A New SEO Business (Part 2) - Tips on Getting Started
By John Alexander
If you have not set up some goals and objectives for your new SEO business, then read
Part 1 first.
After all, once you start building your SEO skills, the light bulb generally comes on in most peoples minds as to how they might like to make use of their talents. We actually teach students how to set up a new SEO business right from scratch, as one of our sessions. What I'd like to share here are some simple steps you can consider, as well as the sequence of those steps to be most effective in launching your proposed SEO business.
It sounds odd, but many people have the challenge of just getting started at all. Often it's due to a fear of some sort. It's easy to be busy all the time, but are you busy doing the right things?
Some people begin to work with SEO from a self-taught perspective. They may buy all of the popular tools. They buy all the latest e-books or hang out in the local forums. They may subscribe to various resources,
always looking for next great thing to sign up for.
But for some reason or other, they seem to have difficulty in actually getting started.
Step 1 is to set some specific goals.
On Now with Step 2 - Get Started Upgrading Your Skills
for 2011 (Sooner than later.)
Begin by getting your SEO skills right up to speed. If you are unsure of yourself over certain scenarios or in highly competitive categories, consider taking some training. Far too many Webmasters start out by selling SEO and then have difficulty actually
delivering any results.
So learn how to deliver first so that you have a comfort level and know for a fact, EXACTLY what you can do.
Where can you build your SEO skills?
Grab a few Free SEO Tips
Attend A Live, hands-on SEO Workshop in a Local Community
A few hours in obtaining new SEO knowledge can deliver a huge return for your online business - for life!
Be sure to gain Personal confidence through experience.
This is probably the next most important step. The sooner you build your confidence then the sooner you will realize the potential for what you can perform. In the beginning, start with a few of your own sites where you have full creative liberty without the demands or pressures that come from a client.
Experience build's confidence. Set some benchmarks for yourself. As you get comfortable competing at a certain level, then you can progress to take on bigger challenges. It's surprising how fast you can grow your skills with a little daily practice on a regular basis.
You can Open your doors for business at this stage.
Once you have reached a level where you have a few profitable Web sites or sites where you are proud of your achievements in ranking as well as meeting whatever other objectives you've set for yourself, it's time to consider business.
In the beginning, choose your first few clients well. Don't just take on any client but select your clients based on the research you perform on their buying audience. Those first few clients need to be success stories, so be sure to do all of your research on their buying audience BEFORE you take them on as a client.
The ultimate thing you are building is your reputation now.
Your ultimate objective in the beginning is to choose clients rather than have them choose you. Remember to use all of the principles you learn in your training along with good old fashioned customer service excellence. Eventually what occurs, as you choose your clients wisely (as opposed to going for a fast buck) is that your new clients will literally become your sales people. If your work makes their business
really sing, they tell literally everyone they know. Ultimately, in a short period of time, this generates genuine referral business for you.
Now instead of you chasing the prospects, the prospect is seeking you (based on referrals and the excellent successes that you have brought your first clients.)
Be sure you get your new SEO business started on the right foot!
1. Get started - Make up your mind and create an action plan
2. Build Genuine SEO Skills First Not Later
3. Practice makes perfect - Build your confidence
4. Open Your Business - Choose Your First Clients Well
5. A Solid Reputation Delivers Referrals, Repeat Business and Client Retention
Watch for Part 3 of Starting a New SEO Business - Coming
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About John Alexander
John Alexander is Co-director of Training at Search
Engine Workshops offering live, SEO Workshops with his
Associate Educators at Search
Engine Academy. John has
taught SEO skills to people from 87 different countries world
wide. John is also Director of Search
Engine Academy with localized Search Engine Academy
training centers where the Complete SEO Mastery Workshop and 6
Month Mentoring program is taught locally to business
owners and individuals in
communities across North America and
Internationally in Asia.
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