Like many others before me I am going to give back to BHW. I have lived in the Philippines for a number of years now. I am a Canadian and I am hooked on SEO. I did some research when I lived in Canada and came up with two places where I could start my own SEO company. Those choices were India and the Philippines. I ended up coming to the Philippines because I had a friend here who was involved with Search Engine Optimization. Initially my partner and I had 25 people working for us. Those were the early days when Google wanted lots of content and few links from link directories could drive your website on the 1st of a Google really easy. I ended up leaving that venture and starting my own company in a place called Dumaguete City. I had 10 people working for me at that time. I left for Canada so do some business and started a SEO company in Angeles City, Philippines when I returned. Once again I had 10 people working for me. Presently, I am living in Dumaguete City again and am thinking about opening up another company doing SEO and Reputation Management. What I want to do with this thread is talk about starting an SEO company here in the Philippines, its rewards and its pitfalls. I will also touch on the culture, housing and food. You won't see anything about how I made $15,000 with one contract and outsourced all the work. Non of the regular bullshit you see! I will be brutally honest with you. I have been doing SEO it seems like forever. I have seen many Guru's who were total frauds. Every time someone has some new method to make millions everyone jumps on the bandwagon. Everyone wants a free ride and greed leads them along like the ring in a bull's nose. Quite funny really. Genuine SEO take lots of hard work and this is especially true with the Panda update. Getting ranked today means lots of manual work, knowledge and persistence. Driving massive amounts of links to a website is outdated and mute. So you need an SEO team who speaks good English, works hard and who are fast learners. An SEO team who can do contextual comments/links with blogs and forums. But here is the problem. Genuine SEO nowadays is expensive. There is no way around it. Creating unique content and links that are contextual takes a certain amount of expertise and it is time consuming. It cannot be outsourced that easily. I am going tomorrow to look at an office where I may start up another company. Ask me any questions about starting this company or SEO. I will add some pictures tomorrow.