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How did you get your very first SEO client?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by EditProfile, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. EditProfile

    EditProfile Newbie

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    Thought this question would give rise to some interesting stories. Especially since the first client is usually the hardest to get.


    I have a bit of an angle here though - I've proven my own ranking skills to myself consistently but when it comes to client-getting I'm a complete joke, so I could use some advice. Judging from the types of questions I see in the forum I predict I'm not the only one like this.
     
  2. tony_d

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    Here's how to get an SEO client - 100% guaranteed to work.

    a) Choose a site at random (make sure it's a profitable business)
    b) Rank the site
    c) Call the owner, tell them what you've done, and tell them if they see the value in keeping it there, you'd be happy to do so for [$random number >300,<1000] per month

    Do that a few times, and earn $1m in your first year. Easy done :)
     
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  3. hpasha

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    I got my first SEO Client from Odesk :)
     
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    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Personally I got my first SEO client by giving them an offer they couldn't refuse (very cheap) and worked very hard on it, and I have had that client as a great reference ever since.
     
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    I can confirm this works. !00% of the time.
     
  6. tony_d

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    So can my bank account :D
     
  7. EditProfile

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    Interesting. How do you approach the phone call? People can get super-pissed if they think you messed with their site in some way.
     
  8. MyPasswordIs1234

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    i deleted this post
     
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  9. gray123

    gray123 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    but the potential customer could get pretty angry that you have taken it upon yourself to "mess" with their site without contacting them first. Especially if they ended up with a penalty and blamed you?! Do you really use this method?
     
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    In my opinion best idea if we're speaking of Seo specialist, expert!
     
  11. the-dream

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    A better method than the one above would be if you're capable of it, outrank them for your keyword with your own site then sell them either SEO services for you make them outrank your site or buy advertising on your high ranking site.

    As for the thread, I have never had an SEO client and am not that good at it myself.
     
  12. MyPasswordIs1234

    MyPasswordIs1234 Registered Member

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    Step 1: Spam site to get it ranked
    Step 2: Explain you made them ranked and will continue to for $XXX per month
    Step 3: Contract ridding you of any liability and guaranteeing payment for 12 months - profit.
    Step 4: Keep spamming

    Repeat.
     
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    This would be the best way to detroy your business.... DONT DO WHAT THIS IDIOT SAYS
     
  14. brettehl

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    Get in touch with them an say you'll rank their website for $10. They obviously will say yes. You then rank them for a very long tail, and then call them explaining if they pay more they can expect even more.
     
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    Indeed, getting the message right is super important - it needs to be clear that what you've done is on your end, rather than on their site. Broadly speaking, we used to say something like "we've invested in our capability to rank any site for the keyword xyz, and we randomly chose to point that power at your website, so it's ranking. Have we done the right thing - is it of any value to you?". You don't need to say "or should we rank one of your competitors instead" - that's exactly the type of thing that will piss people off, and in any case, you can be assured that even without you saying it their mind will go there pretty much instantly, particularly if you've got the message framed properly and you've vaguely seeded those thoughts earlier in the conversation.

    It's still a super-fine balance, but if you're so damn pleasant and they can't help but to like you, they won't mind - and as long as you don't sound like you're calling to extort them (which you aren't - you're just calling to upgrade them from an unsolicited free trial to a paid service).

    Very rare is the small business owner who says "yeah, thanks, but I actually don't want any more clients/customers, so the top ranking isn't of any use to me, so if you could take it down, that'd be great". Sure, it happens, but generally only when they're about to retire and have 'stopped caring', or perhaps if you catch them in the middle of selling the business, or similar. That said, though, there are a few industries in which the service providers/suppliers are so damn busy they truly don't care about new clients/customers.

    Certainly they could get pissed off as you describe, and probably my above reply to EditProfile goes to that point, and to mitigating the risk of that happening. It's all about how you handle the situation - if they get pissed off and you say "look I didn't mean to put you on the spot, I'll let you go for now, and I'll call you back in a few days", when you call back I'm sure the reality will have set in that they need you more than they might think.

    There is no 'script book' - you need to be a genuine hustler for this model to work :)
     
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  16. gray123

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    So say it was a hair salon in (city)... Do you just contact them and say "will you pay us $10 to rank you for "best hair salon in (city)"? What would you do to get quick results, build a a few tier 1s and blast links to them?
     
  17. Resolution10

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    If I heard you did something like that to my business/website (whatever it is) which I was doing my own SEO for, I'd be taking you straight to a lawsuit. Even if you just looked at it. Even if you brought me a few more visitors or clients. If you'd allow me to add a little twist, I'd rather rank a buffer to get some prospects and then contact them. Nothing new here.

    And yes, I couldn't have said this better myself - you need to find the super-fine balance to approach each customer and to be a genuine hustler.

    Backlinks don't mean rankings and clients. Nor you approach them by saying something like that, or blast a few links to get quick results. Show them what they can get, let them smell the profit and they will be all yours no matter what you do.
     
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