An SEO audit is a great way to start working with a client. Download my Local SEO Audit Template in a Google Doc. It’s 18 pages of solid recommendations and assumes the client needs work in these areas:
Do some proprietary research about how bad psychics are at marketing themselves and publish it on YouMoz (e.g. “10 Psychics’ Predictions About Google’s Next Algo Update”). Find a Psychics convention and apply to be a speaker.
Create a good piece of content gains traction in the SEO niche – this can then serve you as a case study to your potential clients to show your skills in generating placements, traffic and engagement.
I chose to specialize in WordPress SEO since phrases like WordPress SEO Services and WordPress SEO Audit are less competitive but still being searched for (enough that I got 5 inquiries/day on my website).
Header Tags – This blog post utilizes three different levels of HTML header tags that help break the content into sections as well as let search engines know more about what each section of content is about. The
tags surround the post title – there should only be one set of
tags per page. The
tags surround subheadings on the page – there can be multiple instances of both. Using header tags helps both readers and search engines break up your content into digestible sections.
It’s worth mentioning that this doesn’t just mean Google reviews. You’ll also want to focus on getting reviews on your Yelp page (they’re used by Apple maps), along with other local directories. Your first priority should be Google reviews though.
SEO matters because, generally, higher rankings will get you more traffic, which leads to more conversions. The exact click-through rate – or, the percentage of people who click on a result from the search engine results page (SERP) – of each ranking position differs based upon user intent, but everyone agrees that the higher the click-through rate, the higher the volume of traffic.
There are lots of way to go about earning/building links, and if you want a load of them, check out my link building strategies guide. For the purpose of this article I’m going to focus on acquiring links that are really effective within local link building campaigns.
So, I would advise you to choose it as the platform for your website. For the design, you can hire a professional website designer for a few hundred bucks. But if you are on a tight budget, consider buying a fully customizable professional theme.
Great post. Most of my SEO clients come from referrals and they are converted from leads to clients by, as you say “giving away the farm” (I like to call it consultative selling). Once they see what can be done its a no brainer. I now need to get some bigger clients to turn my agency from 6 figure to a 7 figures.
Done correctly, SEO doesn’t live in a silo, but rather is tightly integrated into a company’s overall digital strategy. The best SEO professionals are well rounded digital marketers who can see both the forest and the trees.
Other than this, you should learn the steps about directing traffic to a website. A website exists because it has visitors. If you have clients who monetize your effort, you should increase their traffic. Other than traffic, you need to improve their sales.
If you can follow the suggestions in this post, you will definitely start off on the right foot when it comes to your website’s search engine optimization. And hopefully you will start reaping the benefits of getting more visitors through search engines too!
Helping people for free is still so under-rated… especially for newbies really trying to build a brand. I think this is the most powerful tip on this list as it allows you not only to build genuine relationships but affords you the opportunity to provide direction and advice on websites that are potentially much larger than your own (or any of your current clients for that matter) and see the results; building both trust and brand awareness at the same time.
SEO encompasses all aspect of marketing especially content creation. And in order to have great content the client might need a web designer, graphic designer, videographer, photographer, or a copywriter. As an SEO it’s YOUR job to make sure a client has these.
You will earn a lot of karma points, and you’ll notice that people will start saying great things about you to other businesses or people, which eventually will get you more business. But the key is to not expect anything in return when helping people.
So my first bit of advice is to pick a niche. Decide what type of SEO you are. Are you a consultant? A strategist? A link acquisition expert? Content marketer? All of these things come under the SEO banner.
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.
Authority Labs – Create a free account which you can get after using the 30 day trial of the pro account. Use this tool to track keyword rankings for your website so you can see if they are moving up in search results.
Google and Facebook are always looking for ways to minimize the effectiveness of organic (free) channels by limiting its real-estate predominance (80% of Google SERPs, above the fold, are paid ad listings) or reach (Prepare for 0% reach for Facebook posts).
As an SEO company, look for ad agencies to partner with as there are a number of ad agencies that are way bigger than SEO agencies. Feel free to cold call them and offer free help with their own websites. If you do well, they’ll drive a lot of clients to you.
In an ideal world I’d say to anyone thinking about starting an SEO company to dedicate a good few years learning all there is to know about SEO and test as much as possible on their own web properties before offering services to other people. You and I both know that almost nobody will actually follow the advice given in the tutorial as it is anyway, never mind actually dedicating years of their life to learning SEO and do it the hard way! 😛
It has to be said that advertising on these sites can be hit and miss but if you persevere and can get creative with your ads then there is definitely value in using them. Again, by reading Ca$hvertising you will give yourself a big edge over the competition with your ad copy.