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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!

Here’s a critical piece of advice. Always stay a student of the SEO industry. Read blogs, case studies, and everything the big search engines like Google release. So many people stop studying after a couple years. They think they know it all. Those same people soon go out of business. Here are a few good resources to stay educated.

As mentioned above, Bing also has a comparable page for local businesses called Bing Places for Business. The process is very similar to GMB, and you should definitely have your business present on Bing’s local directory, too.

Another brilliant feature of the mailer is that you can also use spin syntax to make each email that is sent out totally unique. This means that for example a sentence that would normally be the identical in every email would now be unique, yet still be readable and make total sense, in every email.

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!

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 increase the probability of a higher ranking search result.

In this weak and unstable economy it is really hard to reasonably project out 5 years on a life changing decision. There are so many variables to take into account that it’s difficult to give a tailored answer to each situation.

People want tangible deliverables so they know what they’re paying for. But they don’t want a package that comes with “everything” since not everyone needs everything. Break your services down into specific tangibles and price them that way. Here are examples…

This is not for the faint of heart and comes with all types of stress points. It is highly rewarding to work for yourself and succeed in an innovative market — I believe the Pro’s outweigh the Con’s — but each person is unique and you need to be certain this is right for you. Go the part-time, side job approach at first to make sure you are mentally, physically & financially ready to fly solo and start your own SEO business. Good luck if you take the plunge!

With this kind of investment and ongoing costs, 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?

When it comes to creating your business listing and getting citations, you have a couple of options, you can either go the DIY approach and list with all the major players, you can hire an agency, or you can turn to a location-based content management system (CMS) where you upload your address once and then use the software to push your listing to everywhere you want to be.

You then decide you’d like a 100% mark up on this deal so you get your client to pay you £500 (~US$800) per month for the SEO services on the 10 keywords every month. So you end up profiting to the tune of £250 (~US$400) per month for the duration of that deal.

95% of IM’ers have great relationships with clients who also advertise offline and with other people. Stop missing out on that cash and leverage into it. PM me if you are an established marketer and want to find out how.

I once read from an agency owner that it’s impossible to scale if you have 30+ client meetings a month. I don’t agree! I believe keeping that connection is important if you want clients to stay with you for the long-haul. And if you don’t have the time to make many of the meetings, get an account manager that can.

I used to rely on the word of mouth as my main revenue source. It’s easy to build a six-figure SEO agency, assuming you can provide the service. It’s really hard to create a seven-figure business from it though.

Or work on generating some revenue (if you’re pursuing a publishing model), and have an idea of where your leads will come from (again testing this out and seeing if you have enough lead flow from word of mouth or other advertising is important).

The truth is, the average consumer will read 2-3 reviews before choosing to buy from you, so start encouraging your customers to leave a good word about you. It can be on your website, social media pages, or online directories such as Yelp.

The third challenge you are going to face is getting clients, so you may have to spend a good amount of money sourcing for clients both online and offline. You may have to make cold calls, talk to clients face-to-face, run ad campaigns online, etc.

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Simply put, a citation is a “mention” of your business name on webpages other than your own, followed by your address, phone number, or both, regardless of whether there is a link to your website or not. 

A good SEO agency in a typical metro area can bring in $20,000 to $100,000 per month and up as the business grows and as long term monthly retainers are secured.  A great SEO agency can do even better.

Consultants in SEO and marketing in general have seen a huge uptick in job openings in the past few years. An October study by CNNMoney and PayScale.com place marketing consultants, which include SEO specialists, as the second-best positions in the U.S. based on pay and industry growth. According to the survey, they comprise more than 282,000 jobs with a 41.2 percent growth rate over the past 10 years.

This tactic still may not work for some partners, but it will work for many, and the partnership will then be much more valuable in their eyes than simply “having to give up link juice” without any apparent benefit to them.

SEO businesses have exploded onto the scene within the last few years. They have never been SO popular because websites are such an important part of business nowadays. As of today, it remains as one of the most reliable business sectors in the internet marketing industry.

It’s true that SEO isn’t as easy as it once was. You used to be able to follow a script: incorporate this title tag, put this keyword on your page, repeat it a few times, get links with the keyword in the link text, get even more links with keywords in the link text, and when you’ve finished doing that – get a lot more links with keywords in the link text.

Google wants you to use structured data markup because it helps their spiders better determine what your site content is about. Google even offers a Structured Data Testing Tool so you can check to see if your markup is properly implemented.

When you begin your business you will have to make a choice whether you are going to target short term black hat SEO tactics or are you going to climb the more difficult, business building model which focuses on white hat strategies?

Once you hit that growth stage, what really matters is making success repeatable. This means blogging with consistency, meeting new agencies to partner with consistently, and following up with existing customers to gain an understanding of their satisfaction consistently too. It sure takes a lot of work but if you love what you do (and I definitely do) it pays off in spades.

Go to Meetup.com and search for a list of local events relevant to your industry. Find those that have websites and contact them about sponsorship (most of the time you’ll only need to put on a lunch for them). If they accept, you’ll get a link from their website (local to you) and their Meetup.com page (highly authoritative, local link). Here’s an example.

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