On-page SEO for local businesses conforms to some pretty old school SEO tactics. There’s quite a large weighting towards the on-page content in the local search listings, so it’s important that, where possible, you squeeze the most value out of your content.
Love this very inspirational, I plan on building out my site as an seo/ webdesign blog, then using it as leverage to get a job for a bigger agency. Hopefully all the benefits of being an seo without the responsibility of being an business owner.
The good news is you don’t have to guess! Google has a keyword planner tool that provides search volume for queries, as well as a suggestions feature to provide insight into different keyword variations. This is extremely useful when deciding whether “tacos” or “meat with a tortilla folded around it” is searched for more frequently, as a search engine’s index treats the queries separately. Using these keywords naturally throughout your site builds relevancy and helps search engines understand what your site is about.
Whether you have literally only learnt the term SEO for the first time reading this article, you’re a beginner, intermediate or super star SEO practitioner, one sure fire way to get leads and enquiries from business owners actually coming in to YOU is to rank your own SEO website for high value SEO keywords.
Ok, the first thing that you may be thinking is ‘I don’t know anything about SEO!’; Don’t worry if you don’t know anything about SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), because all you need to do in the end is find someone who does – I will discuss this later on in the guide.
Nothing is more infuriating that being told your stuff isn’t good enough / lacks quality only to see Google pay someone else to steal it and wrap it in AdSense (talk about sleazy black hat business models – way to lead the category Google!)
Life is too short to spend it doing the things you don’t like. But, life is too short to stay poor also! An SEO business lets you be your own boss and also earn a living doing that. The freedom and flexibility it gives you is real-tempting.
I’m so glad you wrote this. I’m in the process of starting my agency and have thought about each of these points along the way. My biggest worry was taxes, so I’m glad you included that part. Thanks for all the value!
I think it would work as it builds trust. If you find that it is hurting you, you can then start blocking some of it off and creating paywalls. But overall giving away the farm really helps build trust and loyalty. I’ve found that it causes more people willing to open up their wallets.
Partner with the right people whether it’s local or overseas using a website like freelancer.com. You need to build a team so you can either refer your client to them and make a referral commission, or use an affiliate link (eg. if you refer them to Whitespark). This is KEY to building a scalable local SEO business while making extra cash on the side. Cause let’s face it, a 1-person SEO freelancer can’t do it all. Check out my list of WordPress affiliate programs to get some ideas.
For those of you who aren’t feeling quite so ambitious today, why not start small and leave some blog comments? But it’s helpful to first determine what kind of commenter you want to be. Helpfully, Brandon Scott Gorrell has laid out some options for us on Thought Catalog, such as:
Absolutely yes you can, especially if you have sales and business experience. You can start small and begin selling the service to local businesses. Sell the service for at least $500/month for 6 months… anything less is going to be a complete waste of time. Even at that price profits can diminish quickly, especially if you are outsourcing services.
Don’t get me wrong, this takes a lot of hard work to do, but essentially you only need to know the basics of SEO get started. There are lots of sites online that you can learn how to do this (OnlineIncomeTeacher is a good place to start!), but once you learn, you can begin to turn it into a business.
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – exploit all your Social Medias to advertise that you are starting your own SEO business. Try blogging, speaking at marketing conferences and leaving answers to SEO related queries on forums. This could help get you noticed.
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.
Consumers are overwhelmed with the number of options they have available to them, whether it’s places to eat, places to shop for underwear, or places to fill up on gas. So search engines make life extremely easy for them by allowing them to enter a few keywords, and return a host of options ranked and filed based on a number of factors that make it easier for consumers to choose and be satisfied at the end of the transactions. If the recommendations or results prove satisfactory, consumers will return to the search engine and use it again, allowing them to monetize through advertising.
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
Ecommerce sites are so different from other web platforms that SEO for them can almost be considered a separate branch of the industry. While many fundamentals are the same, ecommerce – especially of the marketplace variety – introduces complications that could almost be ignored if they occurred on a smaller scale on a different type of website. Here are five SEO mistakes that could be holding back your ecommerce site as we speak.