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Commission SEO plans and how they work
Commission SEO plans are no new thing, but not many SEO companies will actually go along with them since it's not usually the brightest agreement. Now with that being said, I've had a few great commission SEO plans go well because I did my research about the website and company prior to actually agreeing to performing the work and hoping to get paid.
Over the years I've noticed that companies are getting more head strong when it comes to talking to a company like my own. I don't know if it's because they were previously burned by an SEO company or if it's because they read an ebook the morning of and now think they can tell me what's going to be done about the work that is needed lol.
Anyway, below I'll go over a few things about commission SEO plans that you should think about before jumping in and doing work for free at first.
I know I said this would cover commission SEO jobs, but this part needs to be out there just so you know When it comes running any successful business you will need a partner. I don't care if you're doing SEO or if you're selling blankets out of the trunk of your car lol. Having a good business partner will not only help you with all of the tasks needed when it comes to the daily grind but they will keep you level headed and tell you that you're being dumb when it comes to some business decisions. This being said, they will be able to assess the situation when it comes to a potential client wanting to pay a commission for every sign up or sale and not a monthly fee. I've been talked out of business deals because my partner pointed out key flaws in a company that I did not see, and I've done the same with him.
You need to find someone that thinks a little differently than you do. My partner has an engineering degree and knows the business side of things but isn't a huge marketer while I'm all about online marketing, website traffic and SEO.
Think of it as finding someone that compliments your skills, or like a puzzle piece. If you have a certain set of skills (marketing, SEO, websites) and your friend has a set (Engineering, great at math, business oriented) then you can be successful and stay out of bad deals... Usually lol.
The contract part actually is one of the easier things to do. Just write up an iron clad agreement that says you will be doing compensation work for the specific company and you will be getting paid XX% of the profit per sale generated after XX/XX/XXXX (that's a date, not weird X rated code lol). You will need to put other things within the contract that go over how you can track sales and profits as well as traffic to the website. You will also need to have something in there that states all the work done while under contract is property of the business itself and you will take nothing or remove anything if you and the company were to part ways. This is mainly due to some SEO companies getting pissy and removing tons of high authority links after a deal goes south. Withing the contract you'll basically cover the points that allow you to embed yourself within this company for a determined about of time and you will take XX% of the profits for doing so.
3. SEO Time Frame
A lot of companies don't understand that SEO and Online Marketing isn't an overnight type of thing. Because of this you MUST explain to them that it could take months before they see an increase in sales. They will usually get hesitant about you, but if you explain how SEO works and that any company like yours will say the same thing except the ones that just want your money.
A ton of times I'll get someone come to me and say "I'll pay you $50 if you can rank me #1 for (keyword) within a week" and I'm thinking "This person is insane" lol When it comes to contract work that is commission based you won't have to worry too much about how long the process will take because it's really up to you to pull in sales and you know what has to be done in order to do it safely. Sure you can just burn their website to make a quick commission, but your name will be blasted across the internet as a shady company that gets it's clients penalties.
After the contract is signed, be sure not to get angry when the client calls or emails you saying it's taking too long. You will have all the cards and you don't have to argue with them. Just simply let them know that this does take time. Tell them they you can get them 100 sales tomorrow if you ramp up their campaign, but it will most definitely get them a penalty and then they will never get traffic again. And tell them that if they want it done right while being safe, it takes time. It's not a drag race to the finish line, it's the Indy 500 but instead of cars racing it's turtles lmao
When it comes to getting paid for your work you will need to know exactly how much you're making. If you're going to be getting paid 10% from the total profit brought in, you will need to be able to track that. If they're not allowing you to track it at all then you'll not want to work with this company and carry on your happy way lol.
You can do a few different payment types, and I'll list those below:
5. Exits or Renegotiation's
- Check: When you go this route you will be getting a check mailed to you by the company you're in agreement with. This is a great way to get paid, but it takes longer since the check has to travel to the address you want it to. If you're across the country then it will take up to 2 weeks depending on the shipping methods used.
- Paypal: Paypal is a great way to get paid because the company you're working with can just calculate the total amount of money that you're suppose to be getting paid and type it right into the send field and hit Enter. It will send that amount right to your account and you can either choose to keep it there or withdraw it to your account. The only downside to this is that you will lose 3% of the money due to paypals transfer fees.
- Direct Deposit: A direct deposit option is by far the best because it's super quick and you don't lose any money due to the transferring of funds. You'll have to give the company some specific numbers to your account, but they can't access your account at all so you're safe
You'll always come to a point where it's time to exit the commissions contract or renegotiate, and this is normal. Sometimes you'll have to back out of a contract because you simply can't keep doing the work or the client is just so bothersome that you don't want to do it anymore. If you can't do the work anymore, you should give some references to the client and let them know some of your friends who would gladly do the same work under the same agreement. If you simply don't want to do the work anymore I would just break the contract completely if you're not making any money or let it go without doing any work if it is making a profit for you lol.
Renegotiation's will always happen when you're doing something good for the company and they want to continue the work. I've renegotiated plenty of contracts and usually it's not much different than before. I would say that 90% of the time we keep the contract how it is or I actually boost the commission percentage in order to make more money lol
If you're working on SEO and you can afford to do the work while not getting paid, it might be a good route to do commission contracts with companies. You'll need to do your research on these websites you'll be working on because you'll want them to be aged and not brand new. It's definitely possible to be profitable with these types of commissions, but you'll need to set everything up right in the beginning so you don't get screwed in the end.
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