I’ve also experienced the frustration of self-purchased health insurance. Aside from taxes, it’s my largest expense- and they fight me on everything. It’s a constant battle to get things covered and their argument is always that “I’m not part of a group so exceptions apply”. I’ve seriously considered canceling it and just sticking the money in an account for a sort of self-insurance. Of course, when a few days hospital stay can cost six-figures it’s never that easy.
With this kind of investment and ongoing seeking an SEO business for sale and going that route starts to make a lot of sense as an option. When you buy an established SEO business, at least there is a local track record and (presumably) some existing SEO equity in the business. In a franchise relationship, you are buying into the strength and recognition of the existing franchise brand – and with Internet marketing franchises, there aren’t any with strong brand recognition. And if you’re not buying into a brand, then what are you paying for?
SEO and ranking in Google is something you will definitely get better at over time. However, if you are going to start a business and handle it for other sites, I would make sure you know what the best working methods are and how to avoid any Google penalties.
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.
If you’re not sure how your title and meta description tags will look or how many characters you can get away with, try using an emulator like the one from SEOmofo or Yoast’s SEO Plugin for WordPress:
Obviously, it is quite expensive and time consuming to dedicate a monthly campaign to a non-paying client; so I’d like to know exactly what you recommend doing to justify value given to the client? Do you say, ‘I’ll do x for you, in return for allowing me to post your logo on my site as a client?’
It is the lack of initial investment that pins down many ambitious entrepreneurs to those boring 9-5 desk jobs! This write-up tries to convince you why starting your own SEO business need no such initial investment and also useful tips and tricks on how to start an SEO business.
Jeff, glad we could hop into a dialogue. I really think the points you brought up are great! SEO strategies can be extended to so many other avenues — like photography as you mentioned. I think no matter your size, there are certain techniques that cross many boundaries and are helpful to all. Thanks for the words of support 🙂
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!
Excellent Post! As a 10-yr SEO and start-up agency entrepreneur, you are hitting many nails squarely on the head. Anyone who is considering starting their own SEO consulting business and eventual agency from a blank canvas, take to heart this article!! One of the Pro’s of SEO is the fluid nature of our industry and survival of the fittest — those who are smart, nimble, hard-working & client-focused can survive & win and it keeps things very fresh & challenging! But that Pro is also a Con. Not only with algorithm shifts and the feeling of holding water in your hands — but also with a watered down marketplace of “SEO experts” who make it more difficult to legitimize our industry. SEO is highly-unique in the business world as most niche industries don’t have such perceived risk to all stakeholders.
I will recommend you to take some SEO training from a reputed institute, work for 6-12 months either in a company or for yourself to understand everything that help to rank any website in search engine.
Please remember that you must take extra care of clients that come from your partners. If they’re unhappy, the first person they will complain to is your partner. That’s not good for future referrals.
Hello friends, I hope you all are doing great and having fun. Today, I am going to share a new tutorial in which I am gonna show you How to start a new SEO Consulting Business. SEO is a particular type of Internet marketing that makes websites reach a higher rank when it comes both to organic and paid online services. Naturally, search keywords and key phrases change over time, which makes this business truly dynamic. As such, experts have to learn all the time and to perfect their manner of knowing ranking and advertising each year.
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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.
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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.
Making sure your solutions and product offerings are scalable. There are certain things that worked as an “employee” that simply don’t translate well when trying to open up your services to multiple companies.
How many projects are you working on right now? You may already have a few clients from your time as a freelance SEO, or you may be starting from scratch. Either way, you need to grow your market to start making money. Obtaining a leads list from a lead generation company gives you a head start.
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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.
You’ll also want to optimize your site for local keywords over more competitive and broad-stroking keywords to rank better in local search results and is something you can accomplish through basic keyword research. For example, “book store Toronto” over just “book store.”
When it comes to search engine optimization for a new website, some businesses can be intimidated due to the amount of information out there. And often, if they don’t have the help of an experienced in-house SEO or consultant, they will do nothing.
Neil, This has motivated me and really need it now. I just had a meeting with a $45 million/yr business and asked them for $100,000 budget. I was able to show them I could get them the same clicks organically that they were paying $10,000/ month for with PPC… and show them my solution was long-term from 3 years of client data in the same industry and locations nearby for the same style keywords. I did not get the deal and it really discouraged me. Was the first time I ever asked for that much money so I could taste it. My biggest clients all fall in the realm of $1500/ month but I cannot build an agency like that for sure. I want the big clients like but am a 1 man shop. You feel maybe I am too small at this point to go for that kind of money? I could have done a better job showing my prospect a path to ROI. I have a new meeting I think for a company that does say $5-7 million per year, is a $100,000 annual budget realistic if I can show them the path to money? I need a wealth mentor. Got to break through this.
One trick I tried many years ago was that I created 3 landing pages for 4 local businesses and routed all queries from this landing page to them directly. Once I had sent enough inquiries (tracking script), I actually approached them and showed them the proof = “x” people searching for you, “y” people coming to my landing page = “z” people actually contacting you, now tell me, where should we sit down to talk??
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However SEO Consulting Business is entirely performance-oriented service. You have to be dedicated and perform as per client needs. You have to master communication skills to understand what exactly your client expects from you. You have to be patient in your approach and constantly work in building a good reputation as a reliable SEO consulting professional as clients will prefer working with people whom they can trust.
This helps demonstrate your expert knowledge of a particular subject, and with the pubs distribution and syndication channels helps gets you (and your business) exposure and promotion at scale. And the only cost is your time.
If you gained nothing from this post then feel free to write your own better & deeper post. I hope some ignorant jackass then comments on it calling it deceptive spam because it didn’t precisely fit their opinion/needs/wants/desires.
Scott, I think that price range is realistic. You really have to show them the value proposition you are offering them. Back it up with case studies and your past work. Shoot me an email so we can discuss some options. firstname.lastname@example.org
LEARN YOUR TRADE – Learning SEO techniques and tricks is the first and foremost part of starting your own SEO business. Do an extensive research on the topic and take up SEO courses either online or offline.
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.
Like the idea of outsourcing to scale once you become more established, I’m not sure at the start though. I think if you are to do things properly, you should have an understanding of what is currently working SEO wise, thus helping you to make a good decision on who you outsource to later on down the line.
If all of the tips in this article were so obvious & all common sense driven based on things that everybody knows and practices then there wouldn’t be so many forum threads about SEOs going under. In fact, a friend just sent me another one today & I am sure that issue happens every day of the year.