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SEO Reports Question

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by keith, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. keith

    keith Junior Member

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    So, as some of you might know I run a medium/large SEO/Development business, the scaling of it is killing me.

    In 2 months I've had new routers, new computers, servers, laptops for employees, business internet installed, etc.

    Now what's getting me is writing reports for clients, I always do this free of charge, and many of times weekly.

    Right now my method is archaic at best, with just a template in open document and market samurai's data, I write the entire thing out by hand.

    From current positions to showing the back links made. Each report takes me about an hour, and I do 10-20 a weekend to have ready on Monday.

    I've been looking at SEO Spyglass, I really like the report but the $250 price tag for what's effectively a nice automated report is kind of killing me. I've got no problem paying, I've bought LFE, Scrapebox, XRumer, Market Samurai, 3 servers, etc. Not looking for handouts, just not wanting to throw money into the drain.

    My question is, who else uses reports? What's your experiences with software based reports? And what would you all recommend?

    Thanks!

    P.S. Best post gets a cookie!
     
  2. Hisnibbs

    Hisnibbs Newbie

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    In a similar situation, using a mixture of things, did you find something that solved your problem? I find that the SEO Powersuite is far too in depth for my clients to digest we just need position, change in position (if any), competitions, % optimised, how many searches a month, and the areas that need looking at on the site, with an option to exclude some or all of these. Anyone got any suggestions?
     
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    Looking into the same thing. Checked out raven tools but wasn't 100% impressed. Would be interested in the opinion of some folks that have done this - something in a very easy, organized layout so non-seo's can easily see "what they are getting" when they are paying me money...
     
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    Internet Business Promoter is another option and it carries the same price tag. For about $400 you can white label the report.
     
  5. AquaClean

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    I use seo spy glass, and site auditor for the reports to my customers, You can get the program free in the DL section, and not have to pay the 500.00 tag :)


    You can also change the templates to customize them for your business, with your logo, url and so on
     
  6. CenTex Hosting

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    We use IBP at the office. Yes the price tag is a little be more on it. But it can pull all your reports and put them into a nice 80 plus page PDF that you can brand as your own.
     
  7. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    I love IBTII and SEO powersuite but as Hisnibbs stated they are often to detailed for the
    average business owner to understand.
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    You seem to be writing a hell of a lot of reports as well. My clients recieve
    one report on initial consultation which I go through them with on a point by point basis giving them a lesson in SEO along the way. This gives them a
    a secure trust in my business capabilities and enough know how to tell everyone and their dog how great this SEO expert they just met is.
    There are thousands of so called SEO experts out there sending out reports
    willy nilly, clients are the lifeblood of your business and should be treated
    with some respect and credibility. I tell them on initial meeting they should
    not expect results right away and I would supply their next report 6 weeks later and in that time they have learnt to read and understand the reports
    and realise the value of my services.
    I am concerned though that you stated you have bought LFE, Scrapebox and XRumer, I really hope you'r not just blasting your clients sites, the jungle is getting more overpopulated everyday.
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    Most of the time clients aren't interested in reports anyway they just want to see a jump in the SERPS and if they do want one that what your secretaries for.
    If you're churning out that many reports you got to be on a good $5/$10k a week or you're doing something wrong.
    Remember you run your business not your clients.
     
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    affilionaire Newbie

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    link for seo spy glass?
     
  9. CenTex Hosting

    CenTex Hosting Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yes some of these programs create reports that the customer will have no clue about nor do they care. But on the other hand I have had landed several customers because they said that our reports looked better and had more information then anyone else and that's why they went with us cause they felt that we knew what we were talking about.
     
  10. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    I totally agree with you there, I don't shoot for tuppence ha'penny clients.
    Each client I look for has to be worth around £1500 a month to me, maybe
    not on the first date but I'm looking for that potential in them. I don't really
    waste my time with businesses that have no ongoing potential, that gets
    strait outsourced.
    My initial report gets priority mail delivered in a 4 colour glossy card folder with my
    company brochure enclosed. I've now started to include a DVD of my analysis in there as well as shown in the offline ********** product.
    All these so called SEO experts offering free reports with a $197 value
    and 3mailing them a pdf? Give them some bloody value in their hand, let
    them see you're a pro.
    Some of these boys may think they know it all about SEO but they know
    nothing about marketing to offline businesses. I want my clients to see,
    feel and taste $197 value, I want them to know I value them as a client.
    And if that includes meals and cigars? It's all a business expense courtesy
    of the tax man. If you don't approach a business owner portraying that you
    know how to conduct business in the business world you're dead in the water.
     
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