1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

5 Tips To Building A Freelancing Seo Business

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by BarryinSiam, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. BarryinSiam

    BarryinSiam Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2013
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    2
    Occupation:
    Internet Marketer
    Location:
    Online
    Home Page:
    Hi everyone
    As per the title of this post, I would like to list my personal top 5 tips on building and maintaining a freelance SEO business.
    This is based purely on my own experience and applies to high volume client businesses- if you have a handful of clients then some of this won't apply.

    So, here we go- I hope you find this useful.

    1. Always keep money back for refunds.

    Seo is no one-size fits all type of business so prepare yourself for refunds. You will have people coming to you with extremely competitive keywords or poorly optimised sites. Other times they won't tell you that they bought 10,000 wikis yesterday or had the site slapped in the past- sometimes you may not know why.
    Just remember, trust is one of the single most important things online. If you refund people when they don't get the results they hoped for, you can sleep well at night and eventually word will get round that you're genuine. That's worth its weight in gold.

    2. Make sure the clients has realistic expectations before starting a job

    A lot of clients will just say "I expect to be number 1" after 1 order (that is if you sell package type services). Just make sure that your client knows what he/she is getting into. If for example, they come to you with a bunch of keywords in a tough niche such as payday loans etc, you can offer a keyword research service as I do, or if they still wish to go with those keywords, explain how strong the first page sites are; i.e., domain age, PR, links, Alexa etc etc.

    3. Use Evernote

    Evernote is so much better than trying to keep things organised in an Excel file for example. You can have it across all your devices and use it to save screenshots, notes from your mobile device when you're not at the desk, and it's compatible with a lot of nice tools such as skitch. I personally record all my orders and client details in Evernote so if I ever need to share some info with my VA's or my co worker, they can just log in from wherever they are. If your business really takes off, you can also opt for the premium account (around $35) which gives more options and is suitable for a workforce.

    4. Write your FAQs

    When my current business first started to pick up, it wasn't long before I become flooded with emails and I quickly became overwhelmed. I was soon spending more time talking to people than actually working on the sites, so something had to be done.
    I wrote down the most common questions, and obviously included this on my FAQ's. I then made it clear that anything already in the FAQs will not be answered- in a polite way of course! This saved me literally hours of time each day.

    5. Take Risks

    Without any form of risk, no business will ever really succeed IMO. The financial risk I have personally taken has been significant and continues to be so.
    It's very tempting at first to try and save a few dollars here and there by purchasing cheap tools/software or opting out of subscriptions to services such as ahrefs, majestic etc- my advice is don't cut corners if you can help it.
    If you truly believe in your heart that you'll be earning many thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars a month, then you should be prepared to take the risk. If you know that a premium tool/software will help you provide a better service for your clients, even if it's just for a few people a month, its a risk worth taking.

    ..........
    So I know there is still a lot of ground to cover, but I hope these 5 quick tips help if you are currently trying to get your freelancing business off the ground. If you have any more tips, please share below and thanks for reading!

    Cheers

    Best regards
    BarryinSiam
     
  2. Snckr

    Snckr BANNED BANNED

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    582
    Likes Received:
    381
    Don't you have like 40 accounts vouching for yourself on other threads?
     
  3. BarryinSiam

    BarryinSiam Newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2013
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    2
    Occupation:
    Internet Marketer
    Location:
    Online
    Home Page:
    The post isn't vouching for anyone but thanks for the question. I have one account so no, I don't have "like 40 accounts vouching for myself"
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2014