A search engine optimization consultant (seo consultant) provides
search engine optimization services to clients who own websites
and would like to achieve a beneficial ranking in the search
As a seo consultant you optimize websites using various search
engine optimization strategies in an attempt to achieve a
desirable ranking in search engine search results.
Since it is sometimes challenging to get a decent ranking
organically through search engine optimization due to rabid
competition on the internet and frequently changing search engine
rules, most seo consultants also offer pay-per-click campaign
design and management services to the search engine optimization
If you desire to become a seo consultant you need to take the
initiative to learn the nature of the search engines. You can
experiment with your own websites to gain practice and experience
in search engine optimization and to apply and test techniques
and practices that you learn in your studies of search engine
When you launch a business as a seo consultant, you will likely
have customers who ask you for references or samples of websites
that you have provide seo consulting for. It is a good idea to
have some sites that you have achieved great search engine
ranking for to refer them to in order to build your credibility
and to let them know that you actually do know about search
engine optimization techniques that will boost a website to the
top of the search engine results.
There are a number of training programs, published materials and
forums to help people learn strategies applied by a seo
consultant to optimize a website for the purpose of boosting its
ranking in the search engines.
There are some things you need to be aware of; however, when
pursuing training and ongoing education activities in the field
of search engine optimization. Mainly, the search engines rank
websites organically based on algorithms which are the search
engine’s rules for determining the relevance of a website to the
search terms used by search engine users.
The search engines change their rules frequently, so a strategy
that worked yesterday may not work tomorrow. This is a problem
with search engine optimization and seo consultant training
materials. They can become outdated often, so in order to really
master the art of search engine optimization to become a
professional seo consultant, some ongoing education, trial and
error is necessary.
Aside from learning strategies that work for search engine
optimization, some of the skills that are needed to be a seo
consultant are the ability to conduct keyword research and to
develop a search engine optimization strategy; the capability to
create keyword rich content pages and sales pages for websites;
interpersonal communication skills and strategies for
implementing effective linking campaigns; and the ability to
strategically place keywords in a website’s html code.
These are strategies that a seo consultant applies rather
consistently in order to prepare a website for optimal
performance in the search engines. There are more strategies that
change from time to time, but for the most part, these are the
skills needed to work as a professional seo consultant.
If you lack some of the skills pointed out, that doesn’t mean
that you cannot be a seo consultant. Review your strengths and
weaknesses as they relate to the skills and determine what you
can effectively do yourself.
For those tasks that you are personally uncomfortable doing,
there is always potential that you could outsource them to
providers who specialize in the specific areas.
While you’ll certainly make more money as a seo consultant if you
can complete all of the seo tasks yourself, outsourcing is often
a business practice that proves to be fruitful and effective.