This is a repost from my old blog. This article deserves a repost or may I say, a bump for many reasons. Personally, I find this information useful for all SEO practicioners, may it be a beginner or an expert in the field.
SEO Career Entry Point
IT/Programming/Graphics/Web – People who started here are good with the code. They know what makes websites appealing, and how they function. In the process of making websites, they learned about SEO. And from there, they got hooked and wanted to learn more.
Marketing/Sales & Promotions – People who are into marketing and sales has the ultimate goal of increasing profits. Sales people know what it takes to convert off line, from telemarketing, tri-media (TV/Print/Radio) and face-to-face selling skills. Marketers know how to create the buzz and helps in the overall sales process. But as they learn the potential power of selling online, they hear about SEO and start learning how to do it to augment their marketing and sales skills to be well rounded.
Journalist/Writer – They write eloquently, appealing to the people that read what they write. Convincing, and puts in all the hooks to call the baits and increase sales. They may have started with newspaper press releases, print ad copy, or even TV and Radio commercial scripts. Then suddenly they had to do the same thing for online marketing and press releases, articles and blog post and learn more about SEO which adds in more required knowledge like keyword research and writing proper title tags, meta tags, h1,..h3…h6 tags, image alt tags. Making better calls to action. Click compelling titles for blog post and articles and social bookmarks. Content that is good for search engines and yet still keeps the readers hooked until the call to action and conversion.
SEO From The Start – Unaware of what they really wanted to do, but was highly influence by other people. Friends, brother/sister, other relatives, parents, spouse, etc. They never had any other job but was exposed to SEO right away and wanted to learn it right away and eventually wanted to do this all their life and do nothing else. Or it just so happened you were interested right away after reading about SEO from somewhere and was immediately hooked.
It just landed on my lap, my first job – They had no job and didn’t really know what they were going into. Landed in some company to do some procedural work for an SEO company. Let’s say started out as a link builder just posting everywhere.
Mastering Your Craft
Learning The Technical Side of SEO – This is for the Writers and Marketing people. Since code is their disadvantage, the next step is learning the code.
Learning the Marketing Side of SEO – This is for the Tech people and the Writers. Learning how to sell and how to market online pushes SEO in the next step. SEO should not be only about the highest ranking, but about maximizing the sales and marketing benefits of search engines.
Learning the Writing Side of SEO – The Marketing and Tech people should learn how to write well. The better your content is written, the better the ranking is, and the more conversions it can create.
It may not be an easy task to master all very proficiently, but good enough to know what works and what does not and start passing it on to their own team members, or outsource people, or just do the best themselves.
The Next Step – Trying to make it big!
The SEO Employer/Manager/Supervisor – You own a business, or has a high ranking position in an SEO business where you handle a team of SEO people. By this time you should be paid a bit higher than the rest. From the experience you gained learning all aspects of SEO and proving your knowledge pays off for you to be a leader. Here you need management skills too. Not only on managing people, but managing projects. Occasionally you can be pulled into customer support calls, sales calls or may even need to help out in making proposals and doing pricing. Of course your prices should make sense that you can justify the sale, at the same time make the company profitable and employees happy and well paid. And since you have a good well rounded knowledge of SEO, you know how to come up with a process that is cost-effective and repeatable.
The SEO Employee – You have proven your worth and has made a name for yourself in your own way that you become a sought after employee. Companies chase you because of what you know. You may eventually end up a manager/supervisor of an SEO team, but if you do not work for an SEO company, but just any company as their in-house SEO guy, you are the SEO go to man (or woman). You call the shots and simply coordinate with the company’s marketing and sales people, IT people and copywriters.
The SEO Consultant – You do not work for anyone but yourself. You have not only proven your worth to a potential employer, but to other SEOs as well. You are respected among SEO peers. You have great knowledge that even other SEO people talk about you. You do speaking engagement, and teach and promote the industry. Companies hire you on a contractual basis to help grow their own SEO teams.
SEO My Own Stuff – You do not work for anyone but yourself. But you do not care about having SEO clients nor doing consultancy. You make money simply because you really know how to rank well and increase online sales through SEO. Thus you decide to do your own business and SEO it. Either a brick and mortar business that you do some SEO to increase sales, or simply have no products or services and just do affiliate marketing or ad publishing.
Some SEO people may land in more than one spot here but specializes in a few or one of them only.
PPC – Need to harness more power of on-the-spot sponsored results. Managing budgets, writing proper ad copy and making a good ROI.
Email Marketing – Subscriptions and other opt-in list type of marketing. Drip marketing. Mailing list cross-promotions etc.
Media Buying – Banner ads, post-roll and pre-roll video ads, learning your niche industry and proper places to advertise.
Social Media – Building communities and leveraging them to generate more business.
Usability/Accessibility – Learn the art and science of making your web visitors happy, pleased, less confused that all generates into better sales.
You’re Rich! What do you do next?
I don’t know, you tell me? Invest in real estate? The stock market? invest in Gold/Silver? In Oil? Bonds/Mutual Funds? Buying a company? Or just spend the money where they supposed to go to. Like your family(or future family), make your spouse and kids happy. Give them a full experience of acquiring knowledge of what you are doing so the chain goes on that it would be easier for them to run their lives when they grow up.