How to Get Web Design Clients Fast - From a web designer to an SEO Expert
Updated: Jan 27
Hi. I will tell you an easy profession. How to get web design clients fast and being a freelance web worker. I am a freelancer SEO expert, and I am a web designer for nearly 20 years. I have been doing freelance web design creations for my clients since 2016. However, I learned so much. I haven't been doing any web design work for a long time. Instead, I do SEO work for my clients. You might have wanted to be a freelancer, and that might have lived in your mind maybe since your school years or possibly earlier. My first profession is as an English teacher. I had happy teaching years with technology-enhanced foreign language lessons. However, something has always been in my mind about computer science and doing freelance work. I wanted to be my boss all the time. Everyone wants to be his/her boss.
How to Get Web Design Clients Fast
To be a freelance web designer, you need the following pre-requisites.
1. Having a computer with at least 6 or 8 GB RAM and an i5 processor or equivalent.
2. I think you manage a blog for some time and have an education in the field.
3. You have managed at least a website for some time in your life
Now the 10 Easy Steps
1.JUST START YOUR WEB DESIGN BUSINESS FOR FREE
First of all, purchase a hosting package for yourself and your clients. Make your relatives your first web design clients and websites for them free, or for minimal prices. Try the perfections on your first web design projects, because they will be your portfolio. When your potential clients ask you, you will tell them your experiences on your previous websites and projects. Create at least 3 or 5 websites this way for free or for minimal fees. In this way, your new web design clients will trust your work. There is a quote about web design. Digital (or web design) is like painting, except the paint never dries. You are on the right way with web design. Because web design is the starting point of your digital business. Your web design business will continue with blockchain, software development, most surely SEO, and artificial intelligence.
2.FREELANCER WEBSITES-2ND PHASE OF YOUR WEB DESIGN BUSINESS
Have a membership to Freelancer websites. One of them is freelancer.com (fiverr.com, upwork.com, and there are so many on them); However, the competition is very high on freelancer websites. You might get overwhelmed like me. I wasn't able to continue on them. Some authorities tell about that, do 1 to 10 projects for minimal gigs and gain 5 ☆s earnest efforts. After gaining so many 5 ☆s, buyers will believe your work, and you will study with higher prices. Being a freelance web designer might seem difficult. But you will be your own boss. That's good in many respects. I suggest you read the Google Web Masters guideline.
3.WEB DESIGN TOOLS - YOU NEED THEM TO FIND WEB DESIGN CLIENTS
Have a membership to Envato elements. You will also have access to so many free tutorials by your subscription. It is 33 dollars monthly subscriptions but half of the amount for a year's subscription plan. Learn Adobe Photoshop and others. If you are a student or an educator, Adobe supply you with a discount of 1 quarter of the total price for the Adobe Full Apps Subscription.
With your Envato Elements subscription, you will have the following free benefits for your web design business.
Free premium themes for business website clients for a large amount of variety.
Ready to use graphics, high-quality photos, graphic templates, stock videos, fonts, sound effects, and many more.
A plus wonderful photo stock twenty20
An education portal, tuts plus. Free e-books, tutorials, and courses
4.PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR EDUCATION TO LEARN BEST MARKETING TACTICS
If you haven't done it before, participate in Google certification programs. Spend an hour learning digital with Google every day. Certify your business success. In this way, business owners will trust you. There are so many free and freemium courses for your web design and social media improvements. Participate in networking events with meetup. Setup at least 1 Google alerts email feed about web development. After you gain some experience and skills everything will be much easier to get more web design clients.
5.BE KNOWN ON SEARCH RESULTS AND ON SOCIAL NETWORKS
When you have 5 or 6 websites ready and have the necessary information on your projects, open a portfolio website. Use Google or Facebook advertisement services to have clients. I have used them, and I have taken advantage of them very much. You can earn 3 to 4x much more significantly than you pay for Google ads or Facebook ads. Ads will help you to find clients. Be careful with your first client, because it will be your first reference and you will always remember your first business owner.
6.MAKE YOURSELF FOUND IN ORGANIC RESULTS IS AN INDISPENSABLE PROSPECT
Try to obtain plus organic search results from Google and other search engines. They will be your prestigious places on search engines. It would help if you started to write on long-tail keywords to be successful at first. For example, if you want to succeed in "web design and SEO," it would be difficult at first. Start with some keywords as in the screenshot below (They are the keywords at the end of the Google search page for the related keyword "Web design and SEO."
Long-tail keywords will be your elevator to carry you to the top. Because you can create link juice with them to your landing pages. If you want long term success, you will need to reach your potential clients. To reach your potential clients, you must be good at digital marketing and you must know how to do keyword research.
7.KEEP A COPY OF YOUR CLIENTS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THEIR EMAIL
Keep a record of your clients' information on Microsoft Excell or Google Sheets. I choose Google sheets because Google is everywhere. You might record their e-mails, contact details, their web, and other information. Email your clients on important days like Christmas, Easter, etc. To make new clients, you must keep your old clients' contact information.
8.EVERY WEB DESIGN CLIENT NEED SEO
Learn more about SEO. You might choose to upgrade your work process from a web designer to an SEO expert. SEO is not a one-stop achievement. But SEO supply the best objective signal of your achievements. You can report any achievement you make. You have to be good at the following aspects to be good at SEO.
a) SEO friendly content writing
b) On-page SEO rules. URL structures. Site link circles etc.
c) Off-page SEO tactics. (text, video, and pics backlinks)
d) You have to have good graphical skills. You must be good at Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.)
9.INTRODUCE YOURSELF WITH POLISHED WORDS ON YOUR PORTFOLIO AND ON YOUR SERVICES LANDING PAGE.
Be objective but always mirror your skills with polished words and phrases. People must believe you if you want to earn. That's also an L + earn process. Make podcast episodes of your blog posts. They will be more engaging.
10.YOU WILL NEED TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS
Don't settle down. Learn Phyton and artificial intelligence. Don't stop learning because life doesn't stop teaching. Develop your skills to not only finding web design clients but also for the future.