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Have tons of potential clients in NYC, how much should I charge?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Zevoltai, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. Zevoltai

    Zevoltai Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I happen to be pretty involved with some of the tech incubators in NYC, and I was considering starting up some SEO services for the local start-up owners. Currently, all they have to go on are crappy cold callers charging ludicrous amounts of money per month, with little to no results. So I'm wondering what would be a good amount to charge people for SEO, just to get a bit my foot in the door? I've got about 14 months of SEO and general IM experience under my belt at the moment, and some results to show inquiring clients.
     
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    You can charge anything from $4K per month to one time fee of $30-35K for exposure and features in top tier sites. They don't need regular SEO where they will attack few high search KWs, they need buzz created around their name/service.

    Which incubators you're connected with?
     
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    I would just judge it based on the competition of whatever field of business there in, but either way make it a nice mark up of whatever your costs will be! good luck!
     
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    Are they trying to compete locally, statewide or nationally? Charge will also depend on how you want to be paid. If you want to be paid by performance or "by the hour". Either way is good money, just depends on your skill-set.
    By the hour you could do a 6 month contract at $2k-$7k depending on the industry size in NY and the level of competition. Ex. doctors, lawyers have much more competition than your local roofer or window cleaner.
    By performance you can go anywhere from $5-$500/lead generated. Just make sure to establish what consists of a "good, quality" lead before you start.
     
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    It depends on what the task is. It is really hard to just pull #s out of thin air.
     
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    This, but I would add from 1k to 10k PCM is WELL viable

    Of course, depends on the value you give them and your sales skills/team
     
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    Dont be cheap, because cheap will bring you down. SEO evolves every day, so you should know that. If you commit with this you will have to read 4 hours daily about this matters. Also test, test and more test in some other domains you have.
    I was into SEO business, but where I live noone values SEO because they are ignorant about it, so I stopped offering that service and focused on global software development. I can say its a very noble business.
     
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    hnmfvnxe Regular Member

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    99.9% of startups will not be able to afford anything close to that "$4K per month to one time fee of $30-35K"....LOL
     
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    Are you sure? OP was talking about tech incubators. If tech startup gets a $200K seed funding that's not even a news. These companies aim to reach 2nd round of funding and to do that they need positive news about them on major tech sites like TechCrunch or Mashable.
    It's a bubble, just take a look at the number of photo sharing apps (for example) out there. Who needs a new photo sharing app these days?

    They want to make millions or billions out of thin air, so I guess $30K shouldn't be that much for a chance to become a millionaire.
     
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    ...and that is why 99.9% fail

    The real players have to spend money...the ones that are serious are lining the pockets of editors at TC and Mashable...that is how you make it...not by some SEO package. Buzz. Social buzz. Want instant crazy traffic and everyone and their brother in the tech world talking about your brand? Only $12k and Mashable will do a feature story about the next greatest app (that will likely fail)

    OP mentioned tech incubators in NYC...highly doubt they are taking on any dipshit that has a half assed idea and a small budget. Probably mostly startups that have some nice backing and seed $$$. Got to pay to play...