Gotch SEO reaches thousands of entrepreneurs every single day through our popular SEO blog and we’ve helped of business increase their organic search traffic, leads, and customers through SEO. My work has been featured on Search Engine Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and many other prominent publications.
Okay, enough about me.
Every SEO (no matter how good they are) has run into at least one head-scratching campaign.
You think you’re doing everything right (and you’re doing what’s worked before), but the campaign won’t budget.
That’s when I can come in, give you a fresh pair eyes, and identify what may be holding your client’s campaign back.
Running an SEO campaign in house can be challenging without the right guidance and framework.
I can give you the framework and actionable steps you need to take to increase your organic search traffic as fast as possible.
I went from a broke 22-year old without any experience in business or marketing, to build a six-figure SEO agency within six months. I can help you.
Whether it’s getting clients, growing an agency, building training courses, or marketing in general, I’ve experienced and had success in it all.
I’m still learning, but I do have a lot of experience under my belt that can help you out.
Work directly with Nathan Gotch or one of our qualified SEO consultants and achieve your business objectives. Spots are extremely limited, so please submit an application to be considered.Apply Now
SEO consultants can be called on to answer all your burning SEO questions. Sometimes you don’t need a full-on SEO analysis and roadmap. Sometimes you just need to get some targeted questions answered by an expert.
he most common use of an SEO consultant is to analyze existing campaigns and develop a strategy for improving them.
Typically a consultant will perform an SEO audit and then create a list of actions based on what will have the highest impact.
For example, here’s a content audit I did for a local video production company:
All you need to do is execute on these actions, track performance, and stay in touch with the consultant as questions or challenges arise.
Having a second set of eyes (especially someone who’s probably already experienced whatever challenge you’re having) can take your SEO performance to another level.
Not every company has jumped on the SEO bandwagon.
That’s when a proven SEO consultant comes into play.
The consultant can develop a 6-12 month (or longer) SEO plan for driving more organic search traffic.
Some companies already have a digital marketing team in place and just need some additional SEO guidance and training.
An SEO consultant can come in, analyze your campaign(s), and guide your team members so they can drive better results.
This type of consulting is most common with digital marketing agencies that want to improve their team’s performance, so their clients can get better results.
Now you know what a qualified SEO consultant can do for your company.
Here’s what do you need to do next:
Think about what you truly want when you hire an SEO consultant.
But now you might be wondering:
I’ve developed an 8-step qualification process for hiring the perfect SEO consultant for your company.
Just follow the checklist and have the confidence to hire a qualified SEO consultant (who will help you achieve your goals).
Make sure you read qualification step #4 because getting it wrong could destroy your SEO performance.
These questions will bounce around in your mind. That’s okay because they should.
Hiring a qualified SEO consultant can explode your company’s growth, but hiring the wrong one, can be devastating. You SHOULD be asking these questions.
That’s why today I’m going to give you 8 steps you need to cover when you’re trying to hire an SEO consultant.
Let’s jump right in.
An SEO consultant should be able to demonstrate that they know what they’re doing. All that matters are the results that are being achieved TODAY. Not years ago.
That’s why I laugh when some “experts” claim that ranking for “SEO” keywords is “worthless”. If these keywords are “worthless”, then why aren’t these supposed experts easily ranking for them?
Well, the answer is simple. They can’t.
You’re hiring an SEO consultant to get you more traffic, leads, and customers from organic search.
That’s why I’ve put in concentrated effort to rank for “SEO” keywords since launched Gotch SEO. From the very beginning, I wanted to PROVE to clients that I knew what I was doing.
Of course, getting client results is more important. But ranking for your industry’s keywords is further proof that you know what you’re doing.
How can anyone deny this?
One last important point here:
All the results I’ve achieved for Gotch SEO and our clients are my own doing.
I didn’t have a massive team with an enormous budget pushing these results forward. I didn’t join an already successful company and claim that I was the catalyst for their growth.
Most companies I’ve worked with have virtually no organic search traffic or rankings. I grew them from the ground up. I didn’t jump on an existing rocket ship and claim I did some magic.
Only consider SEO consultants that have real results that you can see with your own eyes.
There are variety of reasons to hire an SEO consultant. It’s a good idea to know what objectives you want to achieve by hiring an SEO consultant.
I recommend reading “what does an SEO consultant do” to figure this part out.
I believe two people need to genuinely like and enjoy talking to each other for a business relationship to work out. It’s crazy how well principles in your personal life translate business world.
Would you be friends with someone who didn’t like? Then why do we do business with people who make us cringe even thinking about them?
I used to take on pretty much every client because I was money-hungry.
I’ve learned over the last 5 years of running an SEO company that this is a horrible idea. That’s why I always make sure it’s a good fit before engaging in any relationship. You should do the same.
1. Do you like this person? Seriously. Do you enjoy speaking to them or are you guys constantly interrupting each other, not listening, etc?
2. Would you enjoy speaking with this person routinely for several months or years? Or would you dread every phone call?
Don’t underestimate the importance of this step. Every time I ignored “my gut” and all the warning signs, I ended up regretting it.
I just recently I told a prospect (who was willing to pay $5,000/mo + for SEO) that I had to pass on the engagement.
Am I insane for passing up money? Maybe.
But in my eyes, my personal health and wellbeing in the long-term is far more important than money (or dealing with a nightmare client).
There might be some situations that warrant sketchier SEO strategies such as companies in phrama, gambling, etc. However, most companies (in non-controversial industries) should use safe, long-term focused SEO strategies.
You don’t need an SEO consultant to say that they’re “white hat” to know whether that’s true or not. You just need to analyze what they’re saying.
The most important element to ask questions about is link acquisition.
There are many SEO consultant (and companies) that still use high-risk link building tactics. Some of these tactics include Private Blog Networks (PBNs), public blog networks, web 2.0s, profile links (on irrelevant websites) or pretty much any link type that isn’t acquired through an editorial process.
These backlink types can work in the short term, but can get you penalized in the long-term. Then you’ll have to hire another SEO consultant to get you out of the penalty!
Avoid this at the on-set.
If a consultant tells you that their link building process is “proprietary” then run for the hills.
Qualified SEO consultants don’t have anything to hide.
In fact, they would be proud to show what they’ve done.
It’s the SEO consultant’s job to set clear expectations. These expectations will largely depend on what type of work is being done.
If they’re developing an SEO strategy from the ground up, they may say that you can expect to see improved SEO performance within 6-12 months (if you’re taking the necessary actions).
Just remember to be realistic.
SEO is a long-term game. It doesn’t have an on and off switch like paid media. It takes time to see results, but in the long-term, I believe it dominates all other channels (as far as CAC).
You’re hiring an SEO consultant because you’re not an expert in SEO. A qualified SEO consultant is. That’s why you should listen to them.
I’m not saying you should have blind faith in them and not ask questions.
But if you are micromanaging them and not giving them the freedom to do what they believe is best, then you will not have a successful relationship.
All you need to do is think in reverse.
Would you like the SEO consultant to tell you how you should fix the sewage backup at your client’s home?
I think we both know the answer!
The best SEO consultant in the world will fail if you or company doesn’t take action on their recommendations or plan. Unfortunately, this is very common.
Do not hire an SEO consultant until you’re willing and able to take action on their recommendations and game plan.
We all exhibit levels of procrastination in life. Some more than others.
Entrepreneurs and existing companies are on the low end of the procrastination scale, but it still happens a lot.
It happens to me when a “new” marketing channels comes into play like “chat bots”. The procrastinator in me starts asking:
hese are excuses to avoid the pain of learning something new or trying something different.
I can tell you this:
Procrastinating on doing SEO or not hiring an SEO consultant to help you can be detrimental.
Getting SEO results takes time and I can guarantee your competitors aren’t going to wait for you. So, whether you need to optimize your existing SEO performance or need to start from scratch, today is the day.
so you can grow your company by leveraging the power of organic search.
I’ve decided to take on a small amount of consulting clients. If you want help from a qualified SEO consultant like myself, then please take advantage of this opportunity today.Apply Today