Kathy, this is life for an agency SEO. When you can’t physically implement the changes you want to make on a client site, you still have something to offer — your knowledge. Depending on what a client wants or needs, you can create detailed reports on recommended changes the client can give to their webmaster/IT team. If the client site is simply a tragic mess that would be more trouble than its worth to optimize, you can either explain to the client what your service would entail in terms of time, you can pass on the business, or perhaps subcontract out to an expert in web design who can fix the spaghetti code!. Getting cakewalk clients will not be an everyday occurrence, unfortunately. Managing how you accept and decline clients is a big determining factor in how successful you’ll be as an independent SEO. You’re in good company. Welcome to the club!
There are also a ton of emerging metadata schemas out there – Open Graph, Twitter Card, Google-specific (Authorship, etc.), Schema.org, and others. Best practice is to build this front-end metadata into your templates where appropriate and have them pull the right attributes from the database or have your writers enter the values into the CMS at the point of content creation.
The other good thing about the Studio Press Themes is that you can simply paste your Aweber code in to the theme and that’s’ it all set up and ready to go at the click of a button. For anyone who is unsure of who Aweber are, they provide an opt in email service.
Starting an SEO agency from scratch is probably the most difficult. The startup costs are pretty low, because all you really need is a website and a way to fulfill services. Setting up is easy, but getting clients is tough. Trying to get organic visibility for SEO services will be tough because you will be competing with SEO agencies that have been doing it for years. These agencies will have a track record, organic rankings and testimonials.
Entire books have been written about business plans, but unless you’re chasing bank financing and/or need to present formally to an external agency, it pays to keep business plans brief, clear and simple.
BONUS: I’ve got a special bonus at the end of this tutorial which will help you even further on your quest to start an SEO business. In the ‘Bonus Download’ file I have some goodies for you to use that will save you hours and hours of work! As you go through this tutorial, I’ll explain what each file and document is and how it will help you out.
As I said, luck is usually the sum of preparation + opportunity. Give yourself a pat on the back for being so “lucky,” then keep up the good work. This field changes so often that it’s almost impossible to stay current on everything and still have time to apply that knowledge to your actual work! That’s why I suggest specializing in a particular aspect of the field. It narrows your focus, concentrates your skills, and makes you more valuable to clients (not to mention employers!). Congrats on your success, Vanessa!
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.
What’s even more impressive is that you can save the data to a file with the phone numbers highlighted as links. You then simply setup Skype so that phone numbers become clickable links which then means you just take the file and one by one click each number to phone the business. This will save you masses of time in the long run which you would’ve wasted dialling out the numbers manually.
Thanks for the great info Neil! You really put the smaller clients into perspective and I like how you seem to focus on the Pumpkin strategy and building bigger clients. I think that’s one area that I can use a lot of improvement in. Needless to say I’ll be updating my companies strategies and plan of attack based off of some of these recommendations.
This is the most basic element. Search engines, fundamentally speaking, process your search query by finding website contents that are identical and/or related to the keyword that you have searched. It is important for websites to be able to incorporate certain keywords or keyword phrases on their website’s contents to the probability of a higher ranking search result.
Exact keyword in URL – I remember being on page #3 in Google for “Chicago SEO” for a long time, and then one day I switched my URL from “ocean19.com/seo to “ocean19.com/chicago-seo”. BOOM! We jumped up like 20 spots with that simple change.
Email Marketing… is by far the most cost-effective solution to this problem, so flex some brains and come up with an offer that will let your business stand out from the crowd. Your average client is very busy and cares about nothing but ROI, period. Short and sweet is the best way to go… if you can’t inbox well, better find somebody who can.
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;
Thanks for your advice. I request to provide your suggestions for choosing the best agency for SEO. I started a blog “http://www.bestsmartphoneunder.com/” and looking for the best agency to make my keywords rank and to increase the count of my site visitors. As I’m new to industry, I want not much aware of choosing the agency. So please help me out.
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.
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.
Be prepared to get slammed and inundated with tools and software in this industry. They are everywhere. Hopefully I can save you some time and energy by listing all the tools I used while running my SEO business.