How to Become an SEO Freelancer in 48 Hours

I’d like to state up front that this is the longest post I’ve ever written here at Location 180.  It’s more representative of the direction I’d like to take the site in the future, and is the culmination of the last year I’ve spent becoming an seo freelancer.

If you take a weekend, read the resources provided, practice with your own site(s), you’ll have enough knowledge to lay the ground work of a location independent business.

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately from people who are looking to start working for themselves.  Whether it’s a small business on the side, or they’re looking to create a full time location independent business, it’s obvious there’s a lot of entrepreneurial spirit out there.

Along with questions about building a business, I’m asked frequently what business I run.

If we’re going to start getting real about creating a location independent income, I’m going to have to build a little bit of credibilty.

So here’s what I do:

I’m an SEO Freelancer (for lack of a better term).

For those of you who don’t know what SEO means, it stands for Search Engine Optimization. Essentially it’s my job to make sure my clients rank as highly as possible in Google (or other search engines) for the key terms that we’ve decided are most important to their success.

One of the mistakes people make when they’re looking to start a business is they think they have to know everything there is to know on a subject. Location 180 Search Results

This is false. You just have to know more than the person paying you to do the work.

I’ll never know every single intricacy of search engine optimization (in fact, no one will), but I know enough to add a lot of value to businesses or individuals.

There are a lot of skills out there that you can become proficient in very quickly if you:

  1. Spend the time to learn the techniques
  2. Have the resources necessary to get you there.  This is the case with just about every single computer related job out there.

You don’t need special training or fancy degrees.  You just have to be willing to learn, able put in the hours to learn the basics, and not be afraid to ask for help from time to time.

Note: I want to make this very clear up front.  You can Google the answer to just about every SEO problem out there.  Don’t forget this.

Over the last year SEO has been my trade of choice, and it’s become a fantastic asset for me both personally and professionally.

Even if you aren’t looking to build a freelancing business, this post and the resources included will still be extremely valuable to you.  Anyone with a blog or business of any kind can profit from knowing the basics of search engine optimization.

So for those of you that wanted to know what I do, now you know.

For those of you that are looking for opportunities to build you own business – read further, this may be just what you’re looking for. And if your not looking to build your own business? Well you should keep reading too, I promise you’ll learn something of value.

SEO Basics

So we’ve got 48 hours to get you to the point where you’ve got the skills necessary to do basic SEO related tasks on a freelance basis.

First things first, what exactly are we trying to accomplish and what are the components involved?

As mentioned earlier, the overarching goal is to rank your client’s (or your own) websites as highly as possible in Google for specific key terms.  Let’s look at everything that goes into a successful SEO campaign:

  • Keyword Research. This is the process of sorting out the good key terms the bad.  You may rank first for “the best freaking blog in the whole entire world” but if no one is searching for that – it means nothing.  At the same time, you don’t want to try and rank for the term “blog” because you’ll never succeed – there’s too much competition.  In the keyword research phase of the process you figure out which key words have the best combination of attainability and sufficient traffic, allowing you to see positive results
  • Competitive Analysis. This is one of the most important components when you’re doing work for a company who has pretty strong competition.  By looking at your competitor’s websites you’ll get ideas for key terms, understand the strengths and weaknesses of their site, and be able to capitalize on the things they aren’t doing so well.
  • On-Site Analysis. Essentially there are two major types of SEO: on site and off site. On site is everything that you can control on your site.  This can include things like page titles, optimized sitemap, meta data, content, optimized photos etc. Off site is everything you can’t control.  The primary aspect of this is incoming links from other sites.  Links are the currency of the internet, and we’ll expand more on that topic later on.  By reviewing and making changes to all of the things you do have control of on your own site, you’ll be making big progress towards favorable rankings, more traffic, and in turn, more revenue.
  • Link Building. Let’s break this down in the most simple blanket statement possible: more links = better rankings. The higher the quality of links (meaning links from large and relavent sites) you can obtain, the more likely you’re rankings will improve.

One thing to take note of, is you don’t have to be an expert at all of these things.  There are people who specialize in link building or keyword research.  You won’t be able to make as much money from each client, simply because there is less work to be done, but becoming an expert in one of these fields could be a less daunting route to take in the beginning.

However regardless of the route you take, you still need to understand the basics of each SEO discipline and how they all work together.

Here are four of the most important free resources that you should read in depth as it relates to SEO basics. Seriously, go grab a beer or a coffee or whatever will keep you awake, and read these posts. If you don’t have time now, make sure you bookmark this and come back to it later: SEO Moz Beginners Guide to SEO

  • SEO Moz Beginners Guide to SEO. This book covers a lot of the theory behind SEO and will help you to understand they hows and whys of the field.
  • WebConfs SEO Tutorial. This one expands into some of the individual SEO disciplines a lot more than the SEO Moz guide, and is one of the best overviews that I’ve gone through.
  • SEO 101. This is a 15 part series from Search Engine Guide.  It’s 15 detailed blog posts about 15 aspects of SEO – don’t miss this one.
  • SEO Book SEO Glossary. SEO Book is one the leading resources on the internet, and this is a really in depth glossary. It’s worth reviewing for key terms, and book marking for easy access later on.

Competitor Analysis

By now you should have a good general sense of what SEO is all about.  You may have even picked up a little knowledge about some specific aspects of SEO like competitor analysis and keyword research.

When I’m getting started I tend to do my competitor analysis and keyword research a bit hand in hand. That said, make sure you have a broad sense of the market before diving right in – thus the benefit of checking out your competitor’s websites.  You are going to get a few benefits from doing this:

  • Seed Keywords: By looking at other similar sites you’ll discover potential keywords to target that you may have missed otherwise.
  • Level of competency: Some companies have spent thousands of dollars optimizing their websites. Others didn’t even know you could.  By understanding the level of SEO competency your competitors have, you’ll have a more clear idea of the job that’s in front of you.
  • Weaknesses: One of the most successful campaigns I’ve run has been due to learning from my competitors weaknesses.  They had a few good key terms I hadn’t come across, but did an awful job implementing them – right down to misspelling the words! Word of advice – don’t do that. It wasn’t hard to knock them out of the top spot for a few long-tail key terms.

So now that you understand the basics of why, let’s look at the how.

  • Web Pro News Competitor Analysis. This post gives you a general overview of some of the components involved in looking at your competitors. It also has links to a few good resources on the subject, so spend some time reviewing.
  • Raven Tools Competitor Analysis Checklist. Raven posted this checklist to market their other optimization tools, but the fact remains this is a really useful checklist to get started with.  If you use this and create a spreadsheet analyzing your 3-5 biggest competitors, you’re going to be way ahead of the game when implementing the rest of your process.

In the future I’ll be releasing some of the spreadsheets and tools I’ve created for my personal analysis, so keep an eye out for that.

Keyword Research

This is arguably the most important part of a good SEO campaign.  The bottom line is that if you select keywords with too little traffic, you’ll have wasted a lot of time optimizing, and see little in the way of results. On the other hand, if you choose keywords that are too competitive you’ll spend way too much time trying to achieve high rankings, and you may or may not ever get there.

So how do you come up with high quality keywords?

The very first thing I do when I’m analyzing a site is check the Google Analytics for “seed keywords”.  By looking at the keywords that people are already using to find the site, you’ll have a great idea of where to start. There are literally millions if not billions of keywords out there.  For instance “HDR Photo” is going to bring a whole different set of results than “HDR photos”. So when beginning your research you want to be as thorough as possible.

Here are some of the best tools for come up with your initial keyword list:

  • Google Adwords Keyword Tool. This is the de-facto free keyword tool out there.  When I need a free solution for keyword research, this is the first place I go and where I recommend you go as well.
  • Microsoft Adcenter Keyword Forecast Tool. This is MSN’s Keyword Research website, and there are actually a few pretty useful resources on this site.  Definitely take a look around and get familiar with what’s offered here.
  • Wordtracker Keyword Suggestion Tool. Like a lot of SEO Tools out there, Wordtracker has a lot of premium tools available for a lot of money.  However, this is a useful tool nonetheless, and signing up for a free account will give you access to their basic tools for no cost.
  • Market Samurai. If you’re going to get serious about SEO, then getting more serious software may be necessary.  This is the only premium SEO tool that I pay for. I do all of my keyword research and rank tracking in Samurai and I’ve been really impressed with the capabilities of the software. It’s a one time fee of $150, but it’s well worth it.  Best part is, you can try it for free for a week to see if it’s right for you.

    Market Samurai Screen Shot

    Market Samurai

Well sweet, now you’ve got an arsenal of tools, but they won’t do you a whole lot of good if you don’t know how to use them.

I’ve started working on my own SEO guide, but in the meantime there are a few resources that will help get you started with keyword research essentials.

  • Market Samurai Dojo. Whether you buy Samurai or not, this keyword research tutorial is awesome.  It helps you understand various niches and markets, and their 4 golden rules still form the basis to much of my keyword research. Highly recommended.
  • Make Your First $100 online in 45 Minutes. This is an extremely in depth guide that focuses on SEO for affiliate marketing.  I think it can be a little intense for beginners, but there’s some fantastic info in there. I’m including it now because I think the keyword research section is particularly useful for what we’re talking about here.
  • Copyblogger Keyword Research Tutorial.  This takes more of a slant of keyword research for blogs, but has some good easy to follow information none-the-less.

If you take a look at these three tutorials and practice the techniques, you should have all the information necessary to start successfully researching your own keywords.

A few things that I’ve done to see a lot of success on my photography blog are to target a different long tail key term on each post I do.  I take HDR photos from all over the world, and HDR is definitely a niche.  So I can easily rank higher for “Honduras HDR” than I could “Honduras Photos”.  By doing that I’ve been able to rank #1 for dozens of HDR related key terms that individually get limited traffic, but when you add them up, send me dozens of hits a day.

By ensuring you optimize images on your site with key terms, alt tags, and meta data, you can get increased traffic from Google and Bing Image search as well.  Today alone I’ve had 19 hits for “wyoming hdr” as I rank #1 on Bing image search and in the top 5 on Google.

On Site Optimization

If you haven’t been able to tell already, a successful SEO campaign doesn’t rely on any one aspect of the process.  Each piece plays an integral part to your overall results. That said, you could have done the best keyword research job ever, but if your site isn’t at least somewhat optimized – you’re screwed.

There are a ton of aspects that go into successful site optimization, but to get started and get you up to speed with what you should be looking for.  Take a look at this:

  • WebConfs 15 Minute SEO Check: This is a fantastic checklist for your on site optimization, and how I get started with most of my projects.  It tells you exactly what you need to look for as well as tells you the importance of each site component.  WebConfs also has a variety of other useful tools that can be found here.
  • SEO Workers Site Analysis: There are a lot of SEO site analysis tools out there, and most of them aren’t that great.  I like this one because not only does it do some basic analysis of your site – but it tells you whats good and whats bad.  When you’re just starting out, you’ll need all the help you can get when trying to figure out what you should really be focused on.  Running this before doing the previous 15 minute SEO check could a good move.
  • SEO Moz Tools. SEO Moz and SEO Book are the two biggest SEO sites out there.  The each have an incredible amount of good information, expensive premium membership fees, and great free/premium tools. There’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t be signing up for a basic SEO Moz account to get access to their free tools.
  • SEO Book Tools.   SEO Book has everything mentioned above, but it has a special deal for subscribers.  It offers three premium Firefox plugins: SEO Toolbar, SEO for Firefox and Rank Tracker. I’ve found SEO for Firefox to be the most useful as it includes great SEO information right in the search results. I also used Rank Tracker for awhile before I started using the rank tracking features in Market Samuari.

If you’re going to be successful as a freelancer or with any of your personal sites, you should get really familiar with these techniques and start putting them into use on your own site right now.  The best way to get started is to take all of your starting keywords and run your site through rank tracker.  Make a spreadsheet of the results and rerun them once a week so that you can see your progress.

Start by optimizing all of the “+3″ items on the 15 Minute SEO Check. Track your changes and see how your rankings change in the next 2 weeks.  It’s totally possible to learn the basic skills needed in order to do SEO freelance work in a weekend, however if you’re really going to be successful with it as a business you’ll need to be able to prove you know what your doing.  So think of your personal site as your SEO resume. The higher your rank for main key terms, the better the chances of you finding work.

Link Building

I’ve recently started implementing some link building strategies that have made my client’s rankings sky rocket. I’ve achieved #1 rankings for a wide variety of my key terms, and am on the first page for just about everything else.

The result of this?  Thousands of dollars in gross revenue over the last month. A properly optimized website can be the difference between making nothing and making a solid five figure income each month.

So how have I done this? Well I’ve done it through a lot of ways.  One thing you need to understand (I mentioned it earlier, and I’ll do it again) is that links are the currency of the internet.  The more the better, and the higher quality links the better as well.

So if want to form the basis of a solid link building campaign, here’s how to start:

  • The Backlinking Strategy that Works. This is a post that Pat Flynn wrote about how he got his niche site ranked #1 for his main key term in just over two months.  You know what? It works. It works really well, and any of the people I work with will tell you the exact same thing.  Put these concepts into practice and hold on tight because your search engine rankings are gonna start to sky rocket.
  • Top 5 in Google in 40 Days. This is the Warrior Forum post from which the previous article was based, and is a bit of a longer version of a similar strategy. I suggest if your serious about seeing SEO results that you study both of these posts – they will make you thousands of dollars both directly with your own sites, or indirectly in the way of new clients.
  • Directory Submissions. Not all directories are created equal, but by having your site listed in a variety of online directories, you’re building links, and in some cases building authority as well.  The two best directories to be listed in are the Dmoz and Yahoo Directories.  Dmoz is free, but it’s not exactly easy to get listed.  Check it out and read about the requirements.  Yahoo is the best premium directory on the internet – and unfortunately they know it and charge $299/year.  This will get you some serious search engine cred though, and could be worth it.
  • Guest Posting. If you’re a blogger this one is a no brainer.  But even if you have a more traditional website, and are an expert in your industry, guest posting/writing for other websites can be a good way to get high quality, relevant back links back to your site.

Now that you understand some of the basic strategies to successful link building, how about a couple tools and strategies that have worked extremely well for me:

  • Unique Article Wizard. This bad boy is awesome.  I’ll be totally up front – using Unique Article Wizard kind of sucks.  You essentially have to rewrite the same article 3 times, create a bunch of resource boxes and doing so can be time consuming.  I can now pump out a published article in about 45 minutes,  but it may take you upwards of 2 hours starting out. It’s boring, can be frustrating, and will have you swearing off article marketing for good.  Until you see the results.  Within a few weeks, you’ll start to see your daily hard work pay off, and you’ll understand why this is worth the $67/month.  If you’re really serious – hire someone else to write the articles and never look back.
  • Free blogs. Want to know what the very first thing I do after deciding on a specific keyword is?  I register domains at blogger, weebly, wordpress, livejournal, hub pages, and squidoo. For example if I was targeting “Honduras HDR” – I’d register hondurashdr.blogger.com – and I’d spend an hour or two building a blog around the keyword.  I’ll use high quality spun articles, good photos, perhaps a video and build a useful resource on the topic.  Then I’ll link to these sites in UAW – thus building their authority.  I do my best to ensure these are high quality resources about the specific topic, rather than just spam sites.  Check out the articles above for a more detailed look into how to do this successfully.
  • Top Tier Article Directories. There are around five article directories that I will manually write for and submit articles to on a regular basis – and then I’ll link back to them via my spin UAW articles.  These are: Ezine, Article Dashboard, Go Articles, Buzzle, and the Free Library.  The power of these articles, the free blogs, and the on site optimization are enough to catapult your sites to the level they deserve to be at.

All that said, at the core of my strategy is ensuring that I’m not spamming anybody.  I want to make sure my articles are high quality, useful to anyone searching that specific topic, and add value to the world rather than just polluting it.  This isn’t always easy to do, and can be really time consuming.

But the bottom line is, it works.

Just in the last 15 minutes I’ve seen another $1,000+ sale roll in from a site that’s ranked #9 for its main keyword.  A month ago it was over 100.  Imagine where it will be in another month when it’s in the top 3?

SEO is powerful – and that’s why it’s such an excellent skill to learn.

Finding Work.

Ok, so once you’ve built your skills, and feel confident with your results, how do you go about marketing your skills to the rest of the world?  Good question, but the best advice I have in the beginning is to read my last article: Three Ways to Grow Your Business Right Now.  That will get you thinking about ways you can ramp up your efforts, exposure, and personal brand.  The more you can network online and in person, the more opportunities will come your way – so don’t be shy.

Over the next two months, I’ll be putting together a much more detailed guide to SEO and how it relates to building a successful location independent business.  Rather than linking out to other tutorials, I’ll be developing my own in depth guide to the strategies that have worked the best for me, and ways you can capitalize on similar things.  If you have specific questions that you’re looking for answers to, shoot me an email or leave a comment and I’ll do my best to make sure it’s covered.

So what are you waiting for? If you’ve been looking for a location independent business now is your chance to get started.  Looking to get into another industry and don’t know how? Let me know what it is, and we’ll find you some answers.

If you enjoyed this article, then you’ll love my free ecourse designed to turn you into a location independent entrepreneur – check it out in the sidebar.  If you still want more business-y goodness then hit up the Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Genvejen January 19, 2011 at 6:53 am

Awesome post. Guess SEO is like many other skills – if you start from scratch, you can make a lot of progress in a very short time.

It just requires that you are focused and know what you need to do (preferably following a step-by-step guide like your post here).

I have myself made a similar, step-by-step guide, to learning to read and write Thai – and in the 15 focused hours I have spent so far, I have really made a lot of progress.

Mark Powers January 19, 2011 at 7:05 am

Wow, Sean! What a monster post. So much stuff here . . . I’m just starting to explore the world of niche sites and can’t wait to go through everything you’ve got here piece-by-piece. Thanks for making all of this available!

David January 19, 2011 at 7:10 am

Wow, what a monster post. Skimmed through it and looks awesome, bookmarked for later.

If you want to make money online, SEO is one of the most important skills to have.

Also thanks for including a link to my “Make Your First $100 online in 45 Minutes” post.

Greetings from Bangkok,
David

Megan January 19, 2011 at 9:13 am

Sean,

I love the new direction of the site. This is extremely useful information. I’m starting a freelance web development business and this will be invaluable information.

I’m hoping to see some comments with more resources to add to the list.

Thanks!

Andy January 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

Hey nice post. I’d recommend Article Marketing Robot as well as UAW, does pretty much the same thing but for a 1 off cost. Also TextBrokers for cheap unique articles and then The Best Spinner to spin them. Also link to your links, make the 1st run of articles on HQ sites and then on the rubbish sites link to the HQ articles.

With your Honduras example what are you doing there? Do you make this and then try to rank that site or use that as a spoke in some sort of link wheel? We do this to make spokes to keyworded domains as we can control the domains and don’t have to worry about a trigger happy admin from Wordpress deleting a site – this has happened to me.

I’d say SEO + virtual assistants + some tools make SEO a very nice business to run, most clients pay monthly and just 4 can help you make a fortune per month. This is before working on your own affiliate and lead gen sites.

Dan January 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

Awesome post. MS is BOSS!

Erik January 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

This should not be free. LOL! i was just surfing around to find a post like this. Thanks bro!

Matt January 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

What a great resource you’ve put together here Sean. These are the kinds of SEO questions I have been wanting to answer and learn more about for some time so I thank you for putting it all together in one place.

Greg Rollett January 19, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Market Samauri is the shit. The best part is that most people only know how to use the keyword and competition tabs. The content, domain and paid parts of the tool are where the truly long tail money is.

Anyway, this was good dude, awesome resources. Only things I would add is to look closely at 2 things: local and social. Our videos rankings kill it in both Google and YouTube and local marketing is becoming a necessity, especially as a consultant (which I’m not, we do everything for our own in house projects).

Looking forward to see where you take this bro. It seems like a lot of the lifestyle bloggers in our niche are shifting focus this year on building more long-term sustainable businesses instead of the travel for a year and then what style. I’m down like Nino Brown to see it all come together.

Nate January 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Very comprehensive stuff! Great work.

I’m a little bit obsessed with SEO. Ok, maybe more than a little bit. I love building links for my business. I could definitely see myself doing the freelance thing in the future.

One thing I will say is that thinking too much about SEO and link quality and all that shit will just slow you down. SEO blogs like SEOmoz are great, but I find they usually just scare me. They over-analyze every little detail so much that it’s overwhelming and I feel like it’s hard to get moving sometimes.

What I’ve done is just pick a couple of strategies that work and stick to them, the results have been pretty great so far.

My recommended resouce: The Best Spinner. I use it all the time for creating great unique articles.

Great stuff man!

Joel January 19, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Cool to see you talk a little bit about how you make money :) . I think a lot of people have been wondering, so it’s good to finally hear you talk about it a bit.

Migrationology January 20, 2011 at 1:02 am

Sean!
Thanks for this vital post! Lately I’ve been studying SEO more and getting more into keyword research for the very few websites I own.

This is a great guide and in time I will start to more fully look through all of the links and resources you’ve recommended!

Hope you are doing well.
Mark

Bunnygotblog January 20, 2011 at 7:21 am

This article is filled with answers to many of the questions I have had.
I am in the mist of starting a new blog and this article is bookmarked for future reference.
Thanks

Ryan January 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Great article! Is SEO Freelancer another way of saying Affiliate Marketer? What kind of range can an SEO Freelancer reasonably expect to make working for himself?

Thanks

Sean January 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

One thing to make really clear, as a few people have asked about it, is that SEO is not synonymous with affiliate marketing. Sure, for many affilate marketers SEO is a huge part of their strategy, but a person who is freelancing in this business generally will be working for clients who are anywhere from a small local business to fortune 500 companies.

Ryan, to answer your question, the going rates vary wildly, mostly due to skill and reputation. Entry level for basic tasks I’d say is in the $25-30/hour range. This can get turn into hundreds of dollars an hour for the really elite guys. It’s very much a case by case basis for me. I’ll also cover some of those details further in a future post.

Nate, I’ve also heard a lot of good things about The Best Spinner. I use a program as well called Jet Submitter, which isn’t the absolute best, but you can get a basic account for free which is nice.

Thanks everyone for all the positive feedback, if you have anything else you want to know on the topic I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Jimmy January 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Sean, great pillar article! You brought a ton of valueable information without getting bogged down in too much nitty gritty. I have a feeling this is the beginnging of many more valueable resources you have to offer. Keep it up, Sean!

Natalie January 20, 2011 at 10:29 pm

It is a good article but I will add to the bit when you said you can google for every answer. Make sure that the answer is right, I came across a blog post a while ago recommending using Stumble Upon for traffic and it was completely wrong. It even went against what Stumble Upon tells you in their small print, not to do if you don’t want them to compare you to a spammer.

Sara Tetreault January 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I’m very interested in this topic as I have recently launched a content-based website (“blog”) and have been doing lots of reading on the subject.

Since I’m new to this, love DIY projects, and just am getting back into the world of “work” (I’m a mom) after a long break, I’ve been reading up on these topics. Two books that were really helpful to me:
“How to Say It: Marketing with the New Media” by Lena Claxton and “Million Dollar Website: Simple steps to help you compete” by Lori Culwell.

Jeffrey January 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

Wow! This is great stuff, Sean! I love the clear steps you are providing here along with all this info and other content you’ve linked to. I’m looking forward to your own SEO guide in the coming months!

James St. James January 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Great post Sean! Definitively thorough. How much does it cost to get an SEO master to put a business site on the www Map?

Justin Hamlin January 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Great article on how to get involved in the SEO field and very nice to hear one of the aspects on how you make money.

Thanks for all the work Sean!

Brad January 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Great post, Sean.
It is good to hear a little about how you make money. I have been interested in how you are making money since I first started reading here about a year ago.

I was wondering if you outsource writing articles, and if you have any suggestions for where to find good writers at a decent price?

Thanks

Nick February 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

The only problem with assessing keywords based on Keyword Tool data is that it doesn’t really tell you much about what converts. SEO is a long term thing and building out a site based on high-traffic keywords only to find they’re worthless commercially is never fun.

What you can do is run a campaign on Adwords for the terms you’re trying to target organically, so that you learn what’s worth targeting and what should be filtered out. This way you get accurate monthly search numbers from your ad’s impressions (which the Google Keyword Tool and MS won’t give you since their data is really inaccurate) and data on what keywords actually convert into sales/sign ups/opt-ins or whatever you want.

You’ve gotta drop $500 or so up front to learn what works and what doesn’t, but it’s going to save hours that would otherwise be wasted on bad keywords later. If your site is good you’ll probably break even on the paid traffic anyway, which means free data.

alvin March 9, 2011 at 12:16 am

thanks for this man. I have some problem on how to become a good seo in my site, I’m so blessed that I found all of those stuff I wanted to learn in your site. :) Great post man, very well said. :) God bless you always.

Chris Johnson April 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

Nick Reese pointed me here. Good times. One comment: make an opt in box at the end of the post in addition to where they are otherwise.

Sean April 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

@Chris – Glad to see you here, and definitely a good call. I’m redesigning the site in the next couple weeks, and I’ve already got that in my plans

zagoumenov April 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

This is an awesome and all-inclusive post! I agree with Genvejen, starting off with a guide like that ensures that newbies pick up really quickly. The only thing that’s left for us is to rely on our time-tested experience and a baggage of mistakes we’ve made along the way :) Thanks again!

Eric Stevens April 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm

One of the best blog posts I’ve ever read, on any topic, period! Well done…

The Dirt Guy May 19, 2011 at 10:07 am

I really appreciate the post many of the links I knew about and have used but was surprized to find so many quality links that I had not seen before. I also hope to see you next month at the local New Haven Meeting.

Cheshire SEO June 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Adding to that, following other SEO’s, networking and keeping up to date with SEO news will help you become pro real fast but like you say, all you have to have is an interest in SEO.

Caroline June 13, 2011 at 6:59 am

Hey Sean,

I’m new to this whole SEO Freelancing thing and was so happy to come across this post, which is an amazing place to start learning this skill.

Thanks and more power. Enjoy the tide.

Caroline

Nadia June 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hi Sean,
I really enjoyed reading all this and found it extremely useful especially since I am a relatively newbie with seo. Where do you suggest that one should look for seo freelance work?

Jer July 1, 2011 at 1:17 am

Awsome post I really enjoyed reading it. I’ve been learning about SEO for the last few months, no fancy schooling just putting my nose to the grindstone and learning it myself through trial and error.

Alex Murphy July 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

This post is so inspiring. I want to develop a SEO service myself! Great work putting together the post Sean. I love what you said in the beginning of the article and it’s essentially the same thing Timothy Ferris said in the 4HWW and it would be that if you know more about a topic than someone else than you are an expert to them. Keep up the excellent work Sean!

Marcin janicki July 14, 2011 at 9:36 am

this is a really good post. Thanks man!

Mike F August 2, 2011 at 7:54 am

This post…may change my life…
I’ve started on SEOMoz Beginner’s Guide to SEO.

It’s one thing to explain, it’s another to inspire and motivate…

After I make my first income on the net, I will owe you a beer!

Darren August 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Hi,
this is a great article, with alot of information in it. I have been playing with websites for about 8 weeks now, and love learning new info

However I keep reading this type of post about “Just in the last 15 minutes I’ve seen another $1,000+ sale roll in from a site that’s ranked #9 ” Niche sites. I would love to see a couple examples of these niche Sites, just to make sure I am on the right track with what I am doing.

The Traveling Fool August 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

Great post with lots of info even if I don’t become the SEO Freelancer I can use these for myself. Thanks again

Kyle Quinlan August 27, 2011 at 11:16 am

Dude… Awesome Information here. I’m so glad I came across your website!

I’ve had the same goal that you have in mind for years to create an income from home and travel the world. I’ve finally found my niche and taken it online just a few months ago. I’m right on the verge of making my first money online and taking my game to the next level. I really love the whole idea behind your website and the message that you’re spreading.

I would love to connect with you in the future to do some awesome things! I’m looking forward to going through your site and picking up some more useful tips!

Thanks for being you bro.,
Kyle Quinlan

Sean August 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Nice! Once you actually starting making money things start to get really interesting :) Good luck taking it to the next level and keep us posted on your response!

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