Before you go ahead and start chasing links, there’s a lot of up-front work needed on your website to ensure that you’re able to get the best possible results, especially if you want to rank within the local pack listings (see below):
I’m wondering whether those incredibly bad strategy will work for anybody? In spite of placing extremely catchy elements on our web page, we tend to get low traffic and perhaps, low potentials. It is pretty obvious that the service seeker would love to know about what you’re worthy of.
First things first, if you haven’t already, you’ll need to claim your Google My Business page. As for how to set it up, there are tons of resources available online that explains this process in detail, such as (How To Set Up Your Google My Business Page | Local Internet Marketing).
Hey Nathan, I am just starting my agency. This will surely help me avoid mistakes that would have cost me dollaaaarrs. Again thanks a lot! And also have bookmarked your blog keep writing awesome stuff. 🙂
You don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer to be an Olympic swim coach, but as a leader, a mentor, it’s going to be hard to have empathy, if you’ve never wrestled with any of the challenges your subordinates are facing. And empathy is damn important.
Nice post, Its funny how almost every seo company on earth is using everything but seo to find clients though, this is true and leaves a sour taste in the industry as everyone is just in it for the money. Nice post though 🙂
It worked for us and once we were established, we started charging the going rate (our charges were one offs-not residual income) because people were able to see the work we did and would start asking us to quote. If we hadn’t of done that then we would never have been heard of.
Who are your advisors? i.e. your accountant, lawyer, mentor and financial planner, if applicable. This section is especially important if you’re seeking financing as banks will want to see that you’re operating with professional guidance.
I spoke at local places and those have gotten me a ton of leads and clients, I believe I e-mailed you about that once. Speaking is definitely the best thing to get business, build credibility, and networking. I’ve never been to and SEO conference, but I can imagine how a non-SEO conference would be better to get leads.
I’m same with you when I started my business , I also less than $100 in my bank account, 0 in saving , 0 income , my car was towed because I didn’t have any money pay for the installment, my parents didn’t understand what I was doing that time, deceived by customer T_T……..etc.I’m deeply understanding the bitterness of an entrepreneurs. After few years when you see your business growing up , the public sour things of the past is worth paying ^^
The most important lesson I learned was to set the proper expectations with my clients right off the start. I found myself answering too many calls and wasting so much time dealing with needy customers. Now I simply let all my customers know how MY process works. Now I will answer any questions over email and we can have a monthly call to discuss progress if scheduled in advance. Eliminating the sky is falling calls.
Hi Neil, again, I have found you and your articles to be very awe-inspiring! Like many others who have contributed to this article (as comments), I too, want to get started in SEO and was wondering how to go about it.
If you’ve followed SEO strategies for any length of time, you know one thing: SEO changes all the time. When it comes to local SEO, it’s more important than ever that you optimize your on-site and off-site SEO strategies for clients and customers who may be searching for your local business. Local competition is heating up, and if you’re not on top of your rankings, you can bet your competitors will be.
I believe SEO and web design go hand in hand. In fact SEO should be done before, after and during web design and development. If you don’t offer web design and development services, you could be hurting your SEO results and losing business. When you just offer SEO consulting to a third party web design and development team, and don’t do the actual SEO work, much of what you recommend could get lost in translation. Something won’t get implemented properly and something won’t get done at all. This will hurt results and make you look bad.
Have a process in place that delivers the result. Break down the process into segments. Train others to implement the segments. Train someone to manage the segment implementation process. Build a business that runs without you.
I am thinking with an agency, if someone charges 1k a month on a retainer (I know you charge more but I’m using that as an example) and gets 10 clients that’s 10k a month… but with an authority site some people are earning the same amount.
My work for STDcheck’s website, started wheen the site’s SEO was in the very beginning stages and, while there were quantifiable results in those early days, I’m still coming up with new strategies two years later.
I am young SEO Consultant from Italy and I have recently started my website about seo consultancy. I am currently facing some difficulties at the moment as I only rank for a couple of keywords, but I was following your facebook live yesterday and I’ll try to follow some of your advices.
Kristi great work! I have found recently that when talking to my small business SEO clients, it’s important that I clarify that search engines rank web pages and not websites. I find it helps get the point across for creating content for the site on a regular basis.
NOTE: For the first time in the guide I’m going to be using some SEO industry terms. If you are a complete beginner then don’t worry, as I stated at the beginning of the article, you will only need a very basic knowledge of SEO to be able to make this business a success. I will explain all at the end of the guide.
You can start an online business on whatever you want, whether it’s; a cookery site teaching people how to eat healthy food, a site selling scale model boats, a local dog walking business, a professional consultancy business dealing with multinationals, even selling your own art! etc. Online businesses are cheap to initially set-up and allows you to reach a large market of people via the internet.
When you’re in meetings with clients, it’s essential that you really hammer home the benefits of SEO and why they NEED the service you are offering. Here are some statements and facts that you should learn off by heart and all of them should be used in your meetings with clients;
You don’t have to be a writer to get started in SEO. Jim Boykin, the founder and CEO of Internet Marketing Ninjas, has a great life story. He describes himself as an “old hippie.” Way back when, he traveled and lived in various parts of the country for years, working in restaurants and elsewhere, doing the hard work people do in their youth when they are discovering who they are. But he was watching and thinking as he worked. In the late 1990s, he decided that the emerging Internet-thing might have legs (good call!) and moved back home to Upstate New York to become an entrepreneur. He knew what all small businesses needed – promotion and customers! He thought he could help those in his home town by starting his own business to create business websites for others. But shortly after founding We Build Pages (the predecessor to Internet Marketing Ninjas), he realized the web was already getting crowded, and online users were turning to search engines as a way to find websites and content. That’s when he shifted the focus of his business to SEO and link building, and as a result, he was a huge success.
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.
Monthly SEO and Reporting – This is how many hours you’re going to spend consulting, creating, reporting and optimizing content to grow your client’s domain authority and improve their rankings in Google.
Having a process in place, preferably written down, is what separates the amateurs from the experts. This is more evident as you start to hire support personnel. To avoid bottlenecking in the growth stages, it’s necessary to delegate or outsource more repetitive and lower-costing tasks. Without a process in place, effectively shifting those responsibilities can be fraught with complications or worse yet, errors.
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.
Don’t make it too long. Search engines only display about 70 characters in a title tag. I say “about” because it’s technically measured in pixels. You can count pixels, right? No? Well, in that case, you’re best off using a snippet simulator like this one. It lets you see exactly how your website will look in a search result.
In this business you’ll notice that there are many agencies who specialize in one area of digital marketing. That could be web design, mobile, social media, PPC, online PR, etc. Often times, their clients will ask them about SEO services which they don’t offer. You want to partner with these agencies. Offer them a standard 10% finders fee if they send you any business. In other words, if they send you a client that you sign for $20,000, send them a check within 5 days of signing the new client for $2,000.
Some brands don’t want every employee to represent their brand in social contexts, some are OK with that. For example, if you work for The Economist, don’t expect to see you name appear on any of your articles. If you work at The New York Times, you may even get your Twitter handle in your byline.
The best way to get companies to pay you six figures is to give away the farm. Within your proposals, you should have one section that breaks down everything the company is doing wrong, how they can fix it, and what it would cost for you to fix it.
Client retention. Once you get a client it is very important to have open communication with them letting them see the process so they know exactly how their money is being spent. A lot of SEO clients I have were frustrated with past companies because they were not able to see what they were spending their money on and that left a bad taste in their mouth. Letting the client see behind the scenes of what you are doing has helped me hold on to a lot of clients.
In this guide I will be teaching you how to start an SEO business. I currently own a local SEO company myself and have been running it since 2009 with good success. By the end of this guide you will have all the tools and know how to go ahead and start your very own local SEO business, all you will need to do is read this tutorial and take action.
This is always the question on every potential client’s lips and I always give the same/similar answer; ‘In most cases what happens is that you will start to see positive signs after 3 months, then page 1 listings within 4-6 months, top 3 listings within 6-9 months and number 1 listings within 12 months.
The gist of this means that, as an SEO candidate, you won’t likely ever be well-versed in all aspects of the business (especially since it changes and grows so quickly!). A successful career strategy is to become an expert in one thing and conversant in many more. That will help make you more marketable in this career field.