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Nov 2nd

The Excessive Demand Problem

About 5 people a day ask me to recommend an SEO or link builder or site designer, but many of the people I have traditionally recommended

  • have either quit providing services to work exclusively on their own sites, or
  • have long wait lists.

Add that to the increasing complexity of SEO and increasing rates commanded by top experts, and it is hard for me to recommend any specific service provider to readers of this site. There are people offering to pay me good money to do some jobs and I simply do not have enough time to do everything I want...to the point where I probably even accidentally come off as rude to some people, just because it is so hard to keep up with 100 emails every day.

Job Boards Are Your Friend

I recently hired a blogger from the ProBlogger job boards. I was shocked by the quality of worker I was able to find (and some of the potentially great ones that I had to turn away). I also started placing help wanted ads in the SEO Book feed for things like gadget developers and link builders and got great results, but placing job ads in the main feed is a bit selfish.

With that in mind I decided to place an SEO jobs board on SEO Book.com. Currently I am not looking for people to submit advertisements offering services (the web is already full of that) but I am hoping to help people in need find someone to help them out with SEO, link building, site design, PPC, programming, etc.

Warnings

Of course due diligence is necessary when choosing who to work with, but sometimes good things start with a hello, and some of the newer hungry workers do sell their services for less than what they are worth. Don't take risks you can't afford to and never bet against your gut.

Currently the job boards here do not have a feedback module in them, but if the feature becomes popular you can expect me to add many features to help the marketplace get more efficient.

A True Story About Me

I met my second SEO customer ever on a jobs board at an SEO forum. I only charged him $300 back then to rank his site. That customer ranked #1 in Google, sold hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise, sent me a large Christmas bonus, became a great friend, and was the first person to review the first copy of SEO Book. He has since sold that top ranked website, but he and I have started working together on other projects. Hopefully others meet and have cool stories to share from the job boards on this site.

Published: November 2, 2007

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Comments

November 2, 2007 - 7:10am

Yay I posted the second job.

November 2, 2007 - 11:45am

I can't post my job on the board because I don't offer SEO/SEM services; however, I do offer customer service outsourcing. I started outsourcing customer service for my own pet e-commerce site in order to have time to do my own SEO. I ended up getting my own customer service team and now we're branching out to other companies in the same position I was in. If anyone is interested in doing the same (i.e. you want to focus on other aspects of your site besides customer service), please contact me.

November 2, 2007 - 3:16pm

Given that the SEO job boards are fairly scattered and disorganized, I think you offering a place for individuals seeking assistance will go over very well. If I were on the other side of the table, I'd probably be concerned about receiving 50 calls pitching me canned services upon posting a query...any way you can keep the riff-raff factor to a minimum would be a big help.

I ended up getting a signed copy of Poor Charlie's Almanac...the thinking was that I may never get a chance to meet the man whom I deeply respect, so a little personalization that I can point to in the future is worth a few bucks. 3 chapters in and I'm developing a taste for Cicero.

November 2, 2007 - 6:12pm

Darn it. You got me to buy that book and how I am going to get stuck reading it before I have time to. :)

As far as the jobs stuff...maybe I can require people having a login to view the postings? The current version is very beta.

November 2, 2007 - 3:22pm

This could be a useful board if enough people use it. Thanks for making this available.

November 2, 2007 - 5:11pm

I am getting to the point where I will need assistance with link building, unique content writing on prod pages, and posting articles for a blog and two other sites directly related. As you know these services are hard to delegate when it comes to tailoring these tasks to be relevant to a specific niche market. Most seo/programmers don’t know much about high-end lighting and ceiling fan products or interior design. I have used two reputable seo companies and paid alot of $$ for a little return. Any ideas on how to deligate these things?

November 2, 2007 - 6:14pm

This is just an idea, but maybe find a freelance work at home person who used to be in your field, who now works at home so they make take care of kids, etc. Craigslist might help you.

November 5, 2007 - 8:31pm

It'd be useful to have a location column to separate out the US/UK/etc jobs where appropriate.

November 5, 2007 - 10:53pm

Good idea Stephen
will add that.

November 10, 2008 - 8:19pm

Hi everybody,

I was hoping that anybody with some advice for a complete newbie to SEO (recently graduated) and have been working as an Account Manager at a Clinical IT company. I am going to be taking (hopefully passing!) my Google Adwords Professional test this week, and have been using Google Analytics to prepare reports for some old bosses and their companies websites. I am trying to get an idea of how to land that first job or get enough credit to my name to really get the hands on opportunity. I have a passion for this and hope to have it become my new profession. Any advice is appreciated (you can email to ebridges45@gmail.com). Thanks everybody!

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