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First Steps Into Career In Seo


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#1 beva

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 10:14 AM

Hello All
I have recently completed an advanced Certification programme in SEO with Search Engine College, as I would really like a career in this industry and its something I really love doing and learning about. I have also been doing SEO on my own sites for a while as well as other internet marketing stuff and am trying to learn as much as I can.
The city where I live only has 1 SEO firm that isn't currently recruiting, and I'm wondering the best way to gain some experience so that I can eventually turn this into a full time career. I know there is a lot of SEO work available on freelance sites such as vworker and elance, but I don't think I have the experience yet to attempt to bid for those kind of jobs.

I'm going to work on some friends sites in order to gain experience and testimonials, but what I really need is to work with some experienced SEOs. I don't even mind doing this for free at first in order to learn and gain experience.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to the best way to approach this ?

Hope you all had a great Christmas and thanks in advance for any advice :-)



#2 Michael Martinez

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 04:35 AM

Don't work for "experienced SEOs" for free. You may be looking for work to do but you should not be giving your services away.

Many people got into search engine optimization by building their own sites and generating some affiliate revenues for those sites.

You may be able to sign up with a service like eLance and promote yourself to prospective clients that way. It's not free but it's an option.

You might also look into talking to some local business owners about how to promote themselves on the Internet.

#3 Bradley

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Posted 30 December 2010 - 09:27 AM

Another good option is to seek out some local not-for-profit organizations and see if you can assist them. You may have to work for a bit less (or nothing) but it might help you get a site or two, and some solid results, into your portfolio.




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