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How do you know when you're ready to open an SEO business for other companies?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by revlac, May 17, 2012.

  1. revlac

    revlac Newbie

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    Quick question really, how do you know when you're ready to open an SEO business for other companies?

    For example, when you have ranked 10 sites? When you are earning xx amount from Adsense? How would you know?
     
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    Half is being able to rank, the other half is being able to baby sit companies :)


    Basically you are ready when you feel confident enough to put your name on the line for your services. If you can crack a company for $1k and not feel nervous on if you can get the results you promised them, then go for it!
     
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    VinceC Elite Member

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    Just to let you know that no one can guaranteed #1 spot in google for any SEO services.
     
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    One cannot be 100% sure about his ability to rank a website at no 1 spot but if you are more than 80-90% sure, just start offering your services.
     
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    Guys I want to oursource all my seo work to blackhat services, I can't see why this wouldn't work. Anyone has ideas about it?
     
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    It can work, but you need to know which services work, and have a fall-back plan for when something like Penguin hits. You still need to know exactly what you're buying, and exactly why you're buying it.
     
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    This is really the truth. If you can rank yourself and keep up with all of the tools and recommendations people give (ie. read this board), then you'll be fine. All a SEO business is, is to just make sure you can use your methods to rank sites and that's really about it.

    "Babysitting companies" is significant. When people crap on 9-5 jobs, more often than not you have 1 boss to directly deal with. Consulting clients in general are pains because you will get so many stupid questions and they all want immediate results. If you are ready to deal with emails or calls like "Why am I not #1 on The Google for [keyword]" then you are ok. You have to tolerate stuff like this because they are paying your retainer. Imagine have 5-10 bosses/companies who are all equally inept but you have to behave yourself in order to collect that retainer (your paycheck).
     
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    If you already have decent knowledge of ranking websites you are good to sell to business owners.

    However, make sure you never promise #1 spot. I always explain to business owners how I can help them, but never guarantee spots.

    Go after long tail keywords first. Get them some traffic with the easier keywords and this will keep them happy until you can rank for the bigger keywords.

    Don't get risky with client sites. If there sites get slapped you will have a hard time convincing them things will be ok in the long run. Use buffer sites to send your dirty links to.

    The hardest part about SEO for businesses isn't doing it, but selling it. So focus all your time on getting new clients.
     
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    I guess the answer would be once you get experience in SEO you can go for the job. The job you go for is another story. With basic knowledge you can go for a little job just to get someone some traffic. And as you get better with experience you take on harder tasks and make more connections and more money!
     
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    Once you know how SEO works your ready.
     
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    You're ready when you can rank your own sites and know what helped and what didn't help.

    Also you need to be willing to charge enough to make your service appear serious and professional.
     
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    It's good to know you have real sites with good ranking. Proof of sites belongs To you,
    On the backend side get ready for tonnes of email support.
     
  13. JerrickYeoh

    JerrickYeoh Junior Member

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    When you confirm that your's methods is effective no matter which site and which keywords you target is working.
    Then is time for you to start your SEO business to other company. But before that , make sure you have enough worker to help you in that while SEO is a long term service and not one time service.
    Try to get more client base review to prove to other company about your service is working.