I want to start SEO business.

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I've sold a lot of link building services which isn't my ideal goal.
I want to sell SEO to local or national businesses. I'm a 19 years old boy living in Thailand. I'm thinking of finding clients via Facebook Ads or Cold Calling. But, I am too shy to cold call someone. I need to talk to the gatekeeper before the decision maker. I've tried it before and I think this isn't my type.
So I want to find clients without cold calling and I don't want to meet with them face-to-face.
Pretend that I already have a good service and I can offer free trial first. What are your realistic way to find clients? Anyone want to JV?
If I can find about 3-6 clients and sell them $500 - $1,000 per month then I've accomplished my dream.

How can I do that?
#business #seo #start
  • Profile picture of the author Sean DeSilva
    As someone who was extremely shy himself, what really turned things around for me was going to networking meetings.

    The first meetings I went to, I had no intention of trying to get clients. I just went there to associate with other business owners and develop a gut level feeling that they were regular folks just like I was, and not people to be scared of.

    Then after a while of going to these meetings, it naturally came out that what I do helps everybody else make money, and I got clients. Try it out and see how it goes. Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author off99555
      I don't know where to find business meeting and I'm just a student who never earn big cash never got a big client before in my life. How do you find networking meeting?
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  • Profile picture of the author massiveray
    You have to start at the bottom, you can't just go out and get big business, but to be honest you don't even have to worry about cold calling yet.

    Start out with freelance sites, get a few smaller clients, and use them as case studies, once you have some success under your belt then you can start to approach businesses for larger fees.

    If you can't afford to do this you need to just do whatever you can to make grunt money until you can get some clients, sell link building packages on eBay, do article writing, work as a link building assistant, whatever you have to do to get some money rolling in while you're waiting for clients to start paying.

    I recently did a case study on exactly this, and if I was starting out again this is exactly how I'd go about things.

    The most important thing for you at the moment is actually fulfilling for any client you get, once you have results and can make them into case studies business is actually really easy to come by.

    Also if you play it right you don't have to cold call as an SEO these days, if you understand Facebook ads and can do for yourself what you do for other businesses, your inbound leads will keep you busy for a long time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Lee
      Originally Posted by massiveray View Post

      You have to start at the bottom, you can't just go out and get big business, but to be honest you don't even have to worry about cold calling yet.

      Start out with freelance sites, get a few smaller clients, and use them as case studies, once you have some success under your belt then you can start to approach businesses for larger fees.

      If you can't afford to do this you need to just do whatever you can to make grunt money until you can get some clients, sell link building packages on eBay, do article writing, work as a link building assistant, whatever you have to do to get some money rolling in while you're waiting for clients to start paying.

      I recently did a case study on exactly this, and if I was starting out again this is exactly how I'd go about things.

      The most important thing for you at the moment is actually fulfilling for any client you get, once you have results and can make them into case studies business is actually really easy to come by.

      Also if you play it right you don't have to cold call as an SEO these days, if you understand Facebook ads and can do for yourself what you do for other businesses, your inbound leads will keep you busy for a long time.
      Yup well said Dan. It's not just "getting" the clients either - it's delivering the results (over delivering if possible) and retaining that client's business over time.

      Sometimes it's tough to get jobs right away on sites like freelancer. To make some cash (and gain some positive reviews) you could open up an SEO thread here on the WF too. The margins won't typically have the same markup as an offline client would but you could definitely kill 2 birds with one stone at this point.
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  • Profile picture of the author off99555
    I appreciate your advice. I will start small so I need to apply for many jobs at freelancing site, right? I'm reading your blog post. It's very engaging.

    Can you tell me exactly about legal contract please. What exactly is it and how can we sign together when we are not in the same place? If the contract has several pages, can it be legally use? (In my mind, I think when it has several pages, and there is only the sign spot at the last page, it is not safe, paper can be separated)
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  • Profile picture of the author off99555
    Yep, I think I can definitely give big results. I only need to find clients.
    Can you tell me on how to target people on Facebook Ads? Why big guy are serving FB, don't they have the work all day?
    Can you estimate the pay per lead? How was your experience about using fb ads?
    I think I know how to close them if I have them. I will provide free service for easy keyword first, ask for more and continue when they rank.
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    • Profile picture of the author massiveray
      1) pick an industry to target
      2) find a way to target them (what associations do would they belong to?)
      3) create an ad that grabs attention (be specific to that industry)
      4) test and optimise to maximise CPC and Ctr

      This is how you get clicks on ads, it's very very easy

      The harder part is:
      1) create a landing page (either within FB or on your own site, FB converts better as people prefer to stay on FB than leave it when clicking an ad)
      2) deliver a ridiculously good offer, either performance based results or money + some is probably the way to go if you don't have any case studies, when you have some just make them available so they can see you can do what you say
      3) put them through your qualification process, do they have the money to work with you? Will they be an annoying client? Can you meet their objectives? Does their site have any current issues that you can't overcome? Etc etc
      4) send them an invoice and start work when they've paid
      5) again, test and optimise your landing pages to make sure you're getting optimal conversion rates.

      Don't worry about contracts yet, I generally only have contracts when it's a large client and there is a lot at risk if I do something wrong mainly to protect myself, smaller clients or ones from freelance sites don't ever ask for them, so long as you keep providing results and they keep paying the deal works for everyone. My invoice each month includes the deliverables I have promised just to clear any possible legal troubles but I've never had an issue so far.

      This is a very basic guide and you will learn as you go along but this should be enough to get some traffic going into your landing pages, it's the quality of these that is the real skill here,

      Get all this stuff started and I'll tell you about tripwires, lead magnets etc

      A recent campaign of mine:
      I currently pay £0.24 for each click through to my landing page, for each 29 clicks I get a lead (form filled) and I'm not exactly sure but probably 2-3 actual clients (usually lower end of pay scale). That's not a bad ROI at all. These are cosmetic surgeons and are more than happy with 1 or 2 clients per month to make some money on your services. Of these 29 clicks 18 or so go into my future lead funnel by signing up for free marketing advice via email, so a few more will become clients in the future.

      Originally Posted by off99555 View Post

      Yep, I think I can definitely give big results. I only need to find clients.
      Can you tell me on how to target people on Facebook Ads? Why big guy are serving FB, don't they have the work all day?
      Can you estimate the pay per lead? How was your experience about using fb ads?
      I think I know how to close them if I have them. I will provide free service for easy keyword first, ask for more and continue when they rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author MindBuzz
    I'm also very interested in an SEO biz, but I'm not sure what space is available for small shops. Plus, SEO changes all the time and you have to stay on top of your client's sites. I'm up for the work, but just not sure if it will be worth trying to make my dent in this industry.
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  • Profile picture of the author off99555
    You think that SEO changes all the time? I've once like you man. But it's fun following Google. What you don't know is that after you really doing it. You will feel like Google takes age to change something significantly. All you need today these days is easy, build links and you are set.
    But I read Day Ran's blog and it's about building links by asking for them but what I've tried is I build links by using tools and network.
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  • Profile picture of the author joshinaustin
    I've owned an SEO company for nearly 4 years, that I started when I was 20 years old. If you really want to do it, set realistic goals, REALLY immerse yourself in the industry, work your tail end off... you aren't even half way yet.

    First off - You need to make sure you have a good product/process of ranking clients that produces results... test some sites yourself, do A/B testing and conduct your own studies.. this is what I did that led me into starting my own company. I created my own process, which worked very quickly for me, and was very effective. BUT, that was 4 years ago, and SEO was the wild west compared to what it is now. I would recommend doing the same, and seeing results from your own efforts... once a tested and tried method is successfully implemented that is when you should start offering services. That to me is what sounds the most reasonable and most of all ethical right?

    Once you're at this point, (assuming you have a website) most feasibly targeting your local area, or a specific local area to pick up local clients, and ranking is what I would do (and what I did.) OR you can target specific industries... "SEO for.... Dentists, Lawyers, Plumbers, Fitness, HVAC Services..." - Here you can get pretty creative, this has worked for me pretty well.

    Selling your services - Is a whole different animal. You can have the best SEO services in the world, but if you can't 1) Market 2) Present 3) SELL your SEO services... You are dead in the water. Ask yourself questions like:

    1) What are business owners looking for?
    2) What is their benefit of being ranked in the top of the search engines?
    3) Why do businesses/owners need SEO?

    Answering questions like this can give you a ton of valuable answers that you can communicate/have a rebuttal when in a conversation with someone about what you are offering.

    This is just a start.. and some of my personal experiences that I have dealt with.

    Develop a brand, website, start hitting websites like Elance, Odesk, etc. If you have it in your budget start running niche PPC ads to local areas or industry niche specific terms and specify landing pages to each of your ads... will cost you, but this will at least help you to start generating revenue. But get your ducks in a row first before putting any $$ into marketing, advertising, etc.

    Hope this helps!

    Best of luck.

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    • Profile picture of the author massiveray
      I read your post and thought you were talking sense, then I saw that you were advertising an article spinner and social bookmarks in your signature, sigh!


      Originally Posted by joshinaustin View Post

      I've owned an SEO company for nearly 4 years, that I started when I was 20 years old. If you really want to do it, set realistic goals, REALLY immerse yourself in the industry, work your tail end off... you aren't even half way yet.

      First off - You need to make sure you have a good product/process of ranking clients that produces results... test some sites yourself, do A/B testing and conduct your own studies.. this is what I did that led me into starting my own company. I created my own process, which worked very quickly for me, and was very effective. BUT, that was 4 years ago, and SEO was the wild west compared to what it is now. I would recommend doing the same, and seeing results from your own efforts... once a tested and tried method is successfully implemented that is when you should start offering services. That to me is what sounds the most reasonable and most of all ethical right?

      Once you're at this point, (assuming you have a website) most feasibly targeting your local area, or a specific local area to pick up local clients, and ranking is what I would do (and what I did.) OR you can target specific industries... "SEO for.... Dentists, Lawyers, Plumbers, Fitness, HVAC Services..." - Here you can get pretty creative, this has worked for me pretty well.

      Selling your services - Is a whole different animal. You can have the best SEO services in the world, but if you can't 1) Market 2) Present 3) SELL your SEO services... You are dead in the water. Ask yourself questions like:

      1) What are business owners looking for?
      2) What is their benefit of being ranked in the top of the search engines?
      3) Why do businesses/owners need SEO?

      Answering questions like this can give you a ton of valuable answers that you can communicate/have a rebuttal when in a conversation with someone about what you are offering.

      This is just a start.. and some of my personal experiences that I have dealt with.

      Develop a brand, website, start hitting websites like Elance, Odesk, etc. If you have it in your budget start running niche PPC ads to local areas or industry niche specific terms and specify landing pages to each of your ads... will cost you, but this will at least help you to start generating revenue. But get your ducks in a row first before putting any $$ into marketing, advertising, etc.

      Hope this helps!

      Best of luck.

      Josh
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      • Profile picture of the author joshinaustin
        Well, regardless it makes sense. Nonetheless. Although you are trying to build an email list, your post/from what I read of your blog post make sense! Anyways, best of luck to everyone here looking to get into SEO. Getting info from guys like us who have done the whole run around helps!

        Originally Posted by massiveray View Post

        I read your post and thought you were talking sense, then I saw that you were advertising an article spinner and social bookmarks in your signature, sigh!
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        • Profile picture of the author 9999
          I recently did a case study on exactly this, and if I was starting out again this is exactly how I'd go about things.
          Stupid question but can you point me in the direction of a case study that I can look at, would love to do the same thing but dont know where to start. Thanks
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    If you are serious then embed Free SEO Audit Tool - White-Label & Embed Options Available on your site.

    You will generate more SEO leads from your site this way.
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    • Profile picture of the author LastWarrior
      off99555,

      Before you go out and change the world, have you learned to clean your bedroom?

      In essence, what have you done in SEO that makes you qualified to go out and provide these services to others? Have you had your own site(s) that you promoted using SEO methods or perhaps worked for a business that did?

      I just got involved in a SEO business of mine to help business owners market their products and services via the web with their own website. I first learned about SEO out of desperation to get more leads to one of my websites, my very first one. I eventually got so good, I fired my webdesigner, as he was my "SEO Guy" as well, and started doing it myself. I can proudly say I did a very good job.

      With that said, I paid a price to learn SEO. I spent many hours studying and asking all sorts of questions on the internet through chat and forums. I listened to SEO podcasts, sat in on webinars, spent many lunches with Matt Cutts(kidding!), read blog posts, subscribed to many newsletters, bought a ton of eBooks, DVD's, CD's, site memberships and immersed myself deep into learning the A-Z of SEO. (and I still feel I need to learn a lot more!)

      What ever positive prior experiences you've had with SEO, you have to take that and use it for confidence. When I first started creating and optimizing sites for my clients, I wasn't too intimated because I felt I did it for myself and now I'm going to help them too.

      As someone starting out with SEO, you have a tough road ahead just separating the wheat-from-the-chaff... a saying that means to separate what is useful or valuable from what is worthless or inaccurate.

      Always keep notes. I keep a notebook near me so that I don't have to rely on memory. I don't have to fork over big tuition money to learn SEO, but it does require you to pay for a ticket at the door and that price is to study hard and earn your lumps.

      Good Luck,

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  • Profile picture of the author massiveray
    No offence guys but relying on Moz to tel you how to do SEO is a silly tactic, although they provide useful tools and basic information, the actual reality of SEO cannot be seen or learned from that site.

    They are basically governed by Google, meaning that asking them what will help you rank is like asking a dad how to sleep with his daughter.

    The only real way to know what is working is through your own tests, the next best way is to read blogs of "grey" hat SEO's, the guys who are doing what is working but that might be seen as slightly wrong in the strictest of SEO circles.

    Also don't get bogged down in information, reading too much and subscribing to email lists is nonsense, the basics of SEO are the same as they have always have, backlinking (quality and authority), on-page, content assets and targeted traffic sources. As long as you have understanding of these few things you can provide results for your clients.

    Learn outreach, traffic generation and some basic content strategies and you're better than 90% of the shit out there!
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  • Profile picture of the author off99555
    Yeah I also don't want to read SEO guideline from a famous guys that related to Google. A bit blackhat is a way to go for mine. That's why I love to build blog network instead of begging for links and building links naturally. That's not how a business works at all if you want fast safe results.

    Now, let I cut down my objections. I know my stuffs. I know how to rank, guys. Trust me! I've mastered my skills. You are like stopping me from my business. But no worry though
    LastWaririor, I didn't do anything such as spending years learning SEO, that's not how it works. SEO is pretty simple, it's you who make it look so tough. If you are speaking like that, it literally means to lower my ego. But I can tell you that, it's impossible bro. lol

    Let's talk about the marketing instead, I want to continue where Dan left off. Facebook ADS!

    I want to ask you about your funnels, did you put a video on it? Can I see your funnel page briefly? What did you ask for your lead to take action? How did you manage several leads and get rid of pure leads? Do you use skype or calling or email? I want to put this into action but I don't want to do these things: calling, leaving home and talking on a video because my English accent is not good.
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    • Profile picture of the author watsonovedades
      Originally Posted by off99555 View Post

      Yeah I also don't want to read SEO guideline from a famous guys that related to Google. A bit blackhat is a way to go for mine. That's why I love to build blog network instead of begging for links and building links naturally. That's not how a business works at all if you want fast safe results.

      Now, let I cut down my objections. I know my stuffs. I know how to rank, guys. Trust me! I've mastered my skills. You are like stopping me from my business. But no worry though
      LastWaririor, I didn't do anything such as spending years learning SEO, that's not how it works. SEO is pretty simple, it's you who make it look so tough. If you are speaking like that, it literally means to lower my ego. But I can tell you that, it's impossible bro. lol

      Let's talk about the marketing instead, I want to continue where Dan left off. Facebook ADS!

      I want to ask you about your funnels, did you put a video on it? Can I see your funnel page briefly? What did you ask for your lead to take action? How did you manage several leads and get rid of pure leads? Do you use skype or calling or email? I want to put this into action but I don't want to do these things: calling, leaving home and talking on a video because my English accent is not good.
      You need to test your craft on Facebook ads
      if you are a Master on SEO like you said
      allow yourself to grow on dfferet aspects of marketing like social media
      SEO + Social Media combined can make you a lot of money
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    • Profile picture of the author LastWarrior
      Originally Posted by off99555 View Post


      "A bit blackhat is a way to go for mine."

      "I've mastered my skills."

      "LastWaririor, I didn't do anything such as spending years learning SEO, that's not how it works. SEO is pretty simple, it's you who make it look so tough. If you are speaking like that, it literally means to lower my ego."
      What are you talking about? Apparently your Blackhat methods are so powerful and that you've MASTERED your skills to the point you don't need any help at all. Why then did you post needing help at all?

      Spending time to learn something thoroughly takes a lot of time, sometimes years. A crash course of a person working diligently at learning something thoroughly can do it exponentially... yeah much faster. And that IS how it works.

      I know SEO and I don't make it look tough, and apparently you don't either because you are the MASTER.

      Lower your ego? Come on. You're the one misinterpreting what is said and you do have a problem. You just don't see it. I believe you are 19.

      Thank you for thanking me for the time I took to reply to your question. You are welcome, MASTER!

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      • Profile picture of the author off99555
        Originally Posted by LastWarrior View Post

        What are you talking about? Apparently your Blackhat methods are so powerful and that you've MASTERED your skills to the point you don't need any help at all. Why then did you post needing help at all?

        Spending time to learn something thoroughly takes a lot of time, sometimes years. A crash course of a person working diligently at learning something thoroughly can do it exponentially... yeah much faster. And that IS how it works.

        I know SEO and I don't make it look tough, and apparently you don't either because you are the MASTER.

        Lower your ego? Come on. You're the one misinterpreting what is said and you do have a problem. You just don't see it. I believe you are 19.

        Thank you for thanking me for the time I took to reply to your question. You are welcome, MASTER!

        LastWarrior
        There is not even a single offense in my message. I just want you to know that I've ranked many sites before. So I am confident that my SEO strategy simply works. I opened this thread to ask for help in collecting clients. You know it but you didn't answer. You guys are answering about how to master SEO because you don't believe my SEO skills. That's why I need to tell you that I know it, the purpose is to change the subject of your message from SEO to client acquisition.
        You offliners know how to acquire clients that why I'm asking for help in this instead of SEO. OK?
        There is always no offense in all my messages. I want you to notice this.
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    • Profile picture of the author massiveray
      Originally Posted by off99555 View Post


      I want to ask you about your funnels, did you put a video on it? Can I see your funnel page briefly? What did you ask for your lead to take action? How did you manage several leads and get rid of pure leads? Do you use skype or calling or email? I want to put this into action but I don't want to do these things: calling, leaving home and talking on a video because my English accent is not good.
      First off, don't get caught up in blackhat shit, I don't mind doing what works so long as it's safe but don't forget you're dealing with people's livelihood here, ruin their business and you're ruining peoples lives!

      As for my funnels, I'll happily answer question but I wouldn't dream of showing one on this forum, that's like suicide yo!

      So:
      No video
      No you can't see one
      I ask for a phone number and email address
      I don't manage the leads at all, everything goes through to the company, closing the deal is their job
      Neither, I have no contact with the lead at all, if you mean the company who buys the funnels I talk on the phone with them and email them invoices and reports, most contact unless there's a problem is with my assistant.

      You're gonna struggle to run an agency without ever speaking to anybody, you don't have to do it to start with but your clients are gonna want to know you're a real person at some point.
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      • Profile picture of the author off99555
        Originally Posted by massiveray View Post

        First off, don't get caught up in blackhat shit, I don't mind doing what works so long as it's safe but don't forget you're dealing with people's livelihood here, ruin their business and you're ruining peoples lives!

        As for my funnels, I'll happily answer question but I wouldn't dream of showing one on this forum, that's like suicide yo!

        So:
        No video
        No you can't see one
        I ask for a phone number and email address
        I don't manage the leads at all, everything goes through to the company, closing the deal is their job
        Neither, I have no contact with the lead at all, if you mean the company who buys the funnels I talk on the phone with them and email them invoices and reports, most contact unless there's a problem is with my assistant.

        You're gonna struggle to run an agency without ever speaking to anybody, you don't have to do it to start with but your clients are gonna want to know you're a real person at some point.
        Blackhat doesn't mean spam, I just think that every link building strategy that you build yourself is considered blackhat. So, my blackhat strategy is to build blog networks. That's my blackhat, nothing such as hacking a site or spamming a link to death or redirecting domain to money site. Many people also use the same thing to provide the service.

        Reply to your message:
        Didn't you use Facebook Ads to find SEO clients?
        I can speak to clients and prospects for sure. I just don't want to offer them my services by cold calling without them wanting it before.
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        • Profile picture of the author massiveray
          Originally Posted by off99555 View Post

          Blackhat doesn't mean spam, I just think that every link building strategy that you build yourself is considered blackhat. So, my blackhat strategy is to build blog networks. That's my blackhat, nothing such as hacking a site or spamming a link to death or redirecting domain to money site. Many people also use the same thing to provide the service.

          Reply to your message:
          Didn't you use Facebook Ads to find SEO clients?
          I can speak to clients and prospects for sure. I just don't want to offer them my services by cold calling without them wanting it before.
          Ok good, I consider blog networks safe at the moment so no problem.

          As for getting SEO clients from Facebook, it is literally 100% reliant on getting the targeting right! most of my ads perform at a similar conversion rate across all industries.

          Just find out what associations are around and then set up a landing page showing how you are a specialist in that industry, show them examples and case studies and have a contact form, your leads will fairly easily. Like I said earlier if you don't have the examples, compete on price, work on results, offer trials etc etc it's just a matter of making the offer great, getting them to click through is fairly easy.

          Then just optimise from there and you'll have a steady stream of leads.

          Although if I'm honest, most of my leads come from organic rankings for freelance SEO terms and corporate SEO terms.

          Adwords and Facebook, bing to some extent provide a steady stream but my big clients come from organic.
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  • Profile picture of the author coluden
    You could start by looking in your local directory for businesses near you. Then look to see if they have websites or facebook pages. If they don't, then you could craft a really professional letter introducing your service to them. Get someone to help you with this. Once you get a response, talk to them on the phone...since they are expecting your call, it will be easier to do. Then go over to see them. If you can wear a suit, do so. You'll impress the heck out of them!

    All the best to you,
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  • Profile picture of the author off99555
    Got it. Gonna try out.
    What is the big client keyword usually search in Google to find us? city + seo?
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    You should try to work on somekinds of marketing sites as you could not afford to hold a site yet. I recommend Seoclerks, a very professional and dynamic environment to work with. It's easy and the work is endless. I am myself working there, hope that we can share each other some experiences there.
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    • Profile picture of the author off99555
      Originally Posted by sangvu7406 View Post

      You should try to work on somekinds of marketing sites as you could not afford to hold a site yet. I recommend Seoclerks, a very professional and dynamic environment to work with. It's easy and the work is endless. I am myself working there, hope that we can share each other some experiences there.
      I think there are lots of competition, right? Did you do anything except posting your job on the site? like promoting your service via forum or social network.
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  • Profile picture of the author ewenmack
    Originally Posted by off99555 View Post


    How can I do that?
    Can you answer this question a prospective client may ask...

    "Why should I do business with you over others, including do nothing?

    Work harder on that than anything else.

    Best,
    Ewen
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  • Profile picture of the author Neison
    Never offer a free trial for seo. Instead, offer a guarantee for the first handful of clients. If it works, you've upheld your end of the bargain and can continue billing.

    It's best to choose businesses who can send quality referrals. When you rank the client, turnaround and ask them if you can contact their closest associates. Offer a commission if they're comfortable receiving one (one-time or monthly, you choose). This is difficult to do in a single niche locally because it creates competition. So if you intend to stay local I'd recommend being diverse and taking any clients you can.

    Someone said they don't work on contract for small clients. I think that's shortsighted, perhaps a bit lazy. Many times I've used the contract to gain additional billing because the client didn't meet the terms. It's also good when offering guarantees because it lays out your boundaries.

    Originally Posted by off99555 View Post

    Pretend that I already have a good service and I can offer free trial first. What are your realistic way to find clients? Anyone want to JV?
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    • Profile picture of the author off99555
      Originally Posted by Neison View Post

      Never offer a free trial for seo. Instead, offer a guarantee for the first handful of clients. If it works, you've upheld your end of the bargain and can continue billing.

      It's best to choose businesses who can send quality referrals. When you rank the client, turnaround and ask them if you can contact their closest associates. Offer a commission if they're comfortable receiving one (one-time or monthly, you choose). This is difficult to do in a single niche locally because it creates competition. So if you intend to stay local I'd recommend being diverse and taking any clients you can.

      Someone said they don't work on contract for small clients. I think that's shortsighted, perhaps a bit lazy. Many times I've used the contract to gain additional billing because the client didn't meet the terms. It's also good when offering guarantees because it lays out your boundaries.
      Thank you good advice. I'm starting my journey now. Will report the result soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author yashmachine2013
    I think using this forum... You already start promotion............
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  • Profile picture of the author Saif Ullah
    You have to Create a account on Free launcher websites like odesk and pph. Then when you have 1 client first satisfy him and ask him to give you positive review. This will increase your rating. You will also knew what things you can do and whats you didn't do.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidtye
    First your need to think of a business name, get a domain, sign up to PayPal which is the easiest way to start taking payments.
    Offer your services on sites like Fiverr, Elance etc.
    You should also look for business networking sites and blogs, join and start interacting with them. If you are a student you could 'advertise' on your Uni news board, talk to other students to get the word around.
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  • Profile picture of the author gaurav1991
    Hello,
    If you want to start seo business than you need a team at least 5 to 10 person you need in starting.
    Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author woodrose
    hi,

    keep on trying..create a name for your business don't feel shy for cold calling..you can achieve it..All the best..
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