Just landed my 1st paying client !!!

by mraffiliate 39 replies
I originally learned how to rank a site in the organic results by ranking a friend's web site for free in the big three "local search results". He is now getting enough bookings that he is booked up for the rest of the year.

Because of that he has been spreading my name around and I got a call from a photographer who lives in another state than me asking if I would rank her business locally. Well I did some keyword research and picked out a few long tail keywords, had her make a few changes to her site, and sent her an invoice through PayPal. I'm charging a monthly recurring fee by the way which is so exciting.

I'm looking into getting her ranked in Google Places but I needing to find a great course that is updated with the current changes that Google has made. Anybody know of a great course on ranking with Google Places?

Thanks for all the free and paid information on this forum. Hopefully one day I will be able to do this full time.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketermatt
    congratz man

    feels so good doesnt it!
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by marketermatt View Post

      congratz man

      feels so good doesnt it!
      Yes it does feel good. Time to figure out how to get more clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author daddykool
    Cool, well done, keep it up!

    As for the GP guide, what are you looking to do that you cannot read up on here or on google, there are only 4 steps (5 with the change made in nov 10 on some GP countries) to get a business up and running for clients.

    Let us know if we can assist :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by daddykool View Post

      Cool, well done, keep it up!

      As for the GP guide, what are you looking to do that you cannot read up on here or on google, there are only 4 steps (5 with the change made in nov 10 on some GP countries) to get a business up and running for clients.

      Let us know if we can assist :-)
      daddykool,

      I'm looking to get this person's site in one of the top 7 spots in Google Places. All the courses say this and that secret method or twist so I'm not sure what information I will need. One of the main concerns is if I would need separate email addresses and accounts for each client.

      The site I ranked for free that I mentioned in my original post, he applied for Google Maps at the time in one city and now he is on the 1st page of Google Places in his city and a neighboring city. I don't know how that happened but I sure would like to learn.

      Thanks for your reply
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  • Profile picture of the author Jermaine Tabor
    Congrats on landing your first paying client!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I would be interested as to how much you are charging your clients per month? Also, I wouldn't necessarily be too bothered about Google Places. If you do some good SEO and link building you should be able to beat all the Google Places listings and show above them.
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      I would be interested as to how much you are charging your clients per month? Also, I wouldn't necessarily be too bothered about Google Places. If you do some good SEO and link building you should be able to beat all the Google Places listings and show above them.
      WillR

      I don't know what the TOS of this forum in quoting what I charge to clients. I can say that it isn't as much as the local SEO businesses charge since I don't have the overhead, office space, and employees, or enough verifiable express to charge more. At the rate I charge I need 25 clients to make more than the full time job that I just lost of 13 years. I am thinking after I book 10 clients I will be able to advertise my services and have these clients as references to help sell my services at a high rate.

      I'm thinking of hiring a friend of mine's wife to go to local business and sell my services since she has no fear about doing this type of selling. Going into businesses and asking for the owner or manager isn't my cup of tea.

      Thanks for your reply
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Firstly congratulations!

    offline consulting is not my primary business model but I do make a living from it as like you I rank a few sites for people and they love it and start mouthing off etc etc.... I rarely turn a job down although I actually hate doing it.

    I like you charge a monthly fee and where before I use to do all the work I now outsource everything as I far to energy efficient to actually do it myself now.

    One thing with this business model is that it can be a royal pain in the ass... I have found that a lot of teh time because people pay you every month they see you as their employee and want you to jump at every opportunity, I dont now I actually make people wait just out of principle and this seems to work better.

    You can also upsell web design and what not as extras and then make a cut on the graphic design. Something that I also charge a lot money for is Aweber integration... people love this and they like me see the power :-)

    Good luck with it but for me I wont be doing much more of it as I prefer affiliate marketing as I dont have to speak to the stupid general public :-)

    Danny
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by Danny Cutts View Post

      Firstly congratulations!

      offline consulting is not my primary business model but I do make a living from it as like you I rank a few sites for people and they love it and start mouthing off etc etc.... I rarely turn a job down although I actually hate doing it.

      I like you charge a monthly fee and where before I use to do all the work I now outsource everything as I far to energy efficient to actually do it myself now.

      One thing with this business model is that it can be a royal pain in the ass... I have found that a lot of teh time because people pay you every month they see you as their employee and want you to jump at every opportunity, I dont now I actually make people wait just out of principle and this seems to work better.

      You can also upsell web design and what not as extras and then make a cut on the graphic design. Something that I also charge a lot money for is Aweber integration... people love this and they like me see the power :-)

      Good luck with it but for me I wont be doing much more of it as I prefer affiliate marketing as I dont have to speak to the stupid general public :-)

      Danny
      Danny,

      Before becoming a member here a little over a year ago, I built the web site that I also ranked "the free one I refer to in my original post" and then from there I had several people that wanted me to build them a site but it was such a pain for me so I started to look for another way to make money online. I purchased several WSO's and never implemented any of them.

      The guy that I built his site and ranked it for his business, when he started talking to other businesses about ranking their sites I decided to go for it since it is a monthly recurring income and I enjoy it. The only problem that I have run into is the way the sites are set up that I have to rank. People for some reason love to use flash and sign up at these online web based companies where they charge a monthly fee to you for you to build your site online and hosting. It is difficult to get these sites on page optimization correct it seems.

      I have had about 5 people that were referred to me but when I tell them my monthly fee, I never here from them again. People have to be educated on what is involved to keep their sites ranked. Those who make big claims of 1st page 1st spot in Google within a few days are giving people the wrong impression and when you tell them that it takes time and it is constant they think you are lying to them but this is something I'm willing to try and overcome.

      Thanks for you post
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  • Profile picture of the author rickjackson
    YEEEAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
    Good for you!
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by rickjackson View Post

      YEEEAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!
      Good for you!

      Thanks rick
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  • Profile picture of the author VOnline
    Congrats and good luck in the future!
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by VOnline View Post

      Congrats and good luck in the future!
      Thanks VOline
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  • Profile picture of the author iaroca
    Thats great! if you can help me too maybe we can work something out. let me know petalstudio.com
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by iaroca View Post

      Thats great! if you can help me too maybe we can work something out. let me know petalstudio.com
      Hey iaroca,

      I will send you a PM today
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  • Profile picture of the author jlmkt
    Someone sent me an email today with this Google Places Course.
    It's a WSO, bookmarked it to look into. Sounds like what you might be looking for.
    (Not associated with offer nor have first-hand knowledge.)

    Nice job getting started with clients.
    Lee
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by jlmkt View Post

      Someone sent me an email today with this Google Places Course.
      It's a WSO, bookmarked it to look into. Sounds like what you might be looking for.
      (Not associated with offer nor have first-hand knowledge.)

      Nice job getting started with clients.
      Lee
      jlmkt,
      Thanks for the link, I will check it out
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Congratulations on landing your first client. Out of curiosity, what services exactly are you providing for the monthly fee that you charge this photographer?
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

      Congratulations on landing your first client. Out of curiosity, what services exactly are you providing for the monthly fee that you charge this photographer?
      Paulie,

      At first it was just ranking her business in the top 3 SERP's locally. I'm starting with just her homepage first with one long tail keyword and then I will do a keyword for 3 additional pages. I'm going to add Google Places for no extra charge. Right now I'm just trying to build up my client base and then when I have several happy clients I can start charging more.

      I just got another email from another local business this morning asking about my services and price. This guy's site I did for free is the one who is sending me all these businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author ResellerSEO
    Congratulations. It's a great feeling!
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by ResellerSEO View Post

      Congratulations. It's a great feeling!
      Reseller,
      Yes it is a great feeling and some pressure as well. I have to perform now and produce results.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoGetta
    Congrats on the client! Awesome feeling isn't it, the first one!

    If you do your job, this is the first of many! ; )

    GoGetta
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by GoGetta View Post

      Congrats on the client! Awesome feeling isn't it, the first one!

      If you do your job, this is the first of many! ; )

      GoGetta
      This first paid one will be the one where I can fine tune everything and come up with an organized way of getting sites ranked. Yep, the pressure is on
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  • Profile picture of the author sarahberra
    Congrats! Keep up the good work! I'm sure you will gain many more clients! Always stay positive!
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by sarahberra View Post

      Congrats! Keep up the good work! I'm sure you will gain many more clients! Always stay positive!
      Thanks sarah
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  • Profile picture of the author penpal6
    congratulations buddy!
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by penpal6 View Post

      congratulations buddy!
      Thanks penpal
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      • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
        You don't need any great course to rank well since you have already found what works.

        I will rather advise that you look for details of the recent changes by Google and readjust your already working white hat techniques.

        This is the surest way of not getting confused and losing the little ground you have already gotten.

        Stick to what works and find out what Google has changed, SIMPLE.
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        • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
          Originally Posted by Devid Farah View Post

          You don't need any great course to rank well since you have already found what works.

          I will rather advise that you look for details of the recent changes by Google and readjust your already working white hat techniques.

          This is the surest way of not getting confused and losing the little ground you have already gotten.

          Stick to what works and find out what Google has changed, SIMPLE.
          Devid,
          Yea, I'm doing everything white hate so far. It may take a little longer but it seems results stick more.
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by no1affiliate View Post

      Hey, congrats maan.

      I got my first commission when I was 15, wasn't that much but believe me ....I was over the rooof of excitement.

      I certainly wish I was making money online when I was 15 but all we had was pacman
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  • Profile picture of the author Monta
    congrats, it's nice to see some good old fashioned seo work.
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by Monta View Post

      congrats, it's nice to see some good old fashioned seo work.
      Yes. Once I get a system down the next clients will go more smoothly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Caragui
    Another good news from a fellow warrior. Well done!
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by Caragui View Post

      Another good news from a fellow warrior. Well done!
      Than you for the comment
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  • Profile picture of the author LauraJames
    Congratulations! Even though a few years have passed, I still remember how rewarding and satisfying it felt when I had my first paying client. Each time one of my team members accomplishes this goal, it is quite motivating.

    Thank you for sharing this with members of the Warrior Forum.
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    • Profile picture of the author mraffiliate
      Originally Posted by LauraJames View Post

      Congratulations! Even though a few years have passed, I still remember how rewarding and satisfying it felt when I had my first paying client. Each time one of my team members accomplishes this goal, it is quite motivating.

      Thank you for sharing this with members of the Warrior Forum.
      Laura,

      Yes it is exciting and thanks for the comment
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