Amazing post Neil! It’s not always easy to lay down a to-do list for a career in this manner. But it’s good to know that you have succeeded in doing so, and I guess following your footsteps is a good choice to make.
Since your core task as an SEO company is to increase your clients’ organic traffic, which in turn will increase their conversion / revenue; then it is necessary you know some of the basics terms and how they work. Examples of such terms include:
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.
It’s certainly good that you’re doing your research and gathering information. However, I think that many of my colleagues would agree that nothing has taught us more than actually doing the work. Reading up on SEO can give you some good general knowledge, but actually having the experience of seeing what works and what doesn’t, especially in different market spaces, is priceless.
One of the challenges of doing business in the SEO industry is that it is never static. It changes every now and then; what works today may be obsolete tomorrow. And just one algorithmic change can wipe out your entire years of hard work, so you always have to be on edge; constantly learning and testing.
Organic Links – These are links you don’t have to ask for, and they are the best kind. Especially if you can get them on sites with high authority such as major news outlets and other well-recognized name websites.
I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for writing this post. Every time I ponder something related to SEO or marketing strategy or pricing negotiations. Somehow you always manage to write a post that lands in my inbox on the day that I need it.
One online business industry that is particularly popular at the moment is the ‘Search Engine Optimization’ industry, or simply SEO. It is one of the only industries that opens their doors even to the most inexperienced individuals, who have a serious passion for doing business. Not only is it easier to be employed within this industry, but it’s reasonably simple to start your own SEO business!
Live Chats aren’t the most annoying thing in the world anymore. They actually work really great if set up right. We used Olark for the last couple of years and sold thousands and thousand of dollars in deals because of it. With a live chat on your SEO company’s website you’ll get notified when a potential client is on your site. They can message you for help or you can even message them. Think about walking into store. What if you had a questions but the store had no employees on staff? Strange, right? Be in your store at all times in case a potential customer has a question. Live Chats let you do that.
One emerging element of technical SEO is the creation of open data sets or APIs. If your business will thrive by getting your inventory or content into as many places as possible, consider creating data feeds or APIs for third-party developers to use.
Apart from your relationships with local professionals, you need to also build a network online. Be very active on social media and join industry related groups. You can build a loyal following and attract potential customers from these platforms.
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 🙂
Hi Gotch, this is a manifesto of my life! So much of what you write resonates with me it’s scary. Of all your points I think the one that is THE most liberating, as a local SEO, is getting rid of clients who are demanding, time wasting, blood sucking leaches. Once I had the first “sacking” under my belt life as an SEO became so much easier.
While some of you may be thinking this goes against everything that an SEO business stands for, it would be a mistake to overlook the old fashioned Yellow Pages book for promotion. There are still a lot of people who use the Yellow Pages to find businesses and services that haven’t yet started using the web for this instead.
The next step is to optimize your GMB listing with a solid description, categories, business hours, types of payments accepted and so on. You also want to make sure to upload your logo and photos of your business, products or services. (It’s generally recommended that you upload at least three photos.)
Before Quora existed, I was on Linkedin Answers answering questions and always trying to be helpful. One day I answered a question some random person was asking, and the recipient was so grateful they sent us a RFP (Request for Proposal). Long story short, we signed that client for $20,000 per month… just by being helpful and answering questions.
What does make a difference though, is your broad experience base and how much you can apply it to the work you and your coworkers are doing. experience with things like managing social media campaigns, email campaigns, and usability.