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Doing SEO for others or being your own master?

What is the preferred option of members and why?

4:12 pm on Jan 12, 2003 (gmt 0)

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For someone starting online, I find basically 4 approaches anyone can take :

1. Start with one's own site and keep working on own site(s), never to bother for getting clients.

2. Start with clients sites and keep working on them, never to bother for own site.

3. Start with one's own site and as you learn the tricks, move on to getting clients too, now working both for your sites and for others sites too, focussing more on clients sites.

4. Start with clients sites and you learn the tricks, move on to working on your own site(s), now working both for clients sites and your own, focussing more on your own sites.

I belong to category 2 but now I want to make the jump towards category 4. What categories other members belong to and what has turned out as a better experience for them especially who switched from one category to another?

Till now, I have been doing SEO for others i.e. my clients. I do not have a site of my own (should I say I didn't get the time ;) ) But seriously, I had some ideas and registered a couple of domains too but never worked upon them to complete the sites. So far, I have concentrated only on clients sites. But of late, I am thinking of starting a couple of my own sites.

What do members here think has been more rewarding and satisfying for them - working on their own site(s) or working for clients? Also I think satisfaction would weigh more for own sites but would there be good money too to justify in this case?

I am sure many of the experienced members here can shed some light on this.

Thanks in advance for sharing.

12:17 am on Jan 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I guess I'm in category 4.
Client cash is good for the short run, affiliate cash continues to build, pretty much without any intervention.

I find it harder to motivate myself to do more of my own site work. I like the fact that I am mentally billing hourly, versus getting paid for a chance in the future.

12:37 am on Jan 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Welcome to WebmasterWorld MrSpeed.

I have seen quite a few shopping cart systems with affilate modules available. Some sites have custom built carts that would be a bit more difficult to integrate an affiliate program with but a lot of the off the shelf systems do have it available.

2:34 am on Jan 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I was a former Wall Street trader that got laid off in '98 despite being the only profitable group and trader in the bank. . .

I used my statistical and number skills to initially arbitrage Overture into affiliate programs. Some paid some didn't, but I realized the SEO business gets harder every day (like Wall Street) and it would make sense to try and build a stable business.

I ended up finding several good programs that gave me my own private label site and a healthy percentage of profits (i.e. not getting only paid for first sale). So I built two businesses and my own brand(s). They gave me my own site, own toll-free number, merchant services, creative, fulfillment, inventory, 24/7 customer service, etc.

It was the easiest way to open my own business(es) without the headaches. I focus on high margin, mass-market businesses, where the customer has a lifetime value (LTV). My only issue is I've only found two really sustainable industries and am looking for more.

I don't have to report to anybody and I get paid to produce. I eat what I kill. So I guess I fit into category #1?

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