Is it necessary to have a website if im doing local seo for clients?

by golf69
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Hello everyone...quick question.

Im going to start marketing local seo services to local businesses but don't have a site up yet. Do you think its a necessity to have a site up before you begin marketing your services or is it ok to start as more of a "freelancer"?

Thanks!
Golf
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Do you believe in what your doing?

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  • Profile picture of the author Paul.Estcott
    Hey, is more than necessary to have a website. I can not understand how you can still ask this question. The most important thing is that you get exposure and in the same time it looks very processional to have a website. More than that, how are you going to prove that you are good at SEO if you can not show a well ranked website of yours?
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      You don't neccessarily have to have your own website right now. Just do a jv or outsource with someone in your area.
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      • Profile picture of the author Doran Peck
        I sell business cards for a living ....how credible do you think I'd be if i said I don't have my own business card yet when they asked me for a card?

        With so many free or very low cost template type websites and wordpress types...blogs....you can have a site up in minutes.

        weebly.com comes to mind.

        You'll be up and running in no time


        DP
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        • I set one up here, it is useful to have a site you can point clients to..

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          It has been very beneficial to me!
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          • Profile picture of the author imajen
            Yes, get yourself a website and business cards. If you are serious about doing this then be serious. Both are cheap to acquire. Get yourself ranked for your locale "Seattle SEO Consultant"..or wherever. Get yourself an invoice book or template. Set yourself up a game plan. I tried winging it at the beginning and it got very confusing very fast. Good luck! If you need any more advice PM me.
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        • Profile picture of the author Giftys
          Originally Posted by Doran Peck View Post

          I sell business cards for a living ....how credible do you think I'd be if i said I don't have my own business card yet when they asked me for a card?
          That's how I feel. These days, a website = business card, and visa versa. We live in an internet world now, they even have it on their phones. If you don't keep up with the times, you'll be left behind, and/or someone else will get the business instead of you.
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        • Profile picture of the author jyotikajoe
          Originally Posted by Doran Peck View Post

          I sell business cards for a living ....how credible do you think I'd be if i said I don't have my own business card yet when they asked me for a card?

          With so many free or very low cost template type websites and wordpress types...blogs....you can have a site up in minutes.

          weebly.com comes to mind.

          You'll be up and running in no time


          DP
          Wow what an answer liked it..Yes its ture you have to show your pervious project ranking an all to get more project's
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  • Profile picture of the author creck01
    Yes setup a site trust me I setup a site with testimonials and proof and my conversions on emailing and postcard sending went up.
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  • Profile picture of the author MsMotivation1
    Yes, you should try to have one setup although you don't HAVE to. A lot of the prospects I talk to eventually ask to see my website. It's pretty quick and inexpensive to get something setup - don't overthink it.
    Besides, it doesn't take much to impress local businesses
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  • Profile picture of the author redcell1
    You need one period.
    It would not be hard to get a theme from themeforest or even hire a fellow warrior to get one up for you cheap.
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  • Profile picture of the author warrior realm
    My suggestion would be to at least claim your own free Google business listing on Google Places. That wold be an excellent start. When you have your own Google listing then you'll have someplace to start with potential clients. Contact local businesses to help them claim their FREE Google Listing and you have the beginnings of what could be a long and prosperous relationship. If you get a chance check out my course "Newbies Make $25-$50 part time working from in their own real business" You'll find everything you need to start, including and most importantly ... a lead generation system that will show you how to create a steady stream of customers for your business so that Buyers are calling YOU instead of YOU calling BUYERS. Local Market Mojo
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Solem
    While you might be able to make some sales without a website, considering you can get one for free as Doran mentioned or cheap if you just get a basic hosting account with wordpress installed, there's really no reason NOT to have one.

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  • Profile picture of the author Creativegirl
    Either you walk your talk or you don't, and sales and business success will reflect it. Without it you don't look serious, not even to family and friends, let alone the market place.
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  • Profile picture of the author jr1228
    Yes. I have never talked to a business that didn't ask for a link to my website in the first conversation.
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    • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
      You don't need your own site up to sell your services and if you're getting asked questions about your site or what you've done then there's a very good chance you're not handling your conversations with prospects effectively (ask more questions and guide the conversation more effectively).

      Having said that I'm hoping that you actually have some SEO skills if you're going to sell that service or you're outsourcing to someone who does.

      If you're outsourcing to someone who does have skills they you can show your prospects examples of work they've done if it comes to that.

      But if there was one principle of dealing with prospects that many people miss starting out it's learning to ask questions and keep the focus of the conversation completely on THEM and THEIR business.

      If you're talking about yourself, your website, your business, your experience you're screwing up the whole process and significantly reducing your chances of getting hired.

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  • Profile picture of the author CR
    You'll probably find that most people will go to check your website before deciding to do business with you. If you don't have a website, then where's your credibility? Put as many testimonials from happy clients on that website as possible.
    The people who would be your clients are saavy enough about the net to know that they need help with SEO. So... big question most would ask themselves "if he hasn't got his own website, how the h*** has he gained experience in SEO".
    Go do it!
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  • Profile picture of the author RKCastillo
    I'd have to agree with most people here...

    It's not a necessity but it does help.

    I was a new SEO company in town and I was able to get the number 1 spot in a couple months competing against some guys that have been there for years.

    This was able to get me credibility with clients when I could say type in "SEO "city name" and I have 4 spots on page 1 going against other SEO companies.
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  • Profile picture of the author aanbae
    Originally Posted by golf69 View Post

    Hello everyone...quick question.

    Im going to start marketing local seo services to local businesses but don't have a site up yet. Do you think its a necessity to have a site up before you begin marketing your services or is it ok to start as more of a "freelancer"?

    Thanks!
    Golf

    ofcourse you still need a website or plus blog in order your customer can interact with you or your prospective buyers will see what is your product sell and with testimonial ofcourse
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  • Profile picture of the author bizgrower
    Definitely harder to get going without a site and business cards of your own.
    You have less credibility and it will be harder to get good clients and well paying gigs.
    (Prospect's mind is wondering if you know what your are doing and if you will be there tomorrow. They've likely paid for work not received in the past.)

    As Sir Andrew Cavanaugh said, if you are outsourcing you can perhaps share your outsourcer's/partner's work/results.

    Also, you can say that you are working on your own site. You are, are'nt you?

    Meanwhile, focus on them and how you can get them results.

    Also, you want to stress you are a business not "just" a freelancer.
    The credibility and stability thing again.



    Down the road, you may run into local munincipality rules or preferences where you have to have at least a local business license. Goverments - in the US anyway - actually require you to carry workers comp insurance. Yes, even though you are rarely on site as an IM services provider.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark_Austin
    Originally Posted by Doran Peck View Post

    I sell business cards for a living ....how credible do you think I'd be if i said I don't have my own business card yet when they asked me for a card?
    This is my take too. If you are offering services that revolve around having a website, wouldn't a client expect you to also have one? As others have said, with so many cheap and quick options having your own site isn't going to be a problem or take major investment.
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  • Profile picture of the author mypctechs
    I would say yes, but you really have a rock and a hard place scenario. If you don't already have a website you're not going to rank well for a while. You better look to purchase an old and established domain. Why?

    If a client is shopping around for SEO and they walk into your office, listen to your proposal, then come to mine I'm going to say one thing to them. Where is that 'other company' ranked on the internet? Now here, let me show you where I'm ranked.

    Immediately since you're not ranked Page 1 it's going to be hard for them to believe that you know what you're doing.

    Get a website and make it a good one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexander CPA
    Yeah, I'd find it strange if you were trying to convince me to buy your web hosting / seo services and you didn't even have your own website, makes you sound like you don't know what your talking about.
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    • Profile picture of the author cnite3174
      Get you a website now, dress it up, and start building backlinks. Then when you're ranking on the first page you can start out right.
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  • Profile picture of the author allcash830
    Yes a site does lend to your ability and know how. Your reputation will be key to getting new clients, and adding testimonials to your site will be a sales tool that no copy you come up with can be match that kind of power.

    Get a site up and get it on page 1!
    Then start getting your clients and testimonials.

    JR
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  • Profile picture of the author Danielm
    A friend in another state told me a few weeks ago that he was approached by a local SEO company to rank his site. He went right to google and looked for the local SEO company and couldn't find them, he didn't hire them because of that.
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    • Profile picture of the author charlie39
      Go to Homestead.com if you need to set up website. It's quick and easy, I believe it's even free. You'll probably have to buy a domain though.
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  • Profile picture of the author rana.zahid
    I am new in im can anybody guide me how can i get no 1 rank in google
    i have many website but none in ranking
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  • Profile picture of the author atrbiz
    I own a successful web design/seo business and my website is ranked page 1 for SEO Consulting. I would NEVER pitch seo consulting services without a professional website with decent rankings.

    Thanks,
    Ahmad
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  • Profile picture of the author hommi_16
    I know there are 2 sides to every story. And while I agree that a website may help, to answer your question; it is NOT necessary!

    I work with several clients and not once did I get asked if I have a website. What I do have is a portfolio of websites that are optimized (from other clients) and that I can show to prospects.

    On a side note and directly related to your question, I market myself as a freelancer as well and have one client that told me that she wouldn't work with me if I was a "company" cause she prefers the more personal approach by freelancers so it worked out for the best.

    In terms of business cards. I'd definitely recommend them as its rather embarrassing when a business owner gives your their card and/or asks for yours and you say you don't have one.

    Regards,

    Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author IsGabeW
    Would you get a haircut from someone with no salon?
    Would you get your car fixed from some guy with no tools?
    Would you buy backlinks from some person with no website?

    Come on, quit being lazy and make yourself as professional as possible!
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