting and then continuing your SEO business that earns you profits.
“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.
While this is a time saver, the most important aspect of cold calling is the script you are using. In this case, I always used a script which was strictly for getting my foot in the door for an appointment. Once I have the appointment I know I have a very good chance of closing the client – more on that later though.
Page Optimization – Remember, Google ranks web pages in their search results, not websites. So focus on optimizing one page for one or two keywords. My secret sauce for optimizing a specific web page is published and outputted for free here on MySiteAuditor. When you run an audit and view a PDF report you can clearly see a checklist of everything I do to a web page to optimize it for a target keyword. If you’re not already a customer your don’t have to pay for this, just run a free audit on MySiteAuditor, then study and follow the report.
If you have location or sell through the channel, get your locations or agents up on mobile geo-optimized landing pages and put inbound links from all the major social profile pages pointing to their profile page.
Whether you’re doing work hourly or for a fixed rate, think about how many hours it will take you. Try to be as accurate as possible. If you think an SEO Strategy Report will take about 20 hours, then charge them a fixed rate of about 20 hours. It’s up to you to stay in the time frame. Here’s a breakdown of current hourly rates in the SEO industry.
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 brand names, but few will notice if a small, generic operator falls out of the index as another relative unknown will take their place.
When you are building your agency, you need to focus on getting clients that pay you six figures a year. It’s hard to build a profitable agency and provide great results when someone only pays you a few grand a month.
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You should have a team of members who can take care of the completed project and who can review the whole project. You can suggest the client with a more devolvement offer. If you don’t know about analytics or website programming, then you need to develop relations with the developer who are near you.
However, you need to understand your relative positions in order to negotiate well. If you’re offering a generic search marketing service and there are ten other similar providers bidding for the job, then your position is likely very weak unless you’re the preferred supplier. Personally, I’d avoid any bidding situation where I’m not the preferred supplier.
I would then take their current conversion rate, let’s say 2%, and their average value per sale, let’s say $100 dollars, and show them that 9,400 extra visitors could give them $18,800 a month in extra revenue. I would then do this for each of their keywords and estimate how much more money I could make each month.
Apart form quality content, are there any real differentiatng tactics to outdo the competition (assuming them busy with explained techniques) or outsmart the search engine ranking programs. Sincerely, need your thoughts.
Some people loathe the idea of a boss and that’s fine. Even good people have bad days so it’s not always going to be peaches and cream but if you are in a spot where there is mutual respect and fairness then I’d say hang on to it until you can financially manage to go out on your own.
You should start receiving emails and calls within a couple of days from the owners/managers of the businesses you have emailed wanting to speak to you and get more info about your programme. What you should do now is take it to the next level. Take the harvested details from Power Leads Pro X and one by one, using Skype, click on the phone number of each of business that hasn’t got back to you and phone them.
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 can’t stress enough the financial burden you carry, especially if you are a single-income household with a family, in a volatile industry that is further impacted by a recession; and oh yeah, often unrealistic clients 🙂 and competitors trying to make SEO a commodity through pricing & crappy solutions. To minimize your own stress, you need to already have a rainy-day fund (which you should keep building for when the $h#% hits the fan), an accepted family budget that you can stick to, access to credit or cash when you need it, and a well-defined profit margin for your services. Flying solo, YOU are the inventory — you have to be able to SELL yourself & services — then be prepared to change hats & deliver the goods…..day in & day out. Oh yeah, you have to somehow keep a pipeline of new opportunities b/c we all know there is a life cycle with SEO client work. Your rainy day fund helps bridge the gap in between work. I highly recommend 6-month+ contracts that yield you recurring revenue — this gives predictability and consistent cash flow you can manage.
Now, this is the part where some of you may start thinking ‘Oh no! I actually have to talk to people!? Face to face!?’. A lot of people may feel they lack the confidence to go in to another person’s business and convince them to purchase a service but I promise you once you’ve done it a couple of times you won’t know what all the fuss was about.
There are the provisions of local articles, news websites and some local commercial sites too. This adds some changes that can be a break in the monotony of having similar things always. For local and hardcore users, it provides many kinds of services and help that can virtually make up for some the similar scene.
For beginners interested to start an SEO business I recommend heavily focusing on learning project and account management in addition to improving their improving their proficiency in the service they offer-search engine optimization.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the most widely adopted online marketing strategy by individuals and businesses. This is because SEO attracts highly targeted search engine traffic on a consistent basis, and it guarantees long-term results. Due to the effectiveness of SEO as a tool for attracting prospects; most small, medium and big businesses are now dedicating a significant fraction of their budget to this online marketing strategy.
This is important because it means that every email that goes out will now be spun and unique which means it has much less chance of being marked as spam and therefore much more likely to reach the recipient’s inbox. You can manually spin each email but it’s a lot quicker and easier to use The Best Spinner to spin all your emails and articles.
I also only missed out on the first client because they were already finalising a deal with another SEO company for roughly the same price and felt obliged to go with them. I think looking back now after the experience I have gained, I could’ve also won that client’s custom too but that is all part of the learning curve I suppose.
Create link worthy content. Infographics are a great example – you create a beautiful image representing important information and allow others to use the infographic on their own website in exchange for linking back to yours as credit.
You can also get your work done in an excellent package when you needed them. Many companies start interactions with a few too many. They try to build relationships as fast as they can, and if you maintain such relations then, if there is any need of SEO services then obviously he will recommend your site.